New Sportage

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The New Kia Sportage

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A quick resume of the Sportage for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • 21-model range based on six engines, three transmissions and five trim lines
  • All-New 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, developing 114 and 134bhp, now with 48V mild-hybrid tech
  • EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel technology for four per cent better fuel efficiency
  • The third best-selling car in its class in the UK
  • 35,567 examples delivered to UK customers in 2018
  • Sportage outsells Audi Q3, BMW X1, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque and VW Tiguan

Body

  • Longer (5mm) than previous Sportage, with no change in wheelbase, width or height
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ trim grades add the ultimate touch of sportiness
  • Characteristic Kia front end adapted for a powerful SUV appearance
  • Revised nose treatment, with more distinctive rear end

Interior

  • New steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster
  • Ventilation and air conditioning controls have been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding extra clarity.
  • Generous head and leg room front and rear
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with an uncluttered appearance
  • Sporty interior styling for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ with black leather upholstery and red piping and stitching
  • Heated front and rear seats now standard on grade ‘2’ models and above

Powertrains and running gear

  • All engines revised and exceed the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards
  • EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel technology introduced for the first time, and standard on both 1.6 and 2.0 CRDi engines.
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction fitted to all diesel engines
  • 7-DCT automatic gearbox available on 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines
  • All-new eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox on 2.0-litre CRDi engine with EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid technology
  • All petrol engines feature particulate filters

Technology and safety

  • 360-degree Around View Monitor included for the first time on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models
  • Safety systems include Adaptive cruise control, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF)
  • All versions feature reversing camera as standard
  • Touchscreen satellite navigation fitted to all models from grade ‘2’ upwards
  • 8.0-inch frameless touchscreen satellite navigation system standard on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® gives speed camera, weather and traffic information
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone integration standard equipment on all model

2 INTRODUCTION

  • Updated version of Kia's best-selling model in the UK
  • Upgraded infotainment system and active driver aids
  • Cutting-edge EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid 48-volt technology standard on 1.6- and 2.0-litre CRDi engines
  • Efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel powerplant replaces 1.7-litre unit
  • All petrol engines feature particulate filters
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ deliver a sportier flavour
  • 21 variants based on six engines, three gearboxes and five trim lines

The new Kia Sportage features a range of enhancements to cement its position as the brand’s best-selling model in Europe. The new Sportage pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies, as well as efficient new powertrains complying with future emissions standards. Upgrades to the Sportage range also include modifications to ‘GT-Line’ models.

The car’s advanced all-new EcoDynamics+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is the first to be launched as part of Kia’s global powertrain electrification strategy. With this development, Kia becomes the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its model line-up. Kia will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.

More than 125,260 examples of the Sportage were purchased by European customers in 2018, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK market, over 35,000 buyers chose the Sportage last year. One Sportage was sold every 69 seconds globally in 2017, making it Kia’s international best-seller. The five-millionth Sportage was built in March 2018, three months into the car’s 25th year on sale, following its introduction in 1993. The Sportage for Europe is produced at Kia’s manufacturing facility in Žilina, Slovakia.

An evolution of Kia design

The original design of the fourth generation Sportage was led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the company’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California. The three studios have modernised the look of the Sportage, which features a range of updates to its sporty exterior design. Changes extend to ‘GT-Line’ models, which feature a series of unique upgrades compared to other trim grades. 

There is a redesigned front bumper with new fog lamp housings, and new gloss black or bright chrome inserts leading from the fog lamps into the lower air intake. The Sportage is also now available with an evolved version of its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with new gloss black or matt black grille. New full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. Silver painted front and rear skid plates are fitted to ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

At the rear, the slim combination lamps retain their horizontal shape, with the revised design featuring a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp is integrated into the new rear bumper with longer reflectors positioned below and is now finished with a flash of chrome across its base.

In profile, the upgraded model is available with new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Five new paint colours are available on the new Sportage, including new shades of silver, grey, blue, and copper.

Changes to ‘GT-Line’ include a new design gloss black radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plates, and dark chrome inserts on the front bumper and side sills. The unique 19-inch alloy wheels of the ‘GT-Line’ have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.

A drag co-efficient of 0.33 Cd remains unchanged following the updates to the SUV’s exterior design. While its length increases up 5mm, dimensions and profile remain largely the same (4,485mm long, 1,855mm wide, 1,635mm tall, with a 2,670mm wheelbase). The ‘GT-Line’ model is 10mm longer, at 4,495mm, due to its unique bumper design.

While the layout of the cabin is retained, a series of minor upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The upgraded model is equipped with a new steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster, while ‘GT-Line’ models are available with new black leather seat trim with red accents. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning controls at the centre of the dashboard have also been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding further clarity to the dashboard layout.

Updated powertrains, all meeting Euro 6d Temp emissions regulations

The line-up of petrol engines remains the same in the upgraded Sportage, though with minor modifications to emissions, with buyers able to choose between two powerplants. Both petrol engines are direct-injection (GDi) 1.6-litre units from Kia's Gamma and are now fitted with new particulate filters to further reduce harmful emissions, ensuring full compliance with the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard. The naturally aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers a torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 152g/km.

In the Sportage, the T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 174bhp at 5,500rpm, while maximum torque is 265Nm from 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. The result is instantaneous response to throttle inputs and rapid acceleration without interruption. It was developed entirely in-house by Kia engineers at the Namyang research and development centre in Korea, with input from Kia's European technical centre in Frankfurt. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds (2WD manual) or an even faster 8.8 seconds with the AWD 7DCT. For the 1.6 T-GDi engine, CO2 emissions are as low as 168g/km, with fuel economy up to 34.9mpg (combined). Sportage models equipped with the T-GDi engine are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) on all-wheel drive models.

EcoDynamics+ delivers Kia’s first mild hybrid diesel powertrain

The Sportage now offers a wider range of diesel engines, including Kia’s ‘EcoDynamics+’ new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain available with both the 1.6- and 2.0-litre units.

EcoDynamics+ has been engineered to deliver greater efficiency from internal combustion engines on the road, by using electric power delivered and recuperated seamlessly. In the Sportage, the system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine’s crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between ‘motor’ and ‘generator’ modes.

In ‘motor’ mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing up power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration – when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill – the MHSG switches to ‘generator’ mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go. An advanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) calculates the most efficient use of available energy and adjusts accordingly, taking into account the amount of charge remaining in the car’s batteries.

The battery and MHSG also support a new ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking. The MHSG seamlessly re-ignites the engine when the driver presses the throttle pedal.

The compact nature of the mild-hybrid powertrain made it relatively straightforward to integrate into the Sportage’s existing architecture. The 48-volt battery is located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on practicality. Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there was little need to repackage the engine bay.

Equipped with Kia’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide-harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and up to seven per cent on the reconverted New European Driving Cycle 2.0.

All-new ‘U3’ diesel engine

The Sportage’s previous 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine that is paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system on all versions. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 108g/km for 114bhp models, and 114g/km for higher-powered models (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). Driving the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission as standard, 134bhp models are also available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The ‘U3’ engine features SCR active emissions control technology to regulate NOx and diesel particulate matter.

Comfort built in as standard

The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension, carried over unchanged for the updated model. Delivering a comfortable ride and superior damping over poor road surfaces, the chassis is nevertheless tuned to offer intuitive and engaging handling. ‘GT-Line’ models feature their own specially-tuned suspension characteristics, endowing the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride – crucially, without compromising the SUV’s fundamental comfort and stability. The suspension characteristics for the Sportage ‘GT-Line’ were tested and fine-tuned on a variety of European roads, with European drivers in mind.

