Powered by the all-new Kia Sportage, which was officially launched in South Africa on 21 October 2016, Kia Motors South Africa has officially set the record for the World’s Longest Test Drive Relay, announced by RecordSetter in Cape Town on Thursday, 20 October 2016.
“Compared to how the industry viewed the first arrival, which was with some skepticism, Kia’s compact SUV/CUV segment has come a long way. Hard work and a focus on what the customers are seeking have earned it the title as the most popular crossover in its segment.”
“It’s always good to have a Kia on our long-term test fleet. Especially a Sportage, the mid-sized soft-roader now so popular with British buyers that it accounts for a quarter of all Kias sold in the UK.”
Kia Motors recently teamed up with influential athletes to create a series of sports lifestyle films. Capturing the all-new Sportage in the lush and open landscape of Peru, the film series tells an emotionally moving story and captures precious moments of three unique athletes in action.
Kia Sportage, one of Kia’s longest running models, has been refined and perfected since the early nineties. Now in its fourth generation, the Sportage has emerged as one of the hottest compact SUVs on the market. One of the many reasons for the popularity of the all-new Sportage is its stylish and dynamic design. Among many impressive features, the carefully selected colors and design accents emphasize the Sportage’s attractive urban image. Recently, Kia BUZZ had the opportunity to sit down with the Mr. Jung-Jin Lee, Senior Researcher of the Kia Color Team, to learn more about the color development for the Sportage. Read on to find out more about the intriguing process.
“Whether you’re drawn to the new Sportage by its distinctively designed front end or in spite of it, Kia’s compact SUV only gets more appealing by the mile. Over two days and 450 miles of driving, the Sportage demonstrated strength after strength with refined driving manners, user-friendly operation and an accommodating interior. But the Kia didn’t stop impressing when the driving was done. Crunching numbers back in the office, the Kia proved a standout in predicted resale value, qualifying this well-rounded SUV as one of the segment’s smartest buys.”
“Now Kia’s oldest nameplate, the-fourth-generation Sportage, is far more pleasant, holding its own in a wickedly fierce segment that includes the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Fans of lucha libre will especially love the Sportage’s front fascia, though others might wrestle with the face.”
“The 2017 Kia Sportage attempts to address those issues, while giving the small SUV a reverse-mullet haircut in the process: Instead of “business in the front, party in the back,” the new Sportage has a cartoonish, bug-eyed face, juxtapositioned against a clean and stately tail.”
“But where the Sportage rewards you day-in-and day-out is with its on-road charisma. This is not a boring SUV. Acceleration is rabbit quick — and the SX-GDI even offers a Sport mode for a few more revs in the twisties. In a world where (my favorite 220-horse) hot hatches are in the Sportage price point, this grunt is a welcome addition to the family ute. As is the handling. The AWD system rotates beautifully and I tore up Oakland County esses with the nicely appointed chassis. When the venom seized me Mrs. Payne reached for the door handles — which are right where they are supposed to be.”
Global tennis sensation Rafael ‘Rafa’ Nadal has maintained a long and meaningful partnership with Kia Motors since 2006. Each year has been a whirlwind of excitement but this year is especially significant as it marks the tenth year that the King of Clay has served as our brand ambassador.