Kia Sorento Review — The Go-Anywhere Perfect Family SUV With A V6

Family SUVs are becoming popular in the UAE as they offer the versatility of people mover and feature a go-anywhere ability. This week, we are reviewing one such SUV, the Kia Sorento. The South Korean SUV is packed with features, offers exceptional value and V6 under the bonnet. Find this Kia Sorento for sale on DubiCars by GT Motors.


Introduced in 2002, the Kia Sorento has grown from a compact, off-road-ready SUV with a truck chassis to a comfortable mid-size crossover offering multiple seating options and engine choices, including hybrids and plug-in hybrids, all while transitioning from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive as the standard with available all-wheel drive.

Exterior Design

The Kia Sorento sported a bold and modern exterior design that built on the strengths of previous generations. The prominent feature was the Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille, which integrated seamlessly with the sleek LED headlights on either side.

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The Sorento wasn’t all curves. Sharp lines and a sculpted body structure gave it a more athletic and dynamic stance. Other exterior features include:

  • 20-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
  • Y-shaped LED DRLs
  • Silver-finished Elements
  • Vertical LED Taillights
  • Roof Spoiler
  • Dual exhaust tips

Interior Design

The Kia Sorento’s interior boasted a focus on comfort, technology, and a premium feel. The cabin featured a mix of soft-touch materials, leather on higher trims, and metallic accents for a touch of luxury. The increased dimensions translated to ample legroom and headroom for passengers in all rows, even with the optional third-row seating.


The Sorento that we reviewed is packed with the latest features, technology and convenient features. Here are the highlights:

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  • 12.3-inch Instrument Cluster
  • 12.3-inch Infotainment
  • 12-speaker Bose Audio
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • LED Lighting
  • Heated & Ventilated Seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • 6 Airbags
  • TPMS
  • ISOFix Child Safety Seat Anchors
  • Level 2 ADAS

Engine & Transmission

Kia uses a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine to power the Sorento SUV. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels via an AWD system.

3.5-litre NA Petrol Engine
Max Power268hp
Peak Torque331Nm
0 to 100km/h8 seconds
Top Speed210km/h

Driving Impressions

Engine & Gearbox:

Being an NA, it is not the sportiest powertrain out there, but it is certainly the most unique to have a V6 under the bonnet of a Sorento. The V6 engine is equally suited to both high-speed highway cruises and efficient city commutes. The 8-speed automatic is smooth in shifting and responsive, adapting well to different driving styles.

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Suspension & Handling:

The Sorento with AWD prioritises comfort over sharp handling. The suspension is tuned to soak up bumps and road imperfections, making for a pleasant ride on long journeys. While it might not be the most engaging car for enthusiastic drivers on twisty roads, the steering is fairly responsive.

Review Verdict

The Kia Sorento emerges as a compelling choice in the mid-size SUV segment. Its stylish design, versatility with available seating options, and feature-rich interior make it a strong contender. Offering a blend of performance, comfort, efficiency, and safety, the Sorento stands out as a well-rounded option for families and daily commutes.

Kia Sorento Price in the UAE

According to DubiCars, a new Kia Sorento is priced between AED 95,000 and AED 202,000 in the UAE. Find this Kia Sorento for sale on DubiCars by GT Motors.

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