The fourth generation Sportage is available as standard with Kia’s ‘R-MDPS’ Rack-mounted electric Motor-Driven Power Steering. The R-MDPS system delivers quick responses and enhanced steering feel, placing the Sportage among the most agile models in the compact SUV class. The Sportage is fitted as standard with a column-mounted power steering system, which delivers linear responses to driver inputs and maximum stability and confidence at the wheel.

The Sportage is equipped with 305 mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 302 mm solid disc brakes at the rear.

Cutting-edge safety systems

A number of advanced driver assistance systems are offered on the Sportage, all designed to minimise the possibility of an accident. In certain models these complement the comprehensive active and passive safety features fitted to every version. As a result of the measures taken first to prevent accidents and then to mitigate against the effects of them if they are unavoidable, the Sportage has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The Sportage was commended for its ability to protect passengers of all statures in all seats, faring especially well in a side-on impact with a pole, and it scored 71 per cent for its active safety assist technologies.

All models from grade ‘2’ have Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind; High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads; and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.

All models have a reversing camera integrated into the 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, and reversing sensors are standard on grade ‘2’ and above. Front parking sensors are included on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions and a 360-degree Around View Monitor delivers a helicopter-style view from above the vehicle to aid manoeuvring, and is fitted to all ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

All versions have Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), so that the car comes to rest in the shortest possible distance in an emergency, and with maximum retardation, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) prevent the car from skidding in corners or when accelerating on surfaces with different levels of grip between left and right. Hill-start Assist holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards.

Downhill Brake Control limits the car's speed when travelling down steep or slippery off-road inclines, preventing the need for the driver to cover the brake pedal and risk losing traction. It maintains a steady speed of 5mph. And all versions have Trailer Stability Assist, which uses the ABS, ESC and VSM systems to counter-act the possibility of a caravan or trailer snaking in high winds or when the Sportage is being driven at too high a speed.  

Cruise control is available on grade ‘1’, while cruise control with a speed limiter is available from grade ‘2’ onwards, with an advanced adaptive cruise control system fitted to ‘GT-Line S’ models. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to warn the drivers of following vehicles, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) ensures the driver is given advance notice of a loss of pressure long before it could lead to sudden deflation.

There are six airbags (twin front, front side and side curtain) as standard. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners reduce the forces on the wearer’s chest in a collision, and ISOFIX top tethers and anchors are fitted to allow child seats to be mounted. A passenger airbag cut-off switch is standard to permit a rear-facing child seat to be carried in the front of the car. Speed-sensing automatic door locks ensure the security of all passengers. They are automatically disabled in the event of an accident.

The body shell of the Sportage is made up of 51 per cent Advanced High-strength Steel, which affords greater protection by better withstanding impacts and dissipating any crash energy through carefully designed load paths away from the passenger cell.

Tech giants

The upgraded Sportage adopts a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience.

The latest driver assist technologies available in the Sportage include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW), to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. Sportage buyers have access to a wide array of existing driver assist systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line S’ models, while Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) are fitted to all versions grade ‘2’ and above.

Every Sportage is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which maximises stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction. The Sportage is also fitted with driver and front passenger airbags, first-row side airbags, and first- and second-row curtain airbags.

The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded on the Sportage. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, or satellite navigation system, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio are available. All satellite navigation systems (Grade ‘2’ and above) include Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom® as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. Connectivity features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search, and weather forecasts, depending on legal restrictions applied in each country. The Kia Connected Services system has been updated in the Sportage to show drivers the price of fuel at nearby filling stations, as well as the location and real-time availability of parking spaces. Grade ‘1’ comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, with Grade ‘2’ and ‘GT-Line’ versions adding satellite navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. ‘4’, and ‘GT-Line S’ models feature an 8.0-inch system with satellite navigation.

All models in the Sportage line-up feature Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. A USB port for connection of an audio media device are provided in the front, and a USB charging port in the rear is provided ona llLine S’. The 160-watt audio system comes with DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and features six-speakers. A shark fin antenna is fitted to all Sportage models for clearer reception. For audiophiles, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ feature an uprated eight-speaker system from JBL®, with a more powerful 320-watt output, external amplifier and Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology.

Other available convenience features in the Sportage include a wireless smartphone charger at the base of the centre console (standard on ‘GT-Line S’), rear-view parking camera with dynamic parking lines (all grades), and a Smart Power Tailgate (fitted to ‘GT-Line S’).

3 DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The original design of the fourth generation Sportage was led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the company’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California. For 2018, the three studios have modernised the look of the Sportage, which features a range of updates to its sporty exterior design. Changes extend to ‘GT-Line’ models, which feature a series of unique upgrades compared to other trim grades.

There is a redesigned front bumper with new fog lamp housings, and new gloss black or bright chrome inserts leading from the fog lamps into the lower air intake. The Sportage is also now available with an evolved version of its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with new gloss black or matt black grille. New full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. A metallic skid plate is available on variants ‘4’ and above.

At the rear, the slim combination lamps retain their horizontal shape, with the revised design featuring a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp and reflectors are now integrated into the new rear bumper, which is now finished with a flash of chrome across its base.

In profile, the Sportage is available with new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Five new paint colours are available on the new Sportage, including new shades of silver, grey, blue, and copper.

Changes to ‘GT-Line’ include a new gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plates, and dark chrome inserts on the front bumper, the side sills and rear tailgate. The unique 19-inch alloy wheels of the ‘GT-Line’ have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.

Sleek and rakish, the Sportage successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in an urban-friendly, athletic and muscular package. The Sportage is 5mm longer than its predecessor but with an unchanged wheelbase, width and height. The dimensions make it look lithe and sporty, with a low drag co-efficient of 0.33. Aerodynamic efficiency helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions at speed.

The Sportage has a sporty profile, accentuated by the high shoulder line, with a standard chrome belt-like strip and body-coloured door mirrors and handles, with chrome inserts from grade ‘2’. Roof rails and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate are also standard on ‘2’ models and above. The lower body sides are deeply sculpted and flow into powerful wheel arches, and there are black side sill and wheel-arch mouldings.

Straight, flowing character lines stretch across the body above the sills, beneath the glasshouse and over the side window line, giving the profile a sense of tension and precision. This is emphasised by the sharp styling of the 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels, which feature a fresh design.

There is a chiselled and voluminous look to the rear, which features a mixture of concave and convex surfaces and horizontal lines which emphasise the car's wide and stable stance. There are rear combination lamps with their distinctive night-time signature. The rear lamp units are LED on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. Beneath the tailgate is an aerodynamic diffuser, a further nod to the car's sporty credentials.

The inside line

The new Sportage continues the leap forward Kia has been making with actual and perceived quality through flush-fitting fixtures and trim; premium-standard, soft-to-the-touch materials; and luxurious detailing. It has the look and feel of a car from a higher market sector, but without the hefty price tag.

While the layout of the previous Sportage cabin is retained, a series of minor upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The upgraded model is equipped with a new steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning controls at the centre of the dashboard have also been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding further clarity to the dashboard layout.

The dash is horizontal in layout and split into an upper display area containing the Thin Film Transistor instrument graphics and 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour infotainment touchscreen, depending on model. The lower section is the control area, with soft-painted buttons for the heater switches and the audio system. The touchscreen infotainment system means the interior designers have been able to reduce the number of switches, making the cabin look neater and less cluttered while improving ergonomics and, ultimately, safety, because the driver's gaze needs to be averted from the road for shorter periods.

The front of the cabin is driver-centric, with a pronounced cockpit layout and simple switches grouped according to function. This is also more ergonomic and safer. The centre console is angled at 7.2 degrees towards the driver for easier visibility.

