In a very short time, Kia Sportage has shown an impressive evolution in technology, refinement and reliability. Introduced to our market in the early 2000s to introduce Kia products to Canadian consumers (including the Sephia sedan), the very first Sportage was a modest, metal-framed car whose quality was not guaranteed.
However, in its fourth generation – sold here between 2017 and 2022 – the Sportage had changed significantly, finally measuring itself against its class-mates in terms of refinement and sophistication. More than 66,000 copies were sold in the country during its lifetime. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Borrowing the platform and mechanical components from its cousin, the Hyundai Tucson, this Sportage had a distinctly sportier and more distinctive look than its counterpart. It was recognized by its Tiger Nose grille, a design element typical of Kia products developed under the direction of German designer Peter Schreyer. Some even accused this Sportage of showing similarities to the Porsche Macan, marking it as an improvement over the previous model.
Assembled at Kia’s factory in Gwangju, South Korea, this generation of Sportage carried the same platform as its predecessor, but included several chassis reinforcements, including hardened steel in key areas. better built.
It was also larger, thanks to a 30 mm longer wheelbase (total of 2,670 mm) and an overall length that was increased from 4,440 to 4,481 mm, which allowed it to provide better legroom for rear seat riders. There was also an increase in overall luggage space (with the seatbacks folded down), allowing volume to increase from 1,546 to 1,702 litres. Despite this, it was still one of the most compact in the segment.
In 2020, the Sportage received a minor update that discreetly affected the front and rear sections and several cabin details, such as air vents and a redesigned steering wheel. There was also a new multimedia system with an 8-inch screen, for all versions.
A series of differences
Here’s how the range of versions has changed over the years for this Sportage.
Because of the price/quality ratio, the best-selling versions were the LX and EX.
Engines and gearboxes
Throughout its life cycle, the Sportage received front-wheel drive (2.4-liter LX only) or all-wheel drive. Here are the engines and gearboxes that were produced during its life cycle.
Here are the fuel consumption estimates for the Sportage’s two engines according to Natural Resources Canada.
Common Ideas and Issues
According to Transport Canada, 5 recalls have been issued for this Sportage, including one related to a major problem with the 2.4-liter engine. The 2.0-liter turbo engine, however, is not affected by this recall. Here are the details:
Recall 2019-639: Engine failure may result in sudden loss of power and inability to restart the vehicle. Kia Canada is updating the engine control module that will help identify potential problems before the engine fails.
However, it is important to mention that following the lawsuit brought against him, Kia extended the 2.4-liter engine warranty to life, with no mileage limit. The manufacturer has also installed a Web page including more information in this file to better inform concerned users.
In addition to the listed problems of the 2.4-liter engine early in production, including excessive fuel consumption, overheating, premature failure and, in extreme cases, fire, the Sportage records, d Overall, a good reliability record.
From the 2018 model year, its reliability had already started to improve, a situation that continued until the end of its life cycle.
RPM can recommend the purchase of a Kia Sportage from 2017 to 2022, but only under certain conditions.
Avoid buying a model powered by a 2.4 liter engine due to the long list of issues listed and, try as much as you can to prioritize 2018 and newer due to the better reliability record.
Obviously, as with the purchase of any used model, make sure all the records are done properly, that you know the car’s history through the Carfax Canada service and that you give it a good MOT before you buy. that.
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