2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Kia Sorento: Specs, Features & Trim Comparison

2020 hyundai santa fe vs 2020 kia sorento specs features trim price

The Santa Fe and the Sorento represent the mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle from Hyundai and Kia, respectively. The Santa Fe was the initial Sport Utility Vehicle from Hyundai and it was incredibly popular the moment in introduced in 2000 and continues to be so today. The initial Sorento came a year but didn't really find any kind of momentum till the 2nd Generation was released in 2010. While the Hyundai Santa Fe is all-new for 2020, the Kia Sorento just recently obtained a light refresh with assumptions of an all-new version debuting in 2021. So, can the freshened Sorento stay on par with the brand-new Hyundai Santa Fe? Let's figure it out.


Considering that both Hyundai and Kia are part of the same company, it should be no surprise to learn that they share lots of parts, including the base engine in both vehicles. This motor is a 2.4 L 4-cylinder that produces 185hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. In the Front-Wheel Drive setup, both the Santa Fe and Sorento get around 29mpg on the freeway with the base engine. However, when you pick the optional engine the similarities end. The Santa Fe offers the age-old 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine generating 235hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, the Sorento offers a 3.3L V6 that generates 290hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. The Santa Fe can return up to 27mpg on the highway with the optional turbo engine, while the Sorento can get up to 26mpg with the V6.

Design Highlights

The freshly upgraded '20 Santa Fe continues the manufacturer's fad of positioning the headlights lower in the front fascia, while the Sorento continues with the standard styling cues of keeping the headlights near the top. Both stand out in their own way; however the Santa Fe beams with the brand-new, strong design. LED lighting is offered on both SUVs, as are 17-inch wheels. The measurements (throughout) are extremely similar, yet the large design distinction between these sibling SUVs is that the Sorento squeezes in a third row of seats. Both SUVs include offered natural leather seats, optional heated/ventilated front seats and an offered 7-inch LCD multi-information display screen.

Tech Highlights

Both SUVs come with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, with upgradeable stereos including an available 8-inch touch-screen display with navigation. Being brand-new, the Santa Fe benefits from a lot of basic safety features that either cost more or aren't even offered on the Sorento. For instance, every Santa Fe comes with Driver Attention Warning, a Rear Occupant Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision-Avoidance (with Pedestrian Detection). Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance, Safe Exit Assist, and Parking Distance Warning are all available on the Hyundai. It's anticipated that the next generation of the Sorento will certainly provide a similar safety suite, for now the Sorento provides Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Parking Distance Warning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance only at an added cost.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2019 Kia Sorento: Features, Specs & Trims

2020 Hyundai Santa FeVS.2019 Kia Sorento
2.4L 4-cylinder (Standard)
2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder (Available)
Available Engines2.4L 4-cylinder (Standard)
3.3L V6 (Available)
8-speed automatic
Transmissions6-Speed Automatic Transmission (Standard)
8-Speed Automatic Transmission (Available)
185hp / 178 lbs. ft. torque (2.4L 4cyl.)
235hp / 260 lbs. ft. torque (2.0L Turbo 4cyl.)
185hp / 178 lbs. ft. torque (2.4L 4cyl.)
290hp / 252 lbs. ft. torque (V6)
Projector headlights, LED DRL & accents (Standard)
LED headlights, LED foglights, LED taillights (Available)
Exterior LightingProjector headlights, LED DRL & accents (Standard)
LED headlights, LED foglights, LED taillights (Available)
17-inch (Standard)
18, 19-inch alloy (Available)
Wheels17-inch (Standard)
18, 19-inch alloy (Available)
Panoramic Roof (Available)MoonroofPanoramic Roof (Available)
7-inch display audio system (Standard)
8-inch Touch-Screen display, Navigation (Available)
Multimedia7.0-inch Touch-Screen Display (Standard)
8-inch Touch-Screen Display, Navigation (Available)
StandardApple CarPlay
Android Auto
Rear View Monitor (Standard)
Surround View Monitor (Available)
Blind View Monitor (Available)
CamerasRear-Camera (Standard)
Surround View Monitor (Available)

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2020 Kia Sorento: Who's the Champion?

Although the 2019 Sorento has 3rd-row seats, an optional V6 engine, and a high end feel it just cannot compete with the '20 Santa Fe. The strong fuel economy, standard safety modern technologies and value cannot be defeated. The 2020 Santa Fe wins this head to head challenge.

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