Sportage ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models benefit from a 4.2-inch TFT LCD supervision cluster mounted between the two recessed dials of the dual-bezel instrument display – yet another indicator of Kia’s unstinting effort to raise quality. The supervision cluster incorporates trip information, outdoor temperature and a gearshift indicator. The touchscreen infotainment systems – standard on all Sportages – are integrated with a rear-view camera display to help owners when reversing or parking. 

All versions have tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a height-adjustable driver's seat (10-way power-adjustable on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ along with 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat) and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter. Grade ‘2’ upwards comes with heated front and outer rear seats.

The top of the crash pad is made up of foamed plastic with fine quality stitching and features detailed texturing. This is echoed in the door trim quality, which is in leather from grade ‘2’ upwards. There is an additional grip handle on the passenger's side, with either a metallic or a satin chrome finish, depending on model, and the capacity of the front-door bottle holders is a generous one-litre. The front sun visors slide from side to side so that they can be neatly positioned to block out the sun, and they contain large mirrors. An organ-type boxed accelerator pedal has been installed for greater comfort.

Grade ‘1’ has black cloth upholstery, grade ‘2’ has premium black cloth upholstery and in grade ‘4’ there is black leather. ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants both have black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching.

The fascia trim is either metallic effect or high-gloss black, depending on model, and there are metallic finish or satin chrome door handles, according to grade. Satin stainless-steel door scuff plates feature on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. The headlining across the range, apart from ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is in light grey. A longer centre console tray provides more storage space for small items.

4 DYNAMICS

The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension, carried over unchanged for the 2018 model. Delivering a comfortable ride and superior damping over poor road surfaces, the chassis is nevertheless tuned to offer intuitive and engaging handling. ‘GT-Line’ models feature their own specially-tuned suspension characteristics, endowing the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride – crucially, without compromising the SUV’s fundamental comfort and stability. The suspension characteristics for the Sportage ‘GT-Line’ were tested and fine-tuned on a variety of European roads, with European drivers in mind.

The fourth generation Sportage is fitted with Kia’s ‘R-MDPS’ Rack-Mounted electric Motor-Driven Power Steering. As standard, the R-MDPS system delivers quick responses and enhanced steering feel, placing the Sportage among the most agile models in the compact SUV class. The Sportage is fitted as standard with a column-mounted power steering system, which delivers linear responses to driver inputs and maximum stability and confidence at the wheel. 

The Sportage is equipped with 305 mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 302 mm solid disc brakes at the rear.

5 ENGINES

The line-up of petrol engines remains the same in the upgraded Sportage, though with minor modifications to lower emissions, with buyers able to choose between two powerplants. The 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine produces 174bhp and 265Nm torque, with emissions from 168g/km. The naturally-aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 152g/km. Both petrol engines are now fitted with new particulate filters to minimise harmful emissions, ensuring full compliance with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. Sportage models equipped with the T-GDi engine are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) on all-wheel drive models.

Both petrol engines are direct-injection (GDi) 1.6-litre units from Kia's Gamma family. In the Sportage, the T-GDi engine develops 174bhp at 5,500rpm, while maximum torque is 265Nm from 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. The result is instantaneous response to throttle inputs and rapid acceleration without interruption. It was developed entirely in-house by Kia engineers at the Namyang research and development centre in Korea, with input from Kia's European technical centre in Frankfurt. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds (2WD manual) or an even faster 8.8 seconds with the AWD 7DCT. For the 1.6 T-GDi engine, CO2 emissions are as low as 168g/km, with fuel economy up to 34.9mpg (combined).  

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the lightweight, all-aluminium, 1.6-litre T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness.

A twin-scroll turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold and there is a split wall between cylinders one/four and two/three, which results in reduced interference, faster response and higher torque at low engine revolutions. All of this eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight by 1.5kg. Simultaneously, it improves gas flow and reduces heat losses, further boosting efficiency. For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods are stronger than in the normally aspirated unit, while there are additional oil jets.

The normally aspirated 1.6 GDi Gamma engine develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm. Like the T-GDi unit, it is an aluminium, 1,591cc, 16-valve twin-cam engine with variable valve timing, but with a higher compression ratio. Performance is enhanced by the high-pressure direct-injection fuelling and variable induction systems, while fuel economy and emissions have been reduced by the use of a variable valve system on both the intake and exhaust sides, T-5 heat treatment insertions in the block and a roller chain system.

A fine mist of petrol is injected directly into each of the four cylinders at up to 135 bar in minutely precise quantities and with millisecond timing to ensure the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs, exactly when it needs it. The result is highly efficient combustion that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption and emissions – the 1.6-litre GDi with ISG has a combined fuel economy of up to 35.7mpg and CO2 emissions of only 152g/km on grade ‘1’. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 11.1 seconds on to a maximum speed of 113mph.   

All-New EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain

The Sportage now offers a wider range of diesel engines, including Kia’s all-new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid powertrains. The 2.0 CRDi 48V with ISG and eight-speed automatic transmission has a combined fuel economy of up to 41mpg and CO2 emissions from only 148g/km. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds on to a maximum speed of 125mph. A single ‘GT-Line’ specification car is offered with a six-speed manual transmission and has a combined fuel economy of 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 137g/km. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 9.2 secs before hitting a maximum speed of 125mph.

The brand new 1.6-litre diesel mild-hybrid powertrains are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox with front-wheel-drive or seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox. In addition, a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with all-wheel-drive is offered. For the 114bhp mild hybrid 1.6 CRDi front-wheel-drive edition, it manages a combined fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg (‘1’ manual) and CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, and accelerates to 60mph in 11.4 seconds, with a top speed of 109mph. For the more powerful 134bhp edition, the manual version has CO2 emissions from 114g/km and is capable of up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. A top speed of 112mph is possible, with acceleration to 60mph in 10.8 seconds. The seven-speed DCT automatic 2WD versions emit CO2 from 116g/km and achieve 50.4mpg, with a top speed of 112mph and acceleration to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. For extra traction, buyers have the choice of a four-wheel-drive edition with seven-speed DCT automatic transmission, that manages CO2 emissions from 129g/km and fuel economy on the combined cycle from 46.3mpg, while accelerating to 60mph takes 11.6 seconds, with the same top speed of 112mph.

EcoDynamics+ has been engineered to deliver greater efficiency from internal combustion engines on the road, by using electric power delivered and recuperated seamlessly. In the Sportage, the system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine’s crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between ‘motor’ and ‘generator’ modes.

In ‘motor’ mode the battery is discharged under acceleration providing power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration – when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill – the MHSG switches to ‘generator’ mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go. An advanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) calculates the most efficient use of available energy and adjusts accordingly, taking into account the amount of charge remaining in the car’s batteries.

The battery and MHSG also support a new ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking. The MHSG seamlessly re-ignites the engine when the driver presses the throttle pedal.

The compact nature of the mild-hybrid powertrain made it relatively straightforward to integrate into the Sportage’s existing architecture. The 48-volt battery is located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on practicality. Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there was little need to repackage the engine bay.

Like the 1.6 CRDi models, the 2.0 CRDi 48V equipped with Kia’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide-harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and up to seven per cent on the reconverted New European Driving Cycle 2.0.

Powertrain line-up boosted by all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine

The Sportage’s previous 1.7-litre CRDi (common-rail direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine. The 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 108g/km for 114bhp models, and as low as 114g/km for higher-powered models (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). Driving the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission as standard, 134bhp models are also available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed auto Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The ‘U3’ engine features SCR active emissions control technology to regulate NOx and diesel particulate matter.

New for 2019 is a 48-volt mild hybrid version of the 1.6-litre CRDi engine, joining the previous 2.0-litre unit. Compared to the standard ‘U3’ powerplant, CO2 emissions are lower by up to 13g/km.

