As for cars, there is also the French cultural exception. Thus, our country has long been the only one in the world where That sold more cars than its parent brand, hyundai. If the situation was reversed last year, Kia intends to regain dominance from 2022. To do this, the first months of marketing the new sports it will be crucial. His Hyundai counterpart, the tucsonIt has, in fact, sold more than 17,700 copies, in our country, in 2021, while the Sportage, at the end of its life, only found 6,236 customers. The arrival of the 5th generation of the latter puts everything flat. From now on, these two “brothers” play on equal terms. And the panoply is numerous: gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and, the one that will probably be the most demanded among us, the hybrid.
in this configuration full hybrid, this duo hardly knows any rivals. In fact, among the general manufacturers, only Ford, with its Plague 2.5 Duratec Hybrid 190 hp, which offers the advantage of being able to drink bioethanol in its two-wheel drive version, Honda, with its aging CR-Vand Toyota, with the Rav4offer an alternative. Despite this weak resistance, the Koreans spare no effort to seduce. They thus offer the highest level of power, 230 hp, in this category. They also offer, under the names HTrac in Hyundai and 4×4 in Kia, the possibility of all-wheel drive.
To perfect the presentations, let’s evoke the two occupants of the engine compartment. On the left, the well-proven 1.6 T-GDi, a four-cylinder that here develops 180 hp. On the right, a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 44.2 kW or 60 hp. The maximum combined power is thus 230 hp, while the maximum torque reaches 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm. Power and force are then sent to the drive wheels through a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Practicalities: everyone has their own weapons
Built on the same foundation and operating within the same category, the Sportage and Tucson naturally offer very similar interior space. In one case as in the other, four adults will find their comfort, both in the front and in the back. We can still credit the Kia with a slightly softer bench seat. Among compact SUVs, however, both do not particularly stand out for their size/habitability ratio. The lack of brightness on board is also a point shared by these cousins. In question, a particularly high body line in the rear seats and, in most cases, uniformly black interior trim. By opting for the panoramic glass sunroof, the atmosphere on board changes radically. But this equipment is reserved for the high-end finishes of these SUVs or requires reviewing the list of options for intermediate versions.
In terms of luggage volume, the Sportage is also average at 587 litres. A figure that increases to 1,776 l, one of the best values in the category, once the rear seat is completely folded down. The Tucson drives the point home with a more generous boot: 616 liters in 5-seater configuration and 1,795 liters with the bench folded.
But the Sportage has not said its last word. Its on-board storage possibilities are more generous than the Hyundai’s, particularly the one located in the front center armrest. The Kia also offers an interesting trick: at the back of the front headrests there are two holders that allow you to leave your clothes without risking wrinkling them.
In any case, the presentation shines for its modernity. All instrumentation is digitally converted, except for the Active version of the Sportage, and can be customized to the driver’s wishes. The infotainment equipment is controlled through a touch screen, 12.3″ for the Kia and 10.25″ for the Hyundai (except Intuitive finish: 8″). The operating logic is identical in both cases, with menus and sub-menus that take some getting used to, but the Sportage’s larger panel size is obviously an advantage for readability.Korean engineers also had the good idea of keeping the shortcut controls for the air conditioning, but those on the Sportage are smaller and are also used to adjust navigation, making their use less instinctive.
As for the exterior lines, the design office has chosen two completely different dashboards. Everyone will judge according to their own tastes. However, from an objective point of view, it will be impossible to decide between them, the quality of their materials and their assemblies being identical. He understands that the level is very honorable but that the European references, Volkswagen Tiguan in mind, are one step ahead.
Budget: the Sportage for a hair
Within the Hyundai-Kia group, there is no question of establishing a hierarchy between the brands, even if each has its own territory. The purchase price, therefore, will not be a criterion for choosing between Sportage and Tucson, since only a few tens of euros separate these two. Depending on the finishes, this difference sometimes benefits one, sometimes the other. Same observation if we write down the consumption that is perfectly logical, since the mechanical elements are, let’s remember, strictly identical. Driving like a good father will allow you to stay below 7.5 l/100 km in mixed use. However, the Korean technology proves to be particularly efficient if the driver puts something on his side. We have thus managed to lower the 6 l/100 km in the city and around 6.5 l/100 km in the secondary network.
Ultimately, the main point of differentiation between these two is their warranty. The Sportage offers Kia’s essential 7-year/150,000km warranty, while the Tucson prefers a 5-year contract “only”, but with no mileage limit. Interestingly, reliability is a bit more on Hyundai’s side, but the latter is penalized with a non-existent penalty for the Sportage, which wins by a hair.
Equipment: the policy of copy and paste
Also in this area, it is almost impossible to decide between these two hybrids. If the Sportage offers 3 levels of equipment (Active, Design and GT-Line Premium), the Tucson offers one more (Intuitive, Creative, Executive and N Line Executive), which allows it to display a more aggressive first price (€34,650 vs. to €37,490). But the Kia compensates with a more complete standard equipment, with LED fog lights, roof bars, driving assistance in traffic jams and on the road, adaptive cruise control, tri-zone air conditioning or even GPS automatically. enough to make up the difference in price.
At the other end of the range, the Sportage GT-Line Premium and Tucson N Line Executive have a price difference of €560 (€44,490 vs. €45,050). . However, the most sensitive vertebrae will undoubtedly lean towards the Hyundai, the only one that offers, as an option (€800), controlled suspensions.