British get special engine for the Kia Sportage

It sounds lucky for the British to be doing it but it’s actually not that big a deal as the engine isn’t as great it can sound.

The new engine is actually a freshly updated diesel engine that was designed with torque aficionados and the guys who are big fans of the green effect.

Kia Sportage KX-4

Kia Sportage KX-4

The new 2.0 liter powerplant is called the CRDi ‘R’ and the model powerplant that carries it is called the Kia Sportage KX-4.

That particular new engine is going to produce 181 horsepower and 282 or 289 lb-ft of torque. The latter varies depending on the gearbox you opt for.

You can hook the new diesel up to all four wheels using a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission but the auto cog swapper gets the limited torque figure.

Kia Sportage KX-4

Kia Sportage KX-4

Regardless of the options you spec up the CO2 emissions are 158g/km and and the fuel economy is rated at 46.3 mpg on the UK cycle.

With an updated acceleration time of 0-60 mph of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph, the Kia Sportage does better but still isn’t very sporty.

You should at least be ready to console yourself with the newly fitted toys. There’s a Parallel Park Assist system, engine start/stop and new scuff plates made out of stainless steel.

Kia Sportage KX-4

Kia Sportage KX-4

They do keep the regular setup there’s Xenon lights, automatic lights and wipers, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, cruise control, iPod connectivity and a few other toys.

In the UK the KX-4 version of the Kia Sportage will cost some £27.195 OTR for the manual model and £28.500 OTR for the automatic one.

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