Initially, the Kia Sportage was born as a compact SUV. As time goes by, the Korean automaker has added a handful of significant improvements to the small SUV. Having gone through 4 generations, now at its fourth-gen version, the Sportage has grown up to become a very competitive crossover on the local auto market.
Read our Kia Sportage 2017 Philippines review on Philkotse.com to have a better insight into what the Kia crossover has to offer. In this article, we will focus particularly on the EX AWD variant.
Before we start, let's take a look at our brief spec sheet for the Sportage EX AWD model as follows:
|Model||Sportage 2.0L EX AWD|
|Max power||182 hp @ 4,000 rpm|
|Max torque||402 Nm @ 1,750 - 2,750 rpm|
|Engine||2.0-liter inline-4 DOHC 16-valve e-VGT CRDi|
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Kia Sportage 2017 Review and Road Test
The 4th-gen Kia Sportage Philippines still owns a bold and dynamic appearance
For starter, it is easy to notice that while the edgy design is a highlight of the predecessor, the current-gen Sportage front fascia is added with more rounded touches. However, that doesn’t make the crossover any less sporty in looks.
The latest Sportage is longer and taller than the previous model
There is new reflective red garnish at the rear connecting slim design taillights
In contrast, as its name suggests, the 4th-gen Sportage still owns a bold and dynamic appearance thanks to the signature tiger-nose grille, higher headlamps, new sophisticatedly-designed fog lamps, sculpted hood and a new panoramic sunroof. Not to mention, a reflective red garnish at the rear connecting slim design taillights, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, plus sleek lines nicely flowing from the front to the back also help form an outstanding-looking ride.
The new Sportage is differentiated by a new panoramic sunroof
Speaking of the overall dimension, the latest Sportage is longer and taller than the previous model. In detail, it measures 4,480mm long, 1,855mm wide, 1,645mm tall and a long wheelbase of 2,670mm. A minus point of the Kia Sportage lies in its ground clearance. However, it is still acceptable for a crossover. The Kia Sportage is not built as a true SUV after all.
Fourth-generation Kia Sportage vs. Third-generation Kia Sportage
The logically-arranged and nicely-designed dashboard of the Kia Sportage
What we like the most about this car is the logically-arranged and nicely-designed dashboard. Entering the Kia Sportage, you will immediately feel a sense of premium thanks to the black interior highlighted by red accents throughout the cabin, from the leather to the stitching and the lighting. Furthermore, the center console as well as every control is arranged within easy reach, indicating how the manufacturer has appreciated driver-friendly experience.
Center console as well as every control is arranged within easy reach
Fourth-generation Kia Sportage dashboard vs. Third-generation Kia Sportage dashboard
Seating capacity is greatly improved for the 4th-gen Sportage. Rear seats can house up to 3 adult passengers while still offer comfortable legroom to move around with ease. Cargo space also receives significant enhancements. By adding 38 liter to the cargo, Kia has increased the total cargo capacity of the Sportage to 503 liters. Folding flat the rear seats and more room will be released to accommodate bulky stuff such as suitcases and even bikes.
Rear seats can house up to 3 adult passengers
Although not a top-spec model, the Kia Sportage EX AWD still comes loaded with nice and cool features including:
The Sportage is equipped with a set of 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels in two-tone color
Signature tiger nose grille, higher headlamp and sophisticated-design foglamp of the 4th-gen Sportage
What is worth mentioning first is that this EX AWD variant is a diesel one. Must be good news to many, I guess?
Driven the Kia Sportage 2017 Philippines is a 2.0-liter DOHC diesel engine which is capable of craning out 182 hp and 402 Nm of torque, and married to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system.
Driven the Kia Sportage Philippines is a 2.0-liter DOHC diesel engine
Kia Sportage is a reliable partner for city driving with an average of around 10.5 km/L. This is a decent fuel consumption provided the stop-and-go traffic of the big cities in our country. In comparison with its outgoing model, the current Sportage has been added with further enhancement in terms of suspension, absorbency, city maneuverability and noise reduction.
On the highways, the Kia crossover also proves itself to be a fuel efficient vehicle. Given the average speed of 70 km/h, the Sportage consumes 1 liter of fuel every 13.7 km. This figure can totally be improved if the Sportage is maneuvered by a more mindful driver.
On the highways, the Kia crossover also proves itself to be a fuel efficient vehicle
With better balance, good-quality braking and decent 4-wheel drive system, the Kia Sportage can give you a peace of mind when driving on the highways, taking corners or encountering slippery roads. The tires, though, need to be reworked so as to create less noise and offer better hold.
What’s the deal with the Kia Sportage?
With the drastic growth of crossover segment in the local auto market lately, it was a very intelligent move of Kia to remake the Sportage as a crossover car. Since it first launch to the Philippines, the vehicle still remains a highly competitive rival in its class. Known as a sibling of the Kia Sorento, the Kia Sportage might be made smaller in size yet completely bold and big regarding features, flexibility and design.
Let’s take a look at the table below for the latest price of the Kia Sportage:
|Sportage 2.0 CRDi LX 2WD||P1,325,000|
|Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX 2WD||P1,445,000|
|Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX AWD||P1,595,000|
|Sportage 2.0 CRDi GT-Line AWD||P1,795,000|
After reading thoroughly our Kia Sportage 2017 Philippines review, will you consider this crossover as your next car? If yes, refer to our complete list of Kia Sportage 2017 for sale in the Philippines.
In case you would like to keep updated with latest prices of other brand-new Kia vehicles, here is the latest Kia car price list in the Philippines.
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