The third generation Kia Sportage has arrived and it competes in the expanding crossover market with Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga, Skoda Yeti VW Tiguan and Hyundai iX35. Powered by a 1.7 litre turbo diesel motor the Sportage is available in three different trim levels and comes in two and four wheel drives.
Longer, lower and wider than the model it replaces, it also weighs some 90 kgs less. The outgoing Sportage model was a very significant seller since its arrival seven years ago, and it was a major player in establishing the Kia brand in Ireland. The new Sportage, with its sleek design and improved CO2 and fuel economy, will appeal to both existing SUV owners but also to customers looking for a crossover alternative.
The Sportage is now wrapped in edgy, look-at-me styling that Kia hopes will succeed in attracting many buyers.
The 1.7 litre engine develops 114 BHP and does 0 to 100km in 11.9 seconds.
Fuel consumption is 5.19L/100km (54.3mpg ) combined and the emissions are 135gm/km which means band B and €225 road tax.
The car has fully independent suspension front and rear while the steering is via an electric system which adjusts the level of assistance according to speed, giving comfort and driving pleasure on Irish roads.
The Sportage comes with Kia’s superior standard seven-year warranty. Stylish and well equipped, the Sportage is a genuine performer and deserves to be shortlisted by any buyer in this market, or those forced to downsize from a big 4X4 because of the increasing cost of diesel.
Take a test drive this weekend at Conway Motors, Breaffy Road, Castlebar and if you place your order before December 19 you will receive a €400 Dunne’s Stores Christmas shopping voucher from Conway Motors, call today on 094 9022399.