2022 Kia Sorento PHEV First Drive Review | How Far Can You Go In EV Mode? | Drive.com.au
Now you know that we like the kia sorento at drive, in fact its our reigning winner. In our drive car of the year award, so you would think that if you add a good hybrid system to an already excellent platform, it would make a good thing, even better lets find out, though, in the real world, if it can get close to its claimed. Electric range were testing the gt line specification here, which is the only trim grade for the sorrento fev, its priced from 79 330 before on road costs and from launch kia is running an 81 990 drive away deal. The standard equipment list is long in keeping with the gt line grade across the kia range 19 inch alloy wheels with a machined finish as standard and theres a full size spare, which is important for australian regional buyers. You also get a panoramic sunroof plenty of body. Color and satin finish: trim led headlights and taillights and privacy glass inside the cabin. The only differences youll see are the controls for the ev functionality. They allow you to force the sorrento into pure ev mode, for example, as we did on test everything we like about. The standard sorrento remains the case with the fev model. The cabin is spacious, trimmed with quality materials and premium in its execution, its comfortable too, with plenty of room for the family on longer road trips, theres, a 1.6 litre turbocharged, four cylinder petrol engine, which generates 195 kilowatts and 350 newton meters.
When, combined with the electric motor, the engine is mated to a six speed automatic and an all wheel, drive system, kia claims, 1.6 liters per hundred kilometers and with somewhere between 57 and 69 kilometers of pure electric power. That first 100 kilometers will indeed use very little fuel. The long term average of our test car over 1200 kilometers was 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers, still impressive for a large suv. The first thing about the driving experience is the electric vehicle operation or the pure av mode. So when i first got in the sorrento, it was showing 57 kilometer range, i forced it into ev mode, and then i headed straight onto a road pretty much exactly like this, so i drove between lets, say 40 or 50 right up to 90 kilometers an hour Depending on the road i was on and the most impressive part about all that was, i actually got 69 kilometers of pure ev range, so thats going to make a lot of sense for a lot of buyers, and i think its quite impressive that this vehicle does At least as good as it claims, because it claims in best case scenario, 68 kilometers, so it does at least as good as it claims and then maybe even a little bit better in terms of the driving again. I think its impressive, because its already on a chassis and a platform that we really like so the sorrento itself is an excellent large suv and adding a plug in hybrid system to it.
Hasnt taken anything away from the driving experience, theres a few little extra controls to get used to, and you set things up, for example, by putting it into a v mode. But aside from that, its pretty much like driving a regular sorrento, it doesnt feel any heavier. It doesnt feel weird when you tip it into a corner and it doesnt do anything unpredictable or change the dynamics. I guess of what was already a really good platform. What weve also noticed is, if you put it into sport mode with no electricity left in the battery. It does use fuel, obviously, because youre driving it in a sporting mode, probably a little bit more enthusiastically than you normally would, but what it also does is. It puts charge back in the battery, so for that situation the petrol engine is driving the car, but its also acting like a generator, and it works quite handily if you want to get some electric power back, so in short, when youre driving the sorrento fev it Doesnt feel any different to driving a regular sorrento and it hasnt ruined what was an enjoyable driving experience and one last thing: the transition from electric back to the petrol engine when we did run the battery completely flat and it showed zero range and it transitioned across To the petrol engine there was nothing harsh or grating about it. It just took over and started driving via the petrol motor, so this is a really clever system and its a system thats put together quite well, and, to be honest, even though this is obviously more expensive than a regular sorrento, its going to make a lot of Sense for a lot of australian buyers if it fits within your budget now before we wrap this up, dont forget to hit like if youve enjoyed this video click on subscribe.
So you can stay up to date with all of our latest video content and the review for the sorrento fev and all the other vehicles we test is over at drive.com.eu. Now, febs dont always get, or i should say, plug in hybrids. Dont always get as much love in australia as they deserve theres plenty of criticism out there for them, but when we test affair, what we look for is what they can do in terms of their indicative electric only range now on paper. In a best case scenario, this thing claims to be able to travel 68 kilometers in pure ev mode. When i first got in it, it was showing a range fully charged to 57 kilometers. So i drove it around without the air conditioning on and without trying to be too efficient and guess what i did 69 kilometers it just kept going and it was obviously regenerating some electricity there along the way thats pretty impressive. So when you break that down – and you consider that the average australian buyer drives around about 20 kilometers each way to work that means monday to friday regular working week, you dont use any petrol, but then youve got a regular petrol engine to use on the weekend. If you go on a longer road trip – and i think thats pretty impressive – and i think that is where a feve makes the most sense for australian buyers, let us know what you think about the all new sorrento feb.