The fourth-generation edition of Kia’s Sportage crossover is an outstanding SUV that challenges “premium” marques on every score – and often comes out ahead. In addition to its excellent engine range and the renowned effectiveness of its safety features and engine, the latest model has been extensively restyled and boasts a larger array of driver-convenience technology than ever before.
The Sportage delivers more responsive handling and precise steering. The most
powerful engine in its range, the 2.0 litre 182hp diesel, can thrust the
vehicle from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds, and achieve a theoretical top speed of
121mph – impressive figures for such a large vehicle.
A “tiger nose” grille brings the fascia of the Sportage more into line with the rest of the manufacturer’s range. The strong character lines running along the side panel, and between the two rear taillight clusters, are based on the 2013 Provo concept car. Heightened and flared wheel arches, as well as large foglight clusters and raised headlights, give the fourth-generation vehicle a distinctive and imposing look.
cabin has better finishes and a more sophisticated feel than the
third-generation version, as well as reduced levels of noise, vibration and
harshness. Legroom and headroom have both been improved, and loadspace has been
increased to 503 litres. Class-leading heating and ventilation systems (tested
in California’s Death Valley) ensure that you stay refreshed throughout your
Two petrol and two diesel engines are available with the Sportage, all of them compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations. The 1.6 litre GDI petrol unit provides 130hp, whilst its turbocharged T-GDI counterpart (only available in Sport GT Line trim) supplies an impressive 175hp. The 1.7 litre or 2.0 litre diesel engines, for their part, deliver reduced fuel consumptions and CO2 emissions whilst being capable of power outputs between 113hp and 182hp.
Another area in which the Sportage stands out is its host of advanced safety features. Along with a high-tensile steel structure that increases torsional rigidity by 50 percent, a full complement of airbags and ISOFIX child seat fixings, a multitude of active safety features are aimed at ensuring that collisions do not take place. The Vehicle Stability Management system standard to all models ensures maximum traction in the worst conditions, whilst optional extras include highlights such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist, which adjusts headlight ranges based on road conditions and the proximity of other road users.