If there’s one automotive that has captured my coronary heart in 2017, it’s the newly designed 2017 Kia Sportage. For me, it’s the epitome of “luxurious trying” sports activities SUV. Lovely side-view strains, an aggressive , but elegant, entrance profile with the piercing Headlight lenses, and the beautiful Tail Lights which give the phantasm that the automotive is in movement, even when parked.
I do know now we have all been discussing (with a lot shock) in regards to the renaissance of KIA within the latest years. We ask, as we stutter, “who? how? what the… when did a Automotive Design Prince kiss the ugly Kia frog and switch it from a secular, boring pile of aluminum to an incredible magnificence with a hanging steadiness of aggressive seems to be and magnificence?”
The 2017 Kia Sportage is an ideal instance.
NOW FOR THE NITTY GRITTY!
Upon first look, you might be met with a entrance profile that exudes a presence and allows you to know “I’m right here!” The now-familiar Kia entrance grille, flanked by the headlights with the piercing lenses, lets you understand that this isn’t simply an strange Crossover SUV.
There’s a vital distance between the bottom and the headlights (marked with the yellow arrow), which makes the bumper and grille look very cumbersome, nevertheless it works. Jogs my memory of an alligator looking at you! It additionally helps defend the gorgeous headlights throughout a minor-to-mid drive entrance collision.
One awkward space is the foglight space (circled in yellow): They give the impression of being pleased with the precise fog lights that include the upper trim fashions, however the low trims don’t have any fog lights. That house is simply clean, sitting on the bumper, begging NOT to be observed.
Little question, probably the greatest parts of the 2017 Kia Sportage. The spherical lenses, together with the refined sign lights, whereas spectacular on their very own, are given extra prominence by the fiberglass-looking enclosure. If solely Kia added the phrases “Sportage” on the facet (marked with the arrow), they are going to be ranked up excessive with coolness with headlights of BMWs, Maseratis and the likes.
The tail lights are equally thrilling, carrying over to the facet panels, a pattern which was impressed upon the general public by the Kia Optima. The Sportage seems to be prefer it’s in movement, even when parked. Once more, just like the headlights, in terms of classiness, the Tail Gentle is a detailed match to a high-end luxurious car such because the Porsche or the Jaguar SUVs.
Three trims (LX, EX and SX): 2 of them look good with the lights and the accent strains beneath the lights (EX and SX). The LX is the awkward trying space talked about above. (Okay, nice, it doesn’t look as awkward on the black colour Sportage… however solely on black!). The SX has the 4-light-foglight (that exists on different Kia SX trims, such because the Optima) that appear to be they will gentle up a baseball subject.
The facet view profile of the 2017 Kia Sportage is streamlined, with refined chrome accents and the piece above the again windshield. The rear home windows finish in additional of a rectangle, giving the impression of a roomy inside.
The again define of the 2017 Kia Sportage mimics the entrance, with the slender prime, and the extensive panels. The Tail Lights are unfold aside with a good way, offering an amply sized stage for the Kia emblem to shine.
Every part seems to be good, EXCEPT!!! A query right here for KIA: What’s the take care of the center, crimson, tacky plastic piece between the Tail Lights (circled in yellow)? That piece has Obtained To Go!
There’s a model with a chrome piece masking a part of it, which really seems to be a lot nicer. KIA, do us a favor and embrace that chrome piece on all trims.
Very sporty! Heaps to love right here; too many to elaborate individually, however, right here’s an inventory of some:
- Sporty steering wheel, with the hole “U” form on the backside giving it a kick-up-a-notch
- Good massive display screen (in fact, with the navigation bundle). Might need to examine if they’ve a model with simply Android Auto or Apply CarPlay (7″ display screen?)
- Nice lighting of the dashboard at the hours of darkness
- Seats look nice with the sporty stitching
- Greater trims include the twin colour inside (not loopy in regards to the tan colour)
Thankfully, not a lot. There are (solely) 2 dislikes: the primary is only a nuisance; the second is an enormous disappointment!
The First, the nuisance: the knobs for the Quantity and Tune are tiny. Alright, no massive deal, therefore it’s only a nuisance.
The Second… need to pause right here and shake my head with disappointment. It’s not JUST on the ’17 Sportage; Kia appears to be shifting backward in time in terms of this ingredient of the instrument cluster. I’m speaking in regards to the gasoline and temperature gauges. Whereas the older fashions have been sq. lights, which appeared very cool, the brand new fashions appear to be going again to the tacky crimson dials, which cheapen the instrument cluster and make it appear to be an outdated (and even new) Ford. Come on, Kia… You need to return to the lights!
General, the 2017 Sportage is an enormous win for Kia; nice design, nice drive, superior expertise, and a Stable 9.75 out of 10 in my e-book!