The Kia Sorento PHEV – Kia’s most high-tech car ever

Added: 24 June 2021

The Kia Sorento PHEV – Kia’s most high-tech car ever

What is it?

The Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is an ultra-low emissions version of the brand’s flagship SUV. It is the second electrified model in the new Sorento line-up, alongside the low-emissions Sorento Hybrid (HEV). The PHEV combines a turbocharged petrol engine with a high-capacity battery pack and high output electric motor.

With a fully charged battery pack, the car is capable of up to 43 miles on all-electric, zero-emissions power in a city setting. While outside of the city a pure electric range of 35 miles is possible.

The latest Sorento, launched in the UK earlier this year. Featuring sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions. While inside the cabin introduces premium-quality materials, the latest infotainment system technologies, and a fresh new design. It also comes with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space and it has seven seats increasing practicality.

The Sorento is Kia’s most high-tech car ever. Loaded with connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. User-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.
The Sorento PHEV can operate in all-electric mode and/or draw a blend of electric and combustion engine power. Providing power to the front wheels or all four wheels, depending on road conditions. The battery pack is located beneath the driver and front passenger seats, sandwiched between the cabin floor and the Sorento’s underfloor. This means the battery pack does not take up valuable boot space.
The clever powertrain packaging means it can carry seven passengers plus one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 809 litres for seven-seat models (with the third row of seats folded down).
The 50:50 split-fold third-row seats are easy to fold downwards independently, creating a completely flat boot floor. The 60:40 split-fold second row of seats can also be folded down, creating even more space for larger loads.

The interior and tech features

Step inside the Sorento and you find black cloth upholstery is combined with a light grey headlining to deliver a smart two-tone appearance in the cabin, and the front seats and leather steering wheel are both heated.

Door scuff plates deliver a premium feel, and those seven seats are standard across the range. USB charge ports are handily provided for all three rows, ensuring that occupants continue to be entertained while on the move, and their devices do not run out of juice. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning also includes outlets and controls in the third row.

Electrically folding, adjustable, and heated door mirrors feature integrated LED indicator lights, and there is an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing front wipers and automatic headlight control. New to the Sorento is a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster.

In-car entertainment features a DAB radio with a multi-device Bluetooth connection with voice recognition and music streaming, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. A reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines is integrated into the 8.0-inch touchscreen and includes front and rear parking sensors.

Safety systems include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) incorporates city, pedestrian, cyclist, and junction detection which detects oncoming cars on the other side of the road when turning across a lane at a junction.
If a collision appears likely, it applies the brakes to stop the car. The system relies on the front camera and radar, and it is dependent upon the indicators being operated, as doing so allows the system to understand the driver’s intent to turn across the traffic.
You will also find Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) all feature, along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DAC) and an electronic parking brake (EPB) with Auto Hold functionality.

Performance, Economy, and emissions

The PHEV is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, which produces 178bhp and 265Nm of torque. Combined with the electric motor, producing 67kW and 304Nm of torque, the car delivers a combined 261bhp and 350Nm of torque.

With emissions of just 38g/km CO2 (WLTP, weighted combined), the new model is one of the most efficient vehicles in its class.

The Sorento specifications and features

The Kia Sorento is available in a choice of 3 specifications with a choice of 6 colours.
Including Essence Brown, Midnight Black, Runway Red, Graphite, White Pearl and Mineral Blue.

