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Kia Sportage test: behind the wheel of the Hyundai Tucson’s cousin

The Korean manufacturer does not hide it: the Kia Sportage is by far the most important model in its range. So when it comes to renewing its star SUV, Kia has not done things by halves. The technical part is widely borrowed from cousin Hyundai Tucson, which is one of the biggest boxes of the year. With a radically different look and a high-tech interior, the Kia Sportage is aiming for the top of a very loaded basket on the compact SUV segment. Discover our test in video:

A clear technological leap compared to the previous Sportage

From the outside, the revolution against the previous generation of the Kia Sportage is evident. Finished plump and somewhat banal shapes, Kia is betting, as with its EV6 electric SUV, on a deliberately divisive style. The goal is not to be indifferent. Inside, however, the Sportage resumes the codes of current trends. So we discover a strip of two curved screens towards the driver. 12.3 inches each, they can be configured as desired, and adopt, on our top-of-the-range GT Line finish, all current technologies. There are therefore many driving aids includingautomatic blind spot display when the turn signal is on, and semi-autonomous driving. No head-up display on the other hand, too bad.

For the rest, the interior of this high-end Kia Sportage is pretty cossu, with a serious finish. We just regret a little firm seat front and rear seats, and somewhat narrow storage compartments in the doors. The rear seat, which can be split into 40/20/40, is reclining and heated

, very rare at this level of the market. The trunk is given for 587 L by Kia, and is oddly the most generous in this hybrid version.

At the wheel of the Kia Sportage: expensive, but well motorized

Exactly, let’s talk about motorization. Here too, the new Kia Sportage is modeled on the Hyundai Tucson. Our trial version was equipped with thehybrid 230 hp 4 × 4, invoiced at 46,990 € in this GT Line finish. Expensive paid for sure, but at this price you will literally have no options to add, except a metallic paint. In addition, this 1.6 L hybrid has shown itself very frugal in our Labo Auto Plus measurements Under the hood of the Tucson: 6.9 L / 100 km on average, and especially 5.9 L / 100 km in the city. It is also very easy to use, even if the performance is far from breathtaking with nearly 1,700 kg on this 4 × 4 version.

In short, this new Kia Sportage takes the (good) Hyundai Tucson technical arguments, and sprinkle it all with a techno interior and a look that will not go unnoticed. The latter should therefore be decisive in terms of its success on the market, facing references such as its cousin or the Peugeot 3008. To be continued!

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