2011 Kia Sportage


Under the hood, the Korean SUV will have three new engines with gasoline and two diesel while the six-speed manual transmission is unprecedented. Initially, the range will build on the 136-hp 2.0 CRDi available in two wheel drive, four wheel drive and 4x4 with six-speed automatic transmission. Small detail, but not least, the first two versions are in the neutral zone of the bonus / malus. 

At year end the novel will be marketed 1.6 to gasoline direct injection of 140 hp and the 1.7 CRDi 115 hp, both in transmission 4x2. They will be equipped with the system serial ISG (Stop & Start) using technology-enhanced starter.

With a ground clearance reduced by 170 mm (195 mm against the old model), Korean shows a clear preference for the roads covered with asphalt. However, it welcomes a new drive system developed by Magna Powertrain Dynamax. In case of bad surprises (snow.), it allows a torque distribution between front and rear axles up to 40 km / h.

Question budget, tariffs put the Sportage in direct confrontation with the Nissan Qashqai and Toyota RAV4 when it is more expensive than the new Mitsubishi ASX but cheaper than a VW Tiguan. To its credit, the standard equipment is already full when finishing the basic style unfortunately not available with the 2.0 CRDi.


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