Kia Sportage Second generation
|Assembly||Gwangju Plant, Gwangju, South Korea Žilina Plant, Žilina, Slovakia Yangcheng Plant, Jiangsu, China Kaliningrad, Russia (Avtotor) Zaporizhia, Ukraine (AvtoZAZ) Bicutan, Parañaque City, Philippines Quito, Ecuador (AYMESA)|
|Body style||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front-engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive|
|Engine||2.0L Beta II I4 petrol 2.7L Delta V6 petrol 2.0L 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)|
|Related||Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Matrix Hyundai Tucson Hyundai Tiburon Kia Spectra|
After a 2-year hiatus, the 2005 Sportage returned, sharing its Elantra-based platform with the 2005 Hyundai Tucson. The Sportage will also have 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 offroad 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 Overall fit/finish and quality is noticeably improved over the 1st generation model.
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.
Kia Sportage named as one of the most reliable vehicles from 2009 Consumer Reports reliability survey.The Kia Sportage ranked second in the “20 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure” list by Insure.com. According to research, the Sportage is one of the least expensive vehicles to insure. Low rates tend to reflect a vehicle’s safety.
Total U.S. sales
Crash test ratings
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 for the strength of its roof in a rollover.