Kia has added a new trim level to their successful Sportage line-up. It’s called the SX Turbo and is powered by a Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine with an output of 256 HP. These figures make it the most powerful model in the line-up. Next to the impressive engine, the SX version will also get distinctive features on both the exterior and interior.
"Sportage offers an ideal mix of performance, fuel efficiency and utility for the discriminating compact CUV buyer," said Michael Sprague, vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "With the addition of a more powerful Turbo GDI engine, unique interior appointments and improved performance, the Sportage SX makes an already appealing CUV even more fun to drive."
The new Kia Sportage SX will go on sale later this month, with prices starting from $25,7952 for the FWD version and at $27,2952 for the AWD version.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Kia Sportage SX Turbo.
Exterior and Interior
The new Sportage SX model will be distinguished by a more powerful presence thanks to its new unique 18" alloy wheels, a signature SX grille, dual exhaust, and special side sill moldings.
The interior will also be updated with standard aluminum door sills and a sleek new supervision gauge cluster. Customers will have the possibility to opt for a new Orange and Blue interior color packages. The Orange package includes orange stitching on the steering wheel, center console, and seats coupled with orange accents on the door panels and air vents. A unique blue patterned cloth seat and blue interior accents are included as part of the Blue Color Package.
Kia has placed a Theta II 2.0-liter Turbo GDI engine under the hood that delivers a total of 256 HP and 264 pound-feet of peak torque. This engine delivers an incredible 27 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient turbo-equipped compact CUV on the market.
Next to the new engine, the SX version also gets a sport-tuned suspension featuring firmer shock and strut rates for improved handling and dynamic performance.
The new Kia Sportage SX will go on sale later this month, with prices starting from $25,7952 for the FWD version and $27,2952 for the AWD version.
The biggest competitor for the Kia Sportage is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The problem is that the Mitsubishi model is powered by a 2.0-Liter inline-4 engine that delivers only 148 hp at 6000 rpm and 143 lb.-ft. of torque at a lower 4200 rpm. So, that computes to about 100hp less than the Sportage SX Turbo at about the same price as the Kia. The top version Outlander sells for a starting price of $26,795.
Another more expensive model that can compare to the Sportage SX Turbo is the Acura RDX. The RDX model starts off at $32,620. It is powered by 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 HP at 6,000 rpm with 260 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The power is a bit closer to the Kia, but the RDX only delivers 24 mpg on the highway, 3 mpg less than the SX.
New sports suspension
Cheaper than competitors
More powerful and more fuel efficient than competition
The interior could have been a little bit sportier