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The fact that the Kia Sportage 2021 was one of the first vehicles of this type in 1993 is lost in this show. If you don’t want to go under, you have to go new ways – and Kia is ready for it. The Hyundai subsidiary from Seoul is currently proving this in electromobility. Eight models are powered by a mild hybrid, two are fully electric on request: Sportage’s little brother, the Kia e-Niro.
The Kia Sportage, which is around ten centimeters longer at 4.49 meters, has not yet mastered the battery-electric drive mode: but it is well on the way to doing so. In our last test with the 2019 model, we were able to try out the South Korean’s first mild hybrid diesel: the 2.0 CDRi EcoDynamics +. In the model year 2021, the self-igniter supported by a starter generator is no longer a novelty: it will become standard.
The new standard applies to all three diesel units, which complete the engine range with the two petrol engines. All three diesel engines can, therefore, be decorated with the addition “EcoDynamics +”. But what is behind it and how much plus does the mild-hybrid diesel bring? There are essentially three components behind the name of the mild-hybrid system: the 12 kW mild-hybrid starter generator, a 0.44 kWh small lithium-ion battery, and a DC converter – it regulates the energy exchange between the 48V and 12V on-board power supply.
The 48-volt network is new. It has the advantage over the usual 12-volt start/stop systems that it can also be used while driving. The Kia Sportage 2021 Hybrid automatically switches the engine off, for example when braking or coasting, to save fuel. Another advantage is more important: the stronger network makes the use of the powerful starter generator possible in the first place.
Mild hybrid diesel
And what does a stronger starter generator bring? It can recuperate more energy – which in turn should benefit the Sportage’s consumption and exhaust emissions; besides, the generator can actively help with driving. The help is undoubtedly felt in the diesel engines in the new Kia Sportage 2021, especially in the two weaker diesel engines: the 1.6 CRDi EcoDynamics + with 115 and 136 hp (combined fuel consumption: 4.2-4.9 liters per 100 km, 110-130 g / km CO2 and energy efficiency class A-A +).
The extra thrust is particularly good for you: especially in the phases when the turbocharger has little pressure – specifically under approx. 1,500 to 2,000 revolutions. Only then will the 280 or 320 Nm of torque grab at full strength. The work of the small electric motor can also be felt indirectly, even when the engine starts while driving. It turns out to be extremely gentle and therefore hardly noticeable.
The work of the mild hybrid system is not hidden in terms of consumption either. Compared to diesel engines without a starter generator – which will be out of the program in the model year 2021 – the “EcoDynamics +” fraction requires around half a liter or ten percent less.
The standard consumption value with the 4 in front of the decimal point is still illusory: especially with the variants with all-wheel drive and with the mild-hybrid debut 2.0 CRDi 185 AWD EcoDynamics + (combined fuel consumption: 5.1-5.7 liters per 100 km, 138-149 g / km CO2 and energy efficiency class AB). It always distributes its power to all four wheels, either via a manual 6-speed gearbox or an 8-speed automatic.
In both versions, it accelerates the Kia Sportage 2021 from 0 to 100 in less than 10 seconds and the Sportage from six to six and a half liters is okay for us. Nevertheless, the switch to mild hybrid diesel also has negative sides. A detail from the technical data causes us to shake our heads incomprehensibly.
Whether petrol or mild hybrid diesel – Kia has also certified all engines for the 2021 model year by the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. However, since this standard will be replaced by the stricter Euro 6d on January 1, 2021, engine typing makes no sense. The fact that Kia is in good company doesn’t change that.
Sportage 2021 with a larger touchscreen & new online services
A second negative aspect of the mild hybrid variants is the smaller trunk. The additional components reduce the storage volume of the Kia Sportage 2021 from 503 to 439 or from 1,492 to 1,428 liters. Certainly: there are compact SUVs that are less inviting, e.g. the Audi Q2 with 405, the Toyota CH-R with 377 or the Opel Grandland X with 410 liters. But there are also C-segment specimens that pack away a lot more: not least the Tiguan with 615 to 1,655 liters.
The detour to the land of defects and flaws is now over – there is nothing more to see in this category in Sportage 2021. In the area of preferences, we can very well note further additions. One advantage: The hybrid diesel will be available in additional equipment lines in the model year 2021. Kia also offers 1.6 CRDi 115 in the second line “Vision”. Conversely, the 1.6 CRDi 136 can be ordered for the Sportage Edition 7, i.e. in the basic configuration.
Visually, Kia has also improved the lower Sportage equipment. The compact SUV also carries the typical SUV underride protection in the “Vision” and “Spirit” lines – provided that either the “Assistance” or the “Technology” package is supplemented (for 1,390 and 990 euros, respectively). The South Koreans have added or upgraded the standard equipment; namely with the Kia radio.
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The basic infotainment is now operated via an 8 inch instead of a 7-inch touchscreen. The smartphone integrates the system as standard via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, the radio programs are received digitally (DAB +). The navigation system is standard from the “Vision” version. New to it are the “UVO Connect” online services and the “UVO” app. With this you can plan your routes conveniently on your mobile phone and call up the most important Sportage data; they provide you and the navigation system with useful real-time information. Knowledge is power, they say. Kia may continue to set the pace with this small facelift.
Are you looking for a compact SUV with a clean drive? In our car dealership online you will find it among our inexpensive new cars! Three examples: the Ford Kuga Hybrid from 24,554 euros and 26.4% or monthly rates of 251 euros, the Peugeot 3008 plug-in hybrid from 38.8906 euros and 15.8% or monthly from 456 euros or the Toyota C -HR Hybrid from 24,574 euros and 18.1% new car discount or 244 euros per month. The financing also offers us a wide selection: our car leasing or our Vario financing from 0.9% effective interest and 0 € down payment.