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Kia Sportage vs. Kia Sorento specs

1. Introduction

The Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento are two of the best-selling vehicles marketed by the South Korean automobile manufacturer. One could easily get muddled over the difference existing between the two vehicles - after all, the former is bigger than the latter, or is it? In this essay, we shall, by engaging in a comparative analysis, attempt to pinpoint the differences and similarities between the two vehicles. A precise technical analysis of all aspects has been attempted, providing explanations where essential. All other factors held constant, it is assumed that the two cars are at an equal level of maintenance and the comparisons are made between the latest available models. While casually comparing the vehicles, one might suggest that the only difference existing between the two vehicles is that the Kia Sorento is an extended version of the Sportage. This, as we shall see, is far from the truth. In fact, although the Kia Sorento was proposed as a means of extending the SUV range of Kia, however, it was suggested by researchers that creating a 'completely different vehicle' would be more effective. This suggests the two vehicles have taken different paths to reach the same goal. (Edwards and Brumbelow2023)(Vörös, 2021)(Newstead et al.2020)(Kennedy, 2022)(Nicoletti et al.2021)(Choi et al., 2022) Please visit our Comprehensive Guide to Kia Model Comparisons to learn more about Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento Specs.

2. Exterior Features

An increased and optional panoramic sunroof on both the Sportage and Sorento adds light and a sense of boundlessness into the cabin, making many driving experiences more enjoyable and close to nature, giving a feel of freedom and spaciousness.

The Sorento features 235/60R18 tires and alloy wheels as standard, giving them both a powerful and stylish look. Other features include high-intensity-discharge headlights, side mirror indicators, LED tail lights, and a rear spoiler, adding a premium feel and look to the car. Both models also feature a convenient and innovative Smart Power Tailgate which opens when the key is 'sensed' for three seconds, delivering ease of loading when your hands are full.

The Sportage comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, air conditioning, tinted glass, a tilt steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a flip-fold rear seat, and a six-speaker CD/MP3 player. It looks good, with a well-proportioned cabin, nice style touches throughout, and premium materials. The interior manages to feel spacious and cozy at the same time.

The Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento are both very smooth, stylish cars. They merge style and function with the ease and accessibility of their smooth handling and competitive fuel efficiency. Both models have a modern profile, with the Sportage having a more aggressive stance, and the Sorento having a more elongated saloon touch.

3. Interior Features

Both the Kia Sportage and the Kia Sorento give you all the room that you could possibly need. Both come with optional seven seats, though the Sportage is not the most convenient car to reach the rear seats. They are both about the same length, though the Sorento looks bigger because it is taller. All seven seats in the Sorento can accommodate adults comfortably, and when the back two seats are not in use, the boot is a very respectable size. Configuration of the Sorento can come in either five or seven-seat versions, each is available with all-wheel drive. The five-seat version, available in base and LX trims, includes a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, LX plate finish, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate controls. The seven-seat Sorento is available with LX and EX trims and adds a slew of additional features, including second-row captain's chairs, carpeted floor mats, push-button start, and LED interior lighting. An elaborated gauge cluster, a power driver's seat plus lumbar support, and an electric parking brake available with the EX trim and higher, give the driver an upscale experience. For those who seek even more features, an EX Premium package with leather surfaces, an eight-inch navigation system, and a panoramic sunroof is available to Sorento consumers. Dynamic Surround system mood lighting that illuminates the door panels and tweeter speakers is included in the SX trim, as is the 14-way power adjustable driver's seat. The SXL package is available on the AWD V6 model and is the epitome of luxury with upgraded leather surfaces, an 8-inch gauge cluster, and a heated steering wheel. All packages are not available on all trims or seat configurations.

4. Performance and Specifications

Finally, the Electric Power Steering (R-MDPS for those in the know) provides excellent steering response and control and is simply more fuel-efficient than standard hydraulic systems. All of these features pooled together make the Sportage a well-rounded vehicle in terms of drivability and control.

In terms of suspension, the Sportage uses a MacPherson Strut front and Multi-Link rear. This again is designed to offer a more comfortable and consistent ride for everyday driving. It's not designed to be a hardcore off-roader or track car, and while it may not be the best around a dirt track, it's certainly more than capable in all driving conditions for the general driver.

One of the great benefits of the Kia Sportage is the use of the A6MF1 automatic transmission. Without getting too technical, the beauty of this transmission comes in the form of better fuel economy, better acceleration, and a smoother, more consistent drive without having to worry about when your next transmission service is due. This certainly complements the engine and increases the overall driving experience of the Sportage.

Performance is a vital aspect when it comes to purchasing a new car. The Kia Sportage is designed to be the sport SUV version, and the proof is in the specifications. The 2-litre 4-cylinder engine has plenty of power to zip around town with a little left in reserve for overtaking. For those that want a little extra, the GT-Line and GT Sport have a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine which offers a little more go without compromising on fuel economy or practicality. Of course, the addition of AWD availability across all specifications of the Sportage adds that extra level of grip and control in those scenarios where it's needed most.


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