The New Kia Sportage SUV (2004)

New Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

The all-new Kia Sportage SUV, which made its world premiere at the Mondial de L’Automobile in Paris, is designed to offer customers the ultimate in SUV versatility in a package that effortlessly encompasses quality and style.

Although Kia retained the old name, the new Sportage is a very different kind of vehicle from its predecessor. The Sportage builds on the award winning foundations set by the Sorento - stylish exterior, smooth ride, agile handling and overall refinement so it should come as no surprise that Kia is confident that it will clearly outperform its class rivals.

Compared to Kia’s earlier rugged SUV, the all-new Sportage was created to meet a radically different design concept. It is sporty and elegant, spacious and adaptable, with an attractive internal and external appearance, an internally carried spare wheel and an easy-to-open top-hinged tailgate (with flip-up window), plus sleeker aerodynamics.

Unlike Kia’s earlier SUV, the new Sportage is a multi-choice vehicle. It offers customers three engines, two drivetrains, two transmissions, two equipment levels and a wide range of premium options. It also offers the ‘diesel engine plus automatic’ combination that is so popular with European buyers, but rarely available on a small SUV.

Kia Sportage | Part Two
Published 1 October 2004 Melanie Carter

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