2019 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa FeIf you need a new SUV to help you tackle your D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg adventures, then both the 2019 Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe may seem like great choices.

However, in this comparison, Pat Peck Kia is going to learn how the Sorento and Santa Fe stand up in terms of performance, handling, and technology.

Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa Fe: Efficient Performance

With their superior functionality and ample passenger space, SUVs really do make excellent road trip vehicles. Of course, to hold up over the long haul, they need a lot more than that.

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a very similar engine to the 2019 Kia Sorento. They both have a standard 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

They both also have more powerful engines available, with the Sorento having an available 3.3L V6 and the Santa Fe offering an available 2.0L turbo engine. The 2019 Sorento V6 engine will deliver 290 horsepower. The turbo engine in the Hyundai Santa Fe will only supply up to 235 horsepower.

2019 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa FeThe available turbo engine in the Santa Fe guzzles a bit more gas, too, with an EPA-estimated 25 MPG highway. The Kia Sorento, on the other hand, aims more for fuel economy. With its more robust V6 powertrain, drivers will be able to maintain an EPA-estimated 26 MPG highway and 21 MPG city.1

You’ll even have EcoMinder® in the Sorento, which can alert you when you’re achieving optimum fuel economy.

Overall, the Sorento is just a more fuel-conscious ride that also has a higher output, which can ultimately help you save some money.

Sharp SUV Handling

Due to their added ground clearance and overall sturdier bodies, SUVs are often noted as being some of the best vehicles for maneuvering slick or even rocky roads.

In both vehicles, you’ll have a rigid unibody and sharp suspension to help you navigate unfavorable road conditions. All-wheel drive (AWD) systems are also available for both.

While the Hyundai Santa Fe offers a fairly versatile AWD system, the Kia Sorento has the available Dynamax™ AWD system. This full-time AWD system employs electronic sensors, so it can monitor changing road conditions. It will then distribute power to the wheels accordingly, so you always have high traction and grip.

To further enhance these features, the Sorento also offers an available Locking Center Differential and Torque Vectoring Cornering Control. While you won’t find these features in the Santa Fe, they really pack a punch in the Sorento.

Sorento & Santa Fe Interior Technology

2019 Kia Sorento vs Hyundai Santa FeTechnology plays a large role in the cabins of both SUVs. You’ll even find some of the same features. For example, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ mobile integration are featured prominently in both. These allow you to access your apps on the go right from your touchscreen.

However, there’s a difference in the touchscreen systems of these cars. Namely, the Sorento adds in UVO voice commands with available navigation. You can easily control any features with the sound of your voice unlike in the Santa Fe.

Learn More About Your Favorite SUV

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe undoubtedly has plenty to offer D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg drivers. However, the 2019 Kia Sorento clearly goes above and beyond in terms of fuel economy, handling, and technology.

Local drivers can learn more about the Kia Sorento by contacting Pat Peck Kia today!


1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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