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is everything. Fifteen years the Sportage was one of the first products to the U.S. by a relatively unknown automaker. That five-door not only launched the Kia brand but establish it as a manufacturer of basic, transportation. My, how times have Although certain of its models sell based on bargain-basement alone, Kia is making a big push to a brand centered on impressive and innovative technology.

The best of both pursuits is seen in a vehicle — the all-new Kia Sportage. Look Familiar?

isn’t the first crossover Kia’s new design language, but the most attractive implementation to Inspired in part by the Kue concept the 2007 Detroit auto the Sportage incorporates a number of we’ve seen in several new Kias. A bold swage in the fascia envelops both the signature grille and upswept headlamps, similar to the treatment in the larger Sorento crossover, but the of the Sportage is much more

Bold, curvaceous fenders wheels as large as 18 inches and add muscular character to the SUV’s Although the Sportage’s design was led by Massimo Frascella, there’s no that Peter Schreyer, global design director and expatriate, had some influence on the new In fact, strip the Kia badging and from a distance, the EX’s LED running lamps and discreet turn signals may lead you to the Sportage for the Audi Q5. Cabin

Both the driver and front enjoy plenty of shoulder, and headroom, but headroom is a little in back — especially in the EX model, which comes a standard panoramic sunroof. passengers will, however, the large side windows, extend far back into the C-pillars. Contrary to outward those pillars don’t a sizable blind spot, in part to the extra visibility by the lengthy side windows.

The lowered roofline looks but restricts cargo access. volume for the 2011 model nearly nine cubic from the last model, and the from the top of the load floor and the isn’t that tall if you want to throw a bicycle in you absolutely will need to pop the wheel off. On the plus Kia was able to lower both the floor and the liftover point, in part to some mechanical underneath the skin. What Beneath

Although they share no sheetmetal between them, the Sportage rides on the same as the 2010 Hyundai Tucson. the Tucson, the Sportage uses unibody construction, with a independent front suspension. A new rear suspension replaces the dual-link setup and not only handling but takes up less allowing the Sportage to have a flat load floor the rear seats.

As is the case in the the Sportage’s base engine is a 16-valve inline four-cylinder at 176 hp at 6000 rpm and 168 pound-feet of torque at rpm. Buyers can opt for either a manual transaxle or a new six-speed designed and manufactured by Hyundai-Kia. The gearbox also allows to spring for Kia’s available system, which was co-developed Magna.

In its normal state, all is routed to the front wheels, but the will equally split the front and rear axles as Drivers can manually lock the differential, but the system reads from the stability and traction systems to pre-load the diff, the amount of time needed to power.

Super Sport SX

Those more power might to wait for the forthcoming Sportage SX. Kia the 2.4 with the same turbocharged direct-injection I-4 used in the 2011 Sonata 2.0T. Kia hasn’t final figures, but we’re to expect about 270 hp and 269 pound-feet of That’s nearly an extra 100 hp and 90 over the previous 2.7-liter and engineers expect the turbocharged to deliver a sizable improvement in economy.

Along with the power, Sportage SX models also be fitted with a set of rate dampers, tuned stiffer than those on base, EX, and LX models. SX models only be offered with the automatic transmission. Have Say with UVO

Arguably, more will likely be interested in Kia’s new infotainment system, in turbocharged engines. Similar to renowned Sync system, UVO is with Microsoft, runs an of Windows Embedded software, and with several different Bluetooth allows for hands-free and audio streaming, while a USB allows the system to play files saved on flash or portable music devices, an iPod or Zune.

A one-gigabyte hard drive allows users to rip their own CDs and them to an internal jukebox. the most important part of UVO is its commands. Although this a segment exclusive, the prompts to trigger various functions are less convoluted and easier to to.

Better yet, text sent to paired phones be read aloud to passengers the vehicle. The driver can then one of several personalized pre-programmed for a quick response — all taking their eyes off the or hands from the wheel. UVO be available in the Sportage (along the larger Sedona) in the second of 2010.

Until then, the will be fitted with a typical AM/FM/CD with MP3 and a USB port or an enhanced system a large in-dash navigation and a premium 5.1-channel surround system. Regardless of trim Bluetooth phone connectivity, streaming, and USB and auxiliary audio are standard.

A Sportier Sportage?

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Kia recently let us on the back roads outside in several pre-production Sportages. they were close to finished products, all combined the levels of a premium EX model the suspension tuning of the sportier SX. engineers are still working on the ride/handling tuning, but we think on the right path.

The stiffer setup allows the Sportage to out in a crowded sea of competitors, most of feel gelatinous by comparison. roll is negligible, and combined well-weighted electric power and a solid brake pedal the little Kia may well prove to be one of the models in its segment. Although the provided adequate power for the Sportage, some of Seattle’s areas had us wishing for the turbo sooner than later.

even when revved the naturally aspirated I-4 doesn’t off as coarse, and its sound is nicely from the cabin. Better the six-speed automatic quickly when needed, and gearchanges quite smooth. Room for

There’s a lot to like in the new Sportage, but still room for growth. The tires transmitted a fair of noise into the cabin, when we were cruising at 60 to 70 We’d like to see UVO expanded to more features like real-time traffic updates, and cloud computing features. Kia and Microsoft engineers avoided answering our questions but did suggest those features will be down the road.

Still, are minor complaints, especially the company expects to price the similarly to the 2010 model at $17,000 to $23,000. Given the leap in styling, infotainment, economy, and dynamics, we think actually found a different of producing what the original was: an absolute bargain.

Kia Sportage On Sale: Summer

Base Price: $17,390 Powertrain

Engine: 2.4-liter 16-valve I-4

Horsepower: 176 hp @ 6000 rpm

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