2020 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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Safety

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The Tiguan has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Tiguan (except S/SE) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

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

The Tiguan 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 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 Tiguan and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Tiguan’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 Tiguan 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 Tiguan’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

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The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Tiguan is faster than the Kia Sorento 4-cylinder:

Tiguan

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

16.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Tiguan gets better mileage than the Sorento:

MPG

Tiguan

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Sorento

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

3.3 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

3.3 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’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.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Tiguan higher (7 out of 10) than the Kia Sorento (5). This means the Tiguan produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sorento every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tiguan

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.6 inches

The Tiguan stops shorter than the Sorento:

Tiguan

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/40R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line’s 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 Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line has standard 20-inch wheels. The Sorento’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tiguan SEL 4Motion® handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Tiguan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (7.9 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Tiguan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Tiguan is 3.9 inches shorter than the Sorento, making the Tiguan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tiguan

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

12 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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The Tiguan’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 Tiguan’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 Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan 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.

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

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

The Tiguan’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.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium R-Line’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 Tiguan SEL/SEL Premium’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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tiguan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tiguan will cost $285 less than the Sorento over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tiguan is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because typical repairs cost much less on the Tiguan than the Sorento, including $3 less for front brake pads and $287 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tiguan third among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sorento isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Volkswagen Tiguan outsold the Kia Sorento by 15% during 2019.

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