2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Atlas Cross Sport has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, 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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Atlas Cross Sport 4Motion’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sorento doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Atlas Cross Sport has standard Car-Net, 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 Atlas Cross Sport and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Sorento’s (7/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas Cross Sport for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sorento.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use 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

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 50 more horsepower (235 vs. 185) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Atlas Cross Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6. The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 252) than the Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas Cross Sport’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.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Atlas Cross Sport

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12 inches

The Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the Sorento (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sorento S/EX/SX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento S/EX/SX.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (117.3 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

For greater off-road capability the Atlas Cross Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Atlas Cross Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas Cross Sport has 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Sorento with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 11.3 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Sorento with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 73 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport’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 Atlas Cross Sport the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Atlas Cross Sport’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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL 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 avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas Cross Sport offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Sorento doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Atlas Cross Sport’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.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas Cross Sport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Sorento doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Sorento.

On extremely cold winter days, the Atlas Cross Sport SEL’s standard 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 Atlas Cross Sport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sorento doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium’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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