Under the burly bonnet lies a 132-kW/180-hp strong 1600 petrol engine. It is assisted by a 44-kW/60-hp electric motor that can also work independently for short intervals. The system power is a hefty 171kW/233hp.
But anyone who expects great performance will be disappointed with this Sorento. Conventional hybrids like this are more suited to a smooth driving style. If you do ask for power, the high-revving roar of the four-cylinder penetrates quite clearly into the – otherwise well-insulated – interior.
The suspension has been adjusted to European driving. Some drivers will find that bumps are absorbed rather dryly. It is never uncomfortable, but given its family vocation, a slightly softer shock absorption might have been preferrable.