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Reader help: Kia Sportage, GU Patrol and Oziexplorer

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SOME DAYS there’s no questions, some days there’s lots. We never make them up, and we couldn’t have possibly thought of this one:

QUESTION:

I’ve read some of your articles recently & like your insight.

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I’ve just sold my GU Patrol & bought a 2017 Kia Sportage.  So, I’m curious, if you’re trying for a 0-100 best time would you attempt a ‘launch control’ type approach? Turn the 4WD lock ‘on’ to drive all 4 wheels off the line, which would automatically disengage as you passed 40kph? I’m not recommending this as a normal onroad practice, just interested if theoretically  it’s plausible?

I also tried asking you elsewhere if Oziexplorer could run with android auto? Would be nice not to have to lug the laptop around.

Regards,   K

ANSWER: 

I have tested a Kia Sorento which is similar, but did not spend a lot of time attempting a 0-100km/h sprint. However, the Kia doesn’t have vast amounts of power and it will bias torque to the rear so off-the-line wheelspin should be minimal, although as you suggest the lock function would help a little.

I would suggest holding the brake on with your left foot, bringing the revs up as far as you can, then releasing the brake and experiencing that surge of Kia power.

As for Oziexplorer, it will run on Android devices very well but not with Android Auto. Each app needs to be specially designed for Android Auto.

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Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper

Robert Pepper is a motoring journalist, offroad driver trainer and photographer interested in anything with wings, sails or wheels. He is the author of four books on offroading, and owns a modified Ford Ranger PX which he uses for offroad touring. His other car is a Toyota 86 which exists purely to drive in circles on racetracks, and that's when he isn't racing his Nissan Pulsar. Visit his website: www.l2sfbc.com or follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RobertPepperJourno/ or buy his new ebook!