The fifth generation of the Kia Sportage: less popular, more advanced

Six years after the launch of the last generation, the most popular and best-selling crossover in the country, the Kia Sportage, returns to us in a new fifth generation, which looks without a doubt, the best since its launch, sometime in the 90s. The fourth generation raised the bar in many respects and was the big breakthrough of the model and its peak sales in Israel thanks to an attractive package of design, equipment and market-breaking price. Because of the Sportage, family sedan and hatchbacks were pushed out, and high-end family crossovers at prices similar to family-owned cars of yesteryear took their place. This trend has affected the entire automotive sector in Israel and around the world. The executive car categories, family and now also small super-mini cars, are replaced by crossovers, large, medium and small recreational vehicles (aka Toyota Igo X).

Before the arrival of the 2022 Sportage in Israel, expectations were high: first, for an attractive price as it had been in the past; And the second for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) in addition to the petrol version. In both of these respects there was a slight disappointment. The prices are less popular and accessible to Israelis who love family crossovers – between 170 and 195 thousand shekels, in four different levels of finish. As for hybrid green versions – we’ll only see them later this year.

Bottom line, the fifth-generation Sportage is a different car – more advanced and safer, more beautiful thanks to an investment invested on the outside and inside and with comfortable equipment from the premium worlds. Of course, it’s clear what premium armature does to the price. I drove north to Caesarea and got the impression that it was much better than its predecessor, the 4th generation Sportage.

The test car had the highest level of finish of the four, including a Shift By Wire dial selector, leather upholstery combined with light and nice suede, front seat ventilation, driver’s seat memory, electric trunk door, including non-contact opening (opens when facing it for three seconds with The key in the hand), adaptive Matrix Led front lighting, which helps in driving in the dark and adjusts itself so that the drivers opposite will not be blinded.
The dashboard and multimedia screens, both 12.3-inch in size, look like one long screen.

The original multimedia system, with a touch screen, speaks Hebrew and includes a built-in Wise, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, an original rear camera and a good audio system. It is placed next to the wide dashboard, with the detailed and useful digital display. The multimedia screen is designed in such a way that it does not get direct and dazzling sun that will interfere with seeing the display. Below is a digital panel, which includes a variable display, split digital climate control operation switches, or, if you like, multimedia system operation buttons. The view changes with a click, and it is possible to set the desired view as permanent.

A high score also goes to human engineering thanks to an ergonomic center console placed in a convenient location for the operation of the driver and passenger next to it, with storage compartments, space for two glasses and a charging surface for a smartphone. Only the position of the handbrake switch is unclear – to the left of the steering wheel below.

In the interior space there is an addition of a few inches in each direction, which allows for comfortable and spacious seating for a family of four to five people. The high seating allowed me an optimal field of view in every direction. Rear passengers do not remain deprived and are provided with vents and a central armrest with space for rather narrow glasses or bottles.

Kia Sportage (Photo: Manufacturer)

The new Sportage is marketed with turbo gasoline and diesel engines: a 1.6-liter T-GDI four-cylinder engine, with an output of 180 hp, and a “clean” diesel engine, with a volume of 1.6 liters, with an output of 136 hp. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT). Good opening figures, apart from the fact that these are engines that are a bit outdated. When driving the petrol version, better fuel consumption was recorded. If in the past with a moderate driving character the average fuel consumption was 9.5 – 10 kilometers per liter, the average increased to about 14 kilometers per liter, and with moderate driving you can save more.

You can choose driving modes like economical “eco” mode and “sport” mode. I did not find both necessary. I would have been happy for more torque at accelerations and accelerations, to feel a more significant and enjoyable push forward by pressing the speed pedal. On the other hand, the engines and box are aimed at balancing the accelerations I am requesting with good consumption and limited pollutant emissions.

In terms of safety, the DriveWise system is integrated in the vehicle. An anti-collision assistance system in front, which also helps prevent collisions with cars coming from the opposite side when turning left at intersections; Maintaining and correcting a deviation from the path; A system that warns of a vehicle in dead space, which also actively helps prevent collisions, even when driving backwards (up to a speed of 8 km / h); a system for controlling high beams in the dark, to prevent glare from cars coming from the opposite direction.
Most of Kia’s models are popular, good and accessible to the Israeli consumer. Those who no longer have the new Sportage within their reach as in the past, can try to make do with its sister – Kia Saltus. 

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