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)

All versions of the Sportage are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic.  As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, or brings the car to a stop with automatic transmission. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the clutch pedal is partially engaged again, or the driver releases the brake pedal in automatics. This feature means the car is not using fuel or emitting CO2 when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch on the dashboard.

Intelligent all-wheel drive

All 2.0-litre CRDi EcoDynamics+ versions of Sportage come as standard with intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive, and it is an option on 1.6-litre T-GDi and high-powered 1.6-litre CRDi variants. This continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when it will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing circumstances.  As a result, the Sportage is always in the correct drive mode. It now incorporates Advanced Traction Cornering Control, which monitors road speed, throttle input and steering angle and distributes torque between the left and right wheels to maximise cornering stability.  

The all-wheel-drive system normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear if road conditions deteriorate or to enhance cornering stability. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

The intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system makes decisions by analysing data from the car's electronic control unit. Its fully active all-wheel-drive coupling is electro-hydraulically activated via a multi-plate clutch. The benefits for the driver are reduced fuel consumption (because all-wheel drive is engaged only when necessary), greater cornering stability and the elimination of under- and oversteer in extreme circumstances or road conditions.  The system has a high thermal capacity, which means it will not overheat and need to shut itself down in repeated hill climbing or when towing at maximum capacity.

A number of electronic features are fitted to the Sportage to increase safety during on-road driving and to maximise the car's off-road capability or in areas where bad weather and poor driving conditions are facts of life.

All versions are fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to counteract any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions and when accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right.

These are linked to three additional systems – Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and a Roll-over Sensor. DBC ensures the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes so that the driver does not need to touch the brakes, which might result in a loss of traction. HAC prevents slip-back when setting off uphill and eliminates the possibility of wheelspin. The Roll-over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of tipping over and deploys the curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC and Anti-lock Brake systems, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force if it detects a potential loss of control. If this is insufficient, gentle all-wheel braking is introduced, along with a reduction in engine power, until the vehicle and trailer are stabilised.

Transmissions

There are three transmissions with the Sportage. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard across the range. The 182bhp 2.0-litre CRDi Ecodynamics+ powerplant is paired with either a new Kia-designed eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line’). The 7DCT gearbox is offered with the higher-powered 1.6-litre CRDi engine in grades ‘2’, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line’, and is fitted as standard to the ‘GT-Line S’ model. Similarly, the 7DCT transmission is available on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades with all-wheel-drive.

The 7DCT gearbox was developed in-house at Kia's Namyang research and development centre in Korea with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode, with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gearchanges via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

One clutch operates the odd-numbered gears and the other the even-numbered ratios, ensuring that the transmission is always primed for the next up- or downshift. As a result, torque losses during shifting are reduced, improving efficiency, while gearchanges are at least as smooth as with the best torque converter auto.

The manual is a slick-shifting unit with the forward gears arranged in a double-H pattern and reverse to the left and up, selected by first raising a collar around the shift lever. Longer gearing for the higher ratios and optimised software for the gearshift advisory system help the driver to get maximum fuel efficiency with no loss of driveability. The manual transmission was developed primarily with European markets in mind and has multi-cone synchronisation, optimised gear design, enhanced efficiency, reduced power loss and enhanced durability. It is filled with low-viscosity oil and requires no servicing during the life of the car.

Model

2WD/AWD

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

Sportage ‘1’ 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

130

161

11.1

113

35.7

152

Sportage ‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 114bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

114

280

11.4

109

53.3

108

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

130

161

11.1

113

34.9

156

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

AWD

174

265

9.2

126

32.1

178

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

49.6

114

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

50.4

116

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

174

265

8.9

127

34.4

173

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

31.7

169

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

46.4

120

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

47.9

118

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

134

320

11.6

112

45.6

131

Sportage ‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 8-speed auto ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

39.9

150

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

174

265

8.9

127

34.9

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

32.5

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

48.7

115

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

48.7

117

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

134

320

11.6

112

46.3

129

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

42.2

137

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

32.1

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

48.8

117

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 8-speed auto ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

41.0

148


6 TECHNOLOGY

The upgraded Sportage adopts a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience.

The latest driver assist technologies available in the Sportage include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW), to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. Already a strong performer in Euro NCAP’s tests, Sportage buyers have access to a wide array of existing driver assist systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line S’ models, while Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) are fitted to all versions grade ‘2’ and above.

Every Sportage is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which maximises stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction. The Sportage is also fitted with driver and front passenger airbags, first-row side airbags, and first- and second-row curtain airbags.

The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded for 2018. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, or navigation system, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio are available. All navigation systems (Grade ‘2’ and above) include Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom® as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. Connectivity features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search, and weather forecasts, depending on legal restrictions applied in each country. The Kia Connected Services system in the upgraded Sportage also shows drivers the price of fuel at nearby filling stations, as well as the location and real-time availability of parking spaces. Grade ‘1’ comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, with Grade ‘2’ and ‘GT-Line’ versions adding satellite navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. ‘4’, and ‘GT-Line S’ models feature an 8.0-inch system with satellite navigation.

All models in the Sportage line-up feature Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. USB port for connection of a media device is provided in the front, and a USB charging port in the rear is provided on all grades. The 160-watt audio system comes with DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and features six-speakers. A shark fin antenna is fitted to all Sportage models for clearer reception. ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ feature an uprated eight-speaker system from JBL®, with a more powerful 320-watt output, external amplifier and Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology.

Other available convenience features in the Sportage include a wireless smartphone charger at the base of the centre console (standard on ‘GT-Line S’), rear-view parking camera with dynamic parking lines (all grades), and a Smart Power Tailgate (fitted to ‘GT-Line S’).

 

7 SAFETY

A number of advanced driver assistance systems are offered on the Sportage, all designed to minimise the possibility of an accident. In certain models these complement the comprehensive active and passive safety features fitted to every version. As a result of the measures taken first to prevent accidents and then to mitigate against the effects of them if they are unavoidable, the Sportage has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The Sportage was commended for its ability to protect passengers of all statures in all seats, faring especially well in a side-on impact with a pole, and it scored 71 per cent for its active safety assist technologies.

All models from grade ‘2’ have Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind; High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads; and an Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.

All editions of the Sportage have a reversing camera integrated into the 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen, and reversing sensors are standard on grade ‘2’ and beyond. Front parking sensors are included on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions and a 360-degree Around View Monitor delivers a helicopter-style view from the above the vehicle to aid manoeuvring, and is fitted to all ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

All versions have Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), so that the car comes to rest in the shortest possible distance in an emergency, and with maximum retardation, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) prevent the car from skidding in corners or when accelerating on surfaces with different levels of grip between left and right. Hill-start Assist holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards.

Downhill Brake Control limits the car's speed when travelling down steep or slippery off-road inclines, preventing the need for the driver to cover the brake pedal and risk losing traction. It maintains a steady speed of 5mph. And all versions have Trailer Stability Assist, which uses the ABS, ESC and VSM systems to counter-act the possibility of a caravan or trailer snaking in high winds or when the Sportage is being driven at too high a speed.  

Cruise control is standard with a speed limiter added to Grade ‘2’ and above, with an advanced adaptive cruise control system fitted to ‘GT-Line S’ models. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to warn the drivers of following vehicles, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) ensures the driver is given advanced notice of a loss of pressure long before it could lead to sudden deflation.

There are six airbags (twin front, front side and side curtain) as standard. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners reduce the forces on the wearer’s chest in a collision, and ISOFIX top tethers and anchors are fitted to allow child seats to be mounted. A passenger airbag cut-off switch is standard to permit a rear-facing child seat to be carried in the front of the car. Speed-sensing automatic door locks ensure the security of all passengers. They are automatically disabled in the event of an accident.

