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Rent Kia Sportage IV – course towards Europe

Rent Kia Sportage IV – course towards Europe

27.04.2016
The review of the Kia Sportage IV – a powerful car with an attractive design. You can choose a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Sales statistics will show whether the car can become a leader of its class.

The third generation of the Korean SUV made a lot of noise in the car world and got plenty of fans.

KIA showed its competitors that it can produce beautiful and high-quality cars that are affordable for customers. The fourth generation prepares some new surprises for its opponents. We managed to rent a car to test it.

Exterior

The car has a lot in common with its predecessor if you look at this from the side. The window lines and profile have a similar shape. But if you look at its front or rear part, you'll notice that this is a completely different car. The front lights and fog lights look unusual. A large grille is located in the bumper. Spoiler and elongated lights make the car look aggressive. In general, the design is good. However, this isn't a surprise because the best European masters work in KIA.

Interior

The interior is high-quality: finish materials and design are excellent. Everything is made in the German style. For example, the dashboard looks like the Volkswagen's one. The massive center console is similar to the Bavarian one – control elements are deployed to the driver. The large screen in the center is multifunctional. Graphics and interface are good. The three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is comfortable. Also, there is an engine start button, activation of the parking brake, and a floor accelerator pedal.

Driver's seat is respectable, and it has a nice profile. However, its lateral support is weak in corners. The rear seat isn't comfortable because of the low roof.

Driving performance

Three power units are available:

  • 2.0-liter, 150bhp and 1.6-liter, 177bhp petrol engines. The last one latter has a turbocharger, and it's only the GT-Line version.
  • 2.0-liter, 185bhp diesel power unit.

Transmissions:

  • 6-speed manual transmission;
  • 6-speed automatic transmission;
  • 7-speed robotized transmission (only GT-Line).

You can choose a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The best choice is a car that is equipped with a diesel engine, automatic transmission, and an all-wheel drive. This Sportage accelerates well. The fuel consumption is low, and its prices aren't high. The 2.0-liter aspirated engine can't provide good dynamics, and a turbocharged engine is expensive.

It's easy to handle the crossover. Banks are small in corners, and the steering wheel is very sensitive. Rent this car to drive on a serpentine road! Driving comfort is good, so passengers will feel comfortable. Suspension struts are long-stroke and energy-intensive.

Resume

The fourth generation of the KIA Sportage can compete with other vehicles in the SUV segment. It has an attractive design, high-quality interior, and balanced driving performance. Time and sales statistics will show whether the car can become a leader of its class.

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