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2019 Kia Sorento

Starting Price: $26,980 | Price Yours

Above Average: More inexpensive than many in its size class; optional V6; automatic braking with pedestrian detection

Below Average: Smaller than average for its class; 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity; a bit cramped in the third row

Consensus: In the midsize crossover SUV class, the Kia Sorento differentiates itself by being a bit smaller than competitors, but also less expensive. It’s no longer offered with a two-row configuration, and the third row is only good for kids or shorter trips. The base 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is respectable, but if you’re doing any driving in higher elevations or with full loads, we recommend the optional V6.
 

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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Starting Price: $25,290 | Price Yours

Above Average: Good power from turbocharged engine; offered with or without third-row seat; good off-road capability

Below Average: Resale values and reliability aren’t class leading; optional third-row seat is best only for short trips or small passengers

Consensus: The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is an elegant, sporty compact SUV that offers 7-pasenger seating, a powerful turbocharged engine, and solid off-road capability. While there have been reliability issues in the past, Volkswagen seeks to put your mind at ease with an outstanding 6-year/72,000-mile warranty.
 

The 2019 Kia Sorento and Volkswagen Tiguan are similar-size smaller SUVs that both offer three rows of seating, although those seats are probably best used by shorter people or for shorter trips (or both). Their power is similar, although the Tiguan has only a single engine choice (a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder). The Kia offers an optional upgraded V6, which puts it about 100 horses ahead of the Volkswagen. They’re both reasonably priced and offer very respectable warranties. The Tiguan’s bumper-to-bumper eclipses that of the Sorento, which may allay the fears of some who are concerned about VW reliability issues.

Similarities

Outstanding warranties; both offer three rows of seating in a smaller package; third row for both is pretty cramped as a result; similar starting prices; fuel mileage

Kia Sorento Advantages

Optional V6; higher towing capacity

Volkswagen Tiguan Advantages

Better off-road; option for only two rows of seats

Final Recommendation

There is much to recommend both the 2019 Kia Sorento and the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. If you have very specific needs, then the choice is easy, as the Sorento has a higher towing capacity and an optional V6, but the VW offers some excellent off-road packages and higher ground clearance. But there are many positives about both, from the Tiguan’s European styling to the Kia’s build quality and resale value.

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  2019 Kia Sorento 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 184 hp @ 4,400 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 221 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy) 25 mpg (22 city/29 hwy)
Also Available 3.3-liter V6; Automatic, 8-Spd  
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 6 years/72,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 5 or 7
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 109.8 inches
Overall Length 189.0 inches 185.1 inches
Width 74.4 inches 72.4 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.3 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 37.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 36.3 inches 33.8 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 40.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 31.7 inches 27.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 57.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 52.8 inches 47.8 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 123.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (behind 3rd row)  11.3 cu. ft.  12.0 cu. ft.
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