Kia Sportage: Review

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Kia are slowly becoming a popular choice when it comes to family cars or a hot hatchback because of their distinctive and attractive appearance. The Kia Sportage was introduced in 2010 and is now a strong competitor in terms of SUV’s. It’s true that the Sportage has been a game changer for Kia, as it helped double its sales from 2010 -2016, but is it as good as it seems?

Drive and Performance
First of all, the Kia Sportage offers a fantastic range of both petrol and diesel engines, which offer both power and performance. The two go-to engines include the turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which both have the potential to beat its rivals because of how impressive they are.
The Kia Sportage is a perfectly capable SUV, especially when you compare it to its rivals. With the drive being smooth on and off road with direct and very controlled steering, it’s offers what you expect from such a large car. A front-wheel drive is offered, but the smart thing about the Sportage is that if it recognises that the front wheels are losing grip, up to 40% of the power can be passed to the rear. In order to get the best performance possible, make sure the 19-inch wheels are avoided as the drive they offer is rather jolty.

Design
The Sportage has proved that Kia are capable of creating an attractive SUV which offers a strong road presence. It’s all new distinctive and stylish design features a large front grille which aims to boost performance and keep the engine cool. As well as this, the Sportage has been designed with a sloped roof, which gives it the same prestigious look as the Porsche Cayenne. So it’s capability is high, especially in terms of its looks.

Cabin
Trim levels:

– 1 & KX-1
– 2 & KX-2
– 3 & KX-3
– 4 & KX-4
– First Edition
– GT-Line

In the first generation Sportage, the interior was the weakest section as it contained low quality materials and less space but the new Kia Sportage has made a huge turn around. In order to reach its current standard, Kia have taken aspects of the Sorento and featured it within the new Sportage model, upping its game in terms of higher quality materials and an all-round better look.
The infotainment system is extremely generous as you can choose either an 7/8-inch touchscreen, which is responsive and easy to navigate, as well as being tilted slightly towards the driver for easier access. Additional extras are available for the higher spec trims, including rear parking sensors.
With the Kia Sportage being such a large SUV, when you look inside, space is not an issue. You’re able to comfortably fit four tall adults within the cabin, or a family. For extra comfort, the seats recline up to 14 degrees and if you choose a higher trim, your seats could also be heated. The boot is better than any of its rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai and the Renault Kadjar, as it’s able to hold an amazing 503-litres worth.

Verdict
Overall, it took Kia a couple of years to realise the Sportage’s potential and they’ve finally cracked it – it can be seen as a great SUV if that’s what you’re looking for. The whole driving experience is pretty good with a few downfalls including the average handling and ride but the performance is enough to persuade you.
It’s true that the Sportage has completely upped Kia’s game and has made them more popular than ever. If you’re looking for an SUV which is capable, looks good and offers a comfortable drive, the Sportage should be in your list – but prepare to spend a little extra money for high-tech equipment.

Car leasing in the UK is a great way to drive the car you love for as little as £89 per month. If you’re not too fond of the Kia Sportage, there are a range of lease cars which are similar – but offer more. As well as this, if SUV’s aren’t for you, Kia offer a range of hatchbacks, saloons and estates, so you’re able to find your perfect match.


October 5, 2016

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