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What should I be paying?

The range is actually pretty simple these days. Where there used to be numbered grades to denote which upholstery you’d gone for, now the Sorento is available in just a single ‘Edition’ specification level across all three powertrains. Neat.

Or should that be two powertrains? At the time of typing you can’t actually order the plug-in hybrid on Kia’s configurator, and there’s no word yet on when it’ll return. Hold that though.

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For now then your two options are the 2.2-litre diesel for £49,590, or the 1.6-litre petrol hybrid for a smidge more at £51,055. Not much between the two powertrains and that’s reflected in the price.

The no-cost colour options are White Pearl, Graphite and Midnight Black, and as mentioned already, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid (when it was available, anyway) are fitted with 19-inch wheels, while the diesel gets black 20s.

The one to have? Or avoid, at least…

Assuming it returns to order books eventually, the PHEV attracts a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 12 per cent, while the HEV and the diesel both will sit at 37 percent in ’23 with the first year VED for the diesel being over a grand (£1,050); £635 for the HEV. So the PHEV will be the fleet favourite.

It also leaves the HEV in somewhat of a no-man’s land: it’s going to be the diesel for private buyers (especially if you do m’way miles) and the PHEV if you’re on a company ticket or feeling flush. To beat the taxman over the head with a full EV, you’ll have to wait for the (bigger) EV9, and that’ll start somewhere in the mid 60s.

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So for a really well-thought out, nicely sorted seven-seat SUV, you really can’t go far wrong with a Sorento. All are really very well-equipped and all come with everything you need for a proper Swiss Army knife-type car. Not particularly flash, but sometimes utility can be sexy. A bit.

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