Don’t go lie down for a nap. You read that correctly. Today, we’re comparing the Kia Sorento to the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. While this may seem like a wild concept, and certainly would have been unimaginable ten years ago, Kia has successfully moved upmarket and now challenges the economy models from luxury manufacturers like the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV.
As we compare the two, it’s important to remember just how big the gap in pricing is between the two. While the Kia Sorento aims to provide a midsize SUV that has plenty of cargo volume, a high towing capacity and an interior that is built around driver and passenger comfort and convenience, it doesn’t directly compete with luxury models. It’s also important to consider the difference in reliability between the two and pay attention to how long each backs their midsize SUV.
2019 Kia Sorento V6
2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300
|Up to 7 passengers||Seating||Up to 5 passengers|
|3.3-liter V6 (290 horsepower)||Engine (horsepower)||2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (255 horsepower)|
|FWD, AWD||Drive options||RWD, AWD|
|44.1 inches/39.4 inches||Legroom (front row/second row)||40.8 inches/37.3 inches|
|73.0 cubic feet||Maximum cargo space||56.5 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety rating||Top Safety Pick + (2019 model)|
|$31,290||MSRP starts at||$42,500|
As you can see in the above chart, the 2019 Kia Sorento does more than just match the luxury, style and performance of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, it exceeds it significantly. With the 2019 Kia Sorento V6, you get more power that runs on less-expensive fuel, more seating, a larger and more comfortable interior and a long engine and powertrain warranty that offers the greatest luxury of all: confidence.
It goes to show you how far Kia has come as a brand and how the nameplates which used to define the cutting edge of automotive technology and engineering has fallen asleep, relying on its brand power rather than impressive new experiences.
At Friendly Kia, we’re a huge fan of Kia’s desire to challenge and lead the industry by outengineering and out-designing the badges which have been synonymous with design and engineering perfection for decades. The Kia Sorento, especially in its V6 variant, offers a ride that is unlike anything the GLC 300 can deliver. It’s not the flex that comes along with a Mercedes-Benz badge, but ultimately, it’s a much stronger choice for those who actually want to get out and experience the world around them.
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