2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Sorento doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and Sorento have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Sorento’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q5. But it costs extra on the Sorento.

The Q5 has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Q5 and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Kia Sorento:

 

Q5

Sorento

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

25%

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

81 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/49 lbs.

27/330 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

187

245

Neck Injury Risk

34%

43%

Neck Stress

134 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

124 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

90/55 lbs.

227/253 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Audi Q5 is safer than the Kia Sorento:

 

Q5

Sorento

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

60

71

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

98 G’s

108 G’s

Hip Force

279 lbs.

309 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

817 lbs.

818 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

219

261

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

600 lbs.

689 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sorento’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Sorento’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 63 more horsepower (248 vs. 185) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the Kia Sorento:

 

Q5

Sorento 4 cyl.

Sorento V6

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

9.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

82.7 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q5 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento AWD V6 (22 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Sorento doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Sorento doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Sorento doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

 

Q5

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops shorter than the Sorento:

 

Q5

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Q5’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento SX/SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Q5’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/SXL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Sorento (111 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Q5 Prestige handles at .79 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Sorento LX (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.2 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Q5 is 5.4 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Q5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Sorento with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (4400 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Sorento. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Kia is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

The Q5 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Q5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q5 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Sorento’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Sorento.

The Q5’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sorento offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Q5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

The Q5’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Q5’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Q5 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

The Q5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q5 will retain 52.7% to 53.4% of its original price after five years, while the Sorento only retains 45.18% to 49.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost much less on the Q5 than the Sorento, including $357 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q5 and the Kia Sorento, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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