The 2017 Kia Sportage will soon be hitting your local lots, and needless to say, we’re all pretty amped about the release of the revamped compact SUV. Next year’s model will be considerably longer and wider than the current version, and the exterior has also been redesigned to present a more sculpted, athletic look.
As we anxiously await the release of the new Sportage, let’s take a look at six reasons why we’re so pumped about this SUV’s upcoming release. When it’s time to go shopping for a Kia in Miami, you’ll know exactly what vehicle you want to pursue…
The 2017 Kia Sportage certainly isn’t your typical compact crossover, and the vehicle’s design only helps confirm that sentiment. After all, according to Kia, the upcoming vehicle includes “sweeping curves, sleek lines, and thoroughly contemporary features” that are often absent in rival vehicles. While we’ve come to expect a boxier design from this class, the Sportage’s unconventional style will certainly help it stand out.
Of course, these exterior changes weren’t solely motivated by aesthetics. The engineers were also looking to improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics, which would vicariously effect the Sportage’s handling and performance. Thanks to the inclusion of a new grille, side contours, wide wheel arches, and the coupe-like roof, drivers will find that the 2017 Sportage is more athletic than previous models.
The upcoming Sportage will present a unique driving experience, highlighted by a number of comfort features.
You’ll recognize the comfort amenities immediately upon sitting inside the crossover’s cabin. The craftsmanship on the seats is unmatched, and passengers will find themselves relaxing on the soft-touch material. In fact, if buyers want even more comfort, they can opt for the “scientifically calibrated touch points,” which will truly give your Sportage an unmatched comfort experience.
The interior has also been designed for maximum convenience. Drivers will be able to access whatever functions and features they desire without compromising safety. The center of the dashboard provides a number of buttons and levers for you to manipulate the air conditioning, radio, navigation…practically anything. If you prefer, you can access your infotainment screen via the steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Best of all, the Sportage offers an abundance of cargo volume, as owners can take advantage of the 60.1-cubic-feet of maximum space. There’s even a generous amount of space behind the third row, and you’ll be able to easily utilize the 30.7-cubic-feet of space. Thanks to the 60:40 flat-folding rear seat (as well as the dual-level cargo floor), you can fit whatever cumbersome cargo you want, whether it be a pair of skis or even a surfboard.
Advanced Technological Features
Of course, as we’ve already briefly touched upon, the Sportage will contain several innovative technological features. It starts with the brand’s exclusive UVO eServices system, available as either a seven-inch or eight-inch color display. The touch-screen allows the driver to access a number of applications, whether the radio or the extensive navigation system. Drivers can even access Yelp, allowing them to access restaurant reviews while they’re still en route. Plus, the system easily integrates with your smartphone, thus enabling hands-free calling capabilities. Even better, the UVO is subscription-free, so you won’t have to dish out money to enjoy all of these features.
The technology isn’t restricted to the inside of the Sportage, considering the compact SUV also provides several safety technologies on the exterior. For instance, the advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking will detect when a crash is imminent, and it will subsequently adjust the brakes to avoid a crash. Meanwhile, the Blind-Spot Detection technology (and, to some extent, the Lane-Departure Warning System and Lane-Change Assist) will alert you when another driver has snuck up beside you, preventing you from accidently switching lanes and risking a wreck. Finally, the Front- and Rear-Parking Assist mode will guide you into an open parking space, eliminating any of the anxiety that often accompanies this task.
The Sportage even offers several technological features that will improve the vehicle’s convenience attributes. For instance, the Smart Power Liftgate will automatically open when it senses your key. You’ll certainly recognize the benefits of these features when your hands are preoccupied with grocery bags.
Optimal SUV Performance
Of course, if you’re behind the wheel of a crossover, you expect your new vehicle to haul and hustle. The 2017 Sportage will certainly deliver that expected power thanks to the engine and the vehicle’s mechanics.
The LX and EX models are equipped with an impressive 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s capable of pumping out 181 horsepower. The SX Turbo adds a smaller (albeit, more powerful) engine with the turbocharged 2.0-liter unit. When coupled with the impressive six-speed automatic transmission, drivers can expect this engine to produce upwards of 240 horsepower.
Of course, it can be relatively difficult to handle an engine with this much power, especially when it’s hiding under the hood of a hulking vehicle like the 2017 Sportage. Luckily, the Dynamax all-wheel-drive system will increase traction and handling, meaning the driver won’t have any issues controlling this crossover.
Variety of Safety Features
This compact SUV is expected to be one of the safest options in the segment thanks to its sturdy design. The Iso-Structure unibody provides “chassis rigidity” due to the inclusion of Advanced High-Strength Steel. The inside of the 2017 Sportage includes several front and side airbags that are accompanied by an advanced sensor system, meaning they’ll be deployed immediately upon impact.
Thanks to the vehicle’s driver-aid technology, you’ll never have to fear for your safety should you attempt to navigate some challenging terrain. The Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control will steady the vehicle when traveling on a steep incline or decline. Meanwhile, the Anti-Lock Brake System will provide increased traction if you’re traversing icy, slippery roads, and the Electronic Stability Control will ensure that your vehicle won’t sway in strong winds.
The best part of the 2017 Sportage could be the price. The starting MSRP is only $22,990, an incredibly affordable value for a compact SUV. Meanwhile, the FWD Sportage EX starts at $25,500 and the fully-loaded Sportage SX Turbo comes in at $32,500. These are prices that you don’t often see attached to a sport utility vehicle.
“In 2015, the final year of production for the outgoing Sportage model, sales were up 25 percent, which speaks to the appeal and staying power of that vehicle, and with our aggressive pricing strategy for the all-new 2017 model, we’re looking to continue that momentum,” said Michael Sprague, the chief operating officer of KMA. “In a segment that’s primarily known for utility, we see the Sportage as a very compelling offer to those looking for stand-out design, intelligent packaging and engaging driving dynamics.”
There’s plenty to like about the upcoming Sportage, making it a logical choice for any potential car-buyer. Do you value a stylish exterior and a tech-filled interior? Or how about a capable SUV that’s also safe? Maybe you’re simply eyeing the vehicle for its low starting price. The upcoming compact SUV offers all of these features and a whole lot more.
Regardless of the reasons for your pursuit, we’re certain that you’d be happy behind the wheel of the 2017 Kia Sportage. Unfortunately, we have to wait a bit longer for the vehicle to hit all Kia lots, but the anticipation will only make the reward that much better!