(Motorsport-Total.com/Motor1) – Thanks for the bonus: plug-in hybrids are very popular for SUVs. But not everyone can charge only at the plug. In addition, the end of government funding seems to be approaching. So Kia drives on several tracks.
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Kia Sportage Hybrid (2022)
The new Sportage, which has been available since April as plugging combination is on the market now can also be ordered as a complete hybrid. With the brand’s two best-selling SUV hybrids, more than half of Kia’s lineup is already connected. Three pure electric vehicles, five plug-in hybrids and three full hybrids can be found among the 21 models and model variants offered by the brand in Germany.
The new Sportage (buy a used Kia Sportage car now) hybrid is the second most powerful variant of the compact SUV after the 195 kW (265 hp) plug-in hybrid, with a range of petrol and diesel hybrids to choose from. from. It musters 169 kW (230 hp) and is available with front or all-wheel drive and in three versions Vision, Spirit and GT-line.
7 year manufacturer warranty also for battery
Advanced standard equipment includes, among other things, a large-format navigation system with Kia Connect online services, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and the latest high-tech aids such as highway assist and control system of navigation-based air travel. Prices start at 38,450 euros, and Kia’s 7-year manufacturer’s warranty also applies to the battery.
The Sportage Hybrid’s drive system combines a 132 kW (180 hp) 1.6-liter gasoline engine with a 44 kW (60 hp) electric motor and a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. By connecting the electric motor in the housing of the transmission (Transmission-Mounted Electric Device, TMED), the transmission can transmit the full power of the combustion engine and the electric motor in parallel, so that only a small loss of energy occurs.
The result, according to Kia, is agile acceleration behavior at all speeds and direct access to battery power available at high speeds.
It comes with Eco and Sport modes
With its impressive torque of 350 Nm, the Sportage Hybrid as a front-wheel drive vehicle sprints to 100 km/h in 8.0 seconds (AWD: 8.3 seconds, top speed 193 km/h) and consumes an average of 4.9 liters per 100 km ( 112 g/km CO2; AWD: 5.6 litres, 127 g/km CO2). The luggage compartment in the hybrid has a capacity of 587 liters (up to 1,776 liters with the rear seat folded down).
In addition to navigation and automatic climate control, the basic equipment of the hybrid variant includes, for example, LED headlights and LED fog lights, front and rear heated seats, heated steering wheel, parking brake electronic, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors. , rain and sunset sensor, power-folding exterior mirrors, three-split rear seats (40:20:40), roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Every Sportage Hybrid also has a two-step drive mode selection “Select Drive Mode” (Eco, Sport), settings that affect the transmission and engine control as well as steering assistance.
Trailer weight of 1,650 kg
Although these driving modes are primarily designed according to the road, the “Terrain” function (settings: Snow, Mud, Sand), which is standard on all-wheel drive models, also supports the driver off-road and ensures better traction. surfaces with sand, mud or snow.
And with its 1,650kg trailer load (broken down, same as 2WD and AWD) and the standard stability program trailer stabilization function, the Sportage Hybrid also puts down good figures as a towing vehicle, according to Kia.