2017 Kia Sportage 2.4L AWD Review & Redesign – The success of Kia’s fanciest trim levels is resistant that the Korean brand’s press upmarket is functioning. Impressively spec, range-topping SX, and SXL models are now offered on most Kias, and each and every will come with all the fixings and a heavy dosage of style. The remodeled 2017 Sportage crossover is no exception, and its SX Turbo trim delivers all that together with a determine of accelerative serve courtesy of its punchy 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
But while Kia’s accountants certainly appreciate the profits of these high-dollar versions, the company can not afford to abandon the heart of the market. The Sportage you see in this article is the one that matters: a middle-stage EX model, powered by an in a natural way aspirated 2.4-liter inline-four. LX and EX models, both of which arrive regular with this engine, make up a vast majority of Sportage revenue and encounter away from much more specifically towards the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4, between numerous others.
The Sportage is all-new for 2017, but the base powertrain examined right here is maintained more than from its predecessor. Some tuning variations result in somewhat much better fuel economy, but the engine’s 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque are within a head of hair of the earlier version’s 180 horsepower and 176 lb-ft. Unsurprisingly, this Sportage is substantially more slowly than its turbocharged sibling, which has 59 a lot more horsepower as well as an extra 85 lb-ft of torque. The EX’s zero-to-60-mph time is 1.9 seconds right behind that of the SX Turbo, at 8.6 seconds, its quarter-distance lags by 1.7 seconds and its top speed governor kick in 21 mph previously, at 114 mph. Granted, that turbocharged Sportage we examined sent torque to the front wheels only, although this EX model was prepared with all-wheel drive ($1500).
Nevertheless, numerous of the Sportage’s all-wheel-drive competition are easier, too, with the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the Mazda CX-5, and the 1.6-liter turbocharged Hyundai Tucson (which is otherwise mechanically associated with the Sportage) all beating the Kia in the sprint to 60 mph. That is unsatisfactory when you consider that the Sportage will get only 25 mpg on the EPA’s highway cycle, while the CR-V, CX-5, and 1.6T Tucson report 30 or 31 mpg in the same check. The Kia’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder isn’t the most refined piece, both, with a fairly porous structure and some buzziness in the top rev varies. We significantly prefer the 1.6-liter turbocharged four that may be discovered in the Tucson, which delivers clean and tractable power with strong midrange impact (the in a natural way aspirated 2.4 is not available in the Hyundai). But while we observed some lurching and odd actions from the Tucson’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, we didn’t discover a lot to fault with the Sportage’s standard six-speed automatic, which shifts efficiently and is seldom captured away-shield by unexpected needs from your right foot.
Although the Sportage EX does not have the more firm suspensions of the SX Turbo, still it resides on the sportier side of its class. Body motions are well controlled, and the steering is precise, providing the Kia fairly deft responses. The ride is organization, however, not stiff, providing a lot of comfort without the feeling of floatiness. At the test track, the Sportage EX circled the skidpad at .83 g-a lot better than our most current exams of the AWD CR-V, and CX-5 models and stopped from 70 mph in an aggressive 173 feet. The EX also does not give up much to the SX Turbo in the style department. All 2017 Sportages feature a short nasal area that may be a transform-off and away to some, but we think it’s easier to break down when shorn of the uplevel SX variant’s intricate fog lamps, extra chrome trim, and faux skid platter. The EX provides a more clean deal with to the world, which meshes better with the relaxation of the crossover’s modern shape.
On the inside, also, the EX is hardly a downgrade. The cabin is an enjoyable place to invest time, specifically with the standard natural leather seats plus an easy-to-use, eye-catching dashboard structure. Supplies look and feel trendy, and the audio and whether controls are rationally set up on the middle bunch. The rear seat is spacious and airy, even though cargo volume, at 31 cubic feet, is on the small side for this class. Equally the CR-V and the RAV4 provide more space in the back, and, by our estimation, the Sportage’s raise-above height need to be reduced to ease reloading of larger sized or weightier things. Our check Sportage was about as totally filled as an EX will get, with the $1900 Premium package incorporating a breathtaking sunroof, blind-spot recognition, and a heated directing wheel, and the $2800 Technology package delivering treats this kind of as a Harman/Kardon seem system, the navigation, a power liftgate, lane departure alert, and automated emergency braking.
Even with all that equipment, this Sportage rang in at just $32,595, value for these kinds of a properly-equipped crossover. You will pay a lot more for a likewise optioned Honda CR-V Touring AWD ($34,295) or a Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD ($35,245). For that kind of cash, we might choose the $34,895 Sportage SX Turbo AWD with its far more potent powerplant. But as tempting as the smooth and fast Sportage SX Turbo is, there is continue to plenty of goodness to be discovered in the lower gets to of the Sportage collection. You’ll compromise power and with tiny come back in the terminology of fuel economy, but the perfectly cut interior and qualified dynamics continue to be. In other words, the fanciest Kids aren’t the only kinds that deserve attention.