2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD Review – A Stealthy Crossover

The 2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD generation doesn’t look anywhere near as the original Sportage, not only that but the SX trim offers the real “power to surprise” as it actually packs a real punch. The Kia Sportage is Kia’s long running compact SUV offering since the early 2000’s and ever since it was introduced it kept evolving and maturing.

2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD Review - A Stealthy Crossover

The 2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD is a Teeny Tiny Wedge-Shaped Minivan, and It’s Just Perfect

The 2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD departs from its original silhouette resembling a tiny SUV, the current generation is more wedge-shaped and streamlined much more resembling an oversized compact hatchback. This is emphasized up front where the lights are positioned higher than the grille giving it a van-like appearance. At the sides it’s a mix between an MPV and compact hatch silhouette. At the back, the styling gets back to its SUV looks where it looks beefy, perhaps an SUV-looking front end would have been a better look for the Sportage. Under the hood is a sleeping powerhouse, a four cylinder turbo with a displacement of just 2Liters but packing 240hp and 260lb-ft of torque at a low 1450rpm making it zip past anything really quick. The SX trim is packed to the gills with features which only leaves one option to go for a FWD stock, or an AWD optional.

The whole cabin in the 2016 Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD just shows quality and that it hides the fact that this car costs less than what it looks like. The cabin has a European vibe than your typical Korean value-oriented interior; well laid out controls, soft touch surfaces, chrome trim on the vents, and an airy-feeling panoramic sunroof. Premium features include dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, a Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated seats and heated steering wheel to name a few. The SX trim is fully featured it brings bang for your buck in features plus it packs a punch in performance too.

The 2016 Kia Sportage SX Turbo 2.0 FWD is quick, like a hot hatch, the crossover zips in and out of traffic and stoplights like it was a smaller car. Ride quality is a bit on the harsher side thanks to those sport suspensions but it’s for body control when you’re flinging the crossover around those corners. It’s fun.


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