By Shereen Shabnam
Initially launched in 1993 and spanning four generations since, the new Kia Sportage features a bold, progressive design while offering greater practicality and an array of comfort, convenience and safety technologies.
Nimble handling and impressive power converge with surprising fuel-efficiency, the enhanced performance of the 6-speed automatic transmission in the Kia Sportage delivers a smoother, more efficient ride. It comes in two four-cylinder engines: the LX and EX comes with a high-output 2.4-liter engine that is among the segment leaders, while the SX Turbo model gets an even more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.
Inside, the Sportage transports you in a comfortable driving environment, serving every functional need with ease. Premium craftsmanship imbues every detail, from the soft-touch materials to the upgraded seats with scientifically calibrated touch points. The angled console, displays, and buttons are all ergonomically optimized.
Outside, the Sportage remains the modern compact crossover but with a more elegant, extroverted exterior distinguished by sweeping curves, sleek lines, and thoroughly contemporary features. It inspires a sense of adventure with its current dynamic styling.
The Sportage has striking tiger-nose grille, elegant side contours, prominent wheel arches, coupe-like roof, extended wheelbase, and satin silver touches for a balance between sophistication and sportiness. Elongated headlights sweep back gracefully into the body, perched above a distinctive tiger-nose grille.
For an enhanced drive experience, the Dynamax™ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system senses and adjusts traction requirements for changing road and weather conditions. In addition, the Smart Power Liftgate® opens automatically by sensing the key by giving both drivers and passengers hands-free access to the cargo area.
The Kia Sportage has historically been acknowledged for the strength of its design, having been awarded ‘iF Design’ and ‘red dot’ design prizes in both its third and fourth generations.
With the state-of-the-art technology, enhanced driver assistance and entertainment, the everyday drive in the new KIA Sportage is anything but average.