Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 Kia Sorento Near Washington, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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2018 Kia Sorento

Safety Comparison

The Atlas has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Atlas SEL/SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Volkswagen Atlas has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sorento doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Atlas and the Sorento have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Atlas comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Sorento’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 12000 miles sooner.

The Atlas’ corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the Sorento’s (10/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Atlas’ engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Sorento’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine Comparison

The Atlas has more powerful engines than the Sorento:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Atlas 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

235 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Atlas 3.6 DOHC V6

276 HP

266 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

178 lbs.-ft.

Sorento EX 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Sorento 3.3 DOHC V6

290 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Atlas FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better city fuel mileage than the Sorento EX FWD turbo 4 cyl.

(22 city vs. 20 city).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Atlas’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sorento doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Atlas’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Sorento:

 

Atlas

Sorento

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

12 inches

The Atlas’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Atlas has larger standard tires than the Sorento (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Atlas’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sorento (255/50R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Atlas’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sorento L/LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Atlas’ optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sorento SX/SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Atlas’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/SXL.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Atlas’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sorento doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas’ wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (117.3 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sorento.

For greater off-road capability the Atlas has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sorento (8 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Atlas to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Atlas has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room, 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 2 inches more third row headroom, 2 inches more third row legroom, 3.7 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Atlas’ cargo area provides more volume than the Sorento.

 

Atlas

Sorento

Behind Third Seat

20.6 cubic feet

11.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.5 cubic feet

38 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

96.8 cubic feet

73 cubic feet

The Atlas’ cargo area is larger than the Sorento’s in every dimension:

 

Atlas

Sorento

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

23.8”/53”/85”

14.7”/44.7”/78”

Max Width

61.6”

53.5”

Min Width

45”

41.2”

Height

37.5”

33.1”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Atlas’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Sorento.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Atlas SEL Premium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sorento doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Atlas’ standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Atlas SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Sorento doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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