Kia Sportage: What You Need to Know

Kia Sportage: What you need to know - MIssissauga Kia Blog

The Kia Sportage is a solid SUV, providing excellent handling and a comfortable ride that will have you maximizing your mileage throughout every summer road trip. 

It’s a vehicle that complements your active lifestyle with a rebellious appearance and bold features to make you stand out. These are the things you need to know about this one-of-a-kind vehicle before you head down to Mississauga Kia and try it for yourself! 

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Does the Kia Sportage Have Third Row Seating? 

Unfortunately, the Kia Sportage doesn’t have this option. If you’re carrying more than five people in your Kia, then you’ll need to upgrade to the Kia Sorento, the only Kia-brand vehicle that offers such an option. 

With that said, the Sportage’s overall length as well as the length of its wheelbase—the distance between the front and rear wheels—are less than the Sorento’s. In addition to that, there’s been an increase in storage space, including a spacious cubby underneath the armrest as well as a sizeable glovebox. You also get a lot of cargo capacity, from 1,565 litres behind the first row to 868 litres behind the second row. 

If you’ve got a large family, then this vehicle may not be for you. If you don’t, and you like to carry a lot of stuff with you on your road trip, then the Kia Sportage is tailor-made for you. 

Is the Kia Sportage a 4x4?

With the Kia Sportage, you get Dynamax™ Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, allowing you to keep driving when the paved road ends and take your adventure to new horizons. 

Thanks to this advanced all-wheel-drive technology, you get fully automatic torque distribution that proactively transfers torque for better traction in the trickiest scenarios. These scenarios include acceleration, cornering, low-traction areas, and slippery weather. 

Each of the 2020 Kia Sportage trims contains all-wheel drive, including the LX, EX, EX Premium, EX Tech, and the SX. The all-wheel-drive systems installed in the Sportage utilize computers to send information to the sensors in each wheel to monitor traction and wheel speed. If slippage is detected through the engine control unit, power is diverted to the other axle in order to establish more grip. 

Kia Sportage:What You need to know

Where Are Kia Sportage Cars Made? 

Though Kia has a corporate presence in Mississauga as well as regional offices in Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal, manufacturing is handled outside of Canada.

Did you know that Kia’s North American manufacturing plant is in Georgia? Most Kia models are made at the North American production facility in West Point, producing over 360,000 units since opening its doors in 2010. However, unlike the Sportage’s big brother of sorts the Sorento, which is manufactured at that facility, the Sportage itself is made at the Gwangju Plant in Gwangju, South Korea. South Korea is where Kia was founded back in 1944, with the global headquarters located in the capital Seoul. 

Kia Sportage:What You need to know

Which is Bigger, the Kia Sportage or Sorento?

As mentioned, the Sorento is perceived as the bigger brother of the Sportage and is a seven-seater. 

The Sportage is a compact SUV while the Sorento is a midsize SUV, with each offering fun styling and good value. The 2019 Sorento is 4,800 mm (189.0 in.) long, while the 2019 Sportage is 4,480 mm (176.4 in.). The Sorento’s wheelbase is also slightly more spacious at 2,780 mm (109.4 in.) compared to the Sportage at 2,670 mm (105.1 in.). There’s also 185 mm (7.3 in.) of ground clearance on the Sorento compared to the 172 mm (6.8 in.) that the Sportage packs. 

Pretty much everything is larger with the Sorento; the interior, the cargo area and so on. Again, it really depends on what your tastes are. If you don’t need the extra room and want a simpler SUV to ride around in, the Sportage is the perfect choice.  

Does Kia Sportage Have a Spare Wheel? 

The Kia Sportage, among all other Kia vehicle lines, does not come with a spare tire stored in the trunk. However, you do get a spare tire kit to work with to help you cover all your tire needs. It is advisable that you get your own spare wheel for safety purposes.  

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