2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX. An Inspiring Choice

Overview: 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L EX

2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI

Robinson House from circa 1846 was opened in 1969 as a museum and is one of the three buildings that make up the Oshawa Community Museum and Archives

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage has been around since the 2017 model year. And this compact crossover has been part of the Canadian automobile landscape for more than two decades with increasing popularity each year.

KIA applied a mild facelift last year.  Kia’s compact SUV is still stylish, but it is due for replacement. The new model will share the same platform with the Hyundai Tucson and will be launched as a 2022 model around mid-2021. However, we cannot confirm at this time when exactly the new Sportage will be launched in Canada.

The Sportage starts as the LX, in front-wheel drive, for $25,795 before freight and taxes, and in all-wheel at $29,295. All other trims are all-wheel-drive only.

Engine and Powertrain: 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX

Our tester, 2021 Kia Sportage EX with S Premium Package, had the powerful 2.4L GDI 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission (or Sportmatic as Kia calls it). This is the second from the top-of-the-range model.

The power delivery is sufficient and smooth on the highway cruising and passing. There is one front-wheel-drive model (LX FWD) and five AWD models; all are coupled with a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. The Magna Dynamax intelligent AWD system features a 50/50 locking centre differential. So, this Korean vehicle bears a not-so-insignificant amount of Canadian technology.

The engine sounds a bit like diesel and this is a characteristic of direct fuel injection. You will get used to it and will probably not bother after a while. This engine is not the most economical option in its class and we came up with an average of nearly 11 litres per km in mixed mode driving in the city and on the highway.

2.4-litre four-cylinder that puts out 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque

Driving Impressions: 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX

2021 Kia Sportage offers a firm and composed ride. In my humble personal opinion, this is the outcome of the passion to build the best vehicles in every class by continuous learning and using international talent. The steering is responsive. although we cannot define the Sportage sporty, it is fun to drive.

Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX

A day trip to Oshawa on a cold, yet beautiful day with the 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX  made us very happy

Interior: 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX

At first sight, Kia Sportage’s interior may look a bit outdated. However, the layout and functionality are still very good, if not better than in some more modern vehicles. The controls including the touch-screen infotainment system are easy to use and less distracting. The craftsmanship and material quality are of ages better than what a Kia vehicle could offer ten years ago. We found the rear seats comfortable with lots of head -and legroom. With the flat floor added, this is an important criterion in this very competitive class. There are drawbacks too: The tick C-pillars are a design feature of the Sportage and look beautiful and bold from the outside. However, they limit the visibility and you have to get used to it and accept its limitations.

Standard safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, tire-pressure monitoring system, emergency front braking and lane-keep assist make this model attractive. Some other features like adaptive cruise control come only on the turbocharged SX.

The front seats are very comfortable

The rear seats are spacious with an above-class leg and headroom. Wide opening doors make entry and exit easier

The cargo space is not as generous as the passenger room, but still practical and good for this class

Pricing and Specifications: 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX

Our EX Premium S tester, second from the top trim level, starts at $35,595 and with added $250 for its coat of Snow White Pearl paint, bringing it to $35,845 before freight and taxes. For pricing and specifications of our tester, 2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX Premium S, please see the window sticker below:

2021 Kia Sportage 2.4L GDI EX: Conclusion

Kia has made significant progress in vehicle quality and design. Especially in the rising SUV categories, Kia and Hyundai, its sister company launched good products and filled every market segment. The Sportage is no exception. Even if the new generation is not far from launch, the current model is a sensible choice in the crowded and very competitive compact crossover segment.

Due to Covid-10 pandemic still existent, the hygiene measures are tight and Integrated Automotive Research, the company that manages the KIA media fleet deserves accolades

For more detailed information please visit: http://www.kia.ca

Article by Varol McKars

Photos by Varol McKars and Serdar Yilgoren