Pecheles Automotive Compares 2016 Kia Sorento VS 2016 BMW X4 Near Greenville, NC

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2016 Kia Sorento

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2016 Kia Sorento

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2016 BMW X4

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sorento are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X4 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Sorento (except L/LX)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sorento and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Sorento as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The X4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Sorento comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The X4’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sorento 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the X4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 78 percent more Kia dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sorento’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sorento first among midsize SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The X4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sorento uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sorento has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X4 (18.8 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sorento stops shorter than the X4:



60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Sorento’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the X4’s (36.3 feet vs. 39 feet). The Sorento AWD’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the X4’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Sorento may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the BMW X4.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sorento offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X4 can only carry 5.

The Sorento has 3.7 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sorento’s middle row seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sorento’s cargo area provides more volume than the X4.



Third Seat Folded

38 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

38.8 cubic feet

17.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

73 cubic feet

49.4 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sorento offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Sorento SX/Limited’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sorento’s optional front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The X4’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sorento has a standard rear wiper. The X4 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sorento has standard extendable sun visors. The X4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Sorento Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The Sorento (except L/LX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

The Kia Sorento has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Award



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