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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 7th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 7, 2010 Multicultural mix inspires Sportage Designed by an Italian based in California, built in Korea and very specifically adapted for Australian conditions --- the new Kia Sportage has just been unleashed. PAUL POTTINGER reports CAPTION: Kia's much- improved new Sportage has been adapted to suit Australian roads. K IA'S third generation Sportage soft roader went on sale on Wednesday. Priced from $25,990 for the entry-level Si front-wheel-drive manual with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, the Sportage is longer, wider, lower and an altogether slicker package than the mundane model it replaces. It is up against a formidable and growing array of C-segment SUVs including Volkswagen's Tiguan, Nissan's Dualis, Hyundai's ix35, Holden's Captiva, Mitsubishi's new ASX and the stalwart Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V. The visually striking Sportage is designed by Massimo Frascella, featuring the corporate grille and accents that have become increasingly familiar under the direction charted by chief designer Peter Schreyer. But as Kia Australia marketing boss Steve Watt said of the locally-released range, the focus is on ride quality to match the design. Unprecedentedly, the Australian Sportage receives a unique suspension and steering set-up adapted from the British version and refined over 1700km of testing. The mid and top spec versions also receive a new AWD system from Magna Dynamax that uses electro- hydraulic sensors to activate a coupling, multi-clutch drive to feed power to the wheels with the most traction at any given time. Watt said this dynamic package was the primary difference between the Sportage and Hyundai's closely- related ix35. And Kia Motors Australia chief MK Kim said forthcoming Kia's would receive the same treatment: ''Sportage is the first of our new generation cars to benefit from the determination to deliver Australian flavour. It will not be the last,'' he said. The value equation is compelling. The front-wheel-drive Si manual with its 122kW/197Nm 2.0-litre starts at $25,990 for the five speed manual ($1000 less than the Ix35). The six speed auto adds $2000. It's no stripper, with equipment including 17-inch alloys, front fog lamps, and the full safety package. The midspec SLi runs a 130kW/ 227Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine ($31,990) or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel ($34,990) through a six speed auto. The Platinum uses the same drivetrains (petrol $35,990; diesel $38,990) and adds plenty of luxury. NEW DIRECTION Kia Sportage 2076354-100731 LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! Our prices have dropped O N S T - NS O All prices include GST. Vehicles for illustration purposes only. Ask for full warranty conditions. Price does not include 3% State Government Stamp Duty and $23.90 transfer of registration applies. No fee is charged for delivery. HOBART nr Bat r t Harrington St 6237 1199 • 2.4L 4 cylinder auto tiptronic fuel combined approx 8.3 L (1/100km) • 6 airbags • A/cond -- pollen filter • Audio/MP3 decoder • Height adjustable driver s seat • CD/radio/cassette • Antilock brakes • Cruise control • Keyless entry -- alarm/immobiliser • All electrics -- pwr windows/mirrors • Map reading lights in front • Courtesy lamps in front door • Multi function steering wheel • Beautiful velour seats • Front fog lamps • Balance of 5 yr/130,000 km factory warranty • FULL SERVICE HISTORY $13,690 $13,490 FROM FROM 2007 Hyundai Sonata SLX Sedan 2007 Hyundai Elantra SX Sedan REDUCED REDUCED • 2.0L 4 cylinder auto fuel combined approx 6.2L (1/100 km • Dual airbags • A/cond -- pollen filter • Audio -- aux input (MP3/CD/Cassette • 4 speaker stereo • Antilock brakes • Keyless entry immob/alarm • Rear fog lamps • Map reading lights 1st row • Sunglass holder • Height adjustable drivers seat • Radio/CD • Pwr windows/mirrors/doors • Immobiliser + alarm • Illuminated entry/exit with fade • Rear view mirror -- man. anti glare • Electronic brake force distribution • Roomy boot • Balance of 5yr/130,000 km Factory warranty • FULL SERVICE HISTORY
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