2015 Kia Sportage Will Not Be The Best, But It Might Be The Most Exciting Crossover

After unveiling the third generation Sportage, Kia clearly made a major leap in its market presence. Sporty styling, followed by aggressive stance and nicely shaped crossover style exterior spawned an all-new character for the vehicle which was rather dull in its first and second iteration. The sales result says it all. The 2015 Kia Sportage became one of the bestselling vehicles from the South Korean automaker and the modern styling kept the buyers at it for years. More importantly, Kia succeeded to attract new, younger buyers with it and the automaker finally entered the niche of active individuals who value strong and aggressive appearance of their cars. The 2015 Kia Sportage is not much different than the version from the year before. However, the 2014 Kia Sportage received a major makeover that made it fresh for a few more years on the market. The last year’s model saw the addition of more appealing front end with better executed headlights, a slightly different grill and more pronounced intakes on the front bumper.

The 2015 Kia Sportage kept all of the changes that made the crossover equal in terms of modernity with the more contemporary counterparts. However, aging process did not bypass the Sportage. Despite wonderful and elegant plastic surgery at the exterior, some interior features obviously show that this car has some age on it. Due to its compact dimensions, interesting stylistic appearance and rather pleasingly formed elements in the cabin, the space inside isn’t on par with the newest cars from the same segment. Actually, the Kia Sportage received compact cabin which can seat five, but it lacks the comfort and roominess of the modern compact crossovers. On the other hand, the type of buyers Sportage is made for, will value compact dimensions and agile driving characteristics more than few centimeters they’ve lost at the back seats.

2015 Kia Sportage Interior

With the two engines available – 2,4 liter naturally aspirated unit delivering 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and two liter turbocharged petrol four banger developing staggering 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque, the Kia Sportage really can live up to its sporty credentials. The most powerful engine is available with front wheel drive or four wheel drive layout and it is powerful enough to accelerate the thing to 60 in 6.5 seconds, which is, quite frankly, astounding. However, even though the engines are powerful and provide exceptional performance (even the less powerful one), the mpg values and CO2 emission levels are worse in comparison with the engines available in other newer crossovers.

The 2015 Kia Sportage can be had in three different versions depending of the trim level (LX, EX, SX) and even the entry level vehicle provides an extensive list of equipment including 17-inch alloys, keyless entry, air-con, adjustable driver seat, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, iPod/USB audio interface etc. Such equipment really pushes the Sportage into the territory of vehicles with the best value and money ratio. Upper trim brings much more comprehensive luxury equipment including leather seats, xenon headlights, LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition, navigation system, panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rear view mirror and many more.

Even though the Sportage came to the market five years ago, it’s nice looks and generous equipment for the money made it fight a few more years on the market. It lacks the roominess, fuel efficiency and practicality of the new crossovers, but it makes up for that by providing exciting performance and a sporty feel although the ride is at the same level of the other average crossovers.

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