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The fourth generation Kia Sportage stands out for being a value proposition, offering a premium interior and an easy drive.

20 Jul 2016

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With the deluge of compact Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in the market, it's getting increasingly difficult to tell one from the other.

Intense competition between manufacturers means that each brand is constantly trying to out-do each other in terms of what they can pack into their cars, while still remaining price competitive. Hence, you get phrases like 'best-in-class' and 'first-in-class' plastered all over marketing brochures as manufacturers try to keep themselves ahead of the pack.

The Sportage's new design certainly gives it a distinct facade

Into the ring steps the new fourth generation Kia Sportage, all set and ready to rumble. 

Exterior

The new Sportage is bigger than before - overall length is up 40mm to 4,480mm and it's 20mm taller than before, while its width remains the same. 

Looks wise, it's a tale of two halves. We are not too keen on the front end of the car - it strikes us as too bulbous, especially in the way the head lights are stretched out and seperated from the wide grille.  

However, things are noticeably better from the B-pillar onwards. The car has a distinctly European feel to it, and reminds us of the Audi Q7

This isn't surprising, as the Sportage is the latest in the run of Kia models designed by Peter Schreyer, who was formally at Audi. The clearly defined lines and horizontal details, such as the slim combination tail lamps joined together by a chrome strip running between them, help to emphasise the car's width.

The slim combination rear lamps are inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo Concept

It's a car that definitely looks better from the back than from the front. That said, no matter which way you are looking at it, it certainly cuts an imposing figure on the road. 

Also read our comparison article on:
Ford Kuga vs Kia Sportage vs Nissan Qashqai
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder D-CVVT

Engine Cap

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1999cc

Horsepower

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114kW (153 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

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192 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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11.1sec

Top Speed

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181km/h

Fuel consumption

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12.7 km/L

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