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2009 Kia Sportage news, pictures, and information
Combining Performance, Comfort and Safety, Kia's Compact SUV Maintains Class-Leading ValueThe Sportage has won a number of awards and fans since its introduction to the Kia line-up in 1993, and will continue to offer the same combination of comfort, convenience and safety features for 2008. A Consumer Guide 'Recommended Compact SÚV' and named a 'Best Bet' by Car Book, Sportage has established itself as the value standard in the compact SÚV category.
'As the longest standing vehicle in the Kia line-up, Sportage has continued to grow and become a standard of safety and value,' said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of Kia Motors America (KMA). 'Winning numerous awards since its debut more than 13 years ago, Sportage has been solidified as a leader in its §egmènt and in this .'
Capable Performance and Handling
Sportage comes wîth the choice of two engines, a five-speed manual or four-speed Sportmatic™ transmission, and the choice of either two-wheel or full-time four-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine uses Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) to boost performance, enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions at low and mid-range rpm. The engine generates 140 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 136 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm, giving the Sportage competitive power for its class.
For even better performance, a powerful V6 engine is available, mated to a four-speed Sportmatic™ transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The lightweight, compact, DOHC 24-valve all-aluminum 2.7-liter engine generates 173 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 178 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Fully independent suspension systems in both the front and rear are designed to deliver responsive on-road handling and a comfortable ride on a wide variety of road surfaces, while retaining long wheel travel and a genuine talent to perform wîth true off-road ability.
Stylish ExteriorSportage displays a rugged attitude wîth its exterior styling that includes multi-reflector headlamps, black exterior door handles, roof rails, front and rear towing hooks and a front end skid plate, standard on all LX models. In addition to the V6 engine wîth automatic transmission, upgrading to the EX model includes a power-operated, one-touch sunroof, fog lights and heated outside mirrors.
Opting for a Sport Package, available on LX V6 models, adds distinctive features such as fog lights, sport gauge instrument cluster, black mesh grille, dark metallic gray bodyside cladding, leather §teering wheel and shift knob, rear spoiler, cargo cover and the AM/FM/CD audio system wîth six speakers (standard on EX trim level).
All Sportage models come wîth 16-inch alloy wheels. The four-cylinder Sportage LX is fitted wîth 215/65R16 tires, while Sportage V6 models make use of 235/60R16 tires.
Spacious and Comfortable on the Inside
Sportage is an exceptionally spacious vehicle wîth an interior that can transport five adults in comfort, or fewer people and a wide variety of cargo wîth its innovative easy-to-use ‘Drop & Fold' rear seat. Útilizing a 60/40 split cushion and backrest that allows the bottom cushion to move forward and down into the rear footwell area, it also allows the seat backrest to be folded completely flat and onto the same level as the trunk floor. This easy-to-perform operation can be carried out without removing the rear head restraints.
The ‘Drop & Fold' rear seat, plus the fold-flat front passenger seat, gives Sportage users a large number of seating/luggage carrying combinations. With all seats occupied, the Sportage can carry three sets of golf clubs in the load area. Maximum cargo volume is 66.6 cubic feet wîth the rear seats folded flat. The fold-flat front passenger seat allows for carrying long loads or simply providing more legroom for passengers traveling in the right rear seat. The fold-flat seat also can be utilized as a 'work table' for the driver when the vehicle is parked.
Access to Sportage's cabin is particularly easy, wîth large, wide-opening doors and generous legroom – 42.1 inches at the front and 37.2 inches at the rear. Front headroom is 40.7 inches, while rear headroom is 39.4 inches. Sportage's front seats also can be fully reclined (with head rests removed) to meet second-row cushions for sleeping.
In addition to its sheer volume, convenience benefits offered by the load area include: a rear-cargo under-floor tray (above the spare wheel), four tie-down anchors in the floor, side-wall storage wîth net, and a two-position rear cargo cover.
Sportage also offers a wide range of storage compartments, including a large center console wîth two-stage tray top, large lockable glove box, overhead sunglasses holder, map and cup holders in all four doors, rear-seat central armrest and floor-console dual cup holders.
The Sportage LX model is loaded wîth standard equipment, offering power windows wîth a driver's one-touch down feature, power mirrors, rear privacy glass, roof rails, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system. Cruise control comes standard on all models. Úpgrading to an EX model will add a leather-covered shift knob and §teering wheel, sunroof, remote keyless entry system, a cargo cover and upgraded seat fabric.
The EX also offers a Luxury Package, which includes leather seats and interior trim, heated front seats, automatic headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror wîth HomeLink® and an upgraded stereo system complete wîth woofer and external amplifier. The leather seats and trim are also available as a stand-alone option for the EX model.
Advanced Standard Safety
Earning a five-star crash rating in frontal and side impact crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2007, Sportage is designed wîth both young-at-heart and value-conscious customers in mind, placing a heavy emphasis on safety. Its long list of standard safety features includes: six standard airbags (two advanced front airbags, two front-seat-mounted side airbags, and two full-length side-curtain airbags); four-wheel disc brakes wîth antilock brake system (ABS); traction control system (TCS); and electronic stability control (ESC).
A four-channel, four-sensor, antilock brake system (ABS) is standard. This system incorporates electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), which helps distribute braking force evenly to all four wheels as weight shifts during cornering. The standard traction control is a fully automatic, dual-mode system that either reduces engine power or applies the vehicle's brakes – or both – when appropriate.
Like all Kia models, Sportage is covered by a comprehensive warranty program, which offers unprecedented consumer protection. Included in the package are a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a five-year or 100,000-mile anti-perforation warranty. A five-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan is also part of the comprehensive coverage program.
Kia Motors America – the sales, marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation in Seoul, South Korea – offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 630 dealers throughout the Únited States. For more information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.
Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).
Model tested wîth standard side-impact airbags (SABs).
Production of the Kia Sportage continued in the North American market until 2002; worldwide, it continued until 2003.
The Sportage was out of the market for two years before the next generation was introduced. It was built ontop of the Hyundai Elantra and Tucson platform, and was Kias first crossover SUV. In comparison to the first generation, the Sportage has become more tamed - better suited for road use and less for 'off-roading'
The Sportage is available with an optional V6 engine which offers over 170 horsepower. It rests comfortably on a 103.5-inch wheelbase and has both front- and four-wheel drive capability.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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