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Review of 2011 Kia Sportage SX





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There is no substitute for weekend drives except for lounging around in a big bad SUV and asking for your way of the road

Well the SUV that I have got today with me doesn’t have too much of road presence and would also be one amongst the quirkiest SUV designs

Unfortunately its not the Porsche Cayenne however it’s the 2011 Kia Sportage SX SUV that I am referring to

The Kia Sportage SX was always considered to be one quirky SUV and the 2011 model takes it to the next level

Since it’s a weekend, I have the vehicle with me for a review for two days

To head to the mountains or not would only be decided once I get acclimatized to this car and its relative controls

I guess I would be late for my trip wherever it takes me to

So without any further ado, I am going to rip apart the 2011 Kia Sportage SX for all what its worth

Looks

The 2011 Kia Sportage SX is at the best quirky however it is to be expected from Kia

However not long ago, I remember us calling the Kia Optima one of the better looking sedans in North America

Those head lamps which are slightly blacked out at the edges make for a wonderful apparition

The grille of this car echoes the Kia family grille

The fog lamps find their prominent placement just below the head lamps

The 17 inch sporty and equally quirky alloy wheel design brings into picture somewhat sort of semblance however the Cadillac like rear sloping roof line makes the internal greenhouse look a bit cramped

The wing mirrors have the turn indicators embedded into them

The rear windscreen glass also is very small and the single wiper employed to do the wiping duties is more than enough for this one

The twin tail pipes however are chunky and make this SUV look very sporty

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Interiors

The interiors of this SUV are highly functional but then a bit boring

However turn on the ignition and the meter dials light up showing a central ovoid dial with a smaller one to its left and the right portion left as it is

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one displays the speed whereas the red pod inside it resembles that of a fire arc

It is a multi information display which brings up the distance to empty, fuel efficiency and other features

The one to the left shows the tachometer

The 3 spoked steering wheel tries to mimic the one in the Kia Optima and has all the essential controls on it

The aircon vents however look and feel a bit dated with their wide apertures

The climate control system as also the central navigation system display is not so big but then it is crisp

The driver’s seat is height adjustable but then pretends to be too sporty which it actually isn’t

On a long stretch, I was fidgeting to find a comfortable position

However there are no such complaints when I was being driven around

The 60:40 rear split seats add to the convenience of loading the flat loading floor of the 2011 Kia Sportage SX

Estimates put it at 25 cubic feet overall however those may be more and I cannot say for sure on this since there was no <a title="Sneak peek of the Kia Cadenza" href="http://usa

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Handling and ride quality

Well, this Kia is tuned to be sporty

The ride quality can be strictly called as firm in this context however the well laid out roads of Arizona didn’t reveal any major ride quality issues

However those living in areas with cobbled roads would definitely find the 2011 Kia Sportage SX’s ride quality harsh

The sound damping was to my liking with little or no sound filtering through inside the cabin

The handling however benefits from the stiff chassis as there is virtually no body roll to speak about

The steering wheel however plays the dampener as its electrical tuning leaves a lot to be desired in the feels department

However after half and hour, I was accustomed to it and didn’t find anything amiss later on

Maybe, once you get used to it, you forget its perils

Moreover, the 4×4 configuration of the powertrain enables this small crossover to keep the things going smoothly

Since its an on-demand thing, the vehicle runs in two wheel drive mode most of the times

Moreover, this car lacks any true off-roading capability but most of the everyday requirements are taken care off with aplomb including the occasional trip to the village

Engine, performance and fuel efficiency

The engine is the one major change in the 2011 Kia Sportage SX

The 2

0 liter engine now gets a twin-scroll turbocharger which allows the engine to make 260 horse power whereas the torque figure reads as 269 pound feet

The transmission is a 6 speed steptronic one and it does its duties well

This SUV moves from 0-60 mph in only 7

3 seconds whereas the top speed achieved is in excess of 120 mph

The best part is that the entire combination of the power train works real smooth and making rapid progress isn’t a problem in this SUV

The all disc setup is perfectly calibrated and the ABS and ESP kick in smoothly as well

Stopping power is ample with some left in reserve for the panic stop situations

Brake fade however was noticed after repeated high speed run ins

Safety is being taken care of by 8 air bags, parking sensors, collapsible steering column and side impact beams

Infact the IIHS gave it an “Acceptable” rating while the US government accorded it 4 star rating

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Fuel efficiency for the 4 wheel drive model stands at 21 mpg in city and 26 mpg on the highway

This is quite true for the time since I started driving the vehicle, the digital display tells me that the fuel efficiency stands at 23

2 mpg

My driving was a mix of both the highway and city roads

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Verdict

The 2011 Kia Sportage SX is one such vehicle which was built with the intention of satisfying the purists however ends up being a family vehicle

It has ample space for 5 plus their weekend luggage and may be will even assist them in shifting homes

It is also feature laden and quite fuel efficient considering that it has got a 4 wheel drive mode working for it

Now comes the pricing part

The 2011 Kia Sportage SX price is $27,238

It’s a steep price but you get driving thrills to the maximum

As for me, I am content with taking my Nissan Murano to the hills and return the Kia back to the Kia show room

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  1. It is finally kind of getting appreciated all over the world. But i feel it needs one more round of touch to put it along with the segment leaders. Like its 0-60mph time at 9.3 seconds is still not amongst the very. A little swifter and Sportage can be where it wants to be.

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