The 2017 Sportage measures the same 73 –inches wide, but gained 1.2-inches on the wheelbase and 1.6-inches in overall length. There is more overall room for passengers, and there is 18% greater cargo space in the rear. Also, the luggage floor can be moved down to a lower position to offer more vertical space when needed.
We didn’t think it was possible, but the 2017 Sportage got ‘sportier’. It has a lighter and stiffer redesigned suspension, and some engine tuning. Kia has improved the fuel efficiency over the Sportage with its powertrain updates. The entry level 2.4-liter incline-four puts out 181 horsepower and 175 pount-feet of torque.
The Sportage will come with the Magna Dynamax all-wheel drive system. It will electronically sense the road conditions and predict possible chances of sliding, and will brake individual wheels to prevent sliding. The Magna system can push as much as 100 percent of the power to front and rear wheels as needed, and there is a 50/50 locking differential.
The Sportage comes with Eco, Normal, and Sport driving modes. The suspension dynamics does not change between settings, but the throttle response and steering weight are altered.
The Sportage will also feature a UVO infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert.