Following on from the early introduction of two First Edition models, the entire new range of Kia Sportage models is now on sale.
Offering a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, front- and four-wheel drive, plus a stylish design, huge equipment levels and a seven-year warranty, the new Kia Sportage has plenty to offer value-conscious buyers.
Kia Sportage: sharper styling, less weight
The latest Sportage is a mid-size crossover, meaning it aims to blend family hatchback ease-of-use with SUV looks and driving position, along with some MPV practicality.
It is certainly a striking looking vehicle in its latest guise – penned by former Audi designer Peter Schreyer. Longer, wider, lower and around 90kg lighter than the more traditional SUV it replaces, this is a statement car for Kia, and in the looks department can hold its own against any of the competition.
New engines = extra efficiency
The engineering is strong, too; having already launched 2.0-litre turbodiesel and petrol engines, the full line-up is expanded to include new direct injection 1.6 petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel – shared with parent company Hyundai.
Both new engines feature stop-start technology, allowing the 133bhp petrol to return a claimed 44.1mpg combined and 149g/km CO2, and the 114bhp diesel claims 54.3mph and 135g/km CO2 – impressive for such a substantial vehicle.
The 2.0-litre units are also competitive against rivals – especially considering they come fitted with efficiency-sapping four-wheel drive as standard, where the smaller units are front-wheel drive alone. The 161bhp petrol manages 181g/km with 37.2mpg, while the 134bhp diesel impresses with 149g/km and 49.6mpg.
The Dymax four-wheel drive differs from that fitted to the platform-sharing Hyundai ix35, being blessed with an increased level of sophistication both on and off road. It can intelligently divert power to where grip is needed, but acts mostly on the front wheels in regular driving situations.
Exceptional levels of standard equipment
The First Edition Sportage models are now gone, replaced with the familiar Kia 1, 2 and 3 trim levels – although the 3 is now also available in ‘satellite navigation’ spec, becoming the range-topping model.
Four-wheel drive models are pre-fixed KX- to differentiate them from their lesser siblings.
Sportage 1 is hardly spartan. In fact there is a serious list of standard kit, including 16-inch alloys, air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electric mirrors, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth with voice recognition, remote locking, front foglights, cruise control, automatic wipers, iPod connection, and steering-wheel audio controls.
Sportage 2 enhances this with the addition of part-leather trim, roof rails, tinted glass, reversing sensors, panoramic sunroof, 17-inch alloys and adjustable lumbar support for the driver – among other items.
Sportage 3 adds full leather, heated seats front and rear, dual-zone climate control, Xenon headlights with washers and automatic operation, front wiper de-icer, 18-inch wheels and an upgraded gauge cluster.
The satellite navigation model adds not only the satnav but also a reversing camera and a more powerful audio system and with a seven-inch screen.
Pricing for the full range of all-new Kia Sportage models starts at £16,645 for the 1.6 petrol 1.
Most expensive is the 2.0-litre turbodiesel KX-3 with automatic gearbox and satellite navigation – available for £26,170. The efficient new 1.7-litre diesel starts at £18,145, the 2.0-litre petrol from £20,800.
All new Kias come with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty that is fully transferable between owners.