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The 2023 Kia Sportage Plug-in Is The Niro’s Twin, But In The Moose Test It Reveals Significant Differences To Avoid A Sudden Obstacle

March 20, 2023 – 11:36 am

There Kia Sportage Plug-in 2023 from the moose test it doesn’t come out sparkling like its sibling Kia Niro 1.6 Hybrid. Even the older sister Kia Sportage has shown how an SUV can be at the pinnacle of safety during an emergency maneuver. The test reveals how fast a car throws the driver into trouble in the world’s most famous obstacle-avoidance manoeuvre. Here is Kia Sportage Plug-in 2023 test results in the video belowcreated by the Spanish magazine Km77, specializing in tests and road tests.


THE moose trial (Or moose test) is based on the ISO 3888-2 standard. In practice, the test driver driving the test car drives up to a constant test speed. When it comes to a point marked by cones swerves suddenly to avoid an obstacle, which could be another car or a wild animal. Before steering, the driver lifts his foot off the accelerator and the evasive maneuver is carried out solely using the steering wheel and with no other command than the intervention of the ESC. The piloting takes place in two phases:

  • obstacle avoidance, performed at an increasingly high speed in the various tests. This is to check how well the steering wheel, suspension, chassis and tires provide manageable control even in the face of an unexpected obstacle;
  • return to the initial trajectory(a 3 meter wide cone lane) without requiring excessive wheel corrections and without knocking over any cones. They can occur in the event of oversteer (tendency to spin) or understeer (the front wheels slip sideways and the car widens its trajectory), two behaviors of a car having reached its limits of stability;

In addition to the moose test, the Sportage Plug-in 2023 was also tested in the slalom between the cones at an average speed of 70 km/h. In this test, the tendency to roll (the car leans to the side) is exaggerated to bring the grip of the tires to the limit. Here’s how the two went down evidence of Sportage Plug-in 2023 in the video below.


In the test moose the KIA Sportage Plug-in 2023 it has summer tires Michelin Primacy 4 measures 235/50 R19, just like the Hyundai Tucson Plug-in. Compared to its cousin with whom it shares the suspension, the Sportage is less agile according to the Spanish magazine. Small differences, which are reflected in the speed of passing the test: 71 km/hcompared to the 74 km/h of the Tucson. The Tucson seemed more nimble, it was easier to change direction and follow the movements of the steering wheel. 3km/h in this test is a noticeable difference, but difficult to perceive when driving on the highway. It’s a rather mediocre result”.


Between the cones KIA Sportage Plug-in 2023 complete the test at exactly the same time as the Tucson. “In the slalom, the Kia Sportage PHEV achieved a good result, like the sportier cars (Peugeot 308 and BMW i4) and behaves exactly like the Hyundai Tucson..

Source : Sicur Auto


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