Head to head: Hyundai Santa Fe v Kia SorentoMotor News Motor Reviews New Car Comparison
Hyundai Santa Fe v Kia Sorento
Hyundai Santa Fe Elite.
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Hyundai Santa Fe Elite: From $45,990, plus on-road and dealer costs. 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 145kW/436Nm, 6-speed auto; 7.3L/100km, 192g/km
Kia Sorento SLi: From $43,990, plus on-road and dealer costs. 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 145kW/436Nm, 6-speed auto; 7.3L/100km, 192g/km
Exceptional value for a seven-seat diesel with cruise, leather, proximity key, Bluetooth, electric driver's seat, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone air-con and 18-inch alloy wheels. But brings a price premium and misses front parking sensors. Safety taken care of with seven airbags (dual front, front-side, side curtain and driver's knee bag - but curtain airbags stop at the second row). Five-year warranty.
Wins the price race by saving you $2000 and gets most of the Santa Fe's features, plus things like front parking sensors, cooled front seats, a separate clock and a classy computer-like instrument cluster. But misses out on sat-nav, proximity key, electronic park brake (there’s a clunky foot-operated park brake) and rear blinds. Like the Hyundai the curtain airbags stop at the second row (leaving third row passengers exposed in a side impact) and doesn't get a driver's knee airbag. Five-year warranty.
Winner: Hyundai Santa Fe
Clever interior with loads of storage and a quality feel. Plenty of silver finishes and some angular themes create a more edgy feel. Blue and white illumination looks different and gives it a fresh flavour, but the lack of a separate clock means the time is not always displayed in the cabin. Third row gets separate air vents but minuscule windows near useless for littlies in the rear.
Similarly functional interior but with a more formal feel thanks to darker plastics and less silver-look finishes. Red illumination also elegant and the separate clock is a win. Third row seats get air vents and fractionally larger side windows, but they're still not enough. Only one power outlet up front (Hyundai has two).
Winner: Kia Sorento
Eager diesel delivers effortless mid-range response making for respectable and easy progress. It also works well with the six-speed auto that slurs changes nicely. Fuel use hovers just under 10.0 litres per 100km in everyday driving, which is good for a sizeable seven-seater. Only gripe is a mild vibration at idle.
Uses the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine as the Hyundai and response is almost identical, although additional weight tempers it fractionally against the stopwatch. It also teams well with the auto and shares its Sport mode, which holds gears longer and is keener to shift down a gear or two. Same vibration at idle.
How it drives
Soft and slushy when pushed and tyre grip only average but fine in regular driving with reasonable comfort and a feeling of control. At nearly two tonnes it's not light but is quiet and composed. Adjustable steering isn't worth the fuss with sub-standard feel in all three modes.
Suspension marginally more composed when pushed while still delivering a cosseting ride. Doesn't take much to reach limits of tyres but is very controllable and comfortable. Same gimmicky steering system.
Winner: Kia Sorento
Quality feel, clever interior and useable diesel engine make the Santa Fe a surprise package for those wanting an occasional seven-seater. Pipped at the line in this splitting hairs exercise but if you prefer the looks it’s a great family SUV.
Edges ahead by a grille in the driving refinement and overall ambience. Sharper pricing adds to the appeal.
Overall winner: Kia Sorento