At a Glance
|Pricing||$15,900 - $19,800|
|Drive Types||FWD, 4WD|
|Engines||2.0l I4, 2.7l V6|
The Sportage is Kia's entry-level compact SUV vehicle. The original Sportage was a body-on-frame truck-based SUV. The modern Sportage is more of a crossover vehicle. Available in FWD and AWD configurations, Sportage offers a choice of 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engines. While not as handsome as its larger sibling the Sorento it does offer a fair amount of utility. The rear tailgate features flip-up glass. The rear seats fold flat creating a long load floor, and the front passenger seat can fold flat for hauling lengthy items. Priced from $16000 to the low twenties, Sportage offers a fair amount of value.
Sportage reappears sharing a platform with the 2005 Hyundai Tucson. Sportage will be offered in 2WD and 4WD versions. Engine choices in the US will include a 2.0L 4-cylinder and a 2.7L V6.
"The 2005 Kia Sportage is the latest example of Kia's continuing commitment to move beyond its traditional strength of high value by developing stylish, fun-to-drive vehicles that feature built-in comfort, roominess and a class-leading array of safety features. In particular, the all-new Sportage appeals to both sides of the brain: the practical and logical left side, and the adventurous and creative right side." -- Peter M. Butterfield, president and CEO of Kia Motors America.
|Sportage||2.0l I4 (140-bhp)||M5||4WD||$18,000|
|Sportage||2.0l I4 (140-bhp)||A4||FWD||$17,600|
|Sportage||2.7l V6 (173-bhp)||A4||FWD||$18,600|
|Sportage||2.7l V6 (173-bhp)||A4||4WD||$19,800|
|Sportage||2.0l I4 (140-bhp)||M5||FWD||$15,900|