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                                 Kia Sportage EX
                                    Base price: $20,589

              Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon
                                      COMPLETE REPORT CONTENTS

Content                                                          Section

Detailed vehicle specifications                                       1

Capsule Review                                                        2

Road tests, reviews & related feature articles                        3

J.D. Power and Associates Power Circle Quality Ratings                4

NHTSA crash-test ratings                                              5

Kelley Blue Book detailed vehicle pricing & standard equipment        6
                          COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 1: Specifications

                                     Kia Sportage EX
                                     Base price: $20,589
                                     Vehicle type: front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon

Base price:                                    $20,589
Vehicle type:                                  front-engine, front-drive; 5-door 5-passenger wagon
Interior volume, F/M1/M2/R (cu ft)             56/NA/NA/48
Cargo volume, seats up/maximum (cu ft)         24/67
Wheelbase                                      103.5 in
Length/width/height                            171.3/70.9/66.7 in
Turning circle                                 35.4 ft
Curb weight                                    3344 lb
EPA city/hwy mpg                               19/25
Fuel-tank capacity/range                       17.2 gal/327 mi
Passive restraints                             driver and passenger front, side, and curtain airbags; rear curtain airbags
Bed capacity (cu ft)                           43.6-

POWERTRAIN                                     2.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6, 173 hp, 178 lb-ft; 4-sp auto

F                                              ind, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
R                                              ind, struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

F/R                                            vented disc/vented disc
ABS                                            standard

                                         Future Product Intelligence

2005 Kia Sportage EX Redesign on new Camry platform, to serve as a destination vehicle for older customers.
                          COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 2: Capsule Review

                                                Kia Sportage EX
Kia, which is to Hyundai as Chevrolet is to General Motors, is taking a page out of GM's playbook by basing its new
Sportage on the Hyundai Tucson, much as GM has done with Chevy's TrailBlazer, which appears under a bunch of brand

Although Kia retained the old name, the new Sportage bears no resemblance to its predecessor. Like the Tucson, it is built
on a strengthened and stretched Elantra platform that provides considerably more interior space than the old Sportage.
The new model also offers more variety, with a broader choice of engines, drivetrains, and trim levels.

The base engine is the Elantra's 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with a standard five-speed manual and an optional four-speed
automatic. For those who want more power, there is an optional 2.7-liter V-6 that puts out 173 horsepower and 178
pound-feet of torque. Although these engines appear to be adequate, both the Sportage and the Tucson would likely
benefit by offering the more powerful 200-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 option from the Santa Fe if they wish to be on a par
with such competition as the 200-horsepower V-6 offered in the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute.

The Sportage can be ordered with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, depending on model. The full-time four-wheel-
drive system senses when one or both front wheels lose grip and automatically diverts up to 50 percent of engine power
to the rear wheels. If necessary, the driver can engage four-wheel drive at low speeds, dividing power evenly, 50/50 to
the front and rear wheels.

The Sportage has independent front and rear suspension systems. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, fitted with 215/65
R-16 tires. The all-disc braking system has anti-lock with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) as standard.

Inside, the Sportage has a rear-seat design that lowers the cushion into the rear footwell and permits the backrest to fold
down to create a square-sided, flat-floor cargo area. This operation can be carried out without removing the rear head
restraints. With the rear seat folded, the length of the load area extends to 64.4 inches and longer items can be
accommodated by folding the front-passenger-seat backrest. There's also an internally carried spare-tire and a top-hinged
liftgate with a flip-up window.

Kia introduced the new Sportage at the Paris auto show in fall 2004 with the usual hopeful hyperbole, saying the vehicle is
"sure to be an instant sales success." Well, we'll see. This is a tough segment with lots of serious competition.
               COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 3: Reviews, Road Tests and Features

2006 Charting the Changes — Kia

October 2005

Kia is methodically revamping its entire lineup. Last year, it debuted a Spectra and followed it up with a Sportage. For
2006, the former gets a new transmission and the latter adds an air-filtration system. More significant, 2006 sees the
introduction of new Rio four- and five-door models powered by a new 110-hp, 1.6-liter DOHC CVVT four-cylinder engine. And
there's a brand-new version of the Sedona minivan, which will include a standard fold-flat-into-the-floor third-row seat.

