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#70 of 149 Re: Kia Sportage 2011 Turbo [radiowc]
Jul 30, 2010 (4:03 pm)
I think the existing 176hp is not really strong as compare to others similar cuv with the same in-line four cylinders like Chevy Equinox, GMC terrain, etc. They all get at least close to 200hp
don't underrate the 2.4L you need to check out the weights of the Equinox and Terrain (3761 - 4203 lbs) with a base 2.4L engine at 182hp. The Sportage maybe 176hp but its weight is 3157 - 3488 lbs. I drive a Rondo with a 2.4L that weighs slightly more than the Sportage and its the previous version with less hp, but its plenty of power for me.
The previous Sportage had a 2.7L V6 which produced 173hp, so I would say quite an improvement and much improved gas mileage too.
Tucson is going in the opposite direction, their 2011 model is now being offered with a 2.0L with 165hp and 5 speed transmission, with a lower base price.
#71 of 149 Re: Kia Sportage 2011 Turbo [conwelpic]
Jul 30, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I think you are right, the weights of Sportage will compliment it hp due to it is lighter compare to those Chevy and Terrain. Thanks, i never noticed that... good catch.
I will go for a test drive this weekend and will report back how it feel.
#72 of 149 What is the 0-60miles in seconds?
Jul 31, 2010 (4:37 am)
Anyone know what is the 0-60miles in second?? I heard it is abt 9s???
#73 of 149 Existing/Early Sportage Adopter fate
Jul 31, 2010 (4:58 am)
I forgot to ask, those who bought their 2011 sportage now...do they get free upgrades to UVO when it comes out? or You are on your own??
#74 of 149 Re: Existing/Early Sportage Adopter fate [radiowc]
Jul 31, 2010 (10:16 am)
Why would you expect to get it free? Hyundai and Kia have made changes or made options available "midyear" in the past and to my knowledge they have not offered any of those things free to buyers of earlier production models. Now if it was a safety related item that could be different.
#75 of 149 Re: Existing/Early Sportage Adopter fate [m6user]
Aug 01, 2010 (6:28 pm)
Thanks for the comments.
#76 of 149 Test Drive today - My personal experience
Aug 01, 2010 (6:51 pm)
As promised, here is my first test drive of the Kia Sportage LX FWD over the weekend. This one with Nav and backup camera. My first impression, I thought this could be a so so car, but when i start to drive around the city and highway...WOw! it is really impressive. It really match those V6 engine SUV that i drove. I really like the feel and the looks of this car in person I play around with the auto gear shifting....it is really fun to drive.
Here are the list i think it is lack off / down side / dislike;
- The side mirror kind of small, especially it is pointed at the corner of the mirror and make it looks even smaller to see.
- The back mirror is also small, but if you have backup camera, then it will be a plus, cos when i try to test the reverse parking, it is kind of difficult without the camera because of the wide body and small windows at the back, but with the camera it is easy.
- The armrest console is too simple, instead of having a few level of compartment or partioning like other suv i drove to put your stuff.
My major concern, (more like a safety issue) the "push/start" button. since i never used this before. When we test it during while at the "D" gear...i purposely press the "push/start" button...and the suv engine "STOP" completely???? huhhh????? WHat??? This is very scary... anyone try that??? Or it is how it work? I asked the salesman, he also not sure and he told me, he will check with his mechanic. WOW!
Other than the above, i will give it 7.5/10 scores, else i will give 9/10. I will go back to test drive the AWD hopely next week they will be able to get the EX with AWD sportage that i want. if everything goes well, i would probably get it the price is right
Hope anyone who test drove it or owned one, please leave comments or your feed back rather than just review feedback from the journalist review with i always don't trust them.
#77 of 149 I don't know about you all...
Aug 01, 2010 (7:32 pm)
but this has got to be about the best looking SUV I've ever seen. My wife and I owned a 2001 Kia Sportage 4X4 and it was solid and built like a tank, yet it was still fun to drive with the 5-speed stick. But Kia has progressed to being more of a world-class automobile manufacturer since 2001 and this new Sportage is in a class above the old "Jeep/Army" looking Sportage that we enjoyed. Got ta tell you guys this new 2011 Kia Sportage is a real knockout.
2011 Kia Sportage
Being a good fan of Mitsubishi as well as Kia, this is my other favorite SUV offered to consumers at this date.
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
#78 of 149 Re: Test Drive today - My personal experience [radiowc]
Aug 02, 2010 (5:53 am)
I'm trying to understand your explanation of the ENGINE START/STOP button. Are you saying the vehicle was in motion in the Drive position when you push the button Why would you do such a thing? That's like turning the key off while you are driving!
You said the engined stopped when you did this and was scary - wouldn't it have been more scary if it didn't shut off?
If you are not familiar with how it works, why would you try something like that on a test drive without first reading about it in the owners manual or knowing full well what the consequences would be (its covered from page 5/7 in the manual which you can download from KGIS). "In an emergency situation while the vehicle is in motion, you are able to turn the engine off and to the ACC postion by pressing the ENGINE START/STOP button for more than 2 seconds or 3 times successively within 3 seconds."
#79 of 149 Re: Test Drive today - My personal experience [conwelpic]
Aug 02, 2010 (6:15 am)
Yes I did that when the suv is in motion and in "D", the reason why I pressed the "Start/Stop" button cos i want to know how easy it is to kill the engine. And by testing, it is just by one very soft touch of the button and the Engine shut off completely, rather that I have to pressed down the button couples of second to kill the engine. Just like like when you try to power down your laptop. That just surprising. Well for me, definately i wont do that. Also it is not as easy as conventional key where you have to actually have to turn the key before you can do that.
The reason why i said that, because you never know, some front passenger side idiot friend with itchy fingers/hands or drunk passenger might press that button for you without you knowing or by accident. then it may cause accident.
Anyway....Thanks for providing me more info on the "ENGINE Start/Stop" function and show me the exact pages This is really very useful information for me since i never had those function before. Hahaha as usual, people always afraid to try new thing.. I guess this is just me :p
After reading the manual, that is good... it resolved my concern now.
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