Kia Sportage Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that is targeted at those who require utility and increased fuel efficiency when compared to bigger SUVs. Kia first introduced the Sportage in the model year 1995. year, and has since launched three generations. The current model was introduced with the model year of 2011.
Contrary to what the name Kia Sportage may suggest, this vehicle isn’t a sporty driving experience. However, for a smaller SUV, it can provide more fun on the road than many other models, making it the perfect vehicle for drivers who enjoy driving with a passion but needs the practicality of a small SUV. However, the Sportage’s sporty handling can make for some rough rides. The 2.4-liter engine has decent acceleration however, the turbocharged engine lets the Sportage move much more with comfort.
Trims and Pricing
Kia has the Sportage in four trim levels: base, LX EX as well as SX. The base models are well-equipped with 60/40 split rear seats that fold and leather upholstery with air conditioning trip computer alloy wheels of 16 inches, cruise control with power windows, power locks, tilt-only steering wheel Bluetooth along with a stereo that has four speakers satellite radio iPod/USB connection and an Auxiliary Jack. LX models include basic features including LED-lit running lamps, privacy glass in the rear 17-inch alloy wheels as well as keyless entry. The Convenience option comes including a spoiler for the rear with rear parking sensors, backup camera and heated side mirrors. roof rack rails as well as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and car area covering. EX models include everything that is included in the Convenience Package with foglights and auto headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power adjustable driver seat and dual zone automatic climate control with upgraded upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Uvo infotainment system, HD radio with digital music storage, and the tiny touchscreen. SX models include keyless ignition and keyless entry as well as sport-tuned suspensions, leather upholstery, nicer gauges, and unique trim on the exterior as well as interior. All trim levels is a Premium model that includes the ability to dim your rearview mirror leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof keys for ignition and keyless entry and a ventilated drivers seat as well as upgraded gauges. The base model is also available with navigation systems which provides real-time traffic updates. A Sportage is equipped with an invoice from the factory of around $20,000 for a base model, and an MSRP of around $20,500. The LX trim adds approximately $2,000 to the MSRP while EX is an additional $3000. SX models increase the MSRP an additional $2500. Your certified dealer can provide you with an easy shopping experience, and an upfront cost with the assurance of savings.
Engine and Performance
Two engines are available on Kia Sportage. Two engine options are available for Kia Sportage. The first, available with all models except the SX models, is an 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates the equivalent of 176 horsepower and 168 pounds of torque. Base models are only equipped with a manual transmission of six speeds however the other models are equipped with a six-speed auto which comes with a manual shift feature. Front-wheel drive is standard on base model, and it is standard on all other models. The EPA estimates that fuel efficiency as 21mpg when in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg with front-wheel drive. The addition of all-wheel drive raises those figures to 20 mpg in the city 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg when combined. Another engine comes with an 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 269 pounds of torque. EPA estimated fuel efficiency comes with 21 mpg when in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, these estimates increase to 20 mpg for city driving, 25 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg when combined.
Interior of Kia Sportage’s interior Kia Sportage is distinctive enough to distinguish itself from the crowd of compact SUVs on roads today. Buyers have the option of gray or black seats, as well as a variety of designs for the upholstery. The other great features are the hard-textured plastic that doesn’t feel like the hard plastic. There is a good amount in soft materials are distributed across the cabin. The build quality is excellent and everything inside is organized in a way and makes accessing the various controls when driving a breeze. Larger adults are able to fit into the seats in front, which are well-padded and provide good support. Rear seats tend to be smaller and therefore aren’t able to accommodate large adults however, they do have 37.9 inches of legroom are more than that found in other cars. The cargo area is good and offers 26.7 cubic feet storage space. The rear seats can be folded down, which expands the space to 54.6 cubic feet. A unique tray system is concealed under the floor in the cargo area that allows you for storing various items in a place where they don’t slide through the cargo space.