The body shell of the Sportage is made up of 51 per cent Advanced High-strength Steel, which affords greater protection by better withstanding impacts and dissipating any crash energy through carefully designed load paths away from the passenger cell.

8 SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Even Grade ‘1’ comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels and all-round disc brakes, projection front fog lights, LED daytime running lamps, chrome window surrounds, smart black cloth upholstery with a light grey headlining, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, all-round electric windows, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition, steering wheel controls and music streaming, USB port, an LED front map light, a ventilation duct and 12-volt power outlet in the rear. Other key equipment includes automatic light control, a driver’s manual seat height adjuster, remote central locking with foldaway key, 7-inch touchscreen, reversing camera system and Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone connectivity. In addition, there’s Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and cruise control.

Grade ‘2’ expands on this with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured exterior handles with chrome inserts, a 7.0-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system and Kia Connected Services with TomTom®, roof rails, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, black premium cloth upholstery and powered lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, reversing sensors, a rear USB charging point, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, front and rear heated seats and the Lane-Keep Assist (LKA), High-Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).

 

Grade ‘4’ models feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, panoramic sunroof, a front wiper de-icer, black leather upholstery, 10-way driver's & 8-way passenger's power adjustable seat (sliding, reclining, height adjustment), a high-gloss black centre fascia, aluminium door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, heated steering wheel, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), a 360-degree around view monitor, a 4.2-inch LCD TFT colour information display and an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker. On the outside of the Sportage ‘4’, there’s black wheel arch body mouldings and side sills with chrome insert, silver painted front and rear skid plates, LED bi-function headlights with adaptive lighting system, LED rear lights, front parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection is standard, along with Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)

 ‘GT-Line’ sits in the range between grades ‘2’ and ‘4’ and has sporty styling flourishes which mark it out as a more dynamic version of the Sportage. There are exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear combination lamps, front parking sensors, engine start/stop button with smart entry system, front wiper de-icer and with the DCT gearbox, paddle shifters. A ‘GT-Line’ exterior styling pack adds ice-cube LED front fog lights, LED Bi-function headlights with adaptive lighting system and dual exhausts (Diesel only). On the inside, there’s black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching, a high-gloss black centre fascia, black headlining, aluminium pedals and scuff plates and a D-shaped leather-covered sports steering wheel.

‘GT-Line S’ offers all of the equipment that ‘GT-Line’ features plus more luxurious flourishes – adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power adjustable driver and 8-way adjustable front passenger seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Electronic Park Brake (EPB), an LED boot light and LED personal lamp, the 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and 8-speaker JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker, Smart Power Tailgate and a wireless phone charger. Safety devices include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) including pedestrian detection, a 360-degree around view monitor, Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW).

9 WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engines) or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Sportage is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

  10 FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

Q. How important is the Sportage in the UK?

            By a significant margin, it’s our best-selling model in the UK, and in 2018 accounted for more than 37 per cent of our total sales here. Last year, in the Sportage’s 25th year, we celebrated a significant milestone when we produced our 5-millionth Sportage.         

Q. What sales targets have you set for the new Sportage for the UK market?

            We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the latest car to build on the achievements so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume here in the UK.

Q. Kia has claimed that the Ceed family will become its European best-seller by 2020. Do you expect Sportage sales to decline as a result?

            While we believe a range of new body styles will make the Ceed our best-selling model, the Sportage offers its own unique benefits and it will remain one of our best-sellers. The Sportage offers SUV design and practicality and is one of our most recognisable and popular vehicles as a result.

 

Q. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            Despite some challenges in the UK new car market, we fully expect to reach a new sales record in 2019 in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the first five months of the year we had passed 44,000 sales – an increase for Kia in a market that was down overall.

 

Q. Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?

            Yes of course we are concerned, but we think the launch of our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine and mild-hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology is quite timely, as it’s very advanced and efficient. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP, and it is one of the most efficient diesel engines in the C-SUV segment. Diesel power has traditionally been very popular in the Sportage, however if buyers want to opt for petrol, we have a range of highly efficient, cutting-edge petrol engines that will exceed their expectations.

 

Q. What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?

            With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 Q. How important are fleet sales for the new Sportage?

A wide range of different models has always been an essential element in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and the new Sportage is a hugely practical, eye-catching design in a crowded segment. The Sportage delivers a striking, yet appealing appearance, but shares the low running costs of other Kia products. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver compelling choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. Sportage delivers the technology, safety, reliability, practicality and appeal that the fleet market demands in a well-equipped and comfortable.

 


10        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

 Q.Which are the best-selling versions?

A. The ‘2’ 1.6 GDi ISG 2WD was the best-selling Sportage variant during 2018. That model is highly suited to retail customers with an ideal combination of competitive pricing, high specification and low running costs. Other bestsellers are the ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi, '2' 1.6 CRDi and ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi.

 

Q. What sort of take-up is there for the ‘GT-Line’ variants?

A. In 2018, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions accounted for more than a third all Sportage registrations, and they are important in helping us to grow our image as the youthful, sporty division of Kia. ‘GT-Line’ models account for 27 per cent of all sales, while the addition of the ‘GT-Line S’ variants adds another 6 per cent to the sales tally. The most popular ‘GT-Line’ variant during 2018 was the 1.6 T-GDI AWD with manual gearbox, which coincidentally was also the highest selling all-wheel-drive model.

 

Q. Which engine does Kia expect to be most popular?

A. The Sportage’s new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine meets the needs of the majority of buyers, with two different power outputs, and with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. We expect this engine to account for a significant proportion of sales, particularly for business customers looking to reduce total running costs. The 1.6-litre T-GDi engine has also proved to be successful since its introduction to the Sportage range, and we expect the diesel mild-hybrid variant to be popular.

 

Q. Are there any plans for a high-performance GT version?

A. There are no plans to launch a ‘GT’ version of the Sportage.

  

Q. Will Kia sell a petrol mild-hybrid Sportage?

A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

  

Q. Will there be a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid Sportage?

A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

 

Q. Why is all-wheel-drive not available with the 1.6 GDi engine or low powered 1.6-litre CRDi unit?

A. These engines were not engineered to work with all-wheel drive for the simple reason that research showed us hardly anyone would want such a combination. Customers who buy the Sportage mainly for its style and practicality expect small, economical engines and the familiarity of front-wheel drive. Those who intend to go off-road or, more likely, tow do want all-wheel drive, but they also want larger, torquier engines.

 

Q. Has the introduction of the Stonic and Niro in recent years harmed sales of the Sportage?

A. No, the Stonic and Niro meet the needs of a different target customer and are introducing new customers to the Kia brand. The Sportage remains our number-one best seller in the UK, with more than 35,000 sold in 2018 and accounting for 37 per cent of Kia’s UK sales. The Sportage is a larger car and offers more space and its own unique design. Customers appreciate the Sportage for its combination of style, practicality and popularity.

 

Q. Diesel sales are declining across Europe. Why is Kia choosing to launch a new diesel engine in the Sportage?

A. Our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine is the most advanced diesel engine we have ever built. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations. It is one of the most efficient diesel engines of any car in the compact SUV segment. At present, there remains a clear demand for diesel power among a significant number of buyers in the C-SUV segment – the new 1.6 CRDi engine offers buyers a compelling cost proposition, with a good balance of fuel efficiency and performance. Diesel still accounts for a major proportion of sales for Kia, and more than 45 per cent of all European sales – in spite of the headlines, diesel is still very popular among car buyers.

 

Q. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the urea tank?

