Economy & Efficiency
The new 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines offer impressive fuel economy and environmental efficiency for a 4WD vehicle.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with five-speed manual transmission has an official ADR81/01 combined fuel consumption of 8.2 litres per 100kms which, matched with its 58-litre fuel tank, gives it an effective range of up to 707 kilometres on a single tank of regular unleaded petrol (91RON).
According to the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide (www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au), the 2.0-litre petrol engine with manual transmission achieves a greenhouse gas rating of 6.5.
The new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel CRDi with six-speed manual transmission has an official ADR81/01 combined fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100kms which, matched with its 58-litre fuel tank, gives it an effective range of up to 816 kilometres on a single tank of diesel.
The Green Vehicle Guide gives the 2.0-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission a greenhouse gas rating of 6.5, a competitive rating for a compact SUV with off-road credentials.
The 2.7-litre V6 with four-speed tiptronic-style automatic transmission achieves 10.9 litres per 100kms for an effective range of up to 596 kms on a single 65-litre tank of regular unleaded petrol.
The new Sportage range offers a range of active and passive safety features as standard, with additional safety features available at extra cost should buyers desire.
All Sportage models are fitted with dual-circuit, ventilated, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and driver and front passenger SRS airbags as standard.
In addition, the new EX CRDi model features Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard for greater assurance in all driving conditions, reducing the risk of a rollover.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) uses wheel, steering angle and yaw sensors to detect when the vehicle is being driven in such a way that it may skid out of control and helps return it to a safer course by braking one or more wheels, reducing engine torque or both.
ESP is also available as an extra-cost option in the both Sportage LX Option pack and Sportage EX V6 Limited packs.
Side and curtain airbags are also available as part of the Option pack for Sportage LX and the Limited pack for both the Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi models.
All models have three child restraint anchor points and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, child safety door locks and five three-point seat belts.
All Sportage models feature fully independent suspension, comprising MacPherson struts with coil springs at the front and dual link rear suspension. Gas-filled dampers are fitted all-round for a comfortable ride and controlled handling at all times
The Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi models are fitted with an electronic 4WD system, efficiently and effectively delivering torque to the rear wheels when the system detects slippage in the front wheels to maximise driver control and vehicle safety.
In most conditions, the Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi operate in front-wheel drive for optimum fuel economy. However, when Sportage's sophisticated electronics detect slippage in either of the front wheels, 4WD mode is automatically engaged and up to 50% of the engine's power is transmitted to the rear wheels.
When driving off-road or in extremely slippery conditions, 4WD mode can be manually engaged by simply pressing the 4WD Lock button on the dash. Starting with a 50:50 split of power between front and rear wheels, the system will start to reduce the power going to the rear wheels once road speed reaches 30 km/h.
Sportage has a minimum ground clearance of 195mm, an approach angle of 28.8 degrees, a departure angle of 28.9 degrees and a break-over angle of 18.8 degrees, making it very handy in off-road situations.
All Sportage models have a braked towing capacity of 1,500kgs and turning circle of 10.8 metres.
Sportage LX is fitted with contrasting pewter grey-coloured bumpers and side sills.
Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi are fitted with pewter grey-coloured side sill mouldings, with the exception of the Cherry Black, Clear Silver and Smart Blue variants which come with body-coloured bumpers and sill mouldings to create a 'monotone' look. (NOTE: Smart Blue 'monotone' will be available from August 2007 production.)
Sportage LX is equipped with 215/65 R16 tyres on 16" alloy wheels, while Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi ride on 235/60 R16 tyres mounted on 16" alloys exclusive to these two models.
There was little need to improve on the practicality and design of the Sportage's cabin, although there are some minor changes between each of the three models to enhance the comfort and appearance of the interior.
Sportage LX comes with standard manual air-conditioning, a single DIN CD player and AM/FM radio with MP3 compatibility and four speakers, cloth interior, leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, remote central locking, power front and rear windows, front passenger grip handle and a rear cargo cover.
The Sportage EX V6 features a double DIN CD player and AM/FM radio with MP3 compatibility and adds tweeter speakers to the front doors and metallic finish to the front passenger grip handle.
Sportage EX CRDi adds a trip computer to the EX V6 specification.
Both Sportage EX V6 and EX CRDi can be further enhanced with the Limited pack, offering leather interior trim and sunroof (in addition to ESP and side and curtain airbags) for an additional $4,000 ($3,000 for the CRDi).
All Sportage models offer the versatility and load-carrying ability afforded by a 60:40 split rear seat, lift-up rear cushions and fold-down backrests to make the already spacious load floor area even longer and totally flat.
Luggage capacity with seats up is 667 litres, expanding to 1886 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
A sliding rear cargo cover hides luggage and other items from unwanted gaze and a cargo net helps keep loose items from moving around.
The final practical touch is provided by a flip-up rear window that can be opened independently of the tailgate, making it easier for owners to toss in smaller items like sports bags or shopping bags.
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