With the all new ground up redesign of the 2021 Sorento comes a new engine - whilst the 2.2 CRDi diesel is carried over, with customers moving away from diesels Kia has introduced a fantastic new Hybrid engine into the range. Based around its 1.6 T turbo petrol engine as seen in other vehicles in the line-up, combined with an electric motor and battery. The petrol engine itself gives 177 bhp, which under full power combines with the additional 90bhp from the electric motor sent through the gearbox to all 4 wheels (so it stays 4 wheel drive) to give a maximum power of 261 bhp and 258lb/ft of torque. The Battery size is 13.8kWh which should give an electric only range of 30-35 miles depending on temperature and how hard it's used, but for those looking for a large well equipped SUV that can be plugged in overnight, and do regular low speed commutes on battery power only with the petrol engine there for higher speeds and occasional longer runs, then this set up could save you hundreds in fuel every month. If however you do mainly high mileage motorway work at higher speeds rather than low speeds in traffic, then the 2.2 Diesel will still be the better choice.
Most Hybrid cars function in one of two ways – either as a “Mild” version which has a smaller battery and recharged energy from the engine, and recoups it during deceleration and braking, to supplement power to the car at lower speeds and save you maybe 5-10% in fuel economy, or the more advanced but usually more expensive “plug-in” option which charges up either from a home charger or a more powerful public charger, and allows the car to run in electric only mode at lower speeds and smaller throttle openings – ranges are typically around 30-35 miles of electric only running but this is improving all the time from better battery technology, perfect for around town and general commuting, though if you’re doing mainly longer runs at high speeds then you’re effectively just carrying around a heavy battery and extra electric motor for nothing and not seeing the benefits, so something like a diesel may still be a better choice for you in that situation. Most plug-in hybrid models come with an automatic gearbox as standard to optimise fuel efficiency, and are several thousand pounds more on the list price than their standard petrol versions but due to the enhanced resale values are typically only a few pounds a month more on the leasing price - so it’s well worth comparing how much you would saving in fuel costs, for example if the car is £40 a month more to lease but will save you £200 a month in petrol it’s a no brainer to choose one.
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