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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the 2011 Kia Sportage. The newest Sportage is a significant departure from any of its previous models which lets just say where not the prettiest cars on the road.

The new Sportage is a complete contrast to the old model. The new one looks great and seemingly from a different manufacturer. The new model is not a copy of any existing models by other manufacturers but something a bit different. Kia will get more buyers and respect for it that's for sure.

The latest Sportage uses the hardware from it's sister car the Hyundai ix35 which means a similar result? Read on...  

Kia Sportage
Honda CRV

Exterior design of the latest Kia Sportage is very appealing. Kia has used both the latest European and Japanese design themes that do not result in a 'copy'. We think it is a stylish car that looks suitable for both young and old male and female drivers. It has better real life proportions than the Hyundai ix35. Take the badges off and it could be a model from any of the leading manufacturers.

However the interior of the new Kia Sportage does not reflect the edgy exterior that you'd expect. You would expect a similar interior but instead you get a curvy dash similar to the ix35. The quality of materials is similar to the Hyundai and has some nice metal touches on some controls which give it a more expensive ambience than the ix35. It has more - dare I say Honda like styling to it.

Just because the cheapest model is well - a bargain compared to the others doesn't mean that you have to look like you have a cheap car and the Sportage looks great for the price.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Kia Sportage
2010 $25,990 - 38,990 AUD



Mechanically the Kia has either a 2 wheel drive version and AWD versions with petrol and diesel engines. It is not a proper 4WD but in this class that doesn't really matter? The engines and presumably gearbox are the same as those on the ix5.

Overall it looks like a decent car that can sell based on style. However Kia and Hyundai have admitted, they have to improve their suspension tuning to be competitive on the road in countries other than their home - Korea.

If we wanted a city based car we would pick the Sportage over the Holden Captiva (easily), Hyundai ix35, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4 but would still ultimately pick the CRV despite the higher price tag for now. If the budget doesn't stretch then YES I would consider the Kia Sportage and so should you!

The new Sportage is on the to test drive list for us.

Honda CR-V Kia Sportage

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 valve VTEC EFI
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL 4 Cylinder (G4KD)
IL4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 Valve
2 Litre (1998cc)
Claimed 122Kw @ 6200RPM
Claimed 197Nm @ 4600RPM

IL4 Cylinder (G4KE)
IL4 DOHC Petrol
DOHC 16 Valve
2.4 Litre (2539cc)
Claimed 130Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 227Nm @ 4000RPM

IL4 Turbo Diesel (D4HA)
IL4 DOHC 16 Valve Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
2 Litre (1995cc)
Claimed 135Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 392Nm @ 1800-2500RPM

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1482 - 1588 Kg
Towing capacity up to 1600kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 63 litres
IL4 2.0 Petrol 8.7 litres per 100km
IL4 2.4 Petrol 9.2 litres per 100km
IL4 2.0 Diesel 7.5 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Tyre size:
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1635/1855
Overall length/Wheelbase 4420/2640
4WD system: 2WD or on-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: ?/5
Tyre size:
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance xxxmm
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $25,990 - 38,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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