With over 94,600 units sold this year, the Sportage is the second best-selling vehicle in the Kia’s stable. Marketed as a compact SUV, the 2021 Kia Sportage fills the crucial void between the smaller Niro and the seven-seater Sorento. So, if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive and a spacious SUV, the 2021 Sportage should just do fine for you.
2021 Sportage comes in four different trims: LX, S, EX and SX Turbo. Pretty much, most of the safety features are available as standard right from the base trim. Some of the advanced features are available from EX trim onwards. The 2021 Kia Sportage rivals top contenders like the mighty Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the amazing Mazda CX-5.
The 2021 Kia Sportage is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Tucson. It is based on the Hyundai-Kia N platform with a unibody chassis structure. The chassis is made of 51% AHSS (Advanced High-Strength Steel), while the other parts are made of aluminum, fiber, and hard plastics. Moreover, Kia has used LWB (Laser Welded Blanks) components in 14 key areas to make it stronger and provide better protection during a crash, improved driving dynamics, and a quieter ride. Apart from that, the 2021 Sportage also comes equipped with plenty of safety and driver assistance tech. The base trim provides six airbags (dual advanced airbags at the front, dual side-curtain, and dual front seat), Hill-Assist Control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a driver attention monitor, and high-beam assist.
The S trim adds Blindspot monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The top of the line SX trim adds adaptive cruise control, parking assist, front and rear parking sensors. Sportage also comes equipped with 12-inch disc brakes at the front and 11.9-inch disc brakes at the back. As you floor the brake pedal, the vehicle comes to a halt from 60 mph in just 107 feet.
2021 Kia Sportage Key Safety Features
Kia has equipped its 2021 Sportage with all the safety and driver assistance features you expect. Some of the standout driver safety features and their functions are discussed below.
- Blindspot Detection Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: The BSD (also known as BLIS) helps the driver by detecting the presence of vehicles to the side and behind the vehicle with the help of sensors. This helps prevent crashes while changing lanes with vehicles hiding in the blind spot. The cross-traffic monitor alerts the driver about approaching vehicles from the side or behind when the vehicle is backing out of a driveway or parking lot.
- Lane Keep Assist: The LKA uses a camera to detect the lane markings in front of the vehicle and monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane. The system intervenes if the vehicle sways out of its intended lane by gently providing corrective steering action as needed.
- Advanced Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (AFCA) is a combination of an automatic emergency braking system and forward collision warning. FCW is a driver safety feature that uses radar, lasers, or cameras to detect other vehicles in front of the car. It provides the driver with visual, audible, or tactile alerts if the system detects an imminent collision. If the driver fails to take any action, the system intervenes and applies brakes automatically to avoid a collision.
- Smart Cruise Control- Also known as Adaptive Cruise Control, the SCC helps the car move automatically on the highway at a preset speed and distance from the car in the front. The system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s acceleration and braking with the help of inputs from the front cameras and radar.
The 2021 Sportage is Kia’s best-selling SUV for several reasons. However, the most compelling of them all should be the long list of safety and driver assistance tech. It is built on a reliable platform and this is not only impeccable in terms of safety but also offers a quieter ride and better driving dynamics. So, if you’re looking for a compact SUV that is high on safety features, then 2021 Kia Sportage is an excellent choice.
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