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
The 2014 Kia Sorento is at it again. Technically a mid-cycle refresh, this Sorento has lots of new parts and features, so one would be forgiven for thinking it is an all-new model.
The 2014 Kia Sorento begins at $28,475 for an LX trim, with the price climbing up all the way to $42,375 for the high-grade SX that I recently tested.
Being the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of the 2014 Kia Sorento line, the SX is chalk-full of goodies. The list is lengthy and consists of a scenic sunroof, 19-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, a power liftgate, HID headlights, LED taillights, an Infinity premium audio system, blind-spot detection system, GPS navigation, Bluetooth, leather-made seats and heated/cooled front seats. Oh, and not to forget that back seat residents likewise get heated seats at that trim level.
Whatever Kia designers performed in refreshing the 2014 Kia Sorento, they get my nod of approval.
A rethought front fascia is larger and lower which gives the 2014 Kia Sorento a more famous appearance, which is more boosted by the LED daytime running lights and a sharpened tiger-nose grille.
The back end also gets LED tail lights as part of a brand-new rear appearance.
One thing to know when picking the SX trim is your selection of color is restricted to four: Bright Silver, Snow White Pearl, Titanium Silver and Ebony Black, which was the shade of my tester. The reason is that the SX trim includes the SX appearance plan and, given the 4 options, black would be at the top of my list.
On the within of the 2014 Kia Sorento SX, life is good. With the cooled leather-made seats, wood-trimmed wheel and scenic sunroof that floods the cabin with light, there was absolutely nothing to grumble about.
I especially suched as the seven-inch TFT LCD display that changes the standard speedometer in the center gauge cluster. Not just does it show your speed, however it will also reveal vehicle details and navigation directions. And it’s so well done that I needed to take a close look to even tell it was a digital display.
The center stack gets an eight-inch display, with the controls nicely arranged into clusters. Up top is the audio system, the middle area is booked for ventilation and the lower buttons manage the heated and cooled natural leather seats.
USB and an auxiliary and power outlet complete the center of the 2014 Kia Sorento.
There are two engine options in the 2014 Kia Sorento. The base LX model is only readily available with the smaller 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, ranked at 191 horsepower and 181 foot-pounds of torque.
The bigger engine is a 3.3-litre gas direct-injection V6 that delivers up to 290 horse power and 252 foot-pounds of torque. In the SX and all trims, power is handled through a six-gear automatic gated transmission, and the entire setup is very smooth and truly never misses out on a beat even under difficult acceleration. The configuration was yet another part of the 2014 Kia Sorento that amazed me.
No matter which cut you choose, each is offered with all-wheel drive– which is conventional on SX models.
Some of the changes for the 2014 Kia Sorento pointed out earlier impact the drive of the CUV. For motorists, there is now Electric Motor Driven Power Steering instead of the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model. Kia states this improves steering feel and lowers weight– always a good thing. And at the helm, you can now pick between Comfort, Normal and Sport guiding modes.
Kia engineers also went to work under the 2014 Kia Sorento, revising the chassis to enhance rigidity by 18 per cent, the automaker said. This causes an enhanced ride and handling, while various other adjustments have actually assisted to reduce sound vibration from the road from getting in the cabin.
Fuel efficiency for the 2014 Kia Sorento SX is rated at 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres on city streets and 8.4 L/100 km on the motorway. My average became at a bit more than 13 L/100 km.
An included benefit of the brand-new framework is more interior room, Kia states. That is always welcome for a vehicle that is meant to carry your family– and everything that goes with that– around town or approximately the home.
And while the 2014 Kia Sorento generally has space for five travelers, the CUV– like your family– can expand. There’s SX seven-seater (a 3rd row is likewise offered on the LX V6 AWD), which is just $1,200 more than the SX that holds five.
There is, nevertheless, a price to spend for that extra seating room in regards to payload capability. When you flip up the optional third row, the 36.9 cubic feet of space offered in the five-seater is lowered to only 9.0 cubic feet.
With all the seats down, however, either model has the same 72.4 cubic feet of space.
The 2014 Kia Sorento likewise gets some new devices to make your driving more secure, including a blind spot detection system. Combined with the rear-view camera, you are constantly kept familiar with your surrounding when behind the wheel.
While I didn’t get any tasty southern BBQ while testing the 2014 Kia Sorento, there’s no rejecting that Kia seems to have found the right recipe with this automobile.
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.
While the two models share the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe name, and were developed together, the XL does have some differentiating qualities.
There’s a distinct silhouette because of the enhanced cargo and traveler space, and also its own character lines.
In advance, the XL has a various grille design, and the back end gets dual chrome exhaust outlets that are incorporated into the rear bumper.
On the within, the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL is basically the like its smaller sized sibling– except for the folding 3rd row of seats.
That implies the control panel provides a well provided set of determines and manages, comfy seats and a really enlightened cabin thanks to the huge scenic sunroof.
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The steering-wheel-mounted controls can be used for almost everything– some may even state there are a lot of buttons. But once you comprehend them all, it’s quite instinctive. On top of the radio, cruise control and Bluetooth functions, the driver can likewise check out the different information displays at the touch of a button or customize the steering sensitiveness.
In the Limited trims, the middle bench is changed with a set of captain’s chairs. And while that decreases the seating ability, it does permit simpler mobility in between the second and 3rd row of seats.
Unlike the five-seat variation of the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe where you have an option of engines, Hyundai takes the guesswork out of the formula for the XL.
The only offering for the 6- and seven-seat version of the crossover is a 3.3-litre fuel direct-injection V6, with 290 horsepower and 252 foot-pounds of torque going to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe ActiveECO system allows the motorist to customize the engine and transmission controls with a dash-mounted button. That will, Hyundai claims, smooth out throttle feedback and increase real-world fuel economy by 5 to 7 per cent.
Mentioning which, fuel consumption is rated at 11.7 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 8.0 L/100 km on the motorway. My outcome was approximately 12.7 L/100 km around Montreal.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited has all the animal conveniences one can request for, consisting of a power liftgate, warmed and cooled seats, and third-row ventilation.
Accessing the third-row seats on the XL is really quite easy, even for a full-sized adult. With the pull of a latch, the second-row captain seat in the Limited trim slides forward and you can climb up into the back 2 seats. Given it’s a tight squeeze and getting out was a little more challenging for me, however it is totally workable.
Behind the 3rd row, there is 13.5 cubic feet of area offered if you have the third row of seats in place. There’s 40.9 cubic feet of storage that opens up and dropping all the seats gives you 80 cubic feet to work with if you just need the middle row.
The XL can likewise hold its own in the towing department, with a maximum capability of 2,268 kilograms.
While going up a size is not always a good feeling for many, the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL doesn’t miss out on a beat. When needed ways that bigger can look better, the added versatility of more passenger room and extra cargo capacity.