The Concept: Each week we’ll feature two vehicles: One luxury and one non-luxury. We’ll break down each ride for you and what makes them both great. Then we’ll pay special attention to the non-luxury vehicle. We’ll share how it compares to its luxurious counterpart and why it’s a great option for those who don’t want to spend a fortune.
So you might not be able to pop bottles and rent a private jet to Vegas, but you can definitely put yourself in a vehicle that has the look and feel of a luxury ride.
The $ Difference: $42,605
Power: 300 HP | 295 lb.-ft. of torque
Fuel Consumption: City, Highway – 12.4, 9.7L/100 km
Exterior: The front and rear sections of the Cayenne have been completely redesigned for 2017. There’s new exterior mirrors with integrated indicators. The wheels come in a range of sizes, up to 21 inches (and they’re styled sexier than ever too). There’s daytime running lights which features four LED spotlights as standard, as well as new LED taillights, integrated tailpipes, and an automatic tailgate.
Interior: The interior of the Cayenne is built around you. There’s a new multi-function sports steering wheel, with high-level ergonomics and pioneering styling. It also has two-zone climate control and Porsche Communication Management (PCM).
(MSRP $24, 795)
Power: 181 HP | 175 lb.-ft. of torque
Fuel Consumption: City, Highway – 10.4, 8.0L/100 km
Exterior: There are some exciting features on the all-new 2017 Sportage. It has a sportier two-box design, a more aggressive look, and sexy twin tailpipes. There’s also LED fog lights and high beams. 17 inch allow wheels, high-performance shocks, and dual-function projection headlights come standard with the LX. And under the hood? You’re looking at a powerful 2.4L, GDI 4-cylinder engine.
Interior: Like the Cayenne, the cabin is completely driver focused. With an available D-cut steering wheel, satin chrome accents and electric power steering (EPS), everything is designed around you. Android Auto lets you listen to music with Google Play Music, navigate through traffic in Google Maps and check messages with your voice. And it comes with an available inductive wireless charging pad that charges your phone while you’re on the go.
Right off the bat, there’s some obvious styling comparisons that can be made between the Cayenne and the Sportage. Looking at the exteriors, they each have sophisticated lines and an athletic, streamlined hood. Things remain aesthetically similar inside too. Both cabins are designed around you, the driver. It’s about comfort and accessibility.
The Sportage’s interior deserves all the praise here, though. The materials look like they belong inside a Porsche; the stylish perforated leather seats, with heating and cooling, makes your ride feel as luxurious as it looks.
The Kia Sportage has made some pretty big strides in the last decade. The power-trains are more refined, it boasts an excellent highway fuel economy and it does an amazing job of combining style and high-class amenities with functionality. All of this, as well as it’s 17-inch alloy wheels, quad LED fog lights and aerodynamic bumpers make it a vehicle worthy of comparison against the Cayenne.
The obvious advantage to buying the Sportage is the savings. It’s reasonably priced without sacrificing the basic amenities you need. Remote keyless entry and push-button start come standard. It’s got that attractive exterior that looks like you paid more than you actually did. And when people step inside, they’ll definitely think that. The jury is in people…
With the Sportage, you can have Luxury for Less.
Want an even more in-depth review of the new Sportage? Check out this video!
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