Kapiti Observer : January 10th 2013
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Finance Available 5076794AA SUPER GARDEN TRAIL Waikanae Lions Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013 10.00am - 5.00pm each day 5020669AA Tickets available from Palmers Coastlands, Gus Evans Waikanae, Harrisons Pekapeka, Twiglands Johnsonville or from the gardens on the day For further info view www.eventfinder.co.nz email firstname.lastname@example.org or call John on 04 293 6607 Proceeds to Wellington Free Ambulance and Alzheimer's Kapiti Tickets $20 (Children free) 5052682AB Kia's rakish-looking Sportage SUV is now available with diesel power. Rob Maetzig drives the top model. Turbo-diesel: Kia's medium-sized Sportage Limited SUV. South Korea's Kia Sportage SUV continues to impress Anyone who wants proof that South Korea is on a roll as a world-class vehicle manufacturer, should consider this forecast regarding Kia: In the next five years it intends launching 51 all- new or updated models. Among new vehicles in the pipeline are a mid-sized sedan, a compact people-mover, a crossover vehicle, and a three-door sports model. To achieve all this, the company has increased its R&D budget for 2013 to US$2.5 billion -- which represents around 6 per cent of sales revenue, one of the highest R&D spend ratios of any vehicle manufacturer in the world. Late last year Kia Motors' vice-chairman Lee Hyoung-keun outlined all of this at a gathering of the company's top worldwide dealers and distributors. He said the plan is for Kia's brand power to be on a par with the best from Europe and Japan, and for it to enter the so-called list of ''first-class brands'' within that five years. Many would argue that when it comes to first-class product, Kia is already there. Vehicles such as the Optima sedan and the Sorento R SUV are excellent products that are helping the Kia brand develop a following of motorists who know improving quality when they see it. All of this came to mind recently when I got to spend a few days behind the wheel of one of the best models currently in the Kia fleet -- a turbodiesel powered Sportage Limited medium-sized SUV. This generation Sportage has been on the market since late 2010. When it was first launched it was available with 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol power only, but the fleet has since been joined by a couple of models that have Hyundai-Kia Group's very good R-Series turbodiesel under their bonnets. While the same series engine in the larger Sorento R is 2.2 litres, in the case of the Sportage it is a 2.0-litre unit that offers 135 kilowatts of power and 392 newton metres of torque. It's an excellent engine. All that torque is available from 1800rpm and it continues to make itself available through to 2500rpm, which is the revs band that motorists find themselves operating in almost all of the time. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and it works well to make good use of the engine's output. And it's all so quiet too, with the diesel note much less of a clatter and more of a muted burr. Nice. I've driven the R series turbodiesels a number of times in Kia and Hyundai product, and they really are among the best around. Not so good with this Sportage is the steering. I found it somewhat too light for my liking, and I suspect that with the Limited model things were made slightly worse by the vehicle being fitted with 18-inch alloys shod with 55-series tyres. Its Dynamax all-wheel drive system does offer a high level of handling security. But the on-road experience does feel too light. Dynamax has been developed as a continuous and fully active four-wheel-drive coupling system that operates incredibly quickly, to the extent it is able to distribute torque around the four wheels in a little as 150 milliseconds. The driver can manually select Lock mode for permanent all-wheel drive in really rough conditions up to 40kmh. This Sportage Limited has to rate as one of the best medium-sized SUVs on the market. At the Limited level it is also very well specified. Only hassle? It retails for $52,240.
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