If only for a mild hybrid, because it cannot be operated solely by electric driving, technology should provide more power and lower fuel consumption. We tried in the detailed test. We drove the Kia Sportage as a GT line with a 185hp turbo diesel CRDi.
From the outside – subtle but effective changes
Although the visual changes on the new Kia Sportage are quite modest, they do bring a few refreshing upgrades in direct comparison to the predecessor model.
Overall, the SUV looks a bit wider and now stands tighter on its four wheels. Additional widths suggest modified front air vents and striking chrome trims that extend horizontally from headlamp to headlamp and separate the front apron from the radiator grille area.
Particularly striking is the new LED daytime signature light, requiring ever-increasing attention for every four-spot headlamp.
In keeping with the current trend, redesigned LED taillights now replace the chrome bar, a light bar that connects them, which does not have a light function but does not miss the effect. Unfortunately, the turn indicators remain in their bumper at the very bottom, which doesn't matter, but the version with outdated incandescent technology doesn't contradict the otherwise state-of-the-art SUV.
At the rear, the rear diffuser visually emphasizes the dynamics of the Korean SUV, primarily through the successful integration of the two output pipes. However, they only fulfill optical tasks and in both cases do not serve as part of the exhaust system, as the rear view is quickly revealed.
Interior in Kia Sportage 201 – plus in value
The marginally redesigned interior as a whole seems to be a bit more valuable than the previous model, which because of the material looks. With many soft touch surfaces and a GT-Line design with high quality leather, including accentuated contrast stitching, the Kia Sportage exudes a high degree of well-being.
Oddly enough, the GT-Line sports steering wheel emphasizes this aspect effectively with its thick trim and smooth steering wheel rim. Otherwise you will have a hard time finding changes inside. Maybe the adjusting wheels below and not beside the air fan show a noticeable difference.
The available space remains at a high level. The lack of space is not overcome by either the front or the rear seats. The boot offers 439 liters, which can be expanded to a maximum of 1,428 liters, slightly less than its predecessor. The reason for this is the lithium-ion battery, which had to be placed in the boot floor.
Engine and running characteristics – Wacher Elektrodiesel
The drive in the test vehicle was a 2.0-liter 185hp turbo diesel and 400 Newton meters of maximum torque, available from a small 1,750 rpm. For the first time in the Kia Sportage, the most important innovation is the combination of an internal combustion engine with a 48-volt system, consisting of a 12 kW belt drive generator and a 0.44 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The starter belt generator supports the diesel engine when accelerating with additional torque and recovering recovery energy by braking or overrun, such as going downhill and storing it in a lithium-ion battery. Also, the diesel response is noticeably improved by electrical support.
The diesel seems a bit rough on a cold start, but wins the extra manners with every blink of an eye and overall has a fairly quiet operation, even if the base nail never goes away completely. The insulation is lavishly displayed and effectively blocks the diesel engine acoustically from the inside. Power transmission provides an 8-speed automatic transmission and distributes power to all four wheels, depending on presets and requirements.
The slight hybrid support can be felt as described, especially at startup and at low speeds, where the reaction time is almost imperceptible thanks to the wide-awake generator. The overkill, however, remains off. Powerful, the SUV still works in most life situations. Unusual and a little rough for us is the characteristic of the start / stop system in the roll operation below 30 km / h.
Because this happens in stop and stop operations, the system sometimes gets tangled up and brings with it a constant restart and repeated shutdown of the engine much restlessness in driving characteristics. But as described, you can only feel this phenomenon in situations of stopping and stopping. In addition, the start / stop function can also be switched off.
It automatically acts mostly gently and virtually without interference. Driving comfort is immensely used, and combined with the powerful torque, sense of space and reduced background noise, even longer journeys with the Kia Sportage really give pleasure. Only in the Untertertourigen area can a diesel boom be heard which is rapidly evaporating with increasing speed.
