Suv Car Of The Year – Whatever’s in the water at Kia headquarters is working, as the Sportage cruises to a second straight victory for the Korean automaker.
The 2022 Kia Sportage beat the all-electric Hyundai and Porsche, as well as the hybrid family Toyota SUV, to win Australia’s most desirable new car award, the 2022 Car of the Year award.
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This is the second year in a row that Kia has received our top award and is testament to the remarkable progress in quality, design, driving engagement and value of Kia’s next generation vehicles.
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The Kia Sportage redefines safety, technology, refinement and affordability in Australia’s best-selling market segment – the medium SUV.
With 11 affordable options starting at $32,445 for the Sportage S manual and extending to $52,370 (before on-road costs) for the fully equipped Sportage GT-Line diesel, there’s a Sportage for mid-size SUV needs and budgets . .
Not only did the Sportage beat the current winner of Best Medium SUV, the Toyota RAV4, to win this year’s segment award. It beat the impressive Porsche Taycan electric sports car and the reliable, practical and affordable Toyota Kluger seven-seat family SUV to win Car of the Year.
The judges praised the Kia Sportage in several areas, but chief among them were the Sportage’s safety features, which are standard across the board from the more expensive Sportage S to the more expensive Sportage GT-Line.
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The Kia Sportage’s long list of standard safety equipment includes everything its competitors have, such as autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and cross-traffic alert, but goes more further by offering systems such as blind spot monitoring and rear traffic signals. R not only has the ability to warn, but also intervene to keep you out of harm’s way.
The Kia Sportage also features a new central front airbag that prevents front seat passengers from hitting their heads in a crash. Some luxury car owners are already familiar with this feature, but the Sportage is one of the few cars in its class.
For starters, the Kia Sportage has grown in size this time around. It’s 175mm longer and rides on an 85mm longer wheelbase, meaning there’s more usable space inside, especially in the back seat and boot.
The cabin is a very classic affair, and the integration of technology and performance has been greatly improved before. The Sportage is best in class in terms of visual appeal and ease of use.
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Of course, the Sportage GT-Line has the most equipment, but even the Sportage S is fully equipped. It boasts a touchscreen infotainment system, wireless smartphone connectivity, LED headlights and taillights, alloy wheels and a full-sized storage compartment.
Judges tested all three manual packages in the Sportage and Car of the Year lineup at the start of the test. The more powerful 132kW 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and 137kW 2.0-litre turbodiesel are both undeniably good, and shift the focus away from the most affordable powertrain, the original 115kW petrol four-cylinder, which is capable and economic. .
Street sports are fun. The versions with the smaller wheel and tire package are the most comfortable to ride, but even the GT-Line diesel provides a very comfortable ride while adding a sporty touch to the port. – suspension.
The Sportage’s steering is light and good at balancing high-speed response with low-speed handling. Kia has unique handling and suspension work for the Australian market and delivers a stable yet comfortable ride on Australia’s worst road surfaces. This will ensure efficiency.
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Much is made these days about hybrid powertrains and their fuel efficiency. The Sportage doesn’t yet offer a hybrid option, but it doesn’t need to. Its range of petrol and diesel engines is highly efficient.
In tests, the diesel Sportage GT-Line (the heaviest and most powerful version) returned a fuel average of 6.5L / 100km, exactly the same on the same road as the hybrid rival the same RS.
The Kia Sportage is the new benchmark in Australia’s best-selling car segment and offers new levels of safety, affordability and refinement in its class.
View Car of the Year 2022 2021 View Car of the Year Winner 2020 View Car of the Year Winner 2020 2019 View Car of the Year Winner 2018 View Car of the Year Winner 2018 View Car of the Year 2018. 2016 See Winne What is an SUV ? Seriously no. Ask a dozen people and you’ll get a dozen answers. To some, it’s a four-wheel drive vehicle on a frame, similar to the original Jeeps that spawned the segment. For others, it’s the size of two boxes, with an opening loft and a place to relax on weekends. However, others define it as any hatchback more than a regular car. We can all generally agree on what an SUV should do, but not what it should look like. As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said when struggling to define pornography, “I know it when I see it.”
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Well, we know a great SUV when we drive one. A great SUV should inspire confidence. It’s a comfortable ride, capable of handling day trips and both snow and light off-road trails. SUVs should be spacious and each row should have room for both passengers and the things they are carrying. It must be safe and (relatively) effective. The stylish look doesn’t hurt either.
We’ve spent countless hours arguing over actual definitions, but we’ve yet to come up with a fairer way to distinguish straight cars from true SUVs than our years of testing and benchmarking. No matter how one defines the term, there is no denying that our 2023 SUV easily meets the diverse needs of the compact SUV segment in which it competes, and then some. It’s good to look at, great to drive, spacious, comfortable, efficient and a killer value. You definitely know what it is already. Introducing our 2023 SUV of the Year, the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the first all-electric vehicle to win our SUV of the Year award, redefines what an SUV can be. The Ioniq 5 is very modern with familiar form factor and handling to trade in a conventional SUV or crossover for their first electric. However, its packaging and performance are only possible with small, energy-dense motors. More importantly, the Ioniq 5 offers an 800-volt faultless electrical architecture, making it one of the fastest-charging EVs on the market (charging times that stop a competitor resting on the side of the road). At just $40,000 to start, it’s the cheapest car with this kind of technology on the market today. Simply put, no SUV in our incredibly diverse range of 33 vehicles more faithfully meets our top six SUV of the Year criteria than the new Hyundai Ioniq 5.
In fact, the styling of the Ioniq 5 is where you question the general status of an SUV. With a rear rake, no D-pillars, and just 6.1 inches of ground clearance—almost more than a Subaru Legacy sedan—the exterior is more “midsize hatchback” than “compact SUV,” Hyundai says. However, the Ioniq 5 is one of the most exciting mainstream cars to hit the road in a decade. Billed as an homage to the Hyundai Pony concept designed by Giugiaro decades ago, the Ioniq 5’s mix of 8-bit retrofuturism, sharp edges and unique lighting graphics is a familiar play on Gen X and Gen Y nostalgia.
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“I really like the style inside and out,” said digital director Eric Johnson. “It’s like a Trapper Keeper, which I could take Max Headroom to elementary school, but on wheels.” Editor Duncan Brady agrees. “I want to draw particular attention to the hash marks on the wheel arches and of course those bright red wheels.”
The interior design is just as successful as the exterior, even if some judges wish Hyundai’s designers had as much fun with the interior as they did with the exterior. out. The EV’s cockpit is clean, simple and intuitive, with dual 12.3-inch screens, an unbranded two-spoke steering wheel and a variety of physical buttons, knobs and switches. “Hyundai really sweated the details and noticed the user experience,” said editor-in-chief Ed Loh. “It’s a great transitional EV, new but familiar. There’s push button start, as most people understand, and lots of physical buttons to put it in gear and feel things with positive feedback. There’s no guess work or ability to check on some screens. Eyes determine your perception. It’s simple and elegant, which is absurdly difficult to achieve.”
The elegant plates are based on Hyundai Motor Group’s latest e-GMP architecture (Electric Global Modular Platform). This unique flexible platform, which is also available under the final Kia EV6 (SUVOTY) and Genesis GV60 (with subsequent Ioniq family cars), has allowed the three Hyundai Motor Group brands three fully electric SUVs different design with different wheel bases and tight points. the same