Kia Sportage is a proud compact SUV by the South Korean automaker and was initially produced in the year 1993. even after an existence of more than 2 decades in the auto market, this drive has the same charm and glory which is pretty evident with its elevating sales figures of the past years. The third generation Kia Sportage is now in the market with some tweaks and minor revisions and modifications in aspects and technology. The drive has a tough competition with Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V in its segment in the Filipino market.
For Filipino customers, Kia Sportage 2016 is offered with a 2.0-litre e-VGT CRDi diesel engine which looks efficient with the figures it delivers. This sole engine knocks out 185 PS of maximum power at 4000 rpm along with a maximum torque counting to 403 Nm between the range of 1750 and 2750 rpm. This engine is mated with 6-speed automatic gearbox for desired efficiency and performance. Coming to the mileage part, the 2.0-litre engine runs up to 15.80 kmpl in the combined drive cycle which again is pretty decent in the class. The acceleration and pick up of this engine counts to 8.6 seconds while racing from 0 to 100 kmph with an equally decent peak speed.
The latest Sportage is styled and designed in Germany and has traits and design which give a hint of best of Korean and German styling. Have a look at the exterior of this car and you will find a fresh and expensive appearance along with contrasting sharp edges blending perfectly with the smooth surfaces. The headlights and front radiator grille create a distinctive impression while running on road. Just like any other Kia car, the new Sportage also has the Kia signature 'Tiger nose grille' with chrome plating. The overall styling looks very similar to that of the Alfa Romeo 4C while giving an impression of some of the Peugeot cars. The fenders are more noticeable now than the earlier versions and have a sharp line now which runs along the side doors. The overall dimensions carried by this drive count to 4480 mm x 1855 mm x 1655 mm (L X W X H) along with wheelbase measuring to 2670 mm which sounds pretty good for a compact SUV. The minimum ground clearance of the new Sportage is 172 mm while the 19-inch alloy wheels along with complementing tires ensure comfortable off-roading.
Slide inside the cabin of new Kia Sportage and you would notice ample space accommodate 5 passengers. The sporty cabin is packed with numerous features for comfort of the occupants during the drives. The seats, steering wheel and gearshift are wrapped with fine leather material. Other amenities offered in this car are air quality control, sun-visor illumination, voice control and dual-zone automatic climate control system. The cabin is dominated by an advanced infotainment system comprising a 7-inch touchscreen allowing navigation, AM/FM/CD stereo, USB, iPod compatibility and 6 speakers in total. The cargo space allowing in this drive is 503 litres which is bigger than the previous version. This boot can be further enhanced by split folding the rear seats in 60:40 ratio.
Keeping the safety of the occupants in priority, the new Kia Sportage Safety has numerous features which ensure that this front is not neglected. The structure constructed from Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) along with an extremely well-reinforced chassis design is capable of absorbing the impact energy in order to safeguard the occupants. Apart from this safe cage, Kia Sportage 2016 has 6 airbags in total at front and sides to protect the passengers in an event of a collision. Also, for safe and comfortable driving, the new Sportage has drive Mode Select feature through which you can select Normal, Eco or Sport mode according to the road and weather conditions. The Parking Assist System (PAS) packed in Sportage senses the objects and conveys the distance from the vehicle for safety purpose. Also, Anti-Lock Braking System is offered in this drive which is accompanied by ventilated disc brakes at front and solid disc brakes at the rear side.
The new Kia Sportage is a house of numerous aspects and cutting-edge technology which makes it a desirable drive in its segment. The advanced safety features and a performance-centric engine surely goes in its pro while the cramped rear seats in the cabin go against it.
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