Unchanged: Optima, Amanti, Sorento.

Select another manufacturer
               COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 3: Reviews, Road Tests and Features

Kia Sportage EX 4WD
Back from a hiatus in the think tank, this little SUV has a new mantra.


May 2005

According to Kia's president and CEO, Peter M. Butterfield, Kia is to Hyundai what BMW is to Mercedes. Translation: Like
BMW, Kia is focused on building sporty vehicles, while Hyundai, Ã la Mercedes, is bent on delivering more luxurious cars.
Before you get your Jockeys in a bunch and start bloviating about how Hyundai and Kia are really the same company and
BMW and Mercedes are distinct rivals, we know. And if you're thinking the Hyundai Tiburon is sportier than anything sold by
Kia or the Kia Optima is as posh as any Hyundai, yeah, we know that, too. Butterfield was referring more to how the product
line will look in the future and not how it looks today. Still, some of the present goods—namely, the SUV you see here—back
up his claim.

We picked up our EX test vehicle in San Francisco, and after a few miles
                                                                                                  THE VERDICT
traversing the rippled pavement of downtown, we found that Butterfield's claims
                                                                                            Kia Sportage EX 4WD
and Dickie's sport tuning quickly gained credibility. Compared with the Tucson,
the Sportage exhibited a noticeably firmer ride, the four-wheel independent strut
suspension relaying what seemed like every road imperfection through to the
driver's seat. The ride was never unforgiving—any initial sharpness seemed to get
absorbed rather than transmitted—but it did communicate the surface in detail.
For a so-called sporty vehicle, this is a good trait, giving the driver an accurate
sense of how hard he or she can push the tires. In the case of our Sportage, the
235/60R-16 BFGoodrich Traction T/As can be pressed for 0.75 g on the skidpad,
just 0.03 shy of the Spectra5. When not screeching on the skidpad, the Sportage
seemed to have a level of adhesion higher than its 0.75 g indicated. On the
winding roads around Santa Cruz, our EX test vehicle displayed minimal body roll
and maintained a flat feel through snug arcs. The steering was accurate and linear
but numb in feel, and it was the only control that offset the overall connected     Highs: Responsive ride and handling,
sense provided by the suspension and brakes, the latter delivering an impressive    high-quality interior, great warranty.
172-foot stopping distance from 70 to 0 mph.
Whereas the ride and handling imparted a sporty feel to the Sportage, the
                                                                                         Lows: Uncomfortable seats, tepid
powertrain did not. The 2.7-liter V-6—good for 173 horsepower and 178 pound-
                                                                                         engine, stubborn transmission.
feet of torque—felt generally sluggish, overburdened by our test vehicle's 3740
pounds. Comparatively, a four-wheel-drive V-6 Escape we tested in March 2001
                                                                                         The Verdict: Kia delivers a sport-utility
packed 200 horsepower yet, at 3491 pounds, weighed substantially less. The
                                                                                         vehicle—and just about succeeds.
Sportage rambled from 0 to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds and through the quarter-mile
in 17.6 ticks at just 79 mph, the former about two seconds behind numbers
posted by the Escape, not to mention a CR-V with a 160-hp four-cylinder. Not helping matters were the rather unrefined
nature of the engine, which tended to sound thrashy near the top of the rev range, and the obstinate behavior of the four-
speed automatic. Pin the throttle, and gears shift with the haste of a slug, the kickdown to the lower gear eating up enough
time for the driver to glare at the shifter and say, "Let's go!" Upshifts transpired at about the same pace, and like the
downshifts they occurred in less than a seamless manner. If there's a silver lining, it's the manumatic feature, which allowed
the driver to dictate shift points, thus alleviating some of the sluggishness.

