2007 Kia Sportage | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

After a period of incarceration, a reformed was launched in 2005. As it turns out, Sportage has also shed its admirably rugged qualities as a mountain climber that stemmed from its ladder-frame chassis, solid rear axle, low-range gearing and other features no longer considered relevant except by one or two manufacturers in this burgeoning segment.

The first generation Sportage was a mini SUV or “toy” sport utility vehicle. It was discontinued in 2002, in favour of the Sorento. After a 2-year hiatus, the 2005 Sportage, based on the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson platform, became Kia’s first crossover SUV. For model year, Kia is continuing with the same with very minor changes.

Kia has done quite a bit of work on the Sportage, especially on the design aspect. It gets a sculptured front end and a long sporty roofline. There is a separate D-pillar window, while the broad tailgate gives a hint at the cavernous interior. Sporty twin exhausts feature on the V6 petrol model. It rides on stylish 16-inch alloy wheels offering a smooth and refined ride coupled with all-wheel grip, great seating versatility and load-carrying ability.

Interior details enhance comfort. The top of the centre console slides forward to provide a comfortable armrest. Both front bucket seats recline and the driver’s seat has an adjustable lumbar support. The well-proportioned greenhouse allows good visibility in all directions. Controls are well placed and easy to operate, and instruments are easy to read. The rear seat cushion and backrest has a unique ‘Fold & Dive’ system to create a spacious, square-sided, completely flat cargo area.

The Sportage is available with a choice of two engines (2.0-litre and 2.7-litre V6 petrol), two-wheel or four-wheel drive powertrains, five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions (with full auto or manual selection) and two trim/equipment levels. Kia’s 4×4 system uses Active Torque Transfer, which progressively transfers drive from front-only to all four wheels if slippage is detected.

Body Type4X4
Price (in AED)51,000-74,000
Engine Size (litre)2.02.7
Power (bhp)136175
Torque (Nm)181241

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