The Sportage's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine now makes 182 horsepower, and styling revisions to the crossover include a new grille design, new wheels, high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillights. The suspension gains high-performance dampers. The six-speed automatic transmission's shifts, however, are a bit muddy at times, and it hunts for gears during rapid elevation changes. Base models employ a six-speed manual. Repeat hard stops delivered linear, fade-free pedal response. Fitted with upgraded rear shock absorbers, the Sportage filters out individual bumps well enough. Both come on the EX and SX but not the base or LX trims, though all Sportages will adopt the upgraded shocks. Drive solo and the Sportage's 2.4-liter four-cylinder gets to highway speeds capably enough thanks to balanced low-end power and snappy accelerator response. The six-speed automatic transmission's shifts, however, are a bit muddy at times, and it hunts for gears during rapid elevation changes. Base models employ a six-speed manual.
The Sportage's raked windshield sacrifices some forward visibility, but the cabin gets high marks for design. Inventive textures cover the dash: piano-black center controls and some chrome around the gearshift. Other new features include an Infinity premium stereo, ventilation for the front-passenger seat, Uvo eServices, a new gauge cluster design and a 4.2-inch screen. What's more, the Sportage lacks any backseat adjustments, which many SUVs in this class offer.
Standard safety features on the Kia include six airbags plus the required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. The Sportage does not offer blind spot, lane departure or forward collision warning systems, increasingly widespread safety options among some competitors. For more information on this vehicle, feel free to give us a call today!
Learn more about this model on the Official Kia Sportage Website.