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Sitting as one of the highly ranked crossover SUVs, the 2018 Kia Sportage is comparable to the Hyundai Tucson. Even though it may not be the best in all aspects, it does serve as a good choice for a family SUV. From its square-shaped predecessor back in the 1990s, the Sportage has continuously evolved until its current stunning, fourth generation model.
Looking past its odd frontal look, you may find that the Sportage's design is uniquely bold and sporty. It gives more focus to the driver's position with its taller front end. The sporty look is owed to the outer positioning of the wheels and deeper sculpting on the body of the vehicle, not to mention its futuristic-looking headlights. The 2018 Kia Sportage measures 4.48 meters long, 1.855 meters wide, and 1.655 meters high. It has a body-colored bumper and starts with 17-inch alloy wheels in its more affordable variant.
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The 2018 Sportage is longer than its earlier version to allow more space, particularly to back seat passengers. It can carry 5 passengers and has a 739-liter luggage capacity. The back seats can also be folded if you need more space. Another one of the most notable differences with this latest version is the further reduction of NVH, which gives it a more premium feel.
The 2018 Kia Sportage's advanced features earn it as a top selection in terms of safety. These include camera for reversing, alarms for seatbelts for all seats, six airbags, and stability control. Basic features include air conditioning, Bluetooth, audio systems, and cruise control. Added features are automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, fog lights, and an iPhone-compatible touchscreen display.
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The 2018 Kia Sportage runs on a 2.0-L 4-cylinder engine that generates 155 horsepower at 197 Nm torque. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission that can run up to 170 Km/h speeds. Acceleration to 100 Km/h takes 11.5 seconds. Other engine options include a smaller 1.6-liter unit and a larger 2.4-liter engine. Compared to its earlier models, the 2018 Sportage takes more consideration in terms of riding comfort.
With its bold, youthful and sporty look, the 2018 Kia Sportage is a great buy at a starting price of SAR 65,000. It has all the necessities you will look for in a compact SUV with outstanding safety features and utility.