Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Kia Sorento VS 2017 Audi Q5 Near Buford, GA

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2017 Kia Sorento

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2017 Kia Sorento

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2017 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Autonomous Emergency Braking optional in the Sorento as “Superior.” The Q5 scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Sorento (except L)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sorento Limited has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Q5 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Sorento and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Kia Sorento is safer than the Audi Q5:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

209 lbs.

234 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

27/330 lbs.

1014/735 lbs.




5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

179 lbs.

184 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

227/253 lbs.

548/381 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Kia Sorento is safer than the Audi Q5:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

108 G’s

126 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

689 lbs.

776 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Q5’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 Audi covers the Q5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sorento’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Sorento’s reliability will be 48% better than the Q5.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sorento second among midsize SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Sorento’s optional 3.3 DOHC V6 produces 18 more horsepower (290 vs. 272) than the Q5 3.0T’s optional 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sorento uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sorento is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q5.

For better maneuverability, the Sorento’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Sorento AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Q5’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Kia Sorento may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sorento offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The Sorento has 52.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q5 (154.2 vs. 101.5).

The Sorento has .1 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sorento’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.




Third Seat Folded

38 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

38.8 cubic feet

29.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

73 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

The Sorento’s cargo area is larger than the Q5’s in almost every dimension:




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



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sorento’s available cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 Q5 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 Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sorento has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Sorento and the Q5 offer available heated front seats. The Sorento Limited also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q5.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Sorento’s optional (except L/LX/EX) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional UVO for the Sorento (not available L) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sorento is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sorento than the Q5, including $313 less for a water pump, $67 less for front brake pads, $504 less for a starter, $9 less for fuel injection, $211 less for a fuel pump, $213 less for front struts and $268 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Sorento will be $12894 to $13255 less than for the Audi Q5.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Sorento and the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sorento first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Kia Sorento outsold the Audi Q5 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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