Kia Sportage (2022): The compact Korean SUV in the first check

Korea steps on the gas! After the Hyundai Tucson comes Early 2022 the sister model Kia Sportage. And yet the compact SUV is an old acquaintance. It’s the fifth generation, they invented the Sportage back in 1994, even if we rightly deleted the cover from our memory. The fact is: At the time, nobody was talking about the SUV trend, neither in Wolfsburg, nor in Rüsselsheim or Stuttgart. (Important tips for buying a new car on the Internet)

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Now Sportage has a harder time. But he can still submit. The cockpit alone. As with the new EV6 electric crossover, they have two 12.3 inch monitors juxtaposed, on the left without touch function, but with four different display layouts. In dreary gray rainy weather with a green meadow for karma on request! The multimedia screen on the right is for touching, although this is the case with the Top voice guidance Doesn’t seem necessary at all – she understands and implements commands at lightning speed.

There’s a smart idea in the Sportage cockpit

We see the highlight under the monitor: a control panel with multiple assignments – with shortcut buttons optionally for the automatic air conditioning, for GPS or radio and co. If it is too cold, the volume control turns into a heating control at the push of a button, simply switching back and forth between air conditioning and multimedia with a button. That someone didn’t think of it earlier! What we for inner space otherwise have to say: Since that cockpit feels much deeper and not so bulky, it will be Feeling of space airier, in the back legs and head have a lot of freedom, the Trunk has grown by up to 88 liters, depending on the engine, he swallows between 526 and 591 liters.
Kia Sportage

Subjectively more compact: The new Sportage is 4.52 meters long, but looks a lot smaller when driving.

Let’s get to the criticism: Kia has to work on the quality! Let’s start under the hood. A pole to set up is cheaper than two gas struts, but it is notchy. The door shelves are, firstly, too narrow and, secondly, not lined with felt, that makes for rattling. Incidentally, also in the center console. Why isn’t there a mat with an anti-slip layer so that the car key doesn’t fly around like a pinball? And as for the trunk, let’s repeat: The sides are covered with carpet, not with plastic. When you first load a crate of beer, it is clear why – it is scratched.

When driving, it looks more compact

The new Sportage is with 4.52 meters three inches longer than the old one. They even sell it to the Americans, Asians and Russians in a 4.60 meter format. When driving, this Kia feels a lot more compact. This is not only due to the airy cockpit, the Koreans have also refined the chassis. From the new M3 platform, which can do everything except electric, gasoline, diesel, 48-volt electrical systems, hybrids and plug-ins, they have much more contact with the road than before. We drive one Sportage with GT-Line and standard electronic damper control.
Kia Sportage

The Sportage hurries through corners with almost no rolling movements – but the stiff chassis still has a healthy residual comfort.

The set-up of the SUV is tight

Even in normal mode, we can almost feel it in tight corners no rolling movements, that’s how tight you have tuned this SUV. And left him a healthy residual comfort, the steering adjusted sensitively and with good feedback. Our test car has all-wheel drive 1.6 liter gasoline engine With 180 hp and 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It costs at least 37,990 euros, even in the GT line 45,490 euros! Not cheap anymore, but good. Even if the 1.6 with full spurt on the highway entrance waiver with displacement loud roar acknowledged, he swims well with this performance. (Calculate maintenance costs? To the car insurance comparison)

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When you start the traffic light from the engine to 30 km / h, nothing rumbles, they have smoothed everything together so well. At the Take off the gas if this Kia even sails, then it goes engine off – and when you step on the pedal lightning fast back to. Applause, Kia! You have that Sportage really trimmed for success.
Technical data Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI AWD 48V • Engine: Four-cylinder, turbo, front transverse • Displacement: 1598 cm³ • Power: 132 kW (180 PS) at 5500 / min • Max. torque: 265 Nm at 1500-4500 / min • Drive: all wheel drive, Seven-speed double clutch • Length / width / height: 4515/1865/1650 mm • Empty weight: 1648 kg • Luggage compartment: 562-1751 l • 0-100 km / h: 9.0 s • Vmax: 201 km / h • Consumption (WLTP): 7.2 l / 100 km (Super) • CO2 emissions: 163 g / km • price from 37,990 euros.

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Kia Sportage (2022) in the first check

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