What is the Difference Between the 2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento?

2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento

Kia SUV Comparison

Engineered to excite, the 2020 Kia Sportage and 2019 Kia Sorento are designed with you in mind. The Southlake Kia team in Merrillville, IN, composed this Kia SUV comparison to help you decide which model is right for you. It should be noted that the new Sportage starts at $23,990 MSRP, while the larger Sorento starts at $26,290 MSRP.

Already have your heart set on one of these SUVs? Explore the new inventory at our Kia dealership in Merrillville, IN, to find your favorite trim. If you have any questions about the 2020 Kia Sportage versus the 2019 Kia Sorento, contact a Southlake Kia representative at (219) 947-1600 or fill out our online form.

2020 Kia Sportage LX vs. 2019 Kia Sorento L

The evenly matched 2020 Kia Sportage and 2019 Sorento both include a standard six-speed automatic transmission and hill start assist, although only the Sportage has drive mode select. Learn more about each model’s engine specifications below.

2020 Kia Sportage LX

2020 Kia Sportage LX

2.4L I4



181 HP


175 lb.-ft.

MPG (city)


MPG (hwy)


2019 Kia Sorento L

2019 Kia Sorento L

2.4L I4



185 HP


178 lb.-ft.

MPG (city)


MPG (hwy)


Interior Design

The new Sportage and 2019 Kia Sorento base trims both provide manual air conditioning, power door locks and windows, and steering wheel-mounted controls for your convenience. However, the 2020 Sportage is equipped with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with 17-step recline, an under-rear-cargo-floor storage compartment, and woven cloth seat trim, while the Sorento offers a 40/20/40 split-folding, sliding, and auto-folding 2nd-row seat, 50/50 split-folding 3rd-row seat, and cloth seats with YES Essentials® fabric treatment.


2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento Safety

Keep your loved ones safe with the 2020 Kia Sportage or all-new Sorento. Each of these Kia SUVs includes a rear camera display, traction control system, and electronic stability control to keep you on the road. The Sportage takes your safety a step further with the following considerations:

  • Downhill brake control
  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision avoidance-assist with pedestrian detection
  • Lane keeping assist


Turn heads when you drive the new Sportage or 2019 Sorento. Both of these SUVs boast 17-in. alloy wheels, auto headlight control, LED daytime running lights, and privacy glass, but that’s where their similarities stop. Unlike the Sorento, the 2020 Sportage is standardly equipped with sound-absorbing front windshield glass. However, the all-new Sorento offers standard power, heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators.


2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento technology

Both the 2020 Sportage and 2019 Kia Sorento are tech-savvy SUVs, featuring Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth®, a media hub, and more. However, the Sportage has a standard 8-in. touchscreen infotainment display, while the Sorento provides a 7-in. touchscreen.


One of the most significant differences between the 2020 Kia Sportage and the new Kia Sorento is size. The Sportage is classified as a compact SUV, while the larger Sorento competes in the midsize SUV category. View each model’s dimensions below to see which best accommodates your family’s needs.

2020 Kia Sportage LX


2019 Kia Sorento L

64.4 in.


66.3 in.

176.4 in.


189 in.

73 in.


74.4 in.

60.1 cu.-ft.

Cargo Capacity

73 cu.-ft.

Further Reading

Looking to learn more about the 2020 Kia Sportage or 2019 Kia Sorento? Check out our Sportage and Sorento model hubs where you’ll find additional information on trims, safety features, technology, and so much more! If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to a Southlake Kia representative at (219) 947-1600.

2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Kia Sorento in snow