Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid priced from £44,995
Kia’s first-ever plug-in hybrid Sorento is now available to pre-order, priced from £44,995 and aimed at fleet as well as private drivers.
Revealed late summer and arriving early 2021, the Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will join the hybrid and diesel models already on sale – the fourth-gen model has been designed to accommodate a range of electrified powertrains – and will be the lowest-emitting and highest-performing model in the range.
The powertrain uses a 180hp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine with a 91hp electric motor, all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission, giving a combined 265hp of power. The UK CO2 figure is yet to be announced along with other specs but European CO2 output stands at 38g/km and Kia says its low CO2 emissions will result in highly competitive Benefit-in-Kind rates for business users.
The 13.8kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is located beneath the driver and front passenger seats, between the cabin floor and the Sorento’s underfloor, so there is no compromise on space and the plug-in hybrid will get the standard seven-seat set-up as other models. The 3.3kW onboard charger is situated beneath the cargo floor.
The plug-in hybrid will also be offered in the full range of Sorento trims: ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’. Equipment across all grades includes LED technology for the headlights and rear combination lights, as well as for the daytime running lights, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and leather steering wheel and dual-zone air con. It also gets electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicator lights, and there’s an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing front wipers and automatic headlight control.
In-car tech includes DAB radio with a multi-device Bluetooth connection and voice recognition and music streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration,. plus a reversing camera system integrated into the 8.0-inch touchscreen and with front and rear parking sensors.