Background and Identification
The Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) manufactured by Kia Motors, a South Korean automaker, since 1993. Between 1993 and 2005, the Kia Sportage was classified as a compact SUV. The first-generation Kia Sportage was developed with a Mazda Bongo platform.
The first-generation Kia Sportage shares many mechanical components with the Mazda Bongo such as the engine, transmissions (in early versions), and differentials. The Kia Sportage was released in 1993 as a three-door soft-top convertible and five-door station wagon. Sales of the Kia Sportage in Europe did not begin until 1995. It was sold with a front-engine layout and either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Kia originally sold the Sportage wagon in standard length form, but in 1996 Kia released an extended length version that was mainly sold in Asian markets under the name “Grand Wagon” or “Sportage Grand.”
The Kia Sportage scored one star out of five in the Australian ANCAP crash tests, the lowest score possible. When tested in crashes, the Sportage experienced seat belt failure and the vehicle structure collapsed.
Kia automobiles can be identified by the Kia emblem, which includes the name “Kia” in capital letters (and stylized so the ‘A’ does not include a horizontal line) inside of an oval. The name ‘Sportage’ is sometimes included in Kia Sportage vehicles in capital letters.
Body and Chassis:
- Compact SUV (1993-2005)
- Compact crossover SUV (J) (2005-present)
- Body Style:
- 3-door convertible
- 5-door station wagon
- Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
- Front-engine, four-wheel drive
- 2.0 L FE I4 (gasoline)
- 2.0 L FE DOHC I4 (gasoline)
- 2.0 L RF I4 (diesel)
- 4-speed automatic
- 5-speed manual
- 2,360 mm (92.9 in)
- 2,650 mm (104.3 in)
- 4,030 mm (158.7 in) (2-door)
- 4,245 mm (167.1 in) (5-door)
- 4,440 mm (174.8 in) (Grand Wagon)
- Width: 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
- Height: 1,635 mm (64.4 in)