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The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Is An Impressive SUV

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Is An Impressive SUV

I managed to get hands on with a 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid this week. It wasn’t through Car Nation Canada either. My uncle had hired one to try before he went to buy.

 

Rather than spend an hour in a test drive, he hires a car for a weekend or couple of days to spend a lot more time with it. While he knows he can have longer test drives, his thinking is that he can enjoy the car without any pressure from sales people.

 

There is logic in that I guess, but enough about that, what was the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid like?

 

Comfortable and good looking

 

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid is both comfortable and good looking. It may not be a headline grabber like the Telluride but it’s a steady performer that looks good and is very comfortable to drive and to be driven in.

 

The new design looks a lot more angular than previous models with a more pronounced front end and segmented lights. It’s an attractive frontage that is a worthy update of a worthy SUV.

 

The rest of the design is typical SUV with modest panel detailing, a reasonable ride height, big wheels and practical door at the rear.

 

That rear is equally angular with vertical lights and lots of detailing on the trunk door. There’s a steep inset for the licence plate and underneath, which adds quite a but of interest at the rear.

 

Inside the Sorento

 

This version of the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid was a well specced three row with nice upholstery and that feeling you get when a car has been well put together. No rattles, no clanks, no noise whatsoever.

 

Visibility is good across all rows and while the rear row isn’t ideal for adults, the other two rows are perfectly fine. Even when full, there would be plenty of room at the rear for luggage or groceries.

 

There is a smart touchscreen built into the dashboard in the centre which controls most things within the car. It’s fast, responsive and easy to use too.

 

Engine and drivetrain

 

The 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid uses a 1.6-litre four cylinder turbocharged engine along with a 44 kW electric motor. It uses a 1.4 kWh battery pack to deliver 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

 

It uses a six speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters to help get you off the line. This isn’t a sports car by any means but that extra little push from the electric motor when you pull away is a nice bonus!

 

You can use electric only drive at low revs but most of the time you’ll be using the engine along with a little electric assistance. We didn’t study the gas mileage but the Sorento Hybrid is rated at 39/35/37 mpg by the US EPA.

 

I was a passenger for around 30 miles and I must say it was a relaxing experience. Road noise wasn’t excessive, the cabin itself was quiet and the visibility makes getting around a breeze!

 

Check out the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid at Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8.

 

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