In my recent opinions that gave favoritism to the Koreans i was very appreciative of Hyundai and the engines they’ve been putting in their cars and I was particularly cheery about the turbocharged Sonata.
Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, has just announced that they’re going to offer the same sort of technology in terms of engine compartment offerings.
The Kia Sportage SX version now gets a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that develops 256 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque.
So how have the Koreans done that? Well, because the engine gets the benefit of direct-injection technology and a twin-scroll turbocharger.
Now that your Kia Sportage has the grunt, you may as well be capable of handling it and the six-speed automatic transmission is there to take some effort of your mind.
You can’t chose for a manual but you can pick between the front wheel drive version and the all wheel drive one.
If you’re satisfied with only two wheels driven from your Kia Sportage, the fuel economy figures should come in at 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Once you get past the figures it gets relatively simple and common just as the Kia Sportage is on European streets.
And since now the prices for the 2011 Sportage SX start from $26,490 for the front-wheel drive model and from $27,990 for the AWD model it may be much of the same presence in the U.S. as well.