The idea of a sporty CUV is interesting, or at least in the concept. Kia has created the Sportage while ago to materialize that concept and the results were surprising. Could this reborn, launch the Sportage to a massive success? Likely.
The 2016 Sportage presents a sporty driving with a great value in lower trim levels along with an above-average guarantee to cover it. Also, a decent performance with good handling is available in lower trims as well. While you escalate in higher trims, a powerful turbocharged engine is available with exhilarating power.
The styling is striking in every inch, being innovative and one of the most interesting of its segment. Perhaps, its only flaws are the poor fuel efficiency and the limited cargo and back seats space.
Let’s review this sporty CUV.
Powerplants and Performance
The 2016 Sportage is diversified into two engine’s variants. The LX and EX models are equipped with a four-cylinder 2.4-Liter engine, producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is average and is estimated with the front-wheel-drive system is 21 mpg in city and 28 mpg on the highway while it drops with AWD to 19 mpg in city and 26 mpg on the highway.
In addition, a more hardcore variant is offered with a highly increased power on the SX trim level. Featuring a powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which is capable to produces up to 260 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. In fact, the highlight of SX trim is its amazing performance, sprinting from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with a front-wheel-drive system. Meanwhile, the fuel efficiency slightly drops at 20 mpg in city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Surprisingly, every Sportage trim are equipped with a six-speed automatic gearbox, with the front-wheel-drive system as standard and all-wheel-drive system as optional. Some people will find the Sportage a little bit harsh to drive due to its tuned suspension, intended to deliver better and sharp handling. However, it is compensated with the powerful SX engine.
Styling and Interior Design
The 2016 Sportage released a refreshed design this year, featuring an aggressive stance. The front fascia is brand-new with a new essence; a cutting-edge concept with top-notch components as the LED headlights and fog lights, along with bold lines and curves.
From sideways, the Sportage is great, but definitely the wheels are a terrible choice. Despite the wheels, the Sportage’s butt is hot as hell, looking like a premium crossover’s back. It is incredibly well designed and features an exhaust pipe on each side, which emanates a sporty presence. The little spoiler and the intimidating taillights shine like diamonds in this release.
Fortunately, the styling of the exterior is used in the interior as well. Furthermore, the cabin was designed in a way that it feels premium and more expensive than it actually is. Buttons, knobs, and switches are made with good-quality materials. The leather seats look elegant and comfortable. Perhaps, the only flaws on the 2016 Sportage are the limited cargo and back row space. The rivals are way more comfortable in that aspect.
The Bottom Line: Aggressive Crossover Experience
The 2016 Sportage is aimed at the customer who loves an excellent styling along with above-average performance. Another highlight is the interior, which is compelling enough and joyful to see. The crossover concept offers a lot of practicability and comfort as well.
You won’t like this car if you pay a lot of attention to its below-average fuel efficiency, and limited cargo and back row space. The sporty handling is a wildcard but the harsh drive experience could be something annoying for many drivers.
Starting price at $22,100.