Get ready for winter: 2019 Kia Sportage

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Christmas may be over and we are into the new year but winter still has us in its icy grip. That’s why I am continuing the ‘Get ready for winter’ series with the 2019 Kia Sportage. In AWD guise this Kia SUV is more than up to the task, wherever you need to go!

2019 Kia Sportage
The 2019 Kia Sportage is an evolution of the existing crossover design that has gone down so well with buyers. It’s simple, unfussy and inoffensive and while not as futuristic as some out there, it will be much easier to live with over the longer term. As keepers go, the Sportage is ready for the long haul.

The design is similar to previous models with a rounded front end, tiger nose, Kia badging, angled lights and simple lower sill. The fog light cluster and brake vents add a little interest while the rounded hood and raked windshield offer an aero look that rolls round the curved roof to the rear end.

The Sportage rides high and has short overhangs at each end. While not designed for off roading, this characteristic lends itself well to handling rough surfaces and snow. The AWD system and competent suspension helps with that, as does decent visibility all round.

Under the hood
The 2019 Kia Sportage is available with a 2.4-litre four cylinder that produces 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged 2.0-litre four that produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. In AWD, that reduces to 237 hp but you won’t notice that. Both use a competent automatic transmission.

The drive is good with enough power to propel the relatively light crossover to decent speeds and get you out of most situations. The drive is smooth and refined with little road noise and little body roll in corners. Despite the high ride height, it doesn’t feel like it will roll over if you take a corner too fast.

The 2019 Kia Sportage comes with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors and other safety tech to make it safe. The US NHTSA gives it five stars while the IIHS rated it as Top Safety Pick in 2018.

The Sportage is available in LX, EX and SX Turbo trims and offers everything from air conditioning and cruise control to navigation, Harmon Kardon audio and power liftgate.

The AWD 2019 Kia Sportage is easily capable of handling Canadian winters and does well other times of year too. Visit Georgetown Kia, 199 and 314 Guelph Street, Georgetown, Ontario to see it for yourself!
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