Kia Sportage Priced Higher; Turbo Coming Under…$30K?

August 20th, 2009

The 2011 Kia Sportage is on its way to showrooms with a price tag of $ 18,995 – a considerable jump up from the previous edition, and just the first step on a ladder pricing that the Sportage sport a price tag of more than $ 30,000 could find.

The basic price of the new crossover wedgy is also the same as that of the 2010 Hyundai Tucson, which shares much of the performance of the Sportage gear, but is a radically different appearance.

Kia says the Sportage, from rolling on dealer level parties in the coming weeks, nearly $ 1,600 more than its predecessor, but does the price increase to a range of new features – everything from stability control and a technology package with Bluetooth, a USB port and Sirius Satellite radio.The base front-SUV comes with a six-speed manual transmission, it is expected to be less than 5 percent of sales account. She and all versions have air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors. Opt for the LX version with a standard six-speed automatic and the base price rises to $ 20,990, with added trim, such as LED daytime running lights. EX automatic, with standard 18-inch wheels, has a base price of $ 23,295.

We are driving the Sportage today in San Francisco, and sampled the Sportage EX in front-and all-wheel drive. Fully loaded, our test car had a priciest prize of $ 29,990 – quite a stunning number for a vehicle that has been a major pillar of the under-$ 20,000 crossover market.

And that is perhaps not the most expensive of all the Sportage. Kia VP of marketing and communications, said Michael Sprague future turbocharged Sportage will be aggressively priced, and says that the objective is to sports edition to get under the $ 30,000 price barrier. The optional packages such as a leather interior with heated seats, a large navigation system and a panoramic sunroof, the Sportage Turbo is sure to rise above the price of the former point – a risky area of longest running brand Kia’s nameplate, even with the promise of a class-leading engine turbo over 270 hp.

There is more to come on the Sportage, including more photos and our full review. Meanwhile, we are giving away a Microsoft Zune media player to a new car aspiring writer. Think you the best post about the new Sportage, Kia on, or a car-related topic to write? Just sign up to write for High Gear Media and Publishing. We choose a winner from a published message from August 1.

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