Class: Compact Crossover
Miles pushed: 159
Gasoline used: 4.7 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B+|
|Energy and Efficiency||B+|
|Match and End||B+|
|Gasoline Economic system||A|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and should not mirror Client Information’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.|
|Massive & Tall Consolation|
|Massive & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Massive” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||226 horsepower|
|Engine Kind||1.6L 4-cylinder turbo charged Hybrid|
Actual-world gasoline economic system: 33.8 mpg
Driving combine: 50% metropolis, 50% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline economic system: 38/38/38 (metropolis, freeway, mixed)
Gasoline sort: Common gasoline
Base value: $30,990 (not together with $1215 vacation spot cost)
Choices on take a look at automobile: EX Premium Bundle ($1500), carpeted flooring mats ($150)
Worth as examined: $33,860
The good: Peppy hybrid powertrain, glorious gasoline economic system, extraordinary greenback worth
The nice: Roomy and purposeful cabin, refined experience and dealing with
The not so good: Avant-garde styling not for everybody
An entire redesign for 2023 brings the Kia Sportage its first-ever hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains. We examined a mid-line Hybrid EX mannequin outfitted with the EX Premium Bundle. I used to be charmed by its nice driving demeanor, peppy 226-hp gasoline/electrical powertrain, and beneficiant stage of normal tools. I can’t say I’m fully comfy with the outside styling—I’m a bit weirded out by entrance ends through which the headlights are overpowered by the daytime working lights and different design parts—however I believe the Sportage’s appears are rising on me.
And, the Sportage’s inside is superb—in step with the unconventional exterior, it’s obtained funky design touches such because the unusually formed door pulls and HVAC vents, however I discovered the management structure to be ergonomically agreeable total. I additionally preferred the slim strip of touch-sensitive digital buttons that toggles between audio and local weather controls on the contact of a button. Each passenger room and cargo house are spectacular for the Sportage’s comparatively tidy exterior dimensions—I had higher legroom within the Sportage’s rear seats than I did within the Lexus LX 600’s. The “SynTex” faux-leather upholstery had a respectably upscale feel and appear, and the ambiance was additional enhanced by the usual absolutely digital gauge cluster, 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated entrance seats. I’ve pushed many mainstream-brand compact SUVs previously couple years that approached (and even surpassed) the $40K mark, so this Sportage’s bottom-line sticker value of $33,860 struck me as an particularly whole lot.
Now that Kia has a hybrid model of its Sportage compact SUV, how does it behave? The gasoline/electrical powerplant offers successfully perky acceleration round city. It additionally cruises the freeway simply—however considerably loudly. Responsiveness of the 6-speed automated transmission is fairly good. This driver recorded 33.97 mpg after placing 94 miles—with 31 p.c in city-type operation—on the take a look at automobile.
By way of on-road dynamics, the ’23 Sportage handles simply, with a bit lean in corners, and it rides comfortably. Nonetheless, braking suffers from a bit little bit of the sluggishness that always afflicts hybrids as they seize vitality for battery regeneration throughout stops.
Passengers will discover the bigger, new-generation automobile very roomy in each seating rows. There’s spectacular rear legroom and good headroom even underneath the sunroof when so outfitted. Rear seats have some backrest adjustment.
The Sportage’s new dimensions additionally have an effect on the cargo space. It’s spacious and accessible by means of a large tailgate opening. The 60/40-split seats fold virtually flat. Below the ground there’s some unprotected bonus house across the spare tire, however there are a pair cubbies for incidentals within the far corners down there.
As for environment, the EX comes with perforated SynTex upholstery that has a pleasant feel and appear. Gentle surfaces adorn the higher sprint, armrests, door facilities, and tops of the entrance doorways. Unified screens for driving management and infotainment have a cutting-edge high-tech look however there’s nothing daunting about them. Audio inputs are simple to make on the touchscreen. Local weather controls exist on a separate touchscreen however with helpful bodily knobs for temperature choice.
Cabin storage is simply all proper. There’s a decently sized glove field however the console field is small; front-door pockets are modest and rear pockets are barely bottle holders; pouches are discovered behind each entrance seats; and bag hooks sprout from the entrance seats. Cup holders are offered within the console and pull-down heart armrest.
All in all, the 2023 Sportage EX hybrid looks like an excellent worth for the worth.
Kia Sportage Hybrid EX Gallery
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