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2013 Kia Sportage SX: A Power-Mad SUV Owing To The Turbo

The Good: the engine of 2013 Kia Sportage SX‘s makes use of direct injection and turbo for generating horsepower of 260. The SUV form that is small makes it quite practical to be used for many purposes.

The Bad: Optioning the navigation deletes more advanced system of Kia’s UVO command for voice. Special cable is required for integration of iOS with stereo.

The Bottom Line: with turbocharged engine, 2013 Kia Sportage SX makes available more power compared to other small SUVs, though the cabin tech is quite average.


Quick Specifications

Available Engine  Gas
Body style  SUV
Trim levels  SX

Basic Properties Of Car

Style of body  SUV
Engine available       Gas
Trim levels      SX

Communication Bluetooth interface for phone Standard
Safety Features Smart airbags, stability control, Back-up cameras, antilock brakes Standard


Radio (satellite) Standard
MP3 system connection        Standard
CD-enabled MP3 system          Standard
Connection for USB:          Standard


Direction Finding

Trip computer  Standard
 traffic data (live)  Standard


Experience with Kia Sportage, when gas pedal is mashed, is like those in car-focused movies where hitting some nitrous button causes the car to be reared up, with front axle not staying on ground. The Sportage’s SX version gets almost uncontrollable power via turbocharger.

The car’s cargo area measures about 26.1 feet3, which is adequate for groceries stock or for some road trip, the space is enough for luggage of two. Rear seats do not fold flat perfectly, but it does double the area for cargo.

Sportage is offered by Kia in base, EX, LX or SX trims and all but latter is powered by 2.4-litre 4 cylinder engine. Every trim could be available with front-wheel-drive, though the all-wheel-drive is only optional on EX, SX and LX.

Direct turbocharged 2-litre injection engine sets SX separate in line-up. The motor is there dwarfed by engine compartment that looks much big for V-8. This little engine generates horsepower of 260 and torque of 269 pound-feet.

SX boasts of horsepower more by 84 compared to other trims of Sportage.

Highlighting the performance of efficiency technologies, SX rates at about 21mpg city, 28mpg highway during EPA test. Adding the all-wheel-drive gets the fuel economy knocked down by around 3mpg.

The Upgrade In Power
some years ago, a Sportage EX had engine of 2.4 litre that was enough for many driving situations though it made and odd whine at the time it was pressed. The turbo 2-litre of SX is very different. Flooring from stop, six-speed transmission that’s automatic allows the run up speed of engine near redline and at the same time, the torque of 269 pound-feet generates acceleration which lifts front end.

Front wheels don’t leave ground actually, but lessened grip could be felt in steering. One shouldn’t expect to hold any turn when car is under this acceleration.

If the turbo lag is tested, the performance is pretty good. Even when it is tested for everyday driving, Sportage SX performs comfortably. While starting from any spotlight, it shows a bit of uneven acceleration because of turbo but it worsens by transmission that has the tendency of seeking higher gears when possible.

A button of Eco is included by Kia too, which detunes the accelerator and doesn’t affect other functions of the car. For the ones who think gas pedal is very sensitive, Eco button comes into play to have it dialed back.It is required that manufacturers should also work on Eco mode to perform other functions as dialing down air conditioning.

In order to contribute towards fuel economy, power steering electrical in nature is used by Kia on Sportage SX which also manages in tuning it for a good feel while driving.

The suspension of Sportage SC displays tautness like of steering wheel. Ride feels more of rigid than being soft, and on rough road patches, it becomes uncomfortable as all the bumps are communicated to cabin. While speeding through the turns, suspension which is tightly tuned minimizes understeer, though it is difficult to prevent body when it tries to lean.

A descent mode is included in Sportage SX, but not having all-wheel-drive, it cannot be said that it would work peacefully. On wet areas and slushy hills and with the mode of gear selection manually, it ought to make the difference.

Old Cabin Electronics
Cabin electronics of Sportage SX look pretty tired comparing them to the recent Kia Cadenza as well as the generation of Soul coming up. The cabin technology suite of Sportage SX is the same as EX I some years back.

This model is available with the option of navigation, a flash memory-based solid system that has good integration of traffic data and response times. Touch-screen LCD works fine for the destination entry as well as shows some useful graphics that will be required to explain the turns that are coming.

If system detects traffic congestion on the route, it brings up dialogue box to ask if reroute was required. Some routing suggestions could be questionable given your own knowledge of any area, but such problems aren’t isolated to the navigation system of Kia.

Biggest issue with the option f navigation is the eliminations of UVO system, the voice command which gives control to drivers over iOS devices and phones connected with the car.

Even though it has navigation option, Sportage SX includes Bluetooth system to make hands-free calls. The system has a component of voice-command which lets one make calls saying out name of any contact in the phone. UVO system that’s without navigation and which is called by Kia the UVO that’s powered via Microsoft, would’ve included some latest voice control on music.

One other quirk associated with cabin electronics is the use of device cable for Y-adapter iOS. Kia mounts USB as well as port for auxiliary input for stereo that’s next to one another at console’ base. Plug USB drive in and stereo touch-screen interface shows folder and file structure for the MP3 tracks that are on drive.

Plugging in iOS cable doesn’t make anything happen. Kia has made available adapter cable to be used by iOS devices with 30-pin that have both a USB plug and 1/8 inch on an end. For latest iOS devices, 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter has to be added to cable. With every adapter in place, touch screen shows interface with complete music library, along with categories of genre, artist and album.

The stereo supports satellite radio and streaming of audio by Bluetooth as well, though HD Radio isn’t present. The new cabin electronics of Kia, as in Cadenza, don’t require any special adapter to be used by iOS devices. Also , it has HD Radio.

Sportage SX model has standard upgraded system of audio that uses seven speakers. The audiophile quality isn’t there but the music reproduction of system is good. It gives a good performance with bass, making use of its subwoofer for delivering stronger beats. In spite of bass response, panel rattle isn’t there in car.

High and mid audio reproduction happens to be mundane. The vocals sound somewhat hollow and vibrance isn’t present in highs which is typical with the audio systems that are average.

Sportage SX-A Powerful And Practical Package
2013 Kia Sportage SX shows practicality like that in any small SUV. Five could be easily held and small cargo space is offered that is suitable for needs of majority of families. The size makes maneuvering easy and automatic transmission of six-speed as well as steering tuning leads to driving that’s hassle-free.

Basics are well covered by cabin electronics. Standard Bluetooth would mean phone connections easy as well as music streaming and hands-free calls. Navigation system is a good addition, though it’s disappointing that this and UVO command couldn’t be offered by Kia in one package.


What sets Sportage SX really apart from the other trims of Sportage and many small SUVs happens to be the engine. Its turbo and direct injection give it much power that’s almost beyond that which a car could handle. Many people could live probably with engine of 2.4 litre in other trims though the power-mad would find Sportage SX to be the most suitable.

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