When you were young and single you probably had a sporty coupe or convertible. Now you need something to transport three kids and a dog. But you don’t want a washing machine on Dunlops – you want something exciting. Something with the energy of a Metallica rift with the amenities family life demands. You’re in luck because the completely redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage is just that.
You may remember the first Sportage when it debuted back in 1993. It was cheek-pinchingly cute and based on the Mazda Bongo platform. The Sportage has matured a lot since then. Among other things, the fourth generation model features a stiffer structure, oodles of advanced technology and bold, progressive styling.
Outside, the Sportage displays European styling that would make any Mercedes or BMW owner envious. Almost every piece of sheet metal on the fourth generation Kia SUV is redesigned. The front clip is lower and wider and the overall length has increased by 1.6 inches. There is also a more aerodynamic spoiler and bolder wheel arches.
To help you identify the new Sportage, the “face” incorporates Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille. The sloping roofline and sharply raked rear window are also recognizable. There are three trim levels available: LX, EX and SX Turbo.
Most modern vehicles display a dizzying array of controls. Fortunately, with the new Sportage, you don’t need to a PhD to change the radio station. The dashboard employs a clean, easy to use design so you’re not distracted while driving.
The cabin is available in either single or two-tone soft-touch materials. There are also metalwork touches throughout. The EX and SX Turbo models get buttery leather upholstery, and the SX Turbo gets a heated and leather wrapped steering wheel.
Interior dimensions have grown as well. Headroom has increased 0.2 inches to in the front and 0.6 inches in the rear; and legroom all around has increased 0.3 inches. More comfort options are also available, such as three-level front seat heaters, 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and eight-way power control for the passenger seat.
Cargo room has also increased from 26.1 cu.-ft. to 30.7 cu.-ft. Access has been made easier too, thanks to a power liftgate. This liftgate automatically opens when the key fob is within three feet of the vehicle.
A good portion of the new Sportage is built from Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). This has improved torsional rigidity by 39 percent. Hot-stamped steel has also been used to improve body integrity. Engineers believe this will help the Sportage earn an overall five-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating and an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.
The Sportage will also be available with a wide range of driver assistance features, including: autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology.
Underneath the Sportage, you’ll find a fully independent front suspension to soak up bumps in the road. No more spilling hot coffee in your lap on the way to work. The daily commute is made more fun too, thanks to stiffer wheel bearings and bushings that result in more precise handling. The Dynamax intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) system is available on all Sportage models.
There are two engine options available under the hood of the Sportage. The first is the 2.0-liter inline-four turbo available in the SX Turbo, putting out 241 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The LX and EX get the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter engine which produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines get better fuel economy than the outgoing model and both are mated to a six-speed Sportmatic transmission.
The new Sportage has tech features to satisfy everyone’s inner geek. This includes a standard 5-inch color touchscreen that features hands-free Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, and rear-camera video display. EX models get a 7-inch touchscreen with the latest version of Kia’s touch-based infotainment system, UVO3. This system has both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are beginning to make their way into the car market. The SX Turbo bumps you up to an 8-inch touchscreen and onboard navigation.
Your youth may be behind you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest. The new Kia Sportage allows you to have all the fun you used to while safely hauling around your precious cargo (be it your kids or your skis). The brand new 2017 Kia Sportage hits the lot this spring. Be one of the first to take it for a spin at i25 Kia.
- Posted by agency-it
- On January 12, 2016