The 2021 Kia Sorento petrol now has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, just like its diesel brother.

    Until now, the Sorento’s five-star rating from safety authority ANCAP only applied to all-wheel drive diesel models.

    That’s because the V6 petrol is not available in Europe, where the testing was conducted by Euro NCAP.

    ANCAP has rated the petrol Sorento based on technical data showing it’s structural similarities to the diesel.

    All criteria scores remain unchanged, with the front-wheel drive V6 models rating exactly the same as its diesel counterpart.

    The 2021 Sorento earned a safety assist score of 89 per cent, still the highest result in the category since ANCAP introduced its tougher 2020 assessment criteria

    It also scored 82 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, and 63 per cent for vulnerable road user protection.

    Standard on all Sorento models is autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and junction assist, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert.

    Although the Sorento scored highly, protection of the driver’s chest and upper legs in the frontal offset test was Weak, while protection of a pedestrian’s pelvis and head if they hit the A-pillars was rated poor.

    Still due to launch during the third quarter of 2021, the Sorento Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid will also be covered by the five-star ANCAP rating.

    Pricing and specifications for these models will be announced closer to release.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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