Our top five most interesting things about the new Kia Sportage (that maybe you didn’t know):
One: Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
Using the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the new Kia Sportage specification includes Trailer Stability Assist, fitted as standard across the range. If you tow a caravan or trailer, you’ll be aware of the risk of it getting caught by high winds, or you may inadvertently load it inappropriately or go too fast for the road conditions. In all these scenarios, the Trailer Stability Assist technology can help by reducing the risk of your trailer snaking, going out of control and possibly causing an accident.
Two: Advanced Anti-Theft System Including Immobiliser and Alarm
When you’ve purchased your beautiful new Kia Sportage, you want to be sure your new car and all its contents are kept as secure as possible. Kia fits an advanced anti-theft system including immobiliser and alarm to all the new Kia Sportage range as standard, along with deadlocks on all doors.
Three: Front Active Head Rests / All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests
The head rests, better called head restraints, on the new Kia Sportage are all height adjustable, a feature regarded as vital by automotive safety experts to enable different-sized vehicle occupants to adjust the restraint to fit their head position. The head restraints on the front seats are ‘active’ another important safety feature, which means the head restraint will move to improve its geometry and, therefore, its effectiveness in the event of an accident. Overall, the result is a reduced risk of the debilitating and painful effects of whiplash should someone drive into the back of your car.
Four: Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering
As the driver, you’ll spend a lot of time holding the steering wheel; it’s your most important connection to your new Kia Sportage, every time you drive it. The Kia Sportage is fitted with a rack-mounted motor driven power steering system to minimise vibration, whilst offering you an enhanced steering response, smoother steering and better feedback. It’s all down to the way the electric motor is mounted right on the steering rack, but you’ll probably just want to know you’ll benefit from an even more refined drive.
Five: 2.0 CRDi Ecodynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid
Most of our customers are now really focused on driving a car that minimises its effect on the environment and the 2.0 CRDi Ecodynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid version of the new Kia Sportage offers just such advantages. Combining Kia’s 2.0 CRDi diesel engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery that is recharged during normal vehicle operation means big gains in efficiency. 154g/km of CO2 emissions and 48.7mpg combined are excellent figures for an all-wheel drive SUV capable of 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds, a top speed of 125mph, 182bhp and up to 400Nm of torque.