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2005 Kia Sportage

2005 Kia Sportage Review

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Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

SAN FRANCISCO Perhaps you didn't notice, but Kia's small SUV has been absent for nearly three years. The Sportage's return is made possible by the Hyundai Tucson, which handed over its platform, body structure, and powertrains to little brother Kia, which, as usual, was free to tweak them in an effort to distinguish its own vehicles from those of its corporate benefactor.Chief tinkerer of the trickle-down goods is director of product quality Gordon Dickie, an affable Scotsman who arrived at Kia Motors America after stints at Volvo and Mazda. Whereas the Tucson suffers from the soggy suspension and insipid steering that afflict many Korean cars, including much of Kia's lineup, Dickie and his team grasped for a higher ride-and-handling bar for the Sportage. The resulting vehicle is surprisingly decent to drive, with firmly damped suspension, reasonable steering feel and feedback, strong brakes, and a big dollop of body control on top of it all.

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