The 2016 Kia Sportage will come refreshed, while its enormous overhaul and new generation are upon to be presented for the 2017 model year. This time, Kia chose to roll out several improvements, to keep its Sportage focused and contemporary. Then again, the generational updates, for one year from now, will bring more changes in engine lineup, new style and most likely a hybrid model.
The outside appearance of the 2016 Kia Sportage will bring few modifications, but nothing major. A couple of more exterior hues may be included into the shading palette, front bumper will be marginally updated, yet other than this, not many changes are expected from the most recent version. The fact of the matter is that Kia officials expressed that they are setting up another era, and that it won’t include the 2016 model year, but the model after one or even after two years.
The famous little crossover SUV will keep on offering 3 trim levels: LX, EX and SX. Changes will incorporate a few differences on the features list, yet nothing past that. Standard highlights that come on the base trim of the most recent Kia Sportage offer keyless entry, climate and ride control, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-part collapsing and folding back seats, back security glass, a tilt-and-extendable steering wheel, Bluetooth, sound system with 6 speakers, satellite radio, CD player, AUX connector and an iPod/USB sound interface and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Review Of 2016 Kia Sportage
As far as the engine is concerned, there are no big news for the up and coming model, so the 2016 Kia Sportage will continue with its current engines lineup. Contingent upon trims, this SUV will be delivered with one out of totally 2 offered motors. The base motor is a 2.4 l 4-cylinder capable of producing 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, this one can be found in the engine bay of LX and EX models. Second motor is smaller but far stronger, turbocharged 2.0 l 4-cylinder capable of pumping out 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful unit is found in the engine bay of the SX model.
Both motors are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD as standard, while the AWD still comes as optional. The fuel efficiency for the 2016 Kia Sportage is rated at 21/28/24 mpg for the FWD model, and 19/26/22 mpg for the AWD model. Stuffed with more powerful engine, SX trim model fuel economy is rated at 20/26/23 mpg for the FWD and 19/24/21 mpg for AWD that represents only a slight drop in fuel economy but large improvement on the performances.
This class has extreme competition. Some of the Sportage’s nearest adversaries are Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, which come slightly bigger, in case that you require a bit more space than Sportage brings to the table. Then again, you also have the Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Ford Escape, which are most comparative with the new Kia Sportage, both in performances as well as in size. It is not an easy decision so get informed to make the best choice.
2016 Kia Sportage Price
Having in mind the low level of updates and changes, the value of the new 2016 Kia Sportage ought to continue as before, around $22,000 for the base, LX trim. Highest trim level, the SX with all-wheel drive system will be priced at slightly below $30,000. When it comes to the release date, it should be expected at the end of this year.