A. Like other cars in its segment, the Sportage’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system, also found in other cars in the segment, enables the Sportage to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant the 6d TEMP regulations currently being introduced. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 18-litre urea tank after around 12,000 km (7,456 miles) with the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, and 10,000 km (6,213 miles) with the 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel engine. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) can be found at virtually all fuel stations and costs less than a litre of diesel. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually not restart (other manufacturer vehicles do the same).

 

Q. Under the new WLTP emissions test, how do official CO2 emissions for the new Sportage compare to the earlier model?

A. As with the majority of other manufacturers, we expect official WLTP-derived CO2 ratings to come in slightly higher than earlier models tested under NEDC conditions. However, we have introduced four new powertrain options (two 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines, and a pair of new diesel mild-hybrid powertrains) and modified other engines. The Sportage’s engine line-up is therefore as advanced it has ever been.

 

Q. When will Kia replace the current-generation Sportage?

A. The Sportage is only halfway through its lifecycle and Kia does not plan to replace it for a number of years yet.

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GENERAL

The New Kia Sportage

THE SPORTAGE ON A PAGE                                                  

A quick resume of the Sportage for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • 21-model range based on six engines, three transmissions and five trim lines
  • All-New 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, developing 114 and 134bhp, now with 48V mild-hybrid tech
  • EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel technology for four per cent better fuel efficiency
  • The third best-selling car in its class in the UK
  • 35,567 examples delivered to UK customers in 2018
  • Sportage outsells Audi Q3, BMW X1, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque and VW Tiguan

Body

  • Longer (5mm) than previous Sportage, with no change in wheelbase, width or height
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ trim grades add the ultimate touch of sportiness
  • Characteristic Kia front end adapted for a powerful SUV appearance
  • Revised nose treatment, with more distinctive rear end

Interior

  • New steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster
  • Ventilation and air conditioning controls have been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding extra clarity.
  • Generous head and leg room front and rear
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with an uncluttered appearance
  • Sporty interior styling for ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ with black leather upholstery and red piping and stitching
  • Heated front and rear seats now standard on grade ‘2’ models and above

Powertrains and running gear

  • All engines revised and exceed the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards
  • EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel technology introduced for the first time, and standard on both 1.6 and 2.0 CRDi engines.
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction fitted to all diesel engines
  • 7-DCT automatic gearbox available on 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines
  • All-new eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox on 2.0-litre CRDi engine with EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid technology
  • All petrol engines feature particulate filters

Technology and safety

  • 360-degree Around View Monitor included for the first time on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models
  • Safety systems include Adaptive cruise control, Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF)
  • All versions feature reversing camera as standard
  • Touchscreen satellite navigation fitted to all models from grade ‘2’ upwards
  • 8.0-inch frameless touchscreen satellite navigation system standard on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® gives speed camera, weather and traffic information
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone integration standard equipment on all model

2 INTRODUCTION

  • Updated version of Kia's best-selling model in the UK
  • Upgraded infotainment system and active driver aids
  • Cutting-edge EcoDynamics+ mild-hybrid 48-volt technology standard on 1.6- and 2.0-litre CRDi engines
  • Efficient new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel powerplant replaces 1.7-litre unit
  • All petrol engines feature particulate filters
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ deliver a sportier flavour
  • 21 variants based on six engines, three gearboxes and five trim lines

The new Kia Sportage features a range of enhancements to cement its position as the brand’s best-selling model in Europe. The new Sportage pairs an updated exterior and interior design with new safety and infotainment technologies, as well as efficient new powertrains complying with future emissions standards. Upgrades to the Sportage range also include modifications to ‘GT-Line’ models.

The car’s advanced all-new EcoDynamics+ 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain is the first to be launched as part of Kia’s global powertrain electrification strategy. With this development, Kia becomes the first manufacturer to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and 48-volt mild-hybrid technology across its model line-up. Kia will launch 16 advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including five new hybrids, five plug-in hybrids, five battery-electric vehicles and, in 2020, a new fuel-cell electric vehicle.

More than 125,260 examples of the Sportage were purchased by European customers in 2018, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK market, over 35,000 buyers chose the Sportage last year. One Sportage was sold every 69 seconds globally in 2017, making it Kia’s international best-seller. The five-millionth Sportage was built in March 2018, three months into the car’s 25th year on sale, following its introduction in 1993. The Sportage for Europe is produced at Kia’s manufacturing facility in Žilina, Slovakia.

An evolution of Kia design

The original design of the fourth generation Sportage was led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the company’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California. The three studios have modernised the look of the Sportage, which features a range of updates to its sporty exterior design. Changes extend to ‘GT-Line’ models, which feature a series of unique upgrades compared to other trim grades. 

There is a redesigned front bumper with new fog lamp housings, and new gloss black or bright chrome inserts leading from the fog lamps into the lower air intake. The Sportage is also now available with an evolved version of its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with new gloss black or matt black grille. New full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. Silver painted front and rear skid plates are fitted to ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

At the rear, the slim combination lamps retain their horizontal shape, with the revised design featuring a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp is integrated into the new rear bumper with longer reflectors positioned below and is now finished with a flash of chrome across its base.

In profile, the upgraded model is available with new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Five new paint colours are available on the new Sportage, including new shades of silver, grey, blue, and copper.

Changes to ‘GT-Line’ include a new design gloss black radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plates, and dark chrome inserts on the front bumper and side sills. The unique 19-inch alloy wheels of the ‘GT-Line’ have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.

A drag co-efficient of 0.33 Cd remains unchanged following the updates to the SUV’s exterior design. While its length increases up 5mm, dimensions and profile remain largely the same (4,485mm long, 1,855mm wide, 1,635mm tall, with a 2,670mm wheelbase). The ‘GT-Line’ model is 10mm longer, at 4,495mm, due to its unique bumper design.

While the layout of the cabin is retained, a series of minor upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The upgraded model is equipped with a new steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster, while ‘GT-Line’ models are available with new black leather seat trim with red accents. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning controls at the centre of the dashboard have also been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding further clarity to the dashboard layout.

Updated powertrains, all meeting Euro 6d Temp emissions regulations

The line-up of petrol engines remains the same in the upgraded Sportage, though with minor modifications to emissions, with buyers able to choose between two powerplants. Both petrol engines are direct-injection (GDi) 1.6-litre units from Kia's Gamma and are now fitted with new particulate filters to further reduce harmful emissions, ensuring full compliance with the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard. The naturally aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers a torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 152g/km.

In the Sportage, the T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine develops 174bhp at 5,500rpm, while maximum torque is 265Nm from 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. The result is instantaneous response to throttle inputs and rapid acceleration without interruption. It was developed entirely in-house by Kia engineers at the Namyang research and development centre in Korea, with input from Kia's European technical centre in Frankfurt. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds (2WD manual) or an even faster 8.8 seconds with the AWD 7DCT. For the 1.6 T-GDi engine, CO2 emissions are as low as 168g/km, with fuel economy up to 34.9mpg (combined). Sportage models equipped with the T-GDi engine are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) on all-wheel drive models.

EcoDynamics+ delivers Kia’s first mild hybrid diesel powertrain

The Sportage now offers a wider range of diesel engines, including Kia’s ‘EcoDynamics+’ new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain available with both the 1.6- and 2.0-litre units.

EcoDynamics+ has been engineered to deliver greater efficiency from internal combustion engines on the road, by using electric power delivered and recuperated seamlessly. In the Sportage, the system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine’s crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between ‘motor’ and ‘generator’ modes.

In ‘motor’ mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing up power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration – when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill – the MHSG switches to ‘generator’ mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go. An advanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) calculates the most efficient use of available energy and adjusts accordingly, taking into account the amount of charge remaining in the car’s batteries.

The battery and MHSG also support a new ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking. The MHSG seamlessly re-ignites the engine when the driver presses the throttle pedal.