                                           Kias used to treat passengers to subpar interiors with simple plastics, fit and finish
                                           that wouldn't have won any prizes, and noise levels not too far removed from those
                                           of heavy-duty diesel pickups mucking about in the mud. We are here to say this is
                                           no longer the case. Cruising down a freeway through Bakersfield was an exercise in
                                           serenity, with nary a noise emanating from wind or road. The materials—even the
                                           hard plastic covering the dash—have a premium look, if not feel, that belies the
                                           bottom-line price. There are even luxury cues (Watch out, Hyundai!) such as
                                           damped movement on the glove-box and sunglasses-holder doors. Ergonomics are
                                           excellent, thanks to a straightforward dash layout with easy-to-use controls.

We do have a complaint involving the seats. Our seven-hour drive from the City by the Bay to the City of Angels felt more
like 10, owing to the front seats' flat cushions and lack of lumbar support. Numb rear ends and fatigued backs were the side
effects. Making matters worse was the slick leather—it was difficult to maintain a secure position. We'd vote for more
supportive, bucket-like seats. And although we can't comment on the comfort of the 60/40-split back seats over an extended
drive, we can say the rear offers commendable levels of head- and legroom, as well as plenty of foot space under the front

Loading gear into the cargo area can be done via the liftgate or the back window, which opens separately. The dual opening
is a nice feature, as is the optional under-the-floor storage tray that's handy for concealing valuables.

The people who predict such things estimate that by 2009 the small-SUV segment
will account for 1.7 million units, a 38-percent increase from the 1.2 million units
sold last year. Since the Sportage is one of the few small sport-utes to come with
healthy doses of sport—plus its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and
vastly improved quality (indeed, Kia has demonstrated a 64-percent improvement
in initial quality over the past five years, according to J.D. Power)—Korea's "sport"
brand should have little difficulty moving its projected 45,000 units this year. It's a
modest piece of the pie and one that no doubt will be appetizing to those looking for
value, quality, and a hint of BMW X5.


After a two-year absence the Sportage is back, but did anyone notice it was gone? This segment of the market is packed with
offerings from every major manufacturer, and it's getting difficult to tell them apart. Kia needed to make a bolder statement
with the Sportage's exterior styling or under the hood with some extra muscle from its engine offerings. The styling is clean,
with the usual bulging wheel arches to give it that off-road look, but otherwise, it's just another face in a big crowd. A little
more power from the optional V-6 would help, too; 173 horsepower doesn't exactly hustle the Sportage's 3740-pound bulk
down the road.

Although unremarkable, the '05 Sportage doesn't provoke any negative reactions, which is not at all a bad thing. Decent in
the looks department, adequate in the power department, and loaded with features at a bargain price, the formula is tough
to beat. Neither Kia nor parent company Hyundai invents much of anything, but they're good at assimilating new stuff in
attractive, reliable vehicles that undercut their competitors by enough to make them hard to ignore. All things being equal,
I'd take a Honda CR-V over the Sportage without a second thought. But with a $2000-to-$3000 price advantage, the
Sportage suddenly becomes a lot more compelling.

The return of the Sportage might not change the automotive climate. In fact, some might not have noticed a temperature
change when it went away. Others might not notice its return. It resembles its slightly larger Sorento sibling so much that
you might have trouble picking it out of a police lineup. The Sportage isn't a bad design, quite clean, but does Kia's having
two sport-utes with similar dimensions, styling, and relative prices make sense? Honda has a pair of entry-level utes with
related specifications but radically different styles appealing to different tastes. With the sport-utility segment heating up
every year, it seems Kia should have thought a little more outside the box with its new design.

