2016 Kia Sportage Si Review

2016 Kia Sportage Si Road Test and Review.

A couple of months ago Behind the Wheel went along to the launch of the new Kia Sportage and I was itching to see it for myself. Now let’s take a closer look at the 2016 Kia Sportage Si.

Already a popular choice in the mid-sized SUV market, the Sportage was a well-balanced offering so I was interested to find out what else Kia could bring to the table in the new model.

And they haven’t disappointed.

The Sportage Si is the base model offering which now comes standard with a 7” touch screen replacing the LCD one plus rear air vents for the backseat.

Kia have brought the interior and namely the dash, more in line with the larger models in the range like the Sorento and Carnival, sporting their latest, more modern fittings.

The dash is upright and with the touch screen, sandwiched by air vents, taking up most of the space and the buttons are pushed below - all nice and large directing you to your selection with ease.

Dual climate control is not available but using manual control is no big loss considering the other standard inclusions. Also left out is satellite navigation.

On the driver’s side, the instrument cluster is more up-to-date with bright TFT LCD gauges and multiple menus on the centre info display. The steering wheel is similar to that of the Sorento or Carnival with a circular centre.

Three drive modes are also selectable from the centre floor console as is hill descent control, right next to the new shifter with its nice finish and flatter profile.

Standard trim in the base is cloth which is well finished and comfortable and posses two ISOFIX positions for baby seats in the back.

Round the back and the boot isn’t what I’d call huge, but it isn’t so different from before though Kia has lowered it increasing the size. You do lose some space with the high floor but you do get a full sized spare tyre.

You won’t be short of ports to plug devices or chargers with two 12V outlets in the front and one in the back as well as one USB input each.

Other features includes electric heated folding mirrors, extendable armrest, bottle holders on all doors, 4 cup holders, roof rails and child proof rear door locks

Out on the tarmac the petrol Sportage is a tad quicker off the mark as compared with the diesel producing a top of 114kW and 192Nm from the 2.0 litre engine.

It does tend to hold the gears too long on hard acceleration – a switch to sport mode provides more responsiveness and power – but for everyday, sensible driving, it’s more than sufficient.

Running it is easy on the wallet with fuel economy well below 8L/100km which for once is pretty much spot on with the combined consumption of 7.9L/100km.

The 17” alloy wheels provide for a cosy ride and as is usually the case with Kia, the handling, internal noise levels, body roll and passenger comfort are all competent that there’s nothing more to say really.

For driving ease the Sportage is fitted with reverse sensors, a rear view camera, front fog lights and auto headlights.

The front end has been redesigned, isolating the fog lamps and boasting the new mesh grille.

The tail lights are narrower and joined across the middle and opening the tailgate is made easier with the latch positioned higher than before.

Probably the only new aspect that gets my goolie is the addition of a warning message on the touch screen display that you have to dismiss every time you start up the machine. Can’t complain thought as it is there for safety.

Definitely another quality product from the Kia factory and an improvement on an already high standard, value for money model.

Pricing for the Kia Sportage Si starts at $28,990.

Keep your eyes peeled for more reviews on the Sportage in coming weeks as we also road test the diesel SLi, petrol Platinum and diesel Platinum.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Kia Sportage Si

Engine: 2.0L petrol producing 114kW and 192Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Warranty: 7 year unlimited

Safety: Five stars

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $28,990

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