The compact nature of the mild-hybrid powertrain made it relatively straightforward to integrate into the Sportage’s existing architecture. The 48-volt battery is located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on practicality. Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there was little need to repackage the engine bay.

Equipped with Kia’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide-harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and up to seven per cent on the reconverted New European Driving Cycle 2.0.

All-new ‘U3’ diesel engine

The Sportage’s previous 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine that is paired to a 48-volt mild hybrid system on all versions. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 108g/km for 114bhp models, and 114g/km for higher-powered models (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). Driving the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission as standard, 134bhp models are also available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The ‘U3’ engine features SCR active emissions control technology to regulate NOx and diesel particulate matter.

Comfort built in as standard

The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension, carried over unchanged for the updated model. Delivering a comfortable ride and superior damping over poor road surfaces, the chassis is nevertheless tuned to offer intuitive and engaging handling. ‘GT-Line’ models feature their own specially-tuned suspension characteristics, endowing the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride – crucially, without compromising the SUV’s fundamental comfort and stability. The suspension characteristics for the Sportage ‘GT-Line’ were tested and fine-tuned on a variety of European roads, with European drivers in mind.

The fourth generation Sportage is available as standard with Kia’s ‘R-MDPS’ Rack-mounted electric Motor-Driven Power Steering. The R-MDPS system delivers quick responses and enhanced steering feel, placing the Sportage among the most agile models in the compact SUV class. The Sportage is fitted as standard with a column-mounted power steering system, which delivers linear responses to driver inputs and maximum stability and confidence at the wheel.

The Sportage is equipped with 305 mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 302 mm solid disc brakes at the rear.

Cutting-edge safety systems

A number of advanced driver assistance systems are offered on the Sportage, all designed to minimise the possibility of an accident. In certain models these complement the comprehensive active and passive safety features fitted to every version. As a result of the measures taken first to prevent accidents and then to mitigate against the effects of them if they are unavoidable, the Sportage has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The Sportage was commended for its ability to protect passengers of all statures in all seats, faring especially well in a side-on impact with a pole, and it scored 71 per cent for its active safety assist technologies.

All models from grade ‘2’ have Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind; High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads; and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.

All models have a reversing camera integrated into the 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, and reversing sensors are standard on grade ‘2’ and above. Front parking sensors are included on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions and a 360-degree Around View Monitor delivers a helicopter-style view from above the vehicle to aid manoeuvring, and is fitted to all ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

All versions have Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), so that the car comes to rest in the shortest possible distance in an emergency, and with maximum retardation, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) prevent the car from skidding in corners or when accelerating on surfaces with different levels of grip between left and right. Hill-start Assist holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards.

Downhill Brake Control limits the car's speed when travelling down steep or slippery off-road inclines, preventing the need for the driver to cover the brake pedal and risk losing traction. It maintains a steady speed of 5mph. And all versions have Trailer Stability Assist, which uses the ABS, ESC and VSM systems to counter-act the possibility of a caravan or trailer snaking in high winds or when the Sportage is being driven at too high a speed.  

Cruise control is available on grade ‘1’, while cruise control with a speed limiter is available from grade ‘2’ onwards, with an advanced adaptive cruise control system fitted to ‘GT-Line S’ models. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to warn the drivers of following vehicles, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) ensures the driver is given advance notice of a loss of pressure long before it could lead to sudden deflation.

There are six airbags (twin front, front side and side curtain) as standard. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners reduce the forces on the wearer’s chest in a collision, and ISOFIX top tethers and anchors are fitted to allow child seats to be mounted. A passenger airbag cut-off switch is standard to permit a rear-facing child seat to be carried in the front of the car. Speed-sensing automatic door locks ensure the security of all passengers. They are automatically disabled in the event of an accident.

The body shell of the Sportage is made up of 51 per cent Advanced High-strength Steel, which affords greater protection by better withstanding impacts and dissipating any crash energy through carefully designed load paths away from the passenger cell.

Tech giants

The upgraded Sportage adopts a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience.

The latest driver assist technologies available in the Sportage include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW), to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. Sportage buyers have access to a wide array of existing driver assist systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line S’ models, while Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) are fitted to all versions grade ‘2’ and above.

Every Sportage is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which maximises stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction. The Sportage is also fitted with driver and front passenger airbags, first-row side airbags, and first- and second-row curtain airbags.

The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded on the Sportage. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, or satellite navigation system, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio are available. All satellite navigation systems (Grade ‘2’ and above) include Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom® as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. Connectivity features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search, and weather forecasts, depending on legal restrictions applied in each country. The Kia Connected Services system has been updated in the Sportage to show drivers the price of fuel at nearby filling stations, as well as the location and real-time availability of parking spaces. Grade ‘1’ comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, with Grade ‘2’ and ‘GT-Line’ versions adding satellite navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. ‘4’, and ‘GT-Line S’ models feature an 8.0-inch system with satellite navigation.

All models in the Sportage line-up feature Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. A USB port for connection of an audio media device are provided in the front, and a USB charging port in the rear is provided ona llLine S’. The 160-watt audio system comes with DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and features six-speakers. A shark fin antenna is fitted to all Sportage models for clearer reception. For audiophiles, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ feature an uprated eight-speaker system from JBL®, with a more powerful 320-watt output, external amplifier and Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology.

Other available convenience features in the Sportage include a wireless smartphone charger at the base of the centre console (standard on ‘GT-Line S’), rear-view parking camera with dynamic parking lines (all grades), and a Smart Power Tailgate (fitted to ‘GT-Line S’).

3 DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The original design of the fourth generation Sportage was led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the company’s design centres in Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California. For 2018, the three studios have modernised the look of the Sportage, which features a range of updates to its sporty exterior design. Changes extend to ‘GT-Line’ models, which feature a series of unique upgrades compared to other trim grades.

There is a redesigned front bumper with new fog lamp housings, and new gloss black or bright chrome inserts leading from the fog lamps into the lower air intake. The Sportage is also now available with an evolved version of its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with new gloss black or matt black grille. New full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance. A metallic skid plate is available on variants ‘4’ and above.

At the rear, the slim combination lamps retain their horizontal shape, with the revised design featuring a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp and reflectors are now integrated into the new rear bumper, which is now finished with a flash of chrome across its base.

In profile, the Sportage is available with new 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Five new paint colours are available on the new Sportage, including new shades of silver, grey, blue, and copper.

Changes to ‘GT-Line’ include a new gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, gloss black and silver skid plates, and dark chrome inserts on the front bumper, the side sills and rear tailgate. The unique 19-inch alloy wheels of the ‘GT-Line’ have been redesigned, and all models are fitted with a dual exhaust rear valance and revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamp designs.

Sleek and rakish, the Sportage successfully incorporates the key features of an SUV in an urban-friendly, athletic and muscular package. The Sportage is 5mm longer than its predecessor but with an unchanged wheelbase, width and height. The dimensions make it look lithe and sporty, with a low drag co-efficient of 0.33. Aerodynamic efficiency helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions at speed.

The Sportage has a sporty profile, accentuated by the high shoulder line, with a standard chrome belt-like strip and body-coloured door mirrors and handles, with chrome inserts from grade ‘2’. Roof rails and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate are also standard on ‘2’ models and above. The lower body sides are deeply sculpted and flow into powerful wheel arches, and there are black side sill and wheel-arch mouldings.

Straight, flowing character lines stretch across the body above the sills, beneath the glasshouse and over the side window line, giving the profile a sense of tension and precision. This is emphasised by the sharp styling of the 16-, 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels, which feature a fresh design.

