2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Sorento doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Sorento have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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.

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

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sorento doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Discovery has standard InControl that uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in 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 Discovery and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 634 to 1090 pounds more than the Kia Sorento. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Sorento’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 155 more horsepower (340 vs. 185) and 154 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 50 more horsepower (340 vs. 290) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 69 more horsepower (254 vs. 185) and 265 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 191 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Kia Sorento:

Discovery

Sorento 4 cyl.

Sorento V6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

9.1 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.9 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

82.7 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’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.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (22.4 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (23.8 vs. 18.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

The Discovery’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 Discovery stops much shorter than the Sorento:

Discovery

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (285/40R22 vs. 235/65R17).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento S/EX/SX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento S/EX/SX.

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Sorento, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare that limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Sorento (115 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8.7 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 3.8 inches higher than on the Sorento (11.1 vs. 7.3 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.6 inches more third row headroom, 1.8 inches more third row legroom and .6 inches more third row hip room than the Sorento.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Sorento doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.

Discovery

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

11.8 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sorento doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Both the Discovery and the Sorento offer second row automatic folding seats. The Discovery’s optional third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (8201 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Discovery 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.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Sorento SX, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional 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 Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sorento’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Discovery’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 Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery’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 manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sorento’s headlights that were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Sorento doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Discovery detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sorento doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery’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 Discovery has standard 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.

Both the Discovery and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Discovery also offers optional heated second row seats and the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional heated third row seats to keep all passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Neither heated second nor third row seats are available in the Sorento.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Sorento doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

On extremely cold winter days, the Discovery’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Discovery 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 Discovery’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 Discovery’s standard 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 Discovery’s Park 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.

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