The compact SUV segment is crowded and competitive, there is no doubt about it. But the 2018 Kia Sportage doesn’t flinch: the fourth generation is fiercer than ever. The design continues to be its trump card, and the Interior have made great strides in terms of quality.
The 2018 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD Feel Rebel is part of the permanent all-wheel drive, for those from an SUV demand the utmost versatility. Let’s see how it is and how is 136 HP version with manual transmission, also available with the classic automatic with torque converter.
2018 Kia Sportage Redesign
High, well placed. Impressive, but at the same time. Not too loaded, not too aggressive. Although the t nose (nose of Tiger Mask, as they call it men Kia) stands out. Certainly not trivial. The beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, is inconceivable. But the 2018 Kia Sportage, in my opinion, was drawn by a good pencil.
The cockpit is the real highlight of the fourth-generation 2018 Kia Sportage. Spacious and welcoming, luminous (has the sunroof opening), with leather interior and heated seats. All of the series. On the other hand, we are talking about the Sportage Feel Rebel because the range 4WD there’s with the two top of the line equipment. The other is to GT Line, sportier.
The driving position is high but does not give any idea of being behind the wheel of a minivan, far from it. The spacious setting can help you find the most suitable position to all stature, even sporty setting. In four traveling so comfy, in five slightly less but in this segment is hard to find a larger SUV. Passengers behind can take advantage of backrests adjustable. Very roomy trunk: over 500 liters and nearly 1,500 broke down the rear seat backs.
The soft-touch dashboard houses the big touch screen multimedia system with rear camera, and then there are some details that show the care of Kia in realizing its compact SUV, as gas pedal hinged.
The Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD Feel Rebel is the input version if so we can say-wheel range comes in two power levels: 136 BHP with manual or automatic transmission and 184 HP, only with the automatic.
HOW IT GOES
On SUVs, generally, I prefer the automatic transmission, also available on Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD Feel Rebel, but this is equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission. A manual so well managed that it takes just a few kilometers to get me to do without the automatic with torque converter. The ride is short, the implants are soft and at the same time precise. The clutch is not heavy, and when it comes to diesel engines is not taken for granted that it is.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Kia Sportage has raised the bar in terms of driving pleasure. Has the agility of certain SUVS more compact and lighter than her, and definitely prefers driving tourists to boost. Said this car is greater cohesion, and all commands have a pleasant texture. The new stiffer chassis has borne fruit, the Steering has dead spots and regional grants too much roll, albeit with a setting married to ride comfort.
In short, the 2018 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD is as expected, and in some ways even better. A convenient SUV, well soundproofed and with a more flexible engine that gritty, capable of capturing at quite low even in high gears. Permanent all-wheel drive improves safety on the road, especially in low-grip conditions. In “Lock” mode, then manages to extricate himself even in the most demanding conditions.
We’re talking about poor underfoot conditions, such as snowy background, certainly not of off-road: If the first generation Sportage wink at all-terrain vehicle (among other things had the AWD insertable with gearbox), the fourth generation was thought-like most SUV-to never leave the asphalt, unless it’s some dirt undemanding. With obvious advantages over comfort and drivability.
On consumption, on the other hand, the Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD is not surprising. With the manual transmission, I would expect something more of the 12 km/l detected by the onboard computer during the test. Permanent all-wheel drive and the size of the car, however, justify the value found.
2018 Kia Sportage Price
The price of the 2018 Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 4WD Feel Rebel is 32,500 euros. And except for the metallic or Pearly offered to 700 euros (there is also white at 350 euros or red crayon at no extra charge), there are optional to add. A clear and price without pitfalls, including how to record warranty 7 years up to 150,000 kilometers.
The standard equipment is complete. The list of equipment includes leather seats Feel Rebel, heated front and rear, the panoramic roof that can be opened, the screen with rear view camera and GPS navigation, front and rear parking sensors, electric opening tailgate, automatic high beam light sensors, rain sensors, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The price list of Kia Sportage starts at 21,000 euros for the petrol version and 23,500 for that diesel 2WD boost from 1.7 to 115 HP.
2018 Kia Sportage Competitor
The cousin Hyundai Tucson first, with whom he shares the chassis and mechanics. The difference between the two is in style, more original in the case of the Sportage. Other competitors of Kia Sportage are the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, the Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan and the other two SUVS of the Volkswagen Group: a firmer Seat Ateca, the other bigger, the Skoda Kodiak.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
A clientele that doesn’t by a car in terms of comfort and space. But also in terms of style and finishes. The Kia Sportage has a high impact design; is original, but not tacky. And compared to the previous model, some cheap interior features a cabin among the best in the segment for their attention to detail.
Permanent all-wheel drive is a guarantee in terms of traction, even with harsh weather. And, speaking of warranty, Kia brand is positioned at the top of the market: 7 years up to 150,000 kilometers.
- It is very spacious and little noisy: comfort is top notch
- Winning Style, interior finishes with attention
- It is not economical in consumption
- The AWD is available only in the high range