Introducing the All-New Kia Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
The all-new Kia Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid aim to further reduce the environmental running costs of the already super-efficient diesel all-new Sorento model.
Able to travel a reasonable distance of 56km without the turbo petrol engine ever firing up, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model can complete the vast majority of journeys made by Irish drivers without producing tailpipe emissions.
Both the hybrid (HEV) and PHEV versions retain all of the comfort, space, and practicality of the regular all-new Sorento, including its desirable 7-seat interior layout. Levels of refinement are enhanced thanks to smooth powertrains and seamless transitions between the use of the petrol engine and the electric motors.
The all-new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid has an electric driving range of up to 56km, which means many of your regular trips, including daily commutes, can be completed without using a single drop of petrol, reducing your environmental impact, and also saving you money.
When the batteries are nearly empty, the vehicle automatically switches into hybrid mode, allowing you to continue your journey and use up the 67-litre fuel tank.
Switching between electric and petrol power or using a combination of both, the HEV model utilises an intelligent parallel hybrid system to perfectly balance optimum efficiency with low emissions.
Out on the road, performance is impressive in both the HEV and PHEV variants. Despite achieving the lowest CO2 emissions figures of any all-new Sorento model, the PHEV is also the most powerful, producing a total of 257bhp.
Keeping the batteries of the all-new Sorento Plug-in Hybrid topped up should be no trouble at all. You can charge it at home, the workplace (providing your employer allows it) or at public charging points that are located at service stations, shopping centres and supermarkets.
At home, you can simply plug-in the car to a standard 3-pin socket and let the batteries recharge overnight, or you can make full use of the 3.3kW on-board charger and have a dedicated chargepoint installed at your property for faster charging.
Higher grade models have a chargepoint finder built into the infotainment system, so you can find one that's near you and set the navigation system to guide you to it.
The self-charging Sorento Hybrid is able to use regenerative braking to convert kinetic energy and recharge the battery.
Taking all of the space, refinement, and comfort of the regular Sorento and combining it with hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology was a masterstroke by Kia.
It reduces running costs for owners, while also providing excellent performance without any compromise in terms of the journeys you can make.
For more information or to book a test drive, contact us here at Johnson & Perrott Douglas. The home of Kia in Cork.