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June 9, 2011
2011 KIA Sportage 4x4
Engine: 2.0l Diesel engine 135kW of
power and 392Nm of torque
RRP before onroads: $39,490
USE of the word "surprise" would
be an understatement after testing
the 2011 KIA Sportage Diesel 4x4
Having never sat in a KIA of any
description, let alone driven one, I
will confess I was a badge snob for
some time in not considering any
of the Korean-produced vehicles on
The quiet and responsive 135kW
diesel engine was a high point of the
test and depressing the 'go' pedal at
any time gave maximum power from
Maximum torque levels were also
there to assist with propulsion duties
between an impressive 1800-2500
rpm.After getting to know the high-
roofed wagon's medium-to-large
size and road dynamics, it would be
almost possible to drive the Sportage
like a mid-powered sports car.
Pick your line, plan ahead and
driving can be fun -- far more than
what would be expected with a vehi-
cle of this type and size.
The diesel engine coupled with
the six-speed, sportsmatic-style
transmission makes for a good com-
Frustration set in, however, when
in semi-automatic mode it wouldn't
always provide the gear selected and
a considerable amount of force was
needed to push the t-bar selector for-
ward and back. Steering wheel pad-
dles might fix this issue.
The Sportage's off road 4x4
capabilities were not tested other
than pressing the AWD lock but-
ton and splitting the torque 50:50
between the front and back wheels
during a heavy downpour.
Roundabouts and tight corners
were handled with ease. It would be
interesting, however, to take it off-
road and get some mud under the
wheel arches and on the side win-
Outside, the Sportage has a
medium-to-large road presence and
the finish of the paintwork is of
the standard expected of Japanese
Inside, the two leather front seats
are heated and cooled -- a handy
feature for those posted to cooler
The extensive equipment list
on the platinum model is impres-
sive, including digital dual zone
climate control, LED day-time run-
ning lights, 18-inch alloy wheels,
automatic dimming rear-view mirror
with colour screen for the revers-
ing camera, power windows and
driver's seat, ABS brakes, Electronic
Stability Program, too many airbags
to mention and a six-disc MP3 com-
patible CD player.
The KIA Sportage is great for a
family of up to four, is good value
for money, safe, and comes with a
peace-of-mind, five-year unlimited
-- SGT Andrew Hetherington
ALTHOUGH it was released in November last year,
Gran Turismo 5 (GT 5) has just made it into my
lounge room and on to my 42-inch plasma.
Being a self-confessed carphile and having never
played or owned a copy of the previous four GT
games, it's been an eye opener and, secretly, a fantasy
(just don't tell my wife this) to have more than 1030
cars and 26 tracks at my disposal.
I've never watched an opening movie of a game
before, but this is certainly one not to be missed.
It begins with what seems like dirt from a mine
being placed on a conveyor belt. What you end up
watching is the creation of a car from the mining of the
raw metals, to the pressing of the panels and the build-
ing of the vehicle in the factory by robots.
Movie aside, you are faced with a choice of two
different modes, GT and arcade. Arcade is a fun way
to play, but not as satisfying as GT mode, which is the
only way to play GT 5.
This is where you create your profile, buy and sell
your cars, earn credits and racing licences, enter and
win races and championships.
There are two main ways to go racing -- either begin
a virtual life as a driver in the A-Spec racing event
world or manage a racing team and a driver in B-Spec.
B-Spec is an entertaining aspect of the game, but
most people will find actually racing the cars them-
selves more fun in A-Spec.
In this mode petrol heads will soon find themselves
with callused and chaffed thumbs and forefingers and
sore, itchy and red eyes as they work their way through
the race licensing system and attempt to win races and
championships to earn enough credits to buy better
The game takes carphiles to a level of car heaven
not even Top Gear can hope to achieve.
-- SGT Andrew Hetherington
One track to
Gran Turismo 5, PS3
Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
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