2019 Kia Sorento vs. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2019 Kia Sorento in black

2019 Kia Sorento

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe in gray

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

2.4L inline-4 cylinder

Standard Engine

2.4L inline-4 cylinder
185 hp


185 hp
5,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

1,262 pounds

Max. Seating

39.5 inches

Front Headroom

41.2 inches
44.1 inches

Front Legroom

44.1 inches

Leland-area families shopping for a spacious SUV with tons of seating for passengers and storage will find what they’re looking for in the 2019 Kia Sorento. See how it ranks against the Hyundai Santa Fe to determine which SUV is the better fit for your family.


Both crossover SUVs have a standard 2.4L inline-4 cylinder engine that generates 185 hp on the base model. However, the Sorento’s top engine produces 290 hp, while the Santa Fe’s top engine only produces 235 hp.

When you compare the Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai capabilities, you’ll see that the Kia Sorento towing capacity is significantly higher than that of the Santa Fe. When properly equipped, the Sorento can tow up to 5,000 pounds, while the Santa Fe can only tow 1,262 pounds.

Interior Dimensions

The Kia Sorento interior offers individual passenger space that’s comparable to what you’ll find in the cabin of the Hyundai Santa Fe.

2019 Kia Sorento interior specs:

  • 39.5 inches of front headroom
  • 44.1 inches of front legroom
  • 59.1 inches of front shoulder room
  • 39.3 inches of second-row headroom
  • 56.4 inches of second-row hiproom

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior specs:

  • 41.2 inches of front headroom
  • 44.1 inches of front legroom
  • 59.1 inches of front shoulder room
  • 39.2 inches of headroom
  • 56.3 inches of second-row hiproom

While both front seat and second-row passengers will enjoy comparable space, only the Kia Sorento has third-row seating with room for up to seven passengers. The Santa Fe seats just five passengers.

Test Drive the Kia Sorento in Wilmington

Now that you’ve seen how the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe compare in terms of performance and interior space, it’s clear the Sorento is the better choice for your family. You can also learn more about the Sorento safety rating or how it compares to the Honda Pilot. We also have our Kia Sorento vs. Toyota Highlander and Kia Sorento LX vs. EX comparisons for you to review. Contact us to learn more about Kia vs. Hyundai vehicles, or visit our dealership in Wilmington for a test drive.

Looking for an even lower monthly payment? Check out our Kia Sorento lease deals today.

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