Although the suspension tweaks are usually tightened rather than soft, the suspension and rollover performance is still very good, with no possible passenger malfunctions. The litter of the C5 Aircross, he can't show, but shows with his firmer voice, however, well-intentioned and stable cornering behavior, as there is no excessive wheel starting and kicking.
AWD four-wheel drive here also adds to the corresponding benefits. As with its predecessor, the current Kia Sportage also has a lock function to select all-wheel drive as a permanent power train. Thanks to that and downhill aids, Sportage can also complete one or the other of the forest and meadow trails. And over a stick and a stone, Koreans do it, if you don’t overdo it. A true off-roader, he is not, but he dominates the shallows with no problem.
Two different driving modes also extend the response depending on taste, thus providing the desired driving and chassis characteristics.
The very smooth steering wheel could have somewhat defined feedback when driving straight, but it worked precisely in all other areas.
The Korean brake system shows in the current model, very good dosage and impeccable stability. For the SUV, the test results are again exemplary.
By the way: Anyone who orders a Sportage with traction can now take up to 2.2 tonnes with a new model and the right equipment.
When it came to power consumption, we expected a little more restraint due to the 48-volt system. But even with this model, manufacturer information is located in inaccessible spheres. We did not even have the mentioned 5.7 liters in our rake circle, in which after 30 kilometers of extremely defensive driving, the stationary and stationary six remained as a decimal place.
We failed to achieve less than 6.1 liters in the savings test. In the third blend it was then 7.2 liters per 100 kilometers. Realistically, depending on driving style and outdoor temperatures of 6.8 to 9.7 liters, you should expect a 2.0 CRDI, including a 48-volt system. In ruthless full throttle, the diesel engine even approved 12.8 liters, but remained almost the entire 200 km / h range.
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Equipment, comfort and safety
Many assistive systems in the Korean SUV have now been expanded to an adaptive cruise control system with delay function. This manages the distance from the front man to the stop and can be reactivated by a gas command as soon as it is resumed. In practice, this worked like clockwise. Forward adjustment for driving distance was performed without turning operations.
Equally new is the 360-degree camera on the revamped Sportage. Resolving this, however, is a step back, as representation in the Schlierige is getting used to, even if it is less difficult.
We were excited about the new LED headlamps, as the xenon lights of the previous model were able to convince the wide front – expectations were correspondingly high. In short: we were not disappointed. The light emitted turned out to be extremely bright and far-reaching. The fact that the space about two meters in front of the vehicle was not illuminated was unusual, but in practice it had no significant effect on the illumination.
There are various benefits that have already convinced us of our predecessors in a positive state. There are three-stage seat heaters and steering wheel heating with their very fast and evenly heated surfaces. Even better, we found a three-stage seat ventilation, which had surprisingly high efficiency, even at high summer temperatures.
The seats themselves proved to be comfortable and unlimited for long distances. The center armrest, unfortunately, cannot be adjusted, but has been achieved due to its ergonomically mostly optimized positioning and the huge storage compartment below.
A typical Kia also proved to be a power tailgate with sensor function. The proximity sensor recognizes the key carrier and announces that the door will soon open electrically. Unfortunately, the sound signal cannot be turned off, so using the boot in the late hours, the surroundings can always acoustically participate.
Especially since the time frame between wheezing and opening in the practical test still takes too long, and electrically opening and closing the tailgate also requires a little too much time. Along the way, a double beep will sound if you open or close the tailgate just by pressing a button. We also missed the Verrieglungstaste at the door door.
Although the navigation system seems to be a bit outdated in terms of design, except for the low screen resolution compared to other systems, there is no relevant reason to criticize it properly.
Also, the JBL sound system was convincing and sound-driven at a solid level, allowing you to enjoy audiophiles in any genre you choose. Only at high levels did the boundaries then show up, especially in the heights of harmonic distortion.
The multifaceted connectivity and networking solution is also dominated by the new Kia Sportage, which now also boasts an expanded connected service space, which also displays car parks and gas stations in the area, including current fuel prices.
