Kia Sportage 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Kia Sportage
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||8.6 sec||16.8 sec @ 84 mph||21/25/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||9.0 sec||16.9 sec @ 83 mph||21/25/22.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|FE LX||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||8.0 sec||16.3 sec @ 86.4 mph||23/30/25.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 94 mph||21/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||6.9 sec||15.4 sec @ 91 mph||20/23/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||8.1 sec||16.2 sec @ 86.4 mph||20/23/23.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||7.1 sec||15.4 sec @ 91 mph||20/23/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2015 Kia Sportage
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||7.6 sec||15.8 sec @ 86.5 mph||19/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2012 Kia Sportage
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||9.3 sec||17.3 sec @ 82 mph||20/27/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||9.1 sec||17.0 sec @ 81.2 mph||21/30/15.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||7.5 sec||15.8 sec @ 88 mph||20/25/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Kia Sportage
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||9.8 sec||17.4 sec @ 81 mph||21/28/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||2.4L I-4||FWD||6A||8.6 sec||16.8 sec @ 84 mph||22/31/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 81.6 mph||21/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|EX||2.4L I-4||AWD||6A||10.4 sec||18.0 sec @ 80 mph||21/28/25.3 mpg||Motor Week|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96 mph||21/25/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||6.4 sec||14.9 sec @ 95 mph||21/25/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||7.3 sec||15.7 sec @ 88.6 mph||22/27/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SX T-GDI||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 87 mph||22/27/25 mpg||Motor Week|
2005 Kia Sportage
|EX V6||2.7L V6||AWD||4A||10.2 sec||17.6 sec @ 79 mph||17/21/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX V6||2.7L V6||AWD||4A||10.4 sec||17.8 sec @ 78 mph||17/21/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2001 Kia Sportage
|Limited||2.0L I-4||4x4||4A||12.5 sec||19.1 sec @ 72 mph||17/20/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
1996 Kia Sportage
|EX||2.0L I-4||4x4||5M||11.8 sec||18.3 sec @ 75.5 mph||16/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Kia Sportage
A compact SUV and a stylish exterior easily attract attention. This is why the sleek and trendy look is what you will first notice when you see the latest Kia Sportage. As its name implies, it has a sporty look, but it also has athletic capabilities as well.
It is one of the most visually appealing compact crossovers in the market. Unlike its competitors which favor practicality over design, the Kia Sportage opted to be more of a fun car. One look at its profile and you’ll know that Kia favored styling over practicality.
If you demand power and comfort packaged in modern style, you need to consider the Kia Sportage.
A Short Look at the History of Kia Sportage
This car was introduced in the car market by Kia of South Korea in 1993. The first generation of the Kia Sportage was designed and developed using a Mazda Bongo platform.
Mazda’s mechanical components such as the engine, transmission and differentials were used in the first production units of this car. Kia was then in partnership with Ford, which is a partner of Mazda.
Kia was then providing cheap facilities and labor to Ford. The Sportage was also built by Karmann in Germany from 1995 to1998. European car buyers were supplied with cars built in Europe while the rest of the world was supplied by cars built in South Korea.
Here are the most important specs that you need to know about the Kia Sportage, in case you are considering it for your next car.
- Engine: 2.4 Liter, Inline 4, DOHC, 16-valve, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), 182 hp. @ 6,000 rpm, 177 lb.-ft. @ 4,000
- Transmission: Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Automatic Overdrive w/ Sportmatic
- Steering: Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
- Drive train: Full-Time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with Electronic Control On-Demand
- Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
- Suspension: Front: MacPherson Struts, Gas Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar; Rear: Independent, Multi-link, High Performance Dampers
The base model has good enough power and provides good fuel economy. But if you want real power, you need to consider the optional turbocharged four-cylinder variant.
The base model with a 2.4 liter engine delivers 182 horsepower. With the standard six speed automatic and front wheel drive, it feels energetic. But with an AWD, the car is not as perky.
The all-wheel-drive which is used in most of the Sportage variants has a true locking differential. This enables the vehicle to split its delivery of power 50:50 front to back, but only up to 25 miles per hour.
But with an all-wheel-drive, around 200 pounds are added on the car’s weight, which definitely affects its use of fuel adversely.
The feel of the steering wheel is not as heavy as in the previous models. With the 2015 model, you are able to choose from three steering weight settings.
If you are after fuel economy, you have to settle for the front-wheel drive Sportage. The AWD version adds considerably to the car’s fuel consumption. But that really depends on what type of driving you really do every day. Are you staying in the city, or do you spend most of your driving in the boondocks?
The front-wheel drive is rated by the EPA at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. But the AWD Sportage needs more fuel because the EPA rated it at 19 in the city and 26 on the highway.
The safety package of the Kia Sportage is adequate enough to make it a safe car to drive.
The NHTSA has awarded the Sportage with an overall score of four stars. You should consider that most AWD cars in its class were given five-star scores. It is also good to note that both the FWD and AWD versions of the Sportage were given four stars in the roll over tests and five stars in frontal and side crash tests.
On its part, the IIHS gave top ‘good’ ratings to this car, across the board. There is an exception though. It only earned a ‘poor’ rating in the small overlap frontal test.
Comfort and Quality
The cabin of the Sportage is nicely furnished and its cargo space is roomy for a car of its size. However, the rear seats seem to be cramped. That is the usual problem of most vehicles this size.
Compared to its nearest rivals, the quality and make of its cabin are definitely better. The materials are soft to the touch, their surfaces are attractive, and there is great detailing all over.
There’s more space inside the cabin of the new Sportage. Good leg and shoulder room are two things that you will appreciate in this car, especially during a long drive.
To learn more about Kia Sportage, visit the official Kia website.