Kia Sportage

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Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi AWD Platinum Edition (IV) – Frontansicht, 21. Februar 2016, Düsseldorf.jpg
Manufacturer Kia
Production 1993–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV (J)
Related Hyundai Tucson

The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV built by the South Korean manufacturer Kia since 1993.

First generation (JA; 1993–2004)[edit]

First generation (JA)
KIA Sportage.jpg
1994–1998 Kia Sportage crossover (Netherlands)
Production July 1993 – 2004
Assembly South Korea: Hwasung (Hwasung Plant)
Germany: Osnabrück (Karmann)
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door convertible
5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Front-engine, four-wheel drive
Related Mazda Bongo
Engine 2.0 L FE I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L FE DOHC I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L RF I4 (diesel)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4,440 mm (174.8 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,635 mm (64.4 in)

The first-generation Kia Sportage was developed with a Mazda Bongo engineering base platform. It shares many mechanical components such as the engine, transmissions (early versions), and differentials with the Mazda line of vehicles. This was during Kia's alliance with Ford and Mazda, which involved Ford/Mazda providing technology and Kia providing inexpensive manufacturing facilities for Ford. From 1995 to 1998, the Sportage was built by Karmann in Germany; thus, European buyers received German-built versions between these years, while the rest of the world received South Korean-built versions.

The Sportage was sold in either a five-door SUV or a three-door soft-top convertible. Kia initially developed the wagon in standard length form, but in circa 1996, the company released an extended length version. This stretched model—mainly sold in Asian markets under the name "Sportage Grand", but also as the "Grand Wagon"—featured a 305 mm (12.0 in) longer body utilising the same wheelbase, an increase in luggage capacity from 1,570 to 2,220 liters (55.4 to 78.4 cu ft), and the relocation of the spare wheel from the tailgate to underneath the floor.[1]

Kia offered three Mazda-sourced engines in the Sportage, beginning with the 2.0-liter FE DOHC inline-four gasoline unit producing 95 kW (128 hp) and the 2.0-liter RF inline-four diesel rated at 61 kW (82 hp). Diesel-engined models were mostly restricted to European markets, as was the more basic single overhead camshaft (SOHC) version of the 2.0-liter FE gasoline inline-four. Delivering 87 kW (117 hp), this gasoline engine was available from 2000 onwards. In North America, the 2.0-liter FE DOHC engine produced 130 hp (97 kW) and had optional four-wheel drive. The 1998 model year Kia Sportage was the world's first production vehicle to be equipped with a knee airbag.[2]

This first-generation model (1993–2002) sold in low numbers even domestically in South Korea, and post-Hyundai takeover models (1997–2002) were recalled twice for rear wheels dismounting while driving. The first-generation Sportage was discontinued in South Korea in 2002, and in North America after the 2002 model year. By 2003, most international markets had discontinued the Sportage range, although it did remain on sale in some developing countries until its second-generation replacement arrived in 2004.

The Kia Sportage scored the lowest possible result in the Australian ANCAP crash tests – one star out of five. As well as a failure of the seat belts, the vehicle structure collapsed.[3]

c. 1993–1995
MY 1993–1995 Kia Sportage (Chile)
c. 1998–2001
MY 1998–2001 Kia Sportage (US)
c. 1998–2001
MY 2000–2001 Kia Sportage EX (US)
c. 2001–2004
MY 2002 Kia Sportage convertible (US)

Second generation (JE/KM; 2004–2010)[edit]

Second generation (JE/KM)
Kia Sportage (better looking than the new version,in my view) - Flickr - mick - Lumix.jpg
Production 2004–2010
Assembly South Korea: Gwangju (Gwangju Plant)
China: Jiangsu (Yangcheng Plant)
Ecuador: Quito (AYMESA)
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)[4]
Slovakia: Žilina (Žilina Plant)
Ukraine: Zaporizhia (AvtoZAZ)[5]
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Related Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Matrix
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tiburon
Kia Spectra
Engine 2.0 L Beta II I4 petrol
2.7 L Delta V6 petrol
2.0 L CRDI I4 diesel
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 103.5 in (2,629 mm)
Length 171.3 in (4,351 mm)
Width 2005–08: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
2007–08 4WD (Europe): 1,840 mm (72.4 in)
2007–08 2WD (Europe): 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height 66.7 in (1,694 mm)
2007–08 (Europe): 1,730 mm (68.1 in)

After a two-year hiatus, the model-year 2005 Sportage returned, sharing its Elantra-based platform with the 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The Sportage also had a 2.0 L straight-4 Diesel engine available in the United Kingdom. Pricing starts at just over US$16,000. Critics and fans of the original, pre-Hyundai Sportage complain that it is considerably larger than the original Sportage and has none of the earlier off-road capability, the two keys for its success. However, buyers of the second-generation model are likely to favor the available 173 hp (129 kW) V6, with 178 lb·ft of torque (241 N·m). The ride is considerably more comfortable, quiet and fun.[citation needed] Overall fit/finish and quality is noticeably improved over the first-generation model.[citation needed]

Kia Sportage (KM; Europe)

Facelift model of the second generation was introduced in May 2008. Since 2007, it is manufactured at the Žilina Plant in Slovakia. A second facelift was introduced in the UK in early 2009 only a few months after its first facelift.