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Variants and prices for Kia Sportage 2019
Also from the facelift of an SUV there are six lines of equipment:
- Issue 7 it now indicates the base variant and is off € 22,490 On offer For this price, there are SUVs with front-wheel drive and 1.6 GDI petrol with 132 hp as the starting engine. Alternatively, there is a 115hp 1.6 CRDi diesel engine. Both models have front-wheel drive.
- from vision offers Sportage with more features, such as fatigue alert, navigation system and heated front and rear seats 25.490 euros In addition to the entry-level engine, there is a second petrol 1.6 GDi with 177 hp, which can be configured as an AWD variant if desired. As the diesel is a 136hp 1.6 CRDi, also available with 2WD or AWD. Diesel and more powerful gasoline engines can be combined with a dual-clutch gearbox in addition to a manual transmission.
- Special model Dream Team Edition has special applications in black gloss color and exclusively becomes petrol 1.6 GDI with 132 hp and front drive € 26,390 offered.
- from GT-Line be at least for an SUV 35.690 euros cause of. Standard equipment includes optional 19-inch wheels, a sports steering wheel, dual exhaust pipes and more. From the GT line, the 2.0 CRDi with 185 hp in the portfolio is also tested here. This variant of equipment is basically only offered with AWD.
- Level of equipment the ghost starts from € 29,990. This version is also available with the 2.0 CRDi engine plus a 48-volt system. By the way, the largest diesel is only available in combination with an 8-speed automatic.
- Platinum Edition In addition, features such as Nero leather interior, panoramic roof, front seat ventilation, inductive charging station and sensory-controlled tailgate are standard features. The starting price for the above variant is at least 41.290 euros.
With the largest diesel and all the options available, you can get a final price of 45,800 euros, which, given the wealth of equipment and in direct comparison with its competitors, is again almost cheap.
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Conclusion – Sportage 2.0
This facelift has made the Kia Sportage good in many ways. With its diesel hybrid system, it is ready for all its achievements and should be able to hesitate with skeptics about buying diesel. Optically refreshed and technically optimized, it can easily compete with competitors again.
In our test, the SUV was able to achieve sovereign appearance and safety, not least thanks to AWD. Technically speaking, the Korean is warm-blooded and meets almost every need of today's driver and passenger. Kia is an unrivaled 7-year warranty in this case.
Light cuts, however, must be made in terms of consumption, if a sporty driving style is used. The high-priced starting price for the tried-and-tested GT-Line and other advanced equipment lines faces an almost fully equipped mid-size SUV, which is ideal for smaller families, recreational athletes and SUV enthusiasts alike.
Larger families and people with a particularly large footprint should take an alternative look at the Kia Sorento.
Text / photos: NewCarz
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Specifications: Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 185 AWD GT-Line
Color: Blue flame metallic
Length x Breadth x Height (m): 4.50 x 1.86 (without outside mirror) x 1.64
Wheelbase in mm: 2.670
Drive: four-cylinder turbo diesel plus 48-volt mild hybrid system
Power: 136 kW (185 hp) at 4,000 rpm
Displacement: 1,995 ccm
Maximum torque: 400 Nm at 1,750 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: four-wheel drive
Consumption in combination (NEDC standard): 5.7 L / 100 km
Average consumption (NewCarz): 7.2 L / 100 km
CO2 (manufacturer's information): 149 g / km
Emission standard: Temp. Euro 6d
Top speed: 201 km / h
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 9.5 sec
Luggage compartment: 439 to 1,428 liters
Weight: 1.747 kg
Turning circle: 11 m
Ground: 172 mm
Front / rear tilt angle: 16.8 ° / 26.1 °
Ramp angle: 17.3 °
Trailer brake load up to 12%: 1,900 kg (depending on equipment up to 2,200 kg)
Vertical load: 100 kg
Fuel tank: 55 liters
AdBlue tank: 14 liters
Fuel Type: Diesel
Original price of the test car: around 45,000 euros (starting Sportage price of 22,490 euros)
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