Kia Motor Company, the largest car manufacturer of South-Korea after Hyundai, will release their all new 2017 Sportage later on this year. The first pictures Kia released look great. The Sportage looks slightly unique and overall very upscale. Would you like to know what to expect from this new Korean-made SUV? Read on to find out the interior and exterior design, engine and tech specs, and finally pricing and release date. Can the 2017 Kia Sportage live up to expectations and beat the virtually unchanged 2017 Nissan Rogue crossover?
This time we start with the best part of this car, the front. It looks different, but not odd. It’s new, refreshing and most of all likeable. The first thing we noticed was the cunning similarity to the Porsche Cayenne. The headlights of the 2017 Kia Sportage have that same upward bulge and the two creases on the hood are also alike. It’s always a good idea to be inspired by high-end vehicles, the luxurious charisma really does rub off.
The Sportage’s headlights are very long-drawn-out and wrap around the side of the car. Not standard are LED-lights. On the lower left and right the parking lights are found. A new design by Kia results in four square-shaped lights on each side, together making a bigger square, but only on the premium trim. The base model features one regular parking light in the same square-shaped area. The lower centre features an air vent and the nameplate space, above that there’s a reasonably sized “tigernose” grille to complete the fascia.
Side and rear
The side of the 2017 Kia Sportage is striking in the sense of how long and low it looks. The car is fitted very low above the wheels, lower than its predecessor. The wheels are fitted with standard 16 inch rims, upgrades to 17 inch and 19 inch are available. Also, the sides are lightly creased, creating a shadowy look that’s not too sharp. The Sportage’s profile is also quite similar to that of the brand new trailblazer, the 2017 Mazda CX-9, something to keep in mind for the Europeans where the Mazda is not on sale.
Moving on to the back we see a big trunk door. On it are half of the taillamps, the other half being on the back of the car itself. The taillamps have a straight upper line and then go diagonally lower to meet in the middle. Right under the lower parking lights there’s the dark grey bumper with an optional lighter grey area that features a couple of squares and two round exhausts, one left and one right.
Kia made the choice for a metallic colour optional. Nine exterior colours are available, some of the colours can also be found on the spectacular adapted 2018 Kia Sorento.
Overall, the interior looks decent and mature. The pedals have a sporty chrome look and the base model is all black in colour. Quality materials that are soft to the touch have been used and optional leather seats are available.
There are two analog gauges with in between them an LCD-screen for navigation et cetera. Moreover, the steering wheel looks decent enough, with many buttons for easily operating the car controls. The centre console also features a whole bunch of buttons, plus an LCD-screen of 7 or 8 inch, depending on the trim. The transmission is located quite far in the front to make room for a sealable partition in between the two front seats.
The standard engine for the 2017 Kia Sportage will be a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine. It will be available in Europe with a stick-shift transmission and can make 132 horsepower. The attentive reader might notice the base engine is the exact same as the one that is featured in the Hyundai Tucson, right down to the amount of horsepower it can make.
Next up is the 1.6-liter T-GDi, available as a stick-shift and automatic transmission. This one has standard All Wheel Drive and can make 177 horsepower. Then there are two diesel engines, one is a four-cylinder 1.7-liter with a manual stick-shift and can make 115 horsepower. The second is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter. All in all, this one is available as a stick-shift or automatic transmission with All Wheel Drive and can make an amazing 185 horsepower.
Standard on the 2017 Kia Sportage will be Hill-start Assist Control, Down-hill brake control and Trailer Stability Assist. Also standard are the six airbags, air conditioning and an integrated radio/cd-player with USB and AUX input.
Optional is going to be Navigation, Bluetooth Auto Light Control, cruise control, DAB+ digital radio, USB inputs in the back of the car and a panorama roof among other things.
Safety features consist of: Traffic sign recognition, rear-view camera, Active Lane Assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot detection and autonomous braking system among other things.
Price and release date
Prices will start at around €26,000 up til a base price of €60,000 for European markets. Furthermore, the 2017 Kia Sportage will be available in Europe waiting February 2016. Updates and details for the US-release are still coming, but a base price of around $23,000 is expected.
October 20, 2016
The car is on sale in Europe. Price for the lowest trim is €19,990 before options. The highest trim has a base price of €42,190 (German prices). US prices start at $22,990 and go up to $32,500.