The Kia Sportage has won AutoPacific’s 2017 Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA), earning the highest marks in the Compact Crossover SUV category. The IVA is the Sportage’s second honor from AutoPacific following the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) earlier this summer.

AutoPacific’s IVA is based on over 54,000 responses from owners of new model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles following the first 90 days of ownership. The national survey focuses on 15 key categories owners would prefer to change in their vehicle, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration, and technology. Vehicles that received the fewest requested changes were named winners of the IVA.

“We’re honored to hear that the Sportage has earned AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award and that we are succeeding in our mission to provide our customers with world-class products,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning, Kia Motors America. “The fourth-generation Sportage is the best iteration of our esteemed nameplate, now with a stellar combination of sharp design, clever utility and advanced safety features.”

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage SUV wraps a fresh and contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than ever before. Advanced driver assistance systems, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD vastly improve the Kia Sportage’s driving dynamics while premium materials and world-class craftsmanship create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian segment.

The Kia Sportage boasts a roomier, more luxurious cabin featuring an impressive level of craftsmanship, with high-quality soft-touch materials and a range of technologies improving overall comfort, convenience, and connectivity. Updates to the drivetrain provide enhanced efficiency and performance, while changes to the suspension deliver better ride and handling.

On the local front, the Kia Sportage is distributed by Naza Kia Malaysia and available in two options: the KX Sportage and GT Line Sportage. There are four colors for the Sportage line-up, comprising the Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver.  Highlights include the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille, headlights with Ice Cube fogs and LED DRLs.

In addition, the swept back ,outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet and a lower and wider grille give the Sportage a more menacing front look. The highlights at the rear of the Sportage comprise of slim combination lights, turn signals and reversing lights, a re-profiled undercover and a newly-designed bumper. Wheel options for the Sportage consists of the 17-inchers for the Sportage KX and 19-inch for the Sportage ‘GT Line’.

Inside, the Kia Sportage has uprated interior dimensions and a cabin with wide, driver-oriented dashboard, as well as simple refinements. A range of on-board technologies has been reserved for the Sportage, including an 8-seaker JBL system, 4.2-inch LCD screen on the supervision instrument cluster, and power seats for both driver and front passenger.

Engine option valid for the Sportage is the 2.0 Nu MPI engine with Dual CVVT, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The output for Kia’s latest C-SUV is 155 Ps and 192 Nm of torque.