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Offroad and Towing

More torque means more towing capability

The Sportage is a car that delivers the best of all worlds. Buyers who want a stylish, sophisticated, fuel-efficient crossover with all the advantages of an SUV, but none of the disadvantages, will find all they are looking for.But there are people who need to tow, who occasionally venture off-road or who live in areas prone to extremes of weather.So, the range includes KX versions with intelligent all-wheel-drive, ensuring the Sportage can meet their requirements, too.

The electronically controlled single high-ratio four-wheel-drive system continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing circumstances.As a result, the Sportage is always in the correct drive mode. It normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but this can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear.For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

All 2.0-litre CRDi models now develop increased torque across a wider portion of the rev band, giving them increased towing capacity. With the lesser-powered engine, maximum torque increases from 320Nm to 373Nm, now available all the way from 1,500 to 2,500rpm. With the higher-powered unit, peak torque is up from 383Nm in manual models or 392Nm with automatic transmission to 400Nm, and is on tap from 1,750 to 2,750rpm. As a result, the maximum towing capacity rises to a best-ever Sportage figure of 2,200kg (braked) with the manual gearbox, or 1,900kg with the automatic.

The smooth low-to-mid-range torque delivery of the 2.0-litre diesel engines gives the driver minutely precise throttle control when tackling slippery or difficult terrain or when setting off with a heavy trailer, while the short front and rear overhangs allow the car to cope with relatively steep approach, departure and ramp-over angles.

Even the two-wheel-drive 1.7 CRDi and 1.6 GDi versions of the all-new Sportage have improved towing credentials. Both can pull a 1,400kg braked trailer. With the new T-GDi engine, the Sportage is capable of towing a 1,900kg trailer (braked) with the six-speed manual gearbox or one weighing 1,600kg with the 7DCT.

Essential off-road information

Ground clearance 172mm (min)
Approach angle 16.7 degrees
Departure angle 23.9 degrees
Ramp-over angle 18.6 degrees

Essential towing information (manual/auto)

Max towing weight
Braked
Unbraked
2.0 CRDi
kg
2,200/1,900
750
1.7 CRDi
kg
1,400
750
1.6 GDi
kg
1,400
650
1.6 T-GDi
kg
1,900/1,600
750
Tow-ball weight = 100kg; max roof weight = 100kg