1999 Kia Sportage

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1999 Kia Sportage Review

Low-priced sport utility meant for the road.

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Overview

The 1999 Kia Sportage is an affordable sport utility vehicle with plenty of power and comfort on the road and just enough oomph for off road use as well. While Kia does not offer the large dealer networks that other brands might have, vehicles like this are typically low-maintenance. For the price, it is hard to find a sport utility vehicle that beats the Kia Sportage.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Kia Sportage, Kia Sportage EX

What's New

The 1999 Kia Sportage is a new convertible, two-door SUV. This convertible sport utility vehicle comes in either four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive options. The four-wheel drive comes with five-speed manual transmission, and the two-wheel drive comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. The dual airbags for the front seats are new, and the knee airbag is also an additional for 1999 models of the Kia Sportage.

Exterior

The 1999 Kia Sportage comes in a number of color options, which includes evergreen green, violet mist, and white. The base model comes with four doors and has a closed top, and the Sportage EX comes in a two-door package with a convertible top option. These tops can be a bit difficult to handle. The Kia Sportage is rugged enough to be taken off road, but it is also appealing enough to be used as a family car. Overall, both models are easy on the eyes. Options include rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and special graphics.

Interior

The Kia Sportage comes standard with bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the back. The back seat also folds to allow for additional cargo space. Other standard features include a tilting steering wheel, power locks and windows, cloth seating, and power steering. Interior trim comes in gray, but other options for the interior include AM/FM/CD Audio system and air-conditioning.

Performance & Handling

The Kia Sportage performs exceptionally well for its price range. Lotus specially designed the suspension, and as a result, the Sportage has an extremely smooth ride that provides comfort and stability for everyone aboard. The high seating gives a great view of the road, and the ample, gas-conscious engine does a well enough job getting around town. While the off-road capabilities are not as great as some competing vehicles, the Kia Sportage does manage to be useful in four-wheel drive when the occasion arises. The 130-hp two-liter engine provides 123 lb-ft of torque.

Safety

The 1999 Kia Sportage comes standard with safety equipment such as anti-theft deterrent system, driver knee airbag, and driver and passenger side airbags. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated it ""marginal"" overall. During these crash tests, the IIHS rated its left leg and foot and the structure of the car ""marginal."" The restraints ability to reduce injury received a ""poor rating."" On the plus side, the IIHS rated its injury prevention abilities ""good"" for chest, head and neck, and the right leg and foot categories. The head restraints received an ""acceptable"" rating, and the bumpers received a ""poor"" rating. Despite the reliability of the ride, decent price point, and good list of features, safety is a bit subpar.

EPA Fuel Economy

Kia Sportage: 21/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

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You Won't Like

  • Off-road abilities are weak
  • Low payload
  • Small gas tank

Sum Up

Low-priced sport utility meant for the road.

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