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The Kia Sportage's latest update comprises a new, sophisticated design, advanced technologies and an enticing price tag, which should scare rivals like the Ford Kuga and the Nissan Qashqai.

24 Aug 2016

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For the past couple of months, the once fast-growing, mid-sized Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment has now toned down quite a fair bit, while sedans like the recently launched Honda Civic and the updated Kia Cerato Forte K3 are enjoying a larger slice of the pie.

However, for those who are unaware, the K3 isn't Kia's only new toy. The Korean manufacturer lately has also released its new Sportage, boasting a new, sophisticated design and advanced technologies.

It is customary for us at sgCarMart to put this 'new' kid on the block to the test and alongside the Sportage this month are the turbocharged Ford Kuga 1.5 Titanium and the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Premium.

The updated Kia Sportage returns to revive the segment

The old 1.6-litre Kuga has met the Sportage before, in a twin test we conducted two years ago and emerged victorious. Can the Ford defend its crown? Or is the ever-popular Qashqai and upgraded Sportage going to take the win this time? Let's find out.

Exterior

When it comes to buying an SUV, design and space are of utmost importance; performance is secondary. In this department, the Sportage's contemporary demeanour comes to shine.

Designed under the direction of Peter Schreyer, the Sportage is arguably the most uniquely fashioned car of the bunch.


While the car's form may divide opinions, there is no doubt that its 'tiger-nosed' front fascia and European design influence has the road presence and panache, which the Kuga and Qashqai lack, to draw stares.

That's not to say that the Kuga and Qashqai aren't nice on the eyes, because the Ford comes a close second in terms of visuals but unfortunately for the Qashqai, being the oldest car in this group test means its design is a tad dated today.

The Kuga's (left) 18-inchers look like they're ready to take on beaten tracks while the Sportage's (centre) 18-inch and Qashqai's (right) 19-inch ones sit nicer against a city backdrop
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Twin Variable Cam Timing Turbocharger

Engine Cap

:

1498cc

Horsepower

:

134kW (180 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

240 Nm / 5000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) SelectShift

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.1sec

Top Speed

:

200km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.5 km/L

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder D-CVVT

Engine Cap

:

1999cc

Horsepower

:

114kW (153 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

:

192 Nm / 4000 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

11.1sec

Top Speed

:

181km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.7 km/L

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Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC

Engine Cap

:

1997cc

Horsepower

:

106kW (142 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

200 Nm / 4400 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) Xtronic CVT with Manual mode

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

10.1sec

Top Speed

:

184km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.5 km/L

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