The Sportage was named as one of the most reliable vehicles from the 2009 Consumer Reports reliability survey.[6] The Kia Sportage ranked second in the "20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure" list by According to research, the Sportage is one of the least expensive vehicles to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle's safety.[7]

US sales[edit]

Calendar year Sales
2005 29,009
2006 37,071
2007 49,393
2008 32,754
2009 42,509

Worldwide sales[edit]

Calendar year Sales
2011 331,033
2012 387,142
2013 428,578

Crash test ratings[edit]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) displays a 2008 Sportage as an example of a weak roof

The second-generation Kia Sportage earned a top rating of five stars in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety judged it merely acceptable for frontal and side-impact crash, performance, and poor strength of its roof in a rollover.[8]

Third generation (SL; 2010–2016)[edit]

Third generation (SL)
2013 Kia Sportage (SL MY13) Si wagon (2015-06-25).jpg
Also called Kia Sportage R (South Korea & China)
Production 2010–2016
Assembly South Korea: Gwangju (Gwangju Plant)
Indonesia: Jakarta[citation needed]
Malaysia: Gurun, Kedah
Russia: Kaliningrad (Avtotor)
Slovakia: Žilina (Žilina Plant)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door SUV
Related Hyundai Tucson
Engine 1.6 L I4 GDI petrol
2.0 L I4 petrol
2.0 L I4 GDI (turbo)
2.4 L I4 petrol
1.7 L I4 CRDi turbo diesel
2.0 L I4 CRDi turbo diesel
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,640 mm (103.9 in)
Length 4,445 mm (175.0 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,645 mm (64.8 in)

The SL series Kia Sportage was released in April 2010 to Asian and European markets, followed by the North and Central American markets in August 2010 for model year 2011. Australian models were released in October 2010.[9] It currently uses a 2.0-liter Hyundai R diesel engine with 184 hp (137 kW). Also, a 2.0-liter Theta T-GDI gasoline engine was available. The third generation receives a mid-generational refresh for the 2014 model year, with new headlamps, fog lamps, etc.

In China, the third generation, called the Sportage R, was released by Dongfeng Yueda Kia in October 2010, and is to be built and marketed alongside the previous generation rather than as a replacement of the existing model.[10]

The Sportage won the 2011 Car of the Year (originally "Auto roku 2011 na Slovensku") in Slovakia and "Truck of the Year" nomination of International Car of the Year. The Kia Sportage was top of the JD Power Survey for 2012, it was the only car in the survey to score five stars across all categories, from mechanical reliability to ownership costs and the dealer experience.


The third-generation Kia Sportage, designed by Peter Schreyer, awarded 'Top Safety Pick' from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States.[11] Earning the award became tougher in 2010 when IIHS added the rollover crash test, which measures roof strength and is twice as stringent as the federal requirement. To pass this test, a vehicle's roof must be able to withstand the force of three times the vehicle's weight (acceptable rating). The federal standard requires a roof to hold 1.5 times the vehicle's weight.[12]


In South Africa, the Sportage took the 2013 Standard Bank People's Wheels Award for "SUVs and Crossovers – City & Suburban".[13][14]

Kia Sportage Si, Australia

Fourth generation (QL; 2016–present)[edit]

Fourth generation (QL)
2016 Kia Sportage - Front 2.JPG
Also called Kia KX5 (China)
Production 2016–present
Assembly South Korea: Gwangju (Gwangju Plant)
Designer Peter Schreyer
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door wagon
Related Hyundai Tucson
Engine 1.6 L I4 (turbocharged petrol)
2.0 L Nu I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L Theta II I4 (turbocharged gasoline)
2.4 L Theta II I4 (gasoline)
1.7 L I4 (turbocharged diesel)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length 4,480 mm (176.4 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,645 mm (64.8 in)

Kia unveiled its newly redesigned Sportage at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2015, with plans to bring it to market as a 2017 model. The company said the contrasting sharp edges and smooth surfaces were inspired by modern fighter jets.[15]

There are two petrol engines, as well as one diesel engine in the line-up. The petrol options are a 2.0-litre or 2.4-litre, offering around 120kW/200Nm and 138 kW/241Nm respectively, while the diesel is a 2.0-litre turbo that will produce around 135 kW/400Nm. A 130 kW/265Nm 1.6 T-GDi turbo-petrol with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch auto, and a 136 kW/400Nm 2.0 R-Series diesel. Front- (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations are available.

In North America, the new Sportage will be offered with three trim levels (EX, LX, and SX). Much like the previous model it will come available with two inline-four engine choices, a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter and a turbocharged 2.0-liter. The 2.4-liter produces 181 hp (135 kW) and 175 lb·ft (237 N·m), while the turbocharged engine makes 240 hp (180 kW) and 260 lb·ft (350 N·m), with small differences in performance dependent on whether FWD or AWD is configured. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.


The Sportage won the 2016 Red Dot Award for Car Design.[16]

Rear view


  1. ^ "Kia Sportage (Sportage)". GoAuto. John Mellor. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kia Sportage 1998-2002 models". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Группа компаний Автотор :: Автомобили KIA" (in Russian). Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "CJSC "ZAZ" started to produce КІА cars". AvtoZAZ. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Consumer Reports' 2009 Annual Car Reliability Survey 27 October 2009. Reuters
  7. ^ The Most Expensive Cars to Insure 3 June 2009, U.S. News Rankings & Reviews
  8. ^ IIHS/HLDI: Kia Sportage IIHS
  9. ^ "Sportage makes early UK debut". Auto Express. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "With 2011 Sportage R, Hyundai-Kia Engages a Rare "4WD" Mode". 
  11. ^ 2011 Kia Sportage Named '2010 Top Safety Pick' By Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 19 August 2010. PR Newswire
  12. ^ 2011 Kia Sportage Named IIHS Top Safety Pick 19 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Standard Bank People's Wheels Awards winner announced". Standard Bank. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "KIA WINS BIG AT THE ANNUAL STANDARD BANK PEOPLE'S WHEELS AWARDS". Kia Motors. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "For Better Or Worse, Kia Sportage Gets Major Redesign For 2017". Forbes. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "New Kia Sportage and Optima win new design awards". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 

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