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Kia Sportage Series II SLi review
- Vital Stats
Diesel or petrol models
If you're in the market for a sporty compact SUV, the Kia Sportage should be at the top of your list of cars to test-drive. It's easy on the eyes, has loads of cool features, and on the road feels a lot like a European car.
Style & drive
The five-seater Series II Kia Sportage compact SUV hit showrooms in June this year. Manufactured in Slovakia, it's the first European-built model in Kia's Aussie line-up. The car's almost identical to the Korean-built original - partial leather seat trims, aero blades, a front wiper de-icer and an Active ECO mode on the diesel automatic, to name a few minor design differences.
Kia's decision to source the Sportage from Slovakia was simply one of supply and demand - the European manufacturer's better able to meet Australian demand for the Sportage. This is a good thing as we can see how the Sportage would be in high demand. The dynamics are excellent, steering is tight and responsive, and overall, it's just a really fun car to drive. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is powerful and for an SUV it's fuel-efficient too.
The Sportage's interior is sleek and subtle, and comes with an impressive list of standard features for its price. The leather-trim seats are extremely comfy, the driver has a six-way adjustable seat; and leg room is reasonable in the second row, which folds flat 60:40.
The boot has ample storage space and there are lots of storage options. The centre stack is easily navigated and has a six-speaker stereo system with MP3/AUX/ iPod compatibility, Bluetooth functionality, and SDVC (Speed Dependent Volume Control.) It also has dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare wheel, cruise control and dual-zone climate control air-conditioning.
The Kia Sportage has a five-star ANCAP rating. It features six airbags (driver, passenger, front side and curtain), an Anti-lock braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The SLi features rear parking sensors and a reversing camera located in the rear view mirror display. With the Navi Pack ($1500), the sat-nav is located in the multi-function screen. The Sportage features three child restraint anchorage points on the second row of seats, and ISOFIX child safety hooks on both outboard second row seats.
The 2.0L diesel 4WD SLi model has a fuel consumption of 7.2L/100km and CO2 emission of 189g/km.
The Kia Sportage features a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
2WD 5 Seater Si Petrol 5-speed manual - $25,490
2WD 5 Seater Si Petrol 6-speed automatic - $27,490
4WD 5 Seater SLi Petrol 6-speed automatic - $31,990 ($33,490 with sat-nav)
4WD 5 Seater SLi Diesel 6-speed automatic - $35,490 ($36,990 with sat-nav)
4WD 5 Seater Platinum Petrol 6-speed automatic - $36,490
4WD 5 Seater Platinum 6-speed automatic - $39,990
Premium paint - $520.
Describe the car in three words
Sporty, fun, nimble.
What are the best things about this car?
Small enough to fit in a regular car space but large enough to comfortably fit a family of four with a pram or bags in the back.
And the downsides?
No key-free entry or start.
What does it run on?
The Sportage is available in both petrol and diesel models.
Loved it. The Sportage is on our favourite ride list. It's really fun to drive, and unlike some compact SUVs, the boot's a decent size.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)