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[Review] 2016 Kia Sportage SUV

I’m going to do this vehicle review a little differently. There will be captions on each picture taken of the 2016 Kia Sportage and that will basically be my little commentary on the vehicle.

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We were able to test drive the 2016 Kia Sportage GT Line SUV for a week thanks to Kia. First thing’s first: this SUV is an AWD and from the outside looks compact, which it should do because it is a compact SUV. When the gas or brake pedal is touched slightly (and I’m not even exaggerating) it jerks forward and brakes heavily. Hence why my fuel consumption for the week was around the 11L/100KM mark, despite it only being a 2.4L petrol engine. It’s also a 6-gear automatic and produces 135kW of power.  

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The compact design with a short bonnet and the large headlights give the Sportage a sporty and exotic look, which is complimented by the smooth lines on the side and the noticeably large roof-mounted spoiler.
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The rear of the Kia Sportage GT Line isn’t actually a bad look. In terms of looks, it’s one of the good looking cars out there in the SUV market today! It also features twin-exhaust pipes.
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The boot space can fit up to 466 litres of stuff! Hint: Have you noticed a re-occurring theme in our vehicle boot pics?
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I think one of the best looking features on the GT Line Kia Sportage is its quad ‘ice cube’ LED Fog Lamps which are below the headlights. They look pretty cool! You can also see the 19″ GT alloy wheels, only on the GT Line model. The front grille design also adds to the sporty nature of the vehicle.
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This says it all really in terms of fuel consumption. I’ve got ECO mode on, and at the end of the week, I got the numbers down to around 11L/100KM. Fuel tank capacity is 62 litres.
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Because it’s a compact SUV, the rear seats aren’t especially spacious, especially if you have tall people sitting in the front seats. In terms of comfort, the seats do have some contours so you won’t slip and slide around the seat during the ride. The colour scheme of dark and light colours contrasting are also appealing.
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The ‘cockpit’ of the Kia Sportage is also pretty technologically-advanced. The center console is angled slightly towards you, the driver, and even has a Qi wireless charger beneath the AC controls. The steering wheel also has a sporty feel to it and feels nice to grip and handle.
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The entertainment system in the Kia Sportage is one of the simplest and most basic I’ve used. Not saying basic is bad as sometimes basic has the best User Experience, like this one. It has all the basics such as Bluetooth audio, hands-free calling, FM/AM Radio, and even navigation. The system is a very easy-to-use and is touch based. Buttons slightly below the screen tell you which option you want to go to.
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Here is that slick steering wheel shot again. Also want to mention that the GT Line Kia Sportage also has most of the mainstream safety technology in a modern car, such as Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking, High Beam Assist and a reversing camera.
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Rear passengers have the luxury of AC, a USB charger and a 12V charger.
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The panoramic roof encompasses most of the entire roof as per the pic, but actual opening can only open to halfway. The roof-length window makes driving at night a pleasure when passengers can view the sky on a clear night. Or you might want to see the rain beating down on the window!

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As you can see from this pic and the one above, the middle seat has a across-the-torso seatbelt, if not exactly the same as a three-point seatbelt. You click one into place, then move across your waist and click the other belt into place.
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The GT Line model I had, had a 2.4L Petrol Engine producing a maximum power of 135kW.

For more information on the Kia Sportage, please visit: https://kia.co.nz/vehicles/sportage