The all-new, fifth-generation Kia Sportage is due to go on sale in the middle of this month, and the company has revealed full pricing and spec details for UK buyers.
The VW Tiguan rival, which is Kia’s best-seller in the UK, will be available with six trim levels and eight different powertrain options in what Kia describes as its “most comprehensive line-up ever”. That range includes petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
Kicking off the range is the Sportage ‘2’, which starts from £26,745 with a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine. A 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel is available for an extra £1,000. Both are two-wheel drive and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Equipment for the 2 includes 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, cruise control and auto lights and wipers with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system features DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, while there’s a suite of safety assist features including Forward Collision Avoidance with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection.
Moving up to GT-Line trim (from £29,745) brings the option of further powertrains, including 48v mild-hybrid versions of the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel – the latter of which sees power upped from 113bhp to 134bhp – both offered with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. There’s also the 226bhp HEV hybrid model, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All GT-Line models are two-wheel drive until the plug-in hybrid arrives at the start of next year.
GT-Line trim brings sportier styling details such as 19-inch alloy wheels (18s on the hybrid), gloss black exterior detailing, rear privacy glass, a sports steering wheel, sports pedals and aluminium interior trim. It also receives LED front fog lamps and taillights, suede and leather upholstery, keyless entry and start and a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display with navigation and connected services.
‘3’ spec is instead based on ‘2’, but offers the same engine options as the GT-Line. Priced from £30,945, it pairs the larger infotainment screen with a 12.3-inch digital dial display, plus adds cloth and faux leather trim, electric front seats with heating and heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go tech and highway driving assist (only offered on automatic versions.
‘4’ spec is only available with the mild hybrid engines and four-wheel drive, although the HEV hybrid is still two-wheel drive. Priced from £36,445, it adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, a Harmon Kardon sound system, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree parking camera, Kia’s Blind Spot View Monitor and remote smart parking. Further features include ambient lighting, dual LED adaptive headlamps and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist.
Flagship GT-Line S builds on the ‘4’ model, from £38,445, bringing the GT-Line’s sportier styling details and the option of a two-tone black roof. It also adds artificial leather and suede trim, ventilated front seats with additional electric adjustment and memory functions and a smart electric tailgate.
The PHEV version of the Sportage, which will be available to order from March, is priced from £38,395 in the cheapest GT-Line specification. Customer deliveries for the rest of the range will commence during the first quarter of next year.
New Kia Sportage: styling, technology and engines
The new car has been developed with three key pillars in mind, according to Kia. The first focuses on innovative design, the second on advanced technology and the third on making the car more fun to drive.
As a result of the shorter wheelbase, the European car’s styling features a few tweaks compared with the global car’s. These focus specifically on the C-pillars, with the European Sportage losing the small rear windows and gaining a chunkier graphic.
At 4,515mm long, the new Sportage is 30mm longer than its predecessor, while the wheelbase has also grown by 10mm to improve packaging and space inside, as well as create more room to house a battery for the plug-in hybrid model.
This new powertrain for the Sportage features a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine teamed with a 13.8kWh battery feeding an electric motor for a combined output of 261bhp. Although still to be homologated, electric-only range stands at just less than 35 miles (a 7.2kW on-board charger means a two-hour charge time), with CO2 emissions of 31g/km expected.
As part of Kia’s electrification push, a 227bhp 1.6 petrol hybrid with a smaller 1.49kWh battery and electric motor set-up will be available; 134g/km CO2 is targeted.
Another new engine for the Sportage is Kia’s 148bhp 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit. As standard this is paired with the brand’s shift-by-wire Intelligent Manual Transmission, but if you opt for the 48v mild-hybrid version it is then paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Diesel power will still be available, with a 1.6 CRDi unit offered in either 113bhp (manual) or 134bhp (DCT automatic) form.
Styling is inspired by Kia’s EV6 electric car, with a big grille and sharp light signatures at the front and rear. Euro-spec cars feature different rear bumpers, too.
The interior of the GT-Line in our pictures features two 12.3-inch screens, with Kia’s Multi-Mode display positioned underneath and angled slightly towards the driver. It retains two physical knobs, but their functions can be switched between media systems and climate control using the touch-sensitive panel.
Depending on trim, tech such as matrix LED lights, a 360-degree camera and remote smart park assist will all be offered.
Inside, packaging is improved thanks to the new N3 platform. As well as more space inside – particularly in the rear – Kia says that the Sportage’s boot will be 10-15 per cent larger than its predecessor’s. Load space is still to be confirmed, but all models will offer more than 500 litres.
Q&A with Xuan-Zheng Guo
Kia Europe’s Sportage specialist tells us why this new fifth-generation car is a huge step for the Korean brand.
Q: Why did you choose to develop a Sportage specifically for Europe?
A: “Europe’s requirements are different. Towns and cities are more compact, which suits a shorter wheelbase. Doing two versions meant fewer compromises for each car, and more freedom for European tuning here, including for the electronic adaptive dampers that will be available.”
Q: Will we see an all-electric Sportage in the future as full EVs become more important?
A: “There’s currently no plan to offer the Sportage with a full-EV powertrain but we’ll continue to monitor market trends and our customers’ requirements. But full EV is huge for us, with cars such as EV6 and e-Niro.”
Q: How does this Sportage move the model on compared with its predecessor?
A: “It’s more upmarket to follow Kia’s new brand identity, and you’ll feel that inside. But obviously more electrified powertrains, more space, more tech; it’s delivering Sportage drivers more of what they want and expect from a car in this class.”
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