Sorento '2'

Available from £39,360

Features include.
- 1.6 Turbocharged Petrol Self Charging Hybrid
- 17 " Alloy Wheels
- Digital Cluster
- 8" Touchscreen
- Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)
- LED Headlights
- Black Cloth Upholstery
- Heated Seats & Steering Wheel
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go Functionality
- Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
- Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian/Cyclist/Junction

Sorento '3'

Available from £41,770

Features include.
- Choice of 2.2 Diesel engine or 1.6 Turbocharged Petrol Self Charging Hybrid
- 19" Alloy Wheels
- Digital Cluster
- 10.25" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation featuring UVO Connect
- Black Leather Upholstery*
- Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
- Smart Power Tailgate
- Ambient Lighting
- Wireless Mobile Phone Charger
- Outer 2nd Row Heated Seats

Sorento '4'

Available from £47,610

Features include.
- 1.6 Turbocharged Petrol Self Charging Hybrid
- 19" Alloy Wheels
- Digital Cluster
- 10.25" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation featuring UVO Connect
- Black Nappa Leather Upholstery*
- Panoramic Sunroof with Tilting & Sliding Function with Automatic Electric Roll Blinds
- Customisable Head-Up Display (HUD)
- Ventilated Front Seats
- Bose™ Premium Sound System with 12 Speakers Including External Amp & Subwoofer
- 360° Around View Monitor
- Blind-spot Monitor Camera


Head-Up Display (HUD)

Equipped with high-tech dedicated to heightening the ease and enjoyment of every drive. The Head-Up Display (HUD) projects driving-related information on the windscreen, directly in your line of sight.

Smart Power Tailgate

Get ready for more spaciousness for all passengers. Plus, easier access thanks to an enlarged entrance with a walk-in-and-slide seat button to the third-row seats. More comforts include one-touch remote folding buttons for easy seating configurations, and the Height-adjustable Smart Power Tailgate, allowing you to load and unload your trunk with ease even if your hands are full. Available on grade '3' upwards.

Wireless Phone Charging

Enjoy convenient, cable-free charging – simply by placing your compatible smartphone on the charging pad at the front of the centre console as you drive. And for all those with a charging cable to hand, there are USB charging ports integrated throughout the cabin for all passengers to use. Available on grade '3' upwards.

Twin Displays

The navigation presents journey routes and vital information on a 10.25” (available on ‘3’ and ‘4’ grades only) colour high-definition LCD touchscreen. It is also linked to the rear-view camera and compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay devices and apps2. The 12.3” fully digital TFT instrument cluster provides essential vehicle and trip information in high resolution and comes as standard on all grades.

Bose™ Premium Surround Sound

Experience the very best in-car entertainment with 12 speakers, an external amplifier and cutting-edge technology. Transform any stereo or multichannel audio source into an astounding surround-sound experience. Available on grade '4' only.

Panoramic Sunroof

The all-new Sorento '4' features a large twin-section sliding panoramic sunroof which fills the cabin with light for maximum appeal and brightness. One-touch motor driven roll blinds with a sliding safety function block the sun to provide shade whenever required.

Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)

Advanced detection of vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians ahead. Evaluating both camera and radar data from your vehicle, the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA)8 system analyses information about other cars, pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road, to avoid a potential collision. FCA also functions to prevent collisions with vehicles when making a right turn at a junction. If it estimates a potential collision, a warning signal appears on your instrument cluster and maximum braking power is applied.

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go

Effortless cruising by maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle directly ahead. SCC maintains the speed specified by you, the driver, and computes the relative position and speed of the vehicle directly ahead using its front view camera and front radar to ensure a safe distance between the two vehicles. The system controls acceleration and deceleration to make sure your Sorento stops when the other vehicle ahead stops. When the vehicle ahead starts moving again, your Sorento will automatically start moving as well.

Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)

Shows vehicles concealed from driver’s view during lane changes. Designed to improve visibility for blind spots, BVM uses side cameras so that when you indicate left or indicate right, your instrument cluster shows the view of the road in your blind spot. Indicate left and it will show you the rear view down your left-hand side; indicate right and it shows the right-side view. Available on grade '4' only.

Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)

Easily adjust your speed according to the speed limit. When you choose to use ISLA, the system uses a camera to read speed limit signs along the road and displays them beside the speedometer and on the navigation screen. You can then decide to set your speed to the road speed limit or override it.

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