Kia Sportage

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Improved handling and safety tech

Date Posted: July 3, 2016
By Zack Spencer

The Kia Sportage compact crossover, or SUV, to competes in the highly competitive compact utility set. The Kia Sportage has seating for 5-passengers and is available with FWD or AWD. The top Sportage SX model has a powerful turbocharged engine and advanced safety systems. This Korean compact utility shares some components with its cousin, the Hyundai Tucson, but Kia has taken a different approach, featuring a 6-speed automatic and larger available turbo engine.

Kia started out as a value brand but has brought cutting edge design and technology to its brand to help it stand out from the pack.

 

 

The latest Kia Sportage was designed to make a statement, with bolder styling, hoping to be a rebel in the homogenous compact utility market. The dimensions of the latest model are slightly larger than the outgoing model and not fits right well with families on the move.

 

All Sportage model come with alloy wheels, there are different front designs depending if it is a FWD or AWD model. In addition the top turbo model gets duel exhaust and quad fog lights.

 

This practical utility vehicle comes with two engines and is sold with FWD or AWD. The base engine is a powerful 2.4L 4-cylinder with 181hp. This engine is more than up to the job of moving this stylish vehicle around. This engine is sold on all models except the top trim. This version is called SX and gets a even more powerful 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 240hp and 260lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel economy is rated at 11.3L/100km in the City and 9.5 on the highway (23MPG in the city and 30 on the highway) with the turbo engine.

 

 

The interior is a sportier take on a family utility with the dash turned slightly towards the driver for a cockpit feel. The latest model has a roomier cabin and larger rear cargo opening, which can be power operated. The base screen size is a 5-inch unit that also comes standard with a backup camera. There is an optional 7-inch screen and navigation is available. Android Auto and Apple Car Play are also included.

 

Safety is covered with front, side and curtain air bags along with standard traction and stability control. Advanced safety systems like forward collision warning with autonomous braking is not offered (Only the top SX trim gets added safety features like blind spot detection and cross-traffic alert

 

The Tucson starts at roughly $25,000 (US $23,000) for FWD models and the non-turbo engine. The top Turbo starts at around $39,000 (US $33,000)

 

Highlights

This stylish Kia was designed to stand out and it does on several levels. It has a bold look; a comfortable cabin with many available features and Kia placed handling as a priority and it shows. The base engine is more than up to the job, where the turbo is just a more powerful version.

 

Kia has done a good job here but the price no longer reflects all-out value, they have moved this utility mainstream, however the lack of advanced safety features is a step behind.

 

 

This stylish Kia was designed to stand out and it does on several levels
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