The new Kia Sportage
THE ALL-NEW KIA SPORTAGE ON SALE IN THE UK
Stylish crossover arrives earlier than expected
- All-new Sportage, initially available as a ‘First Edition’ model
- More premium feel, more dynamic
- Ride and handling developed in UK
- Unrivalled seven year, 100,000 mile warranty
- Capable of towing up to 2,000 kgs
- All-new more efficient and cleaner engine and transmissions – CO2 reduced by 31g/km
The all-new Kia Sportage crossover, one of the sensations of the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, is now on sale in the UK – months earlier than expected.
Kia has secured a limited number of early right-hand-drive cars powered by the new 2.0-litre R-family common-rail diesel engine, and featuring Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
But as visitors to the Geneva show will know, there will eventually be a full range of engines for the new Sportage, including 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel units featuring Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology and the option of two-wheel drive. They will be available
from November 2010.
When Kia began work on the new Sportage a little over three years ago, it identified that the then largely unheard-of crossover vehicle – combining much of the stance and attitude of a compact SUV, but with sleeker looks and a greener conscience – would play an increasingly important role in buying patterns of the future. That is exactly what Kia's design teams under Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer have created – a rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The new Kia Sportage is a five-door, five-seat crossover designed to meet the requirements of young families – or the young at heart – who lead busy, primarily urban-centric, lifestyles.
It is longer, lower and wider than the SUV it succeeds. It also weighs around 90kg less and has a sleeker aerodynamic profile, with a Cd down from 0.40 to 0.37. All of this has ensured that it is not only more stylish and sporty, but also more environmentally friendly.
Widened front and rear tracks enhance stability and driving enjoyment, while the reduced ground clearance aids fuel consumption and emissions at the same time as reflecting that the car's role is increasingly less likely to be as a traditional off-roader. It is still more than capable when called upon to perform in those conditions, however.
Object of desire
Chief Design Officer Schreyer says the aim with the new Sportage was to make it an object of desire rather than simply a mode of transport. 'The allure of a Kia should extend well beyond the fact that it moves people from one place to the other,' he says.
Sleek and rakish, the new Sportage is a radical departure from the 2004 model it replaces. It successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in a more urban-friendly, more athletic and more muscular package, and features the tiger's nose grille surround that Schreyer is turning into a Kia trademark and an instant identifier.
The high shoulder and low roof lines meet in striking reverse-angle C-pillars that improve the view out for rear passengers. The ribbed roof, chunky door handles, roof rails and large wing mirrors are as much signs of the new Sportage's street-wise urban toughness as its capability in difficult conditions.
The spacious five-seat cabin is as dynamic as the exterior and is dominated by a multi-tier dashboard that narrows as it sweeps in from the sides towards the middle, leading into an eye-catching centre console. The design deliberately emphasises the width of the new Sportage and also gives occupants a feeling of protection and safety.
More for less
The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the First Edition model develops 134bhp at 4000rpm and 320Nm (236lb ft) of torque from just 1800rpm, giving it a better power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio than the outgoing Sportage with the older 2.0-litre diesel engine. Yet it is simultaneously more fuelefficient
and less damaging to the environment.
With the six-speed manual gearbox it achieves combined economy of 47.1mpg – 7.3mpg better than the old car – with CO2 emissions of 156g/km, a huge reduction of 31g/km. But it also accelerates more quickly and has a higher top speed. Even the six-speed automatic outscores the previous manual model, with fuel consumption of 40.4mpg (versus 39.8mpg) and CO2 emissions of
183g/km (formerly 187g/km). It is also quicker and faster than the previous manual Sportage.
The new First Edition comes as standard with intelligent electronically controlled single high ratio all-wheel drive that normally delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels. But the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road
conditions deteriorate. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.
A number of new electronic features have been added to the new Sportage, increasing safety for on-road driving and the car's capability for those owners who wish to go off-road or who live in areas where bad weather and poor driving conditions are facts of life.
Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) counter-acts any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions. It is linked in the new Sportage to three additional systems – Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill -Start Assist Control (HSC) and a Roll-over Sensor.
DBC ensures the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes. HAC has the reverse effect, preventing slip-back when setting off uphill 10 and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin. The Roll-over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of rolling over and deploys the side and curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen.
The First Edition is available in a choice of five exterior colours, including a stunning new metallic Techno Orange. It is a fully-specced car that includes full leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control and an audio system that incorporates an RDS radio, a CD player and MP3, USB and iPod connectivity. Bluetooth with voice recognition is also standard.
A rear-view safety camera which transmits an image to an LCD colour display integrated into the rear-view mirror is also fitted, and there are reversing sensors to complete the package. Front foglights and cornering lights ensure good visibility in all conditions, day or night and the new Sportage First Edition is also fitted with stylish LED daytime running lights.
The First Edition’s appearance is enhanced by rear privacy glass and stunning 18-inch alloy wheels. Roof rails are standard, while the body-coloured electric, folding door mirrors incorporate LED indicator strips.
And as is now the norm with Kia, the car is covered by an unrivalled sevenyear, 100,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty.
CO2 - Man.
Fuel consumption Man. - Urb.
Fuel consumption Auto - Urb.
The essential figures
|Engine / transmission
|2.0 CRDi AWD Manual
|2.0 CRDi AWD Auto
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