Sibling Rivalry

Auto Today|August 2018

Sibling Rivalry

In the last few months KIA Motors have laid down a lavish spread of models for its Indian customers. Rahul Ghosh takes two SUVs with the same platform and differentiates the two

Some of KIA’s offerings have been truly delightful. For instance, recently we got our hands on KIA’s Carnival, the MPV that would probably take on the likes of Toyota Innova, which has over the years carved a niche for itself in the market. Then there is the Rio X-line, perhaps targeted towards the overtly edgy buyer. One thing that cannot be denied, is the fact that both KIA and Hyundai share the same platforms, engines and drivetrains for their model range. But are they identical? If not, then how do they differ? That’s where we step in. There seems to be plenty of curiosity not to forget the questions that need to be answered when it comes to both the above. So we decided to make the choice slightly simpler for you as we pit two SUVs —the KIA Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson against each other. Read on to see what differentiates the two and which one is more suitable to your liking.

Design

Let’s begin with the obvious first, since the exterior is the first thing a customer looks at before going into the showrooms.

The Tucson now in its third generation has adopted Hyundai’s Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy and as a result is sharper than it has ever looked before. The front end is unique with a three tier light console comprising of dual barrel projector lamps with integrated static cornering lights, a fog lamp unit and then daytime running lights. The large chrome hexagonal grille makes it unmistakably a Hyundai. In profile too there are plenty of plastic claddings to ensure that it looks like a proper SUV complete with the overall rugged look. The Tucson also rides on 18-inch wheels and Hyundai has opted for high profile tyres which are perfectly suited for harsh Indian road. At the back, the wrap around tail lamps are attractive and there is a spoiler too which adds to the overall buff look. The Sportage on the other hand identifies itself clearly as a KIA thanks to the signature ‘Tiger nose’ grille treatment. Adding to the overall flair of the design are the light consoles up front. They have a rather sporty hue to them and we love the way they are mounted. Being the top Euro spec GT Line model, our test Sportage came with 19-inch alloys and low profile tyres.

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