Kia is injecting more competition into the crossover market with the release of a new entry-level 2.0-litre petrol Sportage that has just gone on sale in New Zealand for $30,990.
The Kia Sportage 2.0 Urban comes with an automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive only, aimed at city drivers who want a roomy wagon, but don’t require the extra traction of a 4×4.
“We’ve called it the Urban, because that is where this particular Sportage is destined to spend its life, on city or town roads and the highway,” says Todd McDonald, General Manager for Kia Motors New Zealand. “The Urban has been introduced in response to demand from people who require space, functionality and ease of access, but don’t need off-road capability. “Typically, these buyers are young urban-dwelling families, business people and also older buyers looking for a wagon that has the benefits of an SUV — higher seating position, a practical interior at an affordable price.”
The Sportage Urban includes features such as climate air conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, burglar alarm, trip computer and Electronic Stability Control (including ABS brakes and traction control). The package also includes power windows and mirrors, 16″ alloy wheels , a CD stereo system with MP3 compatibility, front and rear fog lights, Tiptronic-style auto transmission and 6 airbags (front, side and curtain).
The Sportage Urban is powered by Kia’s 16-valve DOHC, CVVT, 2.0-litre petrol engine, delivering 104kW of peak power @6000rpm and 184kW of torque @4500rpm, and a combined fuel consumption of 9.2L/100km (compared to 9.9L/100km for the 4×4 Sportage auto).
The new Urban spearheads the introduction of the facelifted Sportage range, with the remainder of these models to be introduced later.
The two diesel Sportage models – a 6-speed manual 4×4 and sportshift auto 4×2 —will land later and have some detailed changes to the common rail diesel engine, such as an upgraded variable geometry turbocharger that lifts the power output 27% to 104Kw @ 4000rpm and boosts torque by 25% to 305Nm @ 1800-to-2500rpm.
Other improvements include an upgraded diesel particulate filter that delivers even clear exhaust emissions.
The four-wheel-drive system on all 4×4 models continues unchanged, efficiently and effectively delivering torque to the rear wheels when the system detects slippage in the front wheels for improved driving on adverse road surfaces. Additionally, both axles can be locked to provide greater traction when conditions become more slippery — ideal for driving snow covered ski field roads.