With the 2019 addition of the Kia Telluride SUV, Kia’s lineup has shifted, allowing models like the Kia Sorento to shed the mantle of “largest Kia SUV” and do what they do best. What exactly is that? All our data points to offering a compelling midsize SUV that ups the luxury over the compact crossover segment. With standard third-row seating, standard technology like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a stylish silhouette, the Kia Sorento does more than just meet these standards.
Today, we’re comparing the swanky Kia Sorento to its cousin, the Hyundai Santa Fe XL. With Kia and Hyundai sharing a platform between the Sorento and Santa Fe XL and having similar warranties, drivers might be tempted to think they’re the same vehicle. As it turns out, however, there are plenty of differences. Let’s see what they are!
2020 Kia Sorento
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL
|8-speed automatic||V6 transmission||6-speed automatic|
|44.1 inches/39.4 inches||Legroom (first row/second row)||41.3 inches/40.4 inches|
|Top Safety Pick + (2019 model)||IIHS safety rating||Top Safety Pick|
|5,000 lbs.||Maximum towing capacity||2,000 lbs.|
|$26,690||MSRP starts at||$30,950|
As you can see in the above chart, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe XL have different motivators behind them. For the Kia Sorento, it’s offering affordable transportation with a range of customizations to families everywhere. For the Hyundai Santa Fe XL, it appears to be doing less and charging more.
With the 2020 Kia Sorento, drivers get a better transmission with their V6 engine choice, more first-row legroom, a safer vehicle and more capability courtesy of the Kia Sorento’s improved towing capacity.
Additionally, the 4-cylinder engine which is available on the 2020 Kia Sorento allows them to enjoy all of the benefits of the third-row midsize crossover SUV and still get up to 25 combined MPG (vs. 21 in the Hyundai Santa Fe XL).
At Friendly Kia, we have Tampa Bay’s largest selection of new Kia models like the 2020 Kia Sorento. As the only Tampa-Bay-based dealership to have been welcomed into the Kia Motors America President’s Club for the past four years, we’re not just value and inventory leaders, but satisfaction leaders as well.
For more information on the 2020 Kia Sorento or to schedule a test drive at Friendly Kia and see for yourself why we’re an award-winning dealership, contact us today!