Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento are two successful SUVs from Korea. Santa Fe has even become Hyundai’s top-selling vehicle in U.S. Both of these cars share the same platform but they offer different features, different level of comfort and cost different money. What’s the catch? Let’s see.
To begin with, both vehicles include FWD and AWD modifications. 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe costs from $30,800 but has fewer trims which are SE, Limited, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate. 2017 Kia Sorento saves your money with the price of $25,600. It offers more trims, these are L, LX, LX V6, EX, EX V6, SX V6, and SX Limited V6.
So, Sorento is more affordable, if we don’t bring Sport version to the comparison (which is 5-seat only).
Do They Look The Same?
To some extent these vehicle are alike because of their smooth shapes. To be precise, new Hyundai Santa Fe has 110.2-inch wheelbase, its length is 193.1 inches and its weight is from 4,026 pounds. Speaking of the latest Sorento, it’s a bit less and lighter. Its wheelbase is 109.4 inches, it’s 187.4 inches long and has 3,704 pounds of weight.
Comparing the features it’s impossible to ignore Sorento has a premium rear fascia and roof rack side rails. Its side mirrors can be fold manually and they match the overall body color. By the way side mirrors are heated. The exhaust of dual type is chrome-tipped. The lightning is all LED. Sorento uses fewer LED technologies but with that it offers Xenon variants which are optional. It boasts exhaust tip of oval shape. Side sills include chrome accents as well as door handles which are chromed. Sorento is equipped with roof rails too.
Honestly, tastes differ, but Sorento looks more mature, more expensive, like a proper family SUV that costs over $30,000 in OK trims.
Do They Feel The Same Inside?
Starting right off the bat 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has an awesome front temperature control of dual type which is based on CleanAir Ionizer technologies. With that it also includes rear seat ventilation. Its steering wheel is of modern tilt-and-telescopic kind. 2017 Sorento has a tilt-and-telescopic steering too. Speaking of audio system, there’re 6 speakers at your disposal. You can get rapid charge USB ports which are optional.
In differ from Santa Fe Sorento includes cloth materials inside mostly. In addition it offers a driver LED illumination with a beautiful roof lightning. Santa Fe thinks about illumination as well. It has an ignition which is attractively illuminated. This vehicle will also give you an Integrated Memory System used for driver seat and side mirrors. Bluetooth is onboard along with 7-inch display and a nice audio system.
In terms of equipment list, both cars are almost identical – but the overall design and feel of the interior differs. Sorento has higher quality plastics, but Hyundai is roomier for second and third row.
Do They Drive The Same?
Let’s look at the numbers now. The new Hyundai Sonata is based on 3-3-litre engine of V6 type. It outputs 290 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle uses 6-speed automatic transmission. Such a technology as SHIFTRONIC is present along with Active ECO System.
2017 Kia Sorento feels a bit less powerful. Its 2.4-litre GDI engine of I-4 kind will get you 185 horsepower with 178 lb-ft of torque which is less than its competitor produces. This vehicle has an electronically controlled type of transmission with 6-speeds. It’s an automatic one with Sportmatic technology. The SUV is also available with turbocharged 2-liter I4 making 240 HP. The latest engine is identical to Santa Fe – 3.3L V6 with the same output.
Here KIA is in one step closer to win – modern turbocharged engine which provides good boost with the overall better fuel consumption level.
Conclusion: We choose Sorento because of more flexible trim levels, better interior quality and modern powertrains. The only reason not to choose it – you prefer more ‘youth-oriented’ design used in Santa Fe.