There is a chiselled and voluminous look to the rear, which features a mixture of concave and convex surfaces and horizontal lines which emphasise the car's wide and stable stance. There are rear combination lamps with their distinctive night-time signature. The rear lamp units are LED on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. Beneath the tailgate is an aerodynamic diffuser, a further nod to the car's sporty credentials.

The inside line

The new Sportage continues the leap forward Kia has been making with actual and perceived quality through flush-fitting fixtures and trim; premium-standard, soft-to-the-touch materials; and luxurious detailing. It has the look and feel of a car from a higher market sector, but without the hefty price tag.

While the layout of the previous Sportage cabin is retained, a series of minor upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The upgraded model is equipped with a new steering wheel and revised driver instrument cluster. The design of the ventilation and air conditioning controls at the centre of the dashboard have also been revised, with new bezels around the dials adding further clarity to the dashboard layout.

The dash is horizontal in layout and split into an upper display area containing the Thin Film Transistor instrument graphics and 7.0- or 8.0-inch colour infotainment touchscreen, depending on model. The lower section is the control area, with soft-painted buttons for the heater switches and the audio system. The touchscreen infotainment system means the interior designers have been able to reduce the number of switches, making the cabin look neater and less cluttered while improving ergonomics and, ultimately, safety, because the driver's gaze needs to be averted from the road for shorter periods.

The front of the cabin is driver-centric, with a pronounced cockpit layout and simple switches grouped according to function. This is also more ergonomic and safer. The centre console is angled at 7.2 degrees towards the driver for easier visibility.

Sportage ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models benefit from a 4.2-inch TFT LCD supervision cluster mounted between the two recessed dials of the dual-bezel instrument display – yet another indicator of Kia’s unstinting effort to raise quality. The supervision cluster incorporates trip information, outdoor temperature and a gearshift indicator. The touchscreen infotainment systems – standard on all Sportages – are integrated with a rear-view camera display to help owners when reversing or parking. 

All versions have tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, a height-adjustable driver's seat (10-way power-adjustable on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ along with 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat) and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter. Grade ‘2’ upwards comes with heated front and outer rear seats.

The top of the crash pad is made up of foamed plastic with fine quality stitching and features detailed texturing. This is echoed in the door trim quality, which is in leather from grade ‘2’ upwards. There is an additional grip handle on the passenger's side, with either a metallic or a satin chrome finish, depending on model, and the capacity of the front-door bottle holders is a generous one-litre. The front sun visors slide from side to side so that they can be neatly positioned to block out the sun, and they contain large mirrors. An organ-type boxed accelerator pedal has been installed for greater comfort.

Grade ‘1’ has black cloth upholstery, grade ‘2’ has premium black cloth upholstery and in grade ‘4’ there is black leather. ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants both have black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching.

The fascia trim is either metallic effect or high-gloss black, depending on model, and there are metallic finish or satin chrome door handles, according to grade. Satin stainless-steel door scuff plates feature on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions. The headlining across the range, apart from ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’, is in light grey. A longer centre console tray provides more storage space for small items.

4 DYNAMICS

The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension, carried over unchanged for the 2018 model. Delivering a comfortable ride and superior damping over poor road surfaces, the chassis is nevertheless tuned to offer intuitive and engaging handling. ‘GT-Line’ models feature their own specially-tuned suspension characteristics, endowing the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride – crucially, without compromising the SUV’s fundamental comfort and stability. The suspension characteristics for the Sportage ‘GT-Line’ were tested and fine-tuned on a variety of European roads, with European drivers in mind.

The fourth generation Sportage is fitted with Kia’s ‘R-MDPS’ Rack-Mounted electric Motor-Driven Power Steering. As standard, the R-MDPS system delivers quick responses and enhanced steering feel, placing the Sportage among the most agile models in the compact SUV class. The Sportage is fitted as standard with a column-mounted power steering system, which delivers linear responses to driver inputs and maximum stability and confidence at the wheel. 

The Sportage is equipped with 305 mm ventilated disc brakes at the front and 302 mm solid disc brakes at the rear.

5 ENGINES

The line-up of petrol engines remains the same in the upgraded Sportage, though with minor modifications to lower emissions, with buyers able to choose between two powerplants. The 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) engine produces 174bhp and 265Nm torque, with emissions from 168g/km. The naturally-aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 152g/km. Both petrol engines are now fitted with new particulate filters to minimise harmful emissions, ensuring full compliance with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. Sportage models equipped with the T-GDi engine are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) on all-wheel drive models.

Both petrol engines are direct-injection (GDi) 1.6-litre units from Kia's Gamma family. In the Sportage, the T-GDi engine develops 174bhp at 5,500rpm, while maximum torque is 265Nm from 1,500rpm to 4,500rpm. The result is instantaneous response to throttle inputs and rapid acceleration without interruption. It was developed entirely in-house by Kia engineers at the Namyang research and development centre in Korea, with input from Kia's European technical centre in Frankfurt. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds (2WD manual) or an even faster 8.8 seconds with the AWD 7DCT. For the 1.6 T-GDi engine, CO2 emissions are as low as 168g/km, with fuel economy up to 34.9mpg (combined).  

A number of factors contribute towards the exemplary driveability and efficiency of the lightweight, all-aluminium, 1.6-litre T-GDi unit. There is continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre-line to aid smoothness.

A twin-scroll turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold and there is a split wall between cylinders one/four and two/three, which results in reduced interference, faster response and higher torque at low engine revolutions. All of this eliminates the ‘turbo lag’ between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger building up boost pressure, while simultaneously improving gas flow and reducing heat losses for maximum efficiency.

The integrated exhaust manifold and turbocharger, in a one-piece casting, improve sealing while reducing weight by 1.5kg. Simultaneously, it improves gas flow and reduces heat losses, further boosting efficiency. For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods are stronger than in the normally aspirated unit, while there are additional oil jets.

The normally aspirated 1.6 GDi Gamma engine develops 130bhp at 6,300rpm and 161Nm of torque at 4,850rpm. Like the T-GDi unit, it is an aluminium, 1,591cc, 16-valve twin-cam engine with variable valve timing, but with a higher compression ratio. Performance is enhanced by the high-pressure direct-injection fuelling and variable induction systems, while fuel economy and emissions have been reduced by the use of a variable valve system on both the intake and exhaust sides, T-5 heat treatment insertions in the block and a roller chain system.

A fine mist of petrol is injected directly into each of the four cylinders at up to 135 bar in minutely precise quantities and with millisecond timing to ensure the engine uses only as much fuel as it needs, exactly when it needs it. The result is highly efficient combustion that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption and emissions – the 1.6-litre GDi with ISG has a combined fuel economy of up to 35.7mpg and CO2 emissions of only 152g/km on grade ‘1’. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 11.1 seconds on to a maximum speed of 113mph.   

All-New EcoDynamics+ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain

The Sportage now offers a wider range of diesel engines, including Kia’s all-new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid powertrains. The 2.0 CRDi 48V with ISG and eight-speed automatic transmission has a combined fuel economy of up to 41mpg and CO2 emissions from only 148g/km. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds on to a maximum speed of 125mph. A single ‘GT-Line’ specification car is offered with a six-speed manual transmission and has a combined fuel economy of 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 137g/km. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 9.2 secs before hitting a maximum speed of 125mph.

The brand new 1.6-litre diesel mild-hybrid powertrains are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox with front-wheel-drive or seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox. In addition, a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission with all-wheel-drive is offered. For the 114bhp mild hybrid 1.6 CRDi front-wheel-drive edition, it manages a combined fuel economy figure of 53.3mpg (‘1’ manual) and CO2 emissions of just 108g/km, and accelerates to 60mph in 11.4 seconds, with a top speed of 109mph. For the more powerful 134bhp edition, the manual version has CO2 emissions from 114