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Sportage is categorized as compact SUV built by South Korean manufacturer Kia since 1993. The vehicle has four different generations. The first generation is from 1993-2004, followed by the second generation with models from 2004-2010, third generation with 2010-2016 models and fourth generation with 2016 model and onwards. According to the national highway traffic safety administration, the crash test has been given five stars however the Institute of insurance for road safety gave weak roof strength in a rollover. The worldwide sales figure of Kia Sportage falls between 0.331-0.428 million in the year 2011-2013.
Kia Sportage had a very short lifespan in the Pakistani auto market. The number of sales rose very high at the start and fell back to the ground very soon. People, in the beginning, were very gleeful with the vehicle as it gave an SUV look along with a reasonable price tag attached. However, all the perks ended soon when Kia Company packed up its operations from Pakistan. There were many cases where people had got their amounts stuck which were never received.
The first generation Kia Sportage had 2.0L FE I4, 2.0L FE-DOHC I4 and 2.0L RF diesel engine to choose from, with 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission. The latest model has 1.6 L I4 turbocharged petrol, 2.0L Nu I4 petrol, 2.0L Theta II I4 turbocharged gasoline and 1.7L I4 turbocharged diesel engine. The 2016 onwards model has 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
What is Kia Sportage price in Pakistan?
A decade old model of Used Kia Sportage can cost you under PKR 10 Lacs however recent models are going to cost above PKR 20 Lacs.
Available variants are:
Kia Sportage 2.0 EX 4x4 Automatic
Kia Sportage 2.0 LX 4x4 Automatic
Kia Sportage 2.0 LX 4x4
Direct competitors of Kia Sportage are Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Ford Escape and Hyundai Tucson is not present in the Pakistani market whereas Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are present. The number of cars of all the three vehicles is almost the same. None of the vehicles received a hearty welcome from the Pakistani auto world. It is seen that people are not very adaptive to such vehicles and prefer to go for cars which have their name in the country's car market since the very beginning. Even if the automaker is famous, the people of Pakistan have a very strict list of checkpoints which a car needs to complete and go through before it becomes a famous and a favorite vehicle in the market.
The resale value of Kia Sportage is terrible. The majority of the owners are done with the vehicle and are willing to sell, but the issue is that there is no buyer of the car in the market. There is no demand for the compact SUV, which makes no equilibrium position between the supplier and customer.
The popular model of Kia Sportage in Pakistan is the first generation as it is the only model widely present. The latest models are not present here, probably a couple of them with some Korean embassy. The vehicle was in its early stages only, when the company had to wrap up from Pakistan and leave, causing a dead end for Sportage.