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Sportage vs Tucson

What Tips the Scale?

Both models offer greater agility and tighter handling than the average small crossover, albeit at the expense of cargo space. The larger turbocharged engine, available only in the Sportage, delivers standout power and performance for this class of crossover.

Our Verdict: KIA SPORTAGE

What's to Like About Tucson

The current model manages to look downright sexy for a crossover. It's sculpted along the lines of sporty hatchback that happens to ride high and have extra cargo room. Responsive steering and a sport-tuned suspension provide an unexpected level of driver involvement and satisfaction. The Tucson feels tight and nimble through all phases operation, so much so that buyers stepping down from larger SUVs might need time to get used to the Hyundai's responsiveness in daily driving.

The Tucson's cabin is also larger than the Sportage's in nearly every measurable, but the biggest difference is in its cargo room.

Power comes from a pair of four-cylinder engines: a base 2-liter and available 1.6-liter turbo making 164 and 175 horsepower, respectively. The 2-liter engine is limited to entry-level GL trim and can be had with a six-speed auto. The 1.6-liter comes with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Both engines offer significantly better fuel economy than the Sportage, making them the thriftier choices.

What's Different About Sportage?

The Kia carries its own distinctive styling, so it will never be mistaken for the related Hyundai. The look is robust and refreshing for a crossover in this price range and is likely to win some sales on its own.

Under the hood, the Sportage dispenses with the Tuscon's 2-liter and makes the 2.4-liter standard. Sporty SX models get a turbocharged 2-liter making 260 horsepower and more aggressive suspension tuning, making it perfect for buyers looking for more sportiness.

What Tips the Scale?

Both models offer greater agility and tighter handling than the average small crossover, albeit at the expense of cargo space. The larger turbocharged engine, available only in the Sportage, delivers standout power and performance for this class of crossover.

Our Verdict: KIA SPORTAGE



Information on this article was pulled from link: https://www.carsdirect.com/compare/hyundai-tucson-vs-kia-sportage

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