2015 Kia Sportage | new car review

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 by
2015 Kia Sportage
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 75,900 - 108,000
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  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Promoted by as a leisure vehicle, the 2015 Sportage isn’t a whole lot more than a that competes against champions such as the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

Pros

* Revised exterior styling gives the Sportage an edge over its competition.

Cons

* Rear leg room is tad disappointing.

Looks

Automobile manufacturers are a creative bunch. They spend hours on end studying an already segmented market, and create gaps, so that their vehicles stand out. Promoted by Kia as a leisure vehicle, the 2015 Kia Sportage isn’t a whole lot more than a compact SUV that competes against champions such as the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. The Kia Sportage has jumped on the LED bandwagon and following a visit to the salon, now wears an elegant strip of eye liner around its headlights. New for 2015, however, is a redesigned grille which does away with the slotted design of previous models, and revised LED tail lamps which surely look a lot smarter.

2015 Kia Sportage top

Feels

The design of the dashboard doesn’t exactly come off as striking. It looks economical, and feels it too. With numerous curves, bends and crevices, the lack of straight lines prevent it from winning hearts straight away. With features such as a panoramic roof, 6 CD changer and rear view camera creeping in with higher specs, the Sportage, like most other Kia vehicles is packed with an impressive amount of kit.

2015 Kia Sportage interior

Engineering

Though the 2015 Kia Sportage isn’t likely to see a lot more than sandy beaches, when the going gets tough, the AWD lock mode locks the centre differential and distributes torque equally between the front and rear wheels to allow for optimum grip. The Sportage is also available with Downhill Brake Control that helps maintain control and a steady speed on steep descents; while Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards when pulling away from a standstill on an incline.

2015 Kia Sportage side

What’s on offer?

The 2015 Kia Sportage is available with two engine choices that don’t produce figures too different from one another. The smaller 2.0 litre produces 156 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM while being mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the slightly larger 2.4 litre engine produces 175 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 227 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM,  and is coupled to a 6 speed transmission as well.

2015 Kia Sportage rear

Summing it…

The Sportage may not have as much leg room for the rear passengers when compared to the Toyota RAV4, and the interior is definitely not as nice as the Ford Escape’s. But when the Sportage wears a starting price that is significantly lower than its competitors, you tend to forgive it for its shortcomings.

2015 Kia Sportage front

Specifications

Specifications2015 Kia Sportage 2.0L2015 Kia Sportage 2.4L
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4 cyl2.4 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
156 hp @ 6,200 RPM175 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
192 Nm @ 4,000 RPM227 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive / Four Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h11.5 secs10.4 secs
Top speed170 km/h180 km/h
PriceAED 75,900AED 108,000

3 Responses to 2015 Kia Sportage | new car review

  1. Bineet Reply

    January 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    • Rated 5 stars

    Love it

  2. zohreh Reply

    July 12, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Dear, Sir

    i am interested in 2015 Kia Sportage.
    please send me the details and the price.

    Best regards
    Zohreh

  3. Behzad Reply

    March 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Very good Vehicle, by all means.

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