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2012 Kia Sportage Review

September 7th, 2010

2012 Kia Sportage is one of the muscular beasts in the class of SUVs (Sports utility vehicle).  2012 Sportage will appear in market around mid of year 2011 with no or minimal changes in its design. It has the stylish looks with grille front and embossed headlights, lower roof-line. It is believed that the SUV will retain its comparatively prolific wheelbase measuring 103.9 inches and a trimmed cargo space. It can be described as the shortest among its class. The SUV has the capacity to accommodate 4 to 5 passengers. 2012 Kia Sportage is the SUV with uni-body design therefore it is regarded as a crossover.

2012 Kia Sportage is presented in four trim levels. These trim levels are described as base model, LX model, ES model and SX model. The exterior gets more polished looks along with the ascending wheel size as we move from Base version to SX version.

2012 Kia Sportage Base version, LX version and ES version are expected to be powered with 2.4 liter and 4 cylinder engine which is capable of producing momentum of 172 horsepower and the torque of 166 lb.ft. Whereas 2012 Sportage SX version is expected to use 2 liter and 4 cylinder turbo engine to produce momentum of 274 horsepower and the torque of 269 lb.ft. The Base version is built exclusively with front wheel drive mechanism associated with 6 speed gear-box with manual transmission. All the other versions will come with the choice between front wheel drive and all wheel drive mechanism along with 6-speed gear box with manual transmission or automatic transmission.

2012 Kia Sportage comes with a huge range of accessories like power windows, overhead console, power mirrors, locks and a set of alloy wheels. Additionally the dashboard is mounted with wireless phone connectivity, USB for ipod connectivity, music system with satellite radio and audio auxiliary system. EX version and probably SX version will come with UVO as a standard attribute whereas LX can have the option to choose it. UVO technology is designed by Kia in association with Microsoft which is used to download, store and play the music easily.

When it comes to safety on road 2012 Sportage comes with AWD system which helps to maintain traction on slippery roads. The Sportage is equipped with cruise control system as well.

2012 Sportage Base model with front wheel drive and manual transmission gear box facilitates to maintain the mileage of 21 mpg on city road and 29 mpg on highways. 2012 sportage Lx and EX versions are expected to perform better with front wheel drive giving the mileage of 22 mpg on city roads and 31 mpg on highways whereas with All Wheel Drive their mileage is expected to be 21 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highways. SX version of 2012 Kia Sportage with front wheel drive is expected to give the mileage of 21 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highways whereas with AWD the mileage would be 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on highways.

2012 Kia Sportage is expected to be presented with the base price rolling around $19,000 to $27,500 with the warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles. If you are looking for SUV with affordable price range and better performance then you can certainly consider 2012 Kia Sportage.

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