The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2014 Kia Sorento are two interesting vehicles that attract a lot of attention with design, performances and fuel economy. These two crossovers are great choice for people that need little extra room but do not want to pay it with significantly lower fuel efficiency.
2014 Kia Sorento
With the 2014 Kia Sorento we are getting a mid-cycle refresh but since it will come with many changes we can almost say that it is an all-new model. Starting price for the LX trim will be $28,475 while the SX model will cost about $42,375. Top of the line version will offer great features like HID headlights, LED tail lights, 19 inch wheels, power liftgate, Bluetooth, GPS navigation, Infiniti premium audio system, leather seats, heated front seats, cooled front seats, blind spot detection and similar.
Changes that are offered in the design segment for the 2014 Kia Sorento are something that we really like. You will easily notice this model on the road while the elegance and refinement has been pushed to the next level. At the front we have already mentioned HID headlights that are nicely incorporated with the tiger nose grille that become the Kia recognizable feature. If you are going for the SX trim you will be able to choose between only four colors and some drivers will mind this but still Ebony Black, Titanium Silver, Bright Silver and Snow White Pearl come quite impressive.
When it comes to the interior and the looks of the cabin there are not many things that we can say against it. Quality and looks have been improved and the leather seats with optional heating and cooling features are great. Especially great is the panoramic sunroof that offers immense amount of light in interior. Added features like power outlet and USB connection certainly widens the list of potential buyers.
In the engine department you are able to choose between two options. Base model comes with 2.4 liter four cylinder unit that delivers 191 hp ad 181 lb-ft of torque. This is pretty good but still the more powerful option is the much better match for this pretty heavy vehicle. With 3.3 liter gasoline direct injection powerplant that comes with V6 layout we are getting 290 hp and 252 pounds-feet of torque.
Both units are offered in combination with quite smooth six speed automatic transmission and even the less powerful engine will return decent performances. Also, in many cases, the all-wheel drive that is available can come handy. Handling is on good level but do not expect anything revolutionary in this segment. There are three modes in which you can set it and those will impact the steering feel and weight, available options include comfort, normal and sport options.
Further changes to the chassis resulted in higher level of rigidity by 18 percent and as a result we have a much stiffer body that is both safer and offer better handling. It also lowers the level of noise and vibrations in interior with added sound proof materials. With new chassis we are getting more room inside and if you need to transport more than five you will be able to opt for the seven seat model that costs only $1,200 more.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
When it pertains to sizes, individuals do not typically like to see the letters XL appear on their tags.
But in Hyundai’s case, including those letters to its Sante Fe nameplate was an indication that the automaker provided a much more flexible version of its crossover.
The XL variation can fit six or 7 passengers, relying on trim level, and it is 215 millimetres longer than the traditional five-seater.
Prices for the XL begins at $31,888.70 (location and other charges included) for the base front-wheel-drive version, topping off at $45,088.70 for the Limited AWD version with Saddle Leather. That’s the model I checked just recently and I was rather taken by the color of the leather-made interior, a nice brown that contrasted the Iron Frost outside.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe also comes in two versions where you can use it to transport five passengers and depending on the trim level six or seven people. Version with more space is about 215 mm longer and that is something you will notice when comparing these two versions. Prices for the standard version start from $29,990 while the XL model starts from about $32,500 making it slightly more expensive than the competitor in this article.
It was important for the Hyundai to clearly distinguish these two models even they have the same name. XL version is longer and offer more space plus it comes with slightly different lines on the exterior. Grille design is different and on the back we have dual chrome exhausts that are implemented into the rear bumper.
Santa Fe Vs Sorento
With the mounted steering wheel controls you will be able to access almost any settings that are offered with the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. There is pretty much large number of buttons that control lots of things but it is not that hard to learn those allowing you to easily and fast adjust all that you need. Things like steering sensitiveness, display, Bluetooth, radio controls, cruise control all can be access with the usage of buttons on steering wheel. For the Limited trim we are getting captain’s chairs that reduce seating capacity to six but allow much easier access to the third row of seats.
Only option in the engine department is the 3.3 liter V6 refined with direct injection that comes with 290 hp and 252 pound-feet of torque. It is enough for the XL model that comes with higher weight while the standard five seats Sport model comes with slightly different engines. Base is the 2.4 liter direct injection engine with 190 hp while you can also opt for the 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection gasoline engine with impressive 265 hp and only one mpg in city lower fuel economy than the 2.4 liter naturally aspirated model.
Similar to its competitor the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with most features that will successfully satisfy most drivers. Things like warmed and cooled seats, power liftgate, third row ventilation, sunroof, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, high quality sound system and similar are either offered as standard or as option.