The 2016 Kia Sorento and the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport are mechanical cousins that offer third-row variants. The vehicles featured in this video are the five-passenger variants. Surprisingly, the 2016 Kia Sorento and the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport have completely different personalities. Both offer turbocharged (GDI) 2.0-liter engines, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD).
As you’ll see in this video, which was filmed amid a heavy rain shower, despite sharing on-paper similarities, these cousins are not alike. Everything from power, performance, electronic amenities, price, interior setup, dimensions and comfort are different between the two. Yes, these differences surprised us as well.
For those of you who don’t know, Kia was partially acquired by Hyundai several years ago. Since then, Kia has done a bang-up job separating its identity from Hyundai. They have unique products, designs and, despite having shared powertrains, Kia tunes theirs differently. This (partially) explains the disparity in performance numbers between the 2016 Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
In this video, we opt to do a comparison review and a series of drag races at our test track.
The results are surprising…