The Kia Sportage is one of Kia’s best selling models and it has just been updated a few weeks ago for the US market while the European model has been launched a couple of months ago. However, both cars will go on sale at the same time in the first quarter of 2016 and the price will be comparable even though the engines will be unique to each region. The 2017 Kia Sportage is using Hyundai’s new compact crossover platform which it shares with the new Tucson. This makes it around 2 inches longer than before, it has a longer wheelbase and it is slightly wider and taller as well.
Kia did all these changes in order to offer more space inside the cabin and also to increase the luggage space. The car’s running gear is different than that of the Tucson though and this is because Kia wants to be the sportier of the two. This does not mean it is uncomfortable though because they went to great lengths in order to improve the NVH levels and also to reduce noise inside the cabin as much as possible.
2017 Kia Sportage Exterior
Let’s start with the exterior of the 2017 Kia Sportage because it is pretty much identical for the two versions. The front end received an all new pair of headlights which do make it look a bit like a toad. However, Kia somehow managed to complete the design quite nicely with the new grille and bumper which kinda make it look a bit like a Porsche which is quite impressive considering the under $25,000 price tag. The fog-lamps are quite interesting as well with four LED clusters each while the back features a very impressive and clean design with two large LED tail lights, a dual exhaust system for most versions as well as subtle chrome touches. The sides of the car also feature chrome or black plastic insertions while the buyer will get to choose 16, 17 or 18 inch wheels, depending on the region of choice.
The interior is similarly impressive and while it is not on the same levels with the Porsche, it certainly is above the average of its class with nicer materials than most. The dashboard is wrapped in a really soft material, the steering wheel comes only in leather and there are actual aluminum inserts. The design is clean and most of the buttons are available and as standard the car will come with climate control, cruise control, a 7 inch infotainment system as well as a smaller 4.2 inch screen in the instrument cluster. The buyer will get the choice of a larger 8 inch screen with satellite navigation, leather upholstery as well as different looking inserts for the doors and dashboard.
2017 Kia Sportage Engine
Engine wise, the 2017 Kia Sportage will come with quite a few different engines, most of them being borrowed from the Tucson. In Europe the base model will get a 132 horsepower 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine while a turbocharged version with 175 horsepower will be available. A 1.7 liter diesel with 114 horsepower or even an 182 horsepower diesel are going to be available as well. Front wheel drive will be standard and all wheel drive will be available as an option.
Unfortunately though, the US market did not receive the 1.6 liter turbocharged mill as the base option. Instead Kia opted to stay with the same 2.4 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 as before which offers enough power for most at 180 horsepower. However, most people will likely opt for the 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 which will offer more power at 260 horsepower and over 260 lb-ft of torque while keeping a similar fuel consumption. The only real drawback is that the great 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox of the European version will not be available in the US.