By expanding its roots in almost 160 countries, Kia has become global player in the premium automobile sector. The timely up-gradations in its different cars has helped the company in maintaining a profound position in the global market with customers in almost each crucial geography. Launched in 1993, the Sportage is one such car in the arsenal of Kia that has made the position of the Kia proficient enough to attract customers in luxury SUVs segment. The smart looks, value for money features and effective performance is all set to make a remarkable stand in the markets of Indonesia.
Kia Sportage is offered with a 2.0-litre CRDI engine with 4WD which is powerful enough to deliver maximum power measuring 158 PS at 6200 rpm and maximum torque of 191 Nm at 4700 rpm. The engine is coupled with 6 speed manual transmission that gives complete control of the ride in the hands of the driver. The 2.0-litre engine does not give an impressive fuel economy but, the fuel economy of 11.5 kmpl is fair in the segment it is presented. One can clock 0 to 100 kmph mark in 9.8 seconds for 2.0-litre engine and the needle will not take a halt till 195 km/ h mark.
Each and every aspect of Sportage has been carved with special detailing. The Xenon headlights are fitted at appropriate position to give Sportage a bold look and it further refines the exteriors of the car. The new 'Tiger nose' grille makes solid impression with company's insignia in between. The rear profile is catchy due to the combination of taillights backed with the LED optical technology. The overall dimensions of the car measures 4440mm X 1855mm X 1635mm (L X W X H) and the wheelbase of 2640 mm gives enough stability and cabin space to Sportage. The manufacturer gives the option of choosing the rim size from the 16/17/18-inch according to the diversified requirement.
The cabin of Kia is a pleasant place to be in. The high- set seat makes it feel very much like the SUV it is with the manual adjustment that makes it easy to get comfortable. The significant wheel base provides enough leg room, head room and shoulder room for the occupants and further enhances the comfort level of the car. The climate control system, cruise control, automatic rain - sensing windscreen, 2 DIN music system (with a small touchscreen) with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity adds to the feature list of Sportage. The boot space of 564 Litres is quite decent and can be enhanced to 1353 Litres with rear seats packed up.
Sportage ensures proper safety of its occupants as the manufacturer has incorporated an array of safety features for it. Large disc brakes offer plenty of stopping power, and an Anti-lock Braking System(ABS) prevents skidding. Suspension system comprising McPherson Strut in front and multi link with gas shock absorber in rear lets you maintain steering control under adverse conditions. The other safety features include front, side airbags, Automatic Parking assistance system (SPAS), Electric Brake-Force Distribution System (EBD), Hill Start Assist Control (HSA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), and engine immobilizer.
Sharp Looks, good equipment level, and spacious cabin are some of the factors that attract customers towards the car. But engine refinement, inert steering and body control might create space for the competitors to fill the demand.