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door

Price as tested: $22,865

Price and option breakdown: base Kia Sportage EX 4WD
(includes $590 freight), $21,990; Leather package, $800; cargo
tray, $75

Major standard accessories: power windows, locks, and sunroof; remote locking; A/C; cruise control; tilting steering
wheel; rear defroster and wiper

Sound system: Kia AM-FM radio/cassette/CD player, 6 speakers

Type: V-6, aluminum block and heads
Bore x stroke: 3.41 x 2.95 in, 86.7 x 75.0mm
Displacement: 162 cu in, 2657cc
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Fuel-delivery system: port injection
Valve gear: belt-driven double overhead cams,
4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters
Power (SAE net): 173 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 178 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Redline: 6500 rpm

Transmission: 4-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Final-drive ratio: 4.04:1
4-wheel-drive system: full-time with automatic rear-axle engagement and an open front differential
Gear - Ratio - Mph/1000 rpm - Max test speed
I - 2.84 - 6.8 - 44 mph (6500 rpm)
II - 1.53 - 12.6 - 82 mph (6500 rpm)
III - 1.00 - 19.3 - 115 mph (6000 rpm)
IV - 0.71 - 27.2 - 115 mph (4200 rpm)

Wheelbase: 103.5 in
Track, front/rear: 60.6/60.6 in
Length/width/height: 171.3/70.9/66.7 in
Ground clearance: 7.7 in
Curb weight: 3740 lb
Weight distribution, F/R: 58.3/41.7%
Curb weight per horsepower: 21.6 lb
Fuel capacity: 17.2 gal

Type: unit construction
Body material: welded steel stampings

SAE volume, front seat: 56 cu ft
rear seat: 48 cu ft
cargo, seats up/down: 24/67 cu ft
Practical cargo room, length of pipe: 126.5 in largest sheet of plywood, l x w: 64.0 x 39.8 in
no. of 10 x 10 x 16-in boxes, seats up/down: 13/39
Front-seat adjustments: fore-and-aft, seatback angle;
driver only: front height, rear height
Restraint systems, front: manual 3-point belts; driver and passenger front, side, and curtain airbags
rear: manual 3-point belts, curtain airbags

Front: ind, strut located by a control arm, anti-roll bar
Rear: ind, strut located by 1 trailing link and 2 lateral links, anti-roll bar

Type: rack-and-pinion with power assist
Turns lock-to-lock: 3.1
Turning circle curb-to-curb: 35.4 ft

Type: hydraulic with vacuum power assist and
anti-lock control
Front: 11.0 x 1.0-in vented disc
Rear: 11.2 x 0.4-in vented disc

Wheel size/type: 6.5 x 16 in/cast aluminum
Tires: BFGoodrich Traction T/A, P235/60R-16 99T M+S
Test inflation pressures, F/R: 30/30 psi
Spare: high-pressure compact

Zero to 30 mph: 3.3
 40 mph: 5.1
 50 mph: 7.5
 60 mph: 10.2
 70 mph: 13.3
 80 mph: 17.8
 90 mph: 23.6
Street start, 5-60 mph: 10.6
Top-gear acceleration, 30-50 mph: 5.2
 50-70 mph: 6.6
Standing 1/4-mile: 17.6 sec @ 79 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 115 mph

70-0 mph @ impending lockup: 172 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.75 g
Understeer: minimal moderate excessive

EPA city driving: 19 mpg
EPA highway driving: 23 mpg
C/D-observed: 19 mpg

Idle: 43 dBA
Full-throttle acceleration: 75 dBA
70-mph cruising: 66 dBA
                      COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 4: Vehicle Quality Ratings

Power Circles were designed as an easy-to-use system for rating products and services.Please note: Power Circle ratings are
based on surveys sent to more than 50,000 new-vehicle owners nationwide. These ratings do not include all information
used to determine J.D. Power and Associates awards.

No data available for this vehicle.

About J.D. Power and Associates
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responses from millions of consumers worldwide. We do not rely on "expert opinion." Our product and service rankings in no
way reflect the opinions or preferences of the firm, and we do not review, judge or test products and services ourselves.

