We won’t call the redesigned 2017 Kia Sportage ugly, but it is an odd-looking category of Korean Peugeot. governing with a gallic nose, it’s beautiful enough along the regions and in back and hardly unmemorable. While such audacious restyling does not always assurance worthy encouragements underneath, this brand-new version is another case of the Korean business making meaty generation-over-generation transformations.
Kia’s modified platform for the Sportage has grown slightly in length and wheelbase, which contributes to a more cozy back seat and a retiring jolt in merchandise measure to 31 blockish feet, five cubes more than before yet still on the tiny side for tight crossovers. Folding the second formation even nearly doubles the magnitude of the hold, though, and the rear hatch on top trims will open automatically after a pair seconds of key-fob proximity.
The relation is also much immobile than before, allowing the worked mixture to be adjusted for more cooperation over abrasive anchorages, even with the tight plates and 19-inch wheels on our all-wheel-drive, top-hole SX Turbo instance (lesser versions have 17s or 18s). It’s still not as bountied to ride as our part best-loved, the Mazda CX-5. But the Kia’s body motions are well analyzed and transformations to the electrically assisted power steering lend a more specific feel than before. The compact brakes have decent stopping energy (174 feet from 70 mph).
A 181-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder is regular, but SX versions hold a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, which for 2017 vends 20 horsepower for more bayed milesage and midrange consequence. The product is now 240 horsepower (237 with all-wheel) and 260 pound-feet of torque, yet the detuned SX was actually thirstier in our try-out than all the previous-gen turbocharged Sportages we’ve consumed. It totalled just 19 mpg in mixed steering. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed auto with bat stagehands (SX only) are regular, and all-wheel drive is $1500 additional. Despite being less mighty and about 100 pounds dense than before, our 3768-pound inquirer affixed a hard 6.9-second zero-to-60-mph moment and covered the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 91 mph. Faster than the Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee, although the SX Turbo still trails the 250-hp Subaru Forester XT in both a continuous formation and fuel economy.
Anemic valve-tip-in consequence and a suggestion of turbo lag obvious in a staccato flow of energy as the revs emergence, which can make creaseless accelerations untrustworthy. But at least Kia now allows you to modify the valve and translation app via Normal, Sport and Eco drive methods, with the latter the most hard-hitting at smoothing out the energy transportation. Although the Kia’s compartment remains functional, it’s been modified with affluent substances and more accessory rooms. Tasteless information are few, yet the execution feels upmarket. SX versions come fully filled with heated and cooled leather front rooms, a touchscreen information and entertainment system, and the brand’s current chauffeur immunodeficiencies, including lane-departure informing and automated crisis stopping. A gigantic wide roof also is included on the Turbo, as are the arachnid-like quad-LED fog lights.
While the 2017 Sportage’s $23,885 entry value is less than an impressive more than the 2016 version’s, the all-wheel drive SX’s increased tool ups the outgo over the aged SX by $2510, to $34,895. Its performance, perfection, and supports make this brand-new Kia entirely bewitching.