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Buying Sorento 2017 - Gasoline or Diesel

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    Posted: 21 Apr 2017 at 5:53am
Hi all,

Planning to buy a bigger car and since I had good experience with Kia, I'll go for sorento.

The thing is, I'm contemplating between gasoline vs diesel.

Gasoline has

240 hp @ 6,000 rpm ; torque 36 kg·m / 1450~3500rpm

Diesel

202 hp @ 3,800 rpm ; torque 45 kg·m / 1750~2750rpm

kindly advise which one I get

thanks
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Only the 2.2diesel and no petrol is available in the UK and only two petrols and no diesels in the USA, so there are not many countries that experience both to be able to compare.  I would go for petrol over the diesel as although the diesel goes well enough, it is very noisy and not at all economical. It also seems that the latest bait-and-switch scam by the globalists is to demonise and penalise diesel.

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Aha. I didnt know that there is no petrol in UK. I know that there is no diesel in USA hence the reason why I asked here.

The thing is, I have the 2.0 version on my sportage now. Its loud but not really loud. I guess I was not so bothered at all.

But petrol is more quiet and more powerful but its eating alot of gas. But like you said, seems like the world is trying to kill diesel. In korea now, they added more tax to diesel cars for cleaning air. But looking at specs, petrol is emitting more CO2 than diesel.

so I dont know for sure. And for petrol now, they have a recall on some T-GDI engines and those models are 4 years ago!
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Having moved from an 8 year old Santa Fe (theoretically the same engine as the Sorento but I supect the oil filler cap is about the only thing that still the same) I can't believe how quiet the engine is now.  I think it's mostly down to some very good soundproofing and engine isolation rather than the engine itself being quieter but I rarely hear the engine over the road noise unless under hard acceleration - even then it's only really above 3,000 it starts getting noticeable.  There's an effortless and almost silent mid-range woosh of over-taking torque that Rolls-Royce would have loved twenty years ago.  Get out the car and stand beside the engine at tickover though and you'll start looking for the taxi or tractor that sounds like it's right next you.

I'd go for the diesel over the turbo-four every time except for two things (as mentioned already) - one is the cost of diesel in your country and the other is the possibility of taxes or legislation being introduced against diesel.  In the UK diesel is being demonised because of the particulate emissions - they are right but it's the older diesels they need to focus on, not the Euro 6 ones being sold now.   We are likely to see quite a few cities in the UK banning diesels in the near future and our Politicians (who seem to be better at not being caught than yours, but that's about all) won't miss the opportunity to slap more duty on diesel using emissions as an excuse.

If you could get the bigger V6 petrol engine and it was affordable then that would be the default choice but the US write-ups suggest that the turbo-four petrol isn't especially smooth so the diesel may well be the better choice for you.
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