Kia Sportage 2011 launched in Oman

Kia Sportage 2011 launched in Oman

It looks like Oman is the first country in the GCC to receive the all-new 2011 Kia Sportage. Apparently launched by the middle of June, the new Sportage offers similar equipment packages to the Hyundai Tucson, on which it is based.

Longer by 90 mm, wider by 15 mm and lower by 60 mm than the previous model, the third-generation Kia Sportage is also 91 kilos lighter than before.

The five-seater compact crossover SUV comes with a 164 hp 2.0-litre and a 175 hp 2.4-litre engine, both with a 6-speed paddle-shiftable automatic transmission and available all-wheel-drive. Also, the auto gearbox has a feature so that whenever the car is stopped for more than a few seconds, a ‘Neutral Control’ function automatically shifts the transmission from ‘D’ to ‘N’, improving fuel economy in city driving.

Fitted as standard are ABS brakes, power windows, electric mirrors, rear parking sensors and, as usual, a driver’s airbag. Optional features include a rear-view camera with LCD display integrated into the interior mirror, a choice up to 10 exterior colours and a black interior, full-length panoramic glass sunroof, cruise control, foglamps, folding mirrors, steering audio controls and more.

Cargo capacity is among the best in class and ranges from 564 litres with the rear seats occupied to 1353 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Unveiled in Europe this February, the 2011 Kia Sportage is already on display at locations around Dubai, though it is seemingly not on sale yet. Oman is always first with Kia products, having received the Cerato maybe six months before the UAE.

Keep track of UAE pricing and GCC specs in the Kia Sportage buyer guide.

What do you think?



  1. very nice car….. i like the part regarding the gearbox new feature… very impressive…

    • I just love driving my Sportage, I was fortunate to buy one of the first 10 cars, I would love to pimp it with bigger wheels, say 18″ low profile anyone knows where I can get genuine.

  2. I saw that car in Kia showroom yesterday, it was released here about 2-3 weeks ago. They only have the 2.0L now. The 2.4 will be available within few days.

  3. good job, windows look kinda small though

  4. ^ to enhance to tough look i guess…

  5. I spotted this sportage 3 times. All 3 sighting were of the same black prototype without the Kia logo.

  6. it is launched here saw one parked in office parking , did not had camera

  7. Author

    There’s one on display at JBR, maan. Or maybe it was a Sorento, hehe. Saw one on a towtruck though.

  8. The Koreans did it again.

    This car and the Tucson beats any other similar car from Japan.

    The Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Xtrail, Vitara, are all very old models and overpriced compared to these new cars.

    The Tucson looks slightly better than this one.

  9. Drove it from kia 2 weeks back. Interior is a huge improvement just like the outside. Drives splendidly!! i was impressed how easy is to park and how smooth the drive/ride is… though visibility exiting a parking is scary low and painfully slow.

  10. Ciprian?

    Can you elaborate further?


  11. @Haithem: Oh no myfriend!! Mash will hate my guts for taking his job :).
    I am just a designer not a mechanic nor professional driver, but glad to answer ur questions at any time. Just say what you need to know ([email protected]) in case u are not close to a show room and literarilly test it with your own being.

  12. need to bay a car so soon…which one u suggest???? tucson 2011 or sportage? & what about the sportage price???

  13. i still pick the new TUCSON in all aspects… though these new models of Hyundai and Kia are way much better than the overpriced japanese cars SUV..

  14. I bought the KIA Sportage 2011, 2.0Ltr LX. Before narrowing down to this, I drove through the entire range equivalent to this segment.i.e., Suzuki vitara, CRV, RAV 4, GMC, and even the Nissan Qashqai, Xtrail, etc. Although, in terms of power 2.4 should have been a better option. 2.0 ltr is quite Ok and the response with the new 6 gear Auto is very good. Compared with Price to Product, My full votes to sportage. Hyundai Tucson 2011 is not a bad option. What is provided in Tucson, you would not find in Sportage and Vice Versa. To me both are same.

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