Kia’s first hybrid Sorento is not cheap. Far from it, actually. Only available in the top-spec GT-Line trim, the Sorento PHEV offers all the bells and whistles, but also packs a 14kWh battery pack good for nearly 70km of purely electric driving range.
While that’s pretty impressive for a car this big, it also adds over $15,000 to the price compared to the next grade down, the 2.2 diesel AWD, bringing the total MSRP to $79,330. That’s close to premium car territory. Ouch.
Standard gear at the GT-Line grade is great, including a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital dash, 8.0-inch head-up display, quilted Nappa leather interior trim, full electrical adjust for the front seats with heating and ventilation, dual-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, keyless entry with push-start ignition, ambient interior lighting, a 360-degree parking suite, and a motorised tailgate.
There are only a few subtle differences for the PHEV over other GT-Lines, including a slightly extended use of piano-black trims, and 19-inch instead of 20-inch alloy wheels.
It’s worth noting Kia only bundles the Sorento PHEV with a wall socket to Type 2 cable for charging, you’ll need to bring your own Type 2 to Type 2 cable to make the most of public charging opportunities.
It’s challenging price tag puts it well above rivals like the Toyota Kluger (Grande hybrid AWD - $75,400), Mazda CX-9 (Azami 2.5 Turbo AWD - $73,751), or Hyundai Santa Fe (Highlander 2.2 diesel AWD - $65,200) although that last one will have a more direct ‘self-charging’ hybrid version launch next year.
Still, there’s no avoiding how expensive this car is. Kia says it’s chosen to go with a top trim, as it expects an initially limited number of sales to customers who understand what they’re getting into with a PHEV – like all brands, it is facing supply shortages globally at the time of writing.