We represent the voice of the customer by translating survey responses into information that companies worldwide use to
improve quality and customer satisfaction, as well as to help consumers make better decisions. J.D. Power and Associates
has developed and maintains one of the largest, most comprehensive historical customer satisfaction databases in
existence, which includes feedback on virtually all aspects of the shopping, buying, and product and service ownership
                          COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 5: Crash Test Ratings

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP)crash tests cars,
light trucks, sport-utility vehicles, and vans that are new, popular, redesigned, or have improved safety equipment. These
vehicles are then rated on how well they protect drivers and passengers during frontal and side collisions. NCAP uses a five-
star system for rating vehicles, with five stars indicating the highest safety rating and one star the lowest. Although it is
impossible to assess how well a vehicle provides protection in all circumstances using a single test, NCAP ratings provide a
useful basis for comparing vehicle safety.

For more information, visit http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

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About the NHTSA:
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from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles
and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local
highway safety programs. NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards,
helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats
and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer
information on motor vehicle safety topics. NHTSA also conducts research on driver behavior and traffic safety, to develop
the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvements.
                            COMPLETE REPORT SECTION 6: Kelley Blue Book

Kia Sportage EX
                                                                                       BASE INVOICE           BASE MSRP
44242 2WD Sport Utility 4D (Auto)
Price With Destination Charge and Required Equipment                                      19,565.00            20,890.00


                                                                                           INVOICE               MSRP
Base Pricing                                                                              18,975.00            20,300.00
Destination Charge                                                                          590.00              590.00
Required Minimum Equipment                                                                   0.00                 0.00
Price with Destination Charge and Required Minimum Equipment                              19,565.00            20,890.00

Note: Base price does not include optional equipment, advertising or other dealer costs. See links above to view and select
optional equipment.

For more detailed pricing please visit www.kbb.com.

                                                 OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT
-- \Models w/V6 2.7L Engine                                                                  STD                  STD
- (N/A Models w/4-Cyl 2.0L Engine)
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-- (4) P235/60R16 \Models w/V6 Engine                                                        STD                  STD
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                                                 STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Alternator, 90-Amp
Axle Ratio, 4.53
Battery, 60-Amp
Brakes, Power F&R Disc
Braking System, F&R Anti-Lock
Clock, Digital
Clock, Digital (Stand Alone)
Console, Overhead w/Storage
Cup Holders, F&R
Defroster, Rear Window
Door Locks, Power
Drivetrain, 2WD
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter
Fuel Filler Door Release, Remote Control
Fuel Tank, 15.3 Gal Cap
Glass, Rear Privacy
Light, Cargo Comp't
Mirrors, Dual Power
Mirrors, Dual Visor Vanity
Power Outlets, F&R
Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/CD
Restraint System: Dual Front, F&R Head Curtain & Front Side Impact Air Bag
Roof Rails
Seat, Split Folding Rear
Seats, Cloth Bucket w/Flat Fold Passenger's
Seats, Cloth Bucket w/Split Folding Rear
Skid Plate, Front
Skid Plates, Front
Stability Control
Stability Program, Electronic
Stabilizer Bars, F&R
Steering Wheel, Tilt
Steering, Power
Table, Rear Seatback
Tire, Limited Use Spare
Tires, (4) P215/65R16
Tow Hooks, F&R
Towing Cap, 1500-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)
Traction Control
Trans, 5-Spd Manual w/Overdrive
Trans: Manual, 5-Spd w/Overdrive
W/S Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Wheels, Alloy
Windows, Power
Wiper/Washer, Rear Window
Axle Ratio, 4.63
Console, Floor w/Storage
Trans, 4-Spd Automatic w/Overdrive
Trans: Automatic, 4-Spd w/Overdrive
Alternator, 120-Amp
Axle Ratio, 4.04
Battery, 68-Amp
Engine: V6, 2.7 Liter
Fuel Tank, 17.2 Gal Cap
Speed Control
Tires, (4) P235/60R16
Towing Cap, 2000-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)
Alarm System
Cargo Cover
Cargo Net
Cladding, Lower Body Side
Entry System, Keyless Remote Control
Fender Flares
Floor Mats
Floor Mats, F&R
Fog Lights, Front
Mirrors, Dual Heated Power
Moldings, Wheel Lip
Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/CD, Cassette & MP3
Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped
Sun Roof, Power
Trip Computer
Special fees, credits and incentives
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