The Kia Sportage, now a hybrid, wins major awards in Brazil

The Kia Sportage, now a hybrid, wins major awards in Brazil

The 5th generation Kia Sportage, which has a mild hybrid system (MHEV – Small Hybrid Electric Car), was voted “Top Car of the Year” in the Car of the Year Awards, by Auto Esporte magazine. The model was also recognized as “Best Medium SUV” in the UOL Portal award and as “Best Car up to R$ 300,000” in “The Best Cars 2022, by Exame magazine” award.

The Sportage had already won, in 2011, the 44th edition of the Car of the Year, as “Sports Utility Vehicle of the Year”. Check out the main features of the new Sportage, now on sale in Brazil in two versions.


The biggest attraction of Kia’s SUV is the in-line Gamma II 4-cylinder engine, turbo GDI (direct injection), 1.6 liter, gasoline, and MHEV 48V Smartstream hybrid system, capable of producing 180 horsepower. and together (internal and electric. combustion) at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 27 kgf.m.

In addition to the engine, the 2023 Sportage has a complete exterior design and the introduction of an extensive list of ADAS technologies – Advanced Driver Assistance Systemable to provide more safety for vehicle occupants.

Sportage 2023 usage

The engine kit is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with two DCT clutches. With this configuration, the Sportage registered a performance of 11.5 km / l in the city and 12.1 km / l on the highway, always fueled by gasoline, according to Inmetro data.

Technology and security

Sportage is built on a strong and light platform, with 51% Advanced High Strength steel, which ensures a safe and comfortable ride in different conditions.

In both versions, the Kia Sportage has:

  • Driver Fatigue Alert (DAW),
  • caution to avoid the collision of the blind spots (BCW),
  • safety exit warning (SEW),
  • rear collision prevention and traffic monitoring (RCCW),
  • Route and Terminal Assistance (LKA/LFA),
  • high beam assist (HBA),
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA),
  • rear camera and dynamic parking guides (RVM),
  • front and rear parking sensors (PDW).

Advantages of the EX Prestige configuration:

  • frontal collision avoidance assistant including cornering (FCA-JT),
  • 360º vision cameras (SVM),
  • blind monitor with digital instrument cluster view (BVM),
  • Cruise control using congestion assist (SCC).

Also Kia Sportage technologies are: dual front, side and curtain airbags, electric folding exterior mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, brakes with ABS and EBD systems, front parking sensors and back, and the assistant starting the ramp. (HAC).

In addition, the EX Prestige version features 19-spoke wheels with a diamond finish, black and bright chrome exterior details, automatic air conditioning and “Dual Zone” front control.

Kia Sportage EX Prestige has 19” wheels with diamond finish (Photo: Kia | Advertising)

Also features of this mid-size SUV: seats with genuine leather upholstery, driver and passenger seats with electric adjustment, heating and ventilation, LED fog lights, induction phone charger and “Shift Paddles” for changing reverse gears from the steering wheel.

On the dashboard, there is an integrated curved screen with two screens of 12.3 each, which includes a digital panel of the “Management Group” and a Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The trunk lid, which has a capacity of 562 liters, provides electric start and program opening. The panoramic sunroof is also electrically operated.


The model has three driving modes (Eco, Normal and Sport), allowing the driver to choose the driving mode that suits him best. The goal of the development team, says the manufacturer, was to combine sports steering with precision and straight line stability (SLS) when braking and cornering at the same time (VSM and CBC). Not to mention smooth transitions at high speeds.

Still according to Kia, the engineers gave high priority to the dynamics of sports and confidence, and direct and quick responses. The Sportage has a new front suspension setup, independent, MacPherson type, coil springs and gas shock absorbers and, at the rear, Multilink.

Kia Sportage Warranty

The Sportage’s warranty is 5 years, with a 48V battery and MHEV system.

price and color

The Kia Sportage, which competes with the Caoa Chery Tiggo 7Pro, Chevrolet Equinox and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models, has a suggested price of R$228,990 for the EX version, and R$269,990 for the EX Prestige.

In Brazil, the Sportage is available in seven colors:

  1. Verde Aventura (metal),
  2. Infra Red (metals),
  3. White House (solid),
  4. Elegant white (pearlescent),
  5. Black Pearl (embellished),
  6. Lunar silver (metal),
  7. Penta Gray (metallic).


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