KIA Motors has been around Dubai for more than a decade offering affordable vehicles for everyone. It is one of South Korea’s largest car brands and most notably one of Asia’s favorite brands. The Korean car brand has seen increased growth in the global market because of its implementation of a major redesign philosophy across its lineup through the introduction of a standard recognizable element in the designs of its vehicle now known as the Tiger Snout.
Since then, KIA Motors have heavily marketed their new designs and has placed major efforts in sponsoring events in sports, classical arts, and entertainment. The new design philosophy has led to a major redesign of the KIA Sportage. KIA”s offering in the compact crossover SUV market.
KIA Sportage Overview
The KIA Sportage is the Korean Manufacturer’s offering in the Compact Crossover SUV market. Despite its classy premium design, the KIA Sportage has a surprisingly affordable price tag. The KIA Sportage has been around since 1993 when it was introduced first as a compact SUV with its basic utilitarian and unassuming design targeted for first-time car buyers or buyers moving up from smaller sedans.
As KIA’s popularity grew outside of South Korea so did the KIA Sportage. The design of the KIA Sportage was greatly improved in its second generation and was well received by the global market. By the time the third generation KIA Sportage was introduced the popularity of the Compact Crossover SUVs was rising and KIA’s market share of the segment grew. The third generation KIA Sportage is a far cry from the 1st generation.
By the time the current model is released, the KIA Sportage 4th Generation, it has been radically redesigned from the previous generations that it is difficult to tell if this was a new model entirely. The 4th Generation Sportage is able to compete head to head against popular models like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan Xtrail, Ford Escape, Subaru Forrester, or the Toyota Rav4
KIA Sportage External Design Overview
The KIA Sportage is almost unrecognizable from its previous generation bringing a breath of fresh new design on the ever repetitive designs of the market segment. The KIA Sportage was a redesign from the bumpers all the way to the rear taillights. The KIA Sportage is primarily designed as an urban vehicle with modern functionalities included in the overall design.
The front fascia of the KIA Sportage leaves a long-lasting first impression with its sharp sculpted integrated headlights and aerodynamic bumpers. The Sportage has the perfect balance of sporty performance and modern luxury together with off-road capabilities. The KIA Sportage has evolved into an SUV with an air of luxury and performance.
The prominent KIA Tiger Snout is the center of the sharp and aerodynamic design of the Sportage. Graceful lines propagate from the sporty front fascia that transforms into an aerodynamic roofline to the finely sculpted rear.
KIA Sportage Interior Design Overview
Luxury is the epitome of the interior design of the Sportage. The elegant and ergonomically designed cockpit together with the modern functional entertainment system takes the Sportage ahead of the competition. The Interior is designed with comfort and luxury without compromise down to the most minute details.
KIA has focused on utilizing the interior of the Sportage for greater functionality and space utilization with dedicated spaces for smartphones, coffee cups, and storage bins. Modern technology is also included in the design like wireless charging pads, 4.2 color TFT-LCD information display in the instrument cluster.
The interior cabin is also made with premium and durable materials that highlight the elegance of the Sportage. The KIA Sportage is generously spaced with 1053mm of leg clearance for the driver and front passenger and 970mm of legroom for the rear passengers. The headroom for the Sportage is equally more generous offering 950n m of headroom
Engine and Transmission Performance
The KIA Sportage has multiple configurations with 3 different engines, and two types of automatic transmission for the front wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants. The first engine is a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine that is capable of producing 155 hp at 6200 rpm and producing a torque of 19.6 Kg.m at 4000 rpm. The 2,o liter engine is coupled to a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configuration. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The second engine option is a 1.6 liter turbocharged GDI engine with 4 cylinders. The engine is capable of producing 130 hp at 6300 rpm and a torque of 16.45 kg.m at 4850 rpm. The engine is only available for the all-wheel-drive configuration and is coupled with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The third engine option is the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that is capable of producing 184 hp at 6000 rpm and a torque of 24.2 kg.m at 4000 rpm. The engine is available only for the all-wheel-drive models and is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Kia Sportage has a rich line up of engines that cater to anyone who wants a vehicle strictly for city driving and some occasional trips in the highways, or for a vehicle for light recreational off-roading. The engine options of the KIA Sportage is engineered to provide performance with high efficiency and reliability.
The KIA Sportage has an excellent safety rating from the NHSTA and Euro NCAP. The Sportage has an overall safety rating of 5 stars from the NHTSA and Euro NCAP. The vehicle is equipped with industry standard passive and safety features in the automotive industry like Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Parking Assist System (PAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Auto Cruise Control. The KIA Sportage is equipped with 6 airbags with dual front airbags and side curtain airbags.
The KIA Sportage is a popular vehicle in the United States and in Europe and it comes to no surprise that it is also popular in Dubai Tourist who are looking for a small SUV to drive in Dubai often pick the Sportage due to its reliability, comfort, and performance. The KIA Sportage is one of the most sought after vehicles in the eZhire fleet.
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