Kia Sportage, one of the most popular SUVs, was subjected to the moose test

Kia Sportage was subjected to a series of dynamic tests. How did one of the most popular models of the Korean manufacturer fare?

The Kia-Hyundai group is on an upward trajectory, both when it comes to sales volume and when we talk about the technology incorporated in the cars that the two manufacturers develop.

One of the most popular models in the Kia range is the compact Sportage SUV, a platform sibling to the Hyundai Tucson. Along with it, they are highly valued options by new car customers and, being a model aimed at practicality and families, safety is not missing from this package.

How does the Kia Sportage perform on dynamic tests?

Like the Hyundai Tucson that journalists from they tested it, and this Kia Sportage came in the form of a plug-in hybrid. The two cars share a technical platform and engine, so it will be interesting to see how the Sportage will fare against the Hyundai Tucson. The Kia Sportage has a plug-in hybrid system that develops 265 hp, with all-wheel drive. Like the Tucson, the Sportage also came equipped with Michelin Primacy 4 235/50 R19 tires.

The first test that the people from consists of a slalom between the poles, and the higher the speed, the better. According to the test, the Kia Sportage achieved the same results as its platform sibling, which is not surprising given that they are essentially the same car. Both SUVs achieved a time of 24 seconds in the slalom event.

How does the SUV fare in the moose test?

The moose test consists of a fairly simple maneuver. Avoiding an obstacle in the direction of travel, then returning to the original lane is simulated. According to the journalists from km77, the car behaved well, it was not unpredictable. At a 77km/h start the car remained fairly stable and the stability control wasn’t very intrusive. The most stable pass was the one performed at 71 km/h, four kilometers less than the Hyundai Tucson managed. Overall, the larger mass is visible and the understeer behavior is quite pronounced.

For such an SUV, these are good results, especially if we take into account the fact that the car is a plug-in hybrid, which is several hundred kilograms heavier than a model with a standard engine.


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