KIA Sportage compact SUV was initially launched in 1993 and here we have an exponent of the third generation. The car is based on the same platform as Hyundai ix35 and uses the entry-level petrol engine, 1.6-litre naturally aspirated unit. This KIA Sportage was designed by german Peter Schreyer (born 1953), known for designing the first generation Audi TT.
Model: KIA Sportage / KIA Sportage 1.6 GDi 4×2
Body type: SUV, 5 seats
Price without VAT: 16,150 Euros
Engine: 1.6-litre (1,591 cc) in-line four-cylinder transverse mounted naturally aspirated petrol engine, direct injection. The maximum output is 99 kW / 135 PS/hp at 6,300 rpm and peak torque is 164 Nm (approx. 120 ft-lbs) available at 4,850 rpm.
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission and Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Tyres: Tristar Ice Plus S210 225/60 R17 99H
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 11.1 seconds
Top speed: 178 km/h
Declared average fuel consumption: 6.8 liters of petrol per 100 km
Emissions: EU5, 158 g CO2/km
Fuel tank (l): 58
Dimensions (mm): L 4,440 / w 1,855 / h 1,685
Luggage compartment capacity (l): 564-1,353
Wheelbase (mm): 2,640
Weight (DIN/EU): 1,305 kg/1,380 kg
Front suspension: Independent McPherson struts, coil springs, sway bar.
Rear suspension: Independent, multi-link, coil springs, sway bar.
Main standard equipment
Frontal airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, curtain airbags for front and rear seats; ABS; ESC/ESP; TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System); height and depth adjustable steering column; trip computer; USB; AUX-IN; rearview camera; cruise control; leather steering wheel and gear knob; dual-zone automatic air conditioning; cooled glovebox compartment; 4 electrically powered windows; black tinted rear windows; LED DRL; light sensor; rain sensor; heated front seats; front central armrest; rear central armrest; heated side mirrors and electrically adjustable and foldable; roof rails; Techno Orange Metallic Paint; 17-inch alloy wheels.
Main optional equipment (price in Euros, without VAT)
+ easy to drive
+ good engine performance
+ good transmission
+ silent suspension
+ very good soundproofing and NVH
+ good infinity audio system
– no auto Start/Stop
– light and artificial steering feedback
– small infotainment/multimedia screen (basic UVO system)
– no dynamic guiding lines for rearview camera
Driven by Adrian M. for 150 km, 8.6 l/100 km average fuel consumption, 27,795 km total mileage of the car.
Filmed at AFI Palace Cotroceni