2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE 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.

The GLE’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.

The GLE has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, 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 GLE 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, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The GLE’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

Engine

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The GLE 350’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 70 more horsepower (255 vs. 185) and 95 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cyl. The GLE 350’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6. The GLE 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 72 more horsepower (362 vs. 290) and 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the GLE gets better fuel mileage than the Sorento:

MPG

GLE

RWD

350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

350 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

Sorento

FWD

3.3 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.3 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the GLE 450’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 GLE’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 GLE has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (22.5 vs. 18.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes GLE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Sorento.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GLE 350

GLE 450

Sorento

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12 inches

The GLE 450’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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Sorento (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R17). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The GLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The GLE’s optional 275/45R21 front and 315/40R21 rear tires have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile than the Sorento SX/SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The GLE’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/SXL.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Kia doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Sorento.

The GLE offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Sorento’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The GLE has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLE’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Sorento doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The GLE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 8.5 inches longer than on the Sorento (117.9 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

Passenger Space

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The GLE has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLE has a much larger cargo volume with all its rear seats folded than the Sorento with all its rear seats folded (75 vs. 73 cubic feet).

Towing

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The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sorento’s (7700 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the GLE 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 Mercedes service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Sorento SX/SXL, the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE 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 GLE’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Sorento

If the windows are left open on the GLE the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor). On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The GLE’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.

The GLE 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.

The GLE 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 GLE’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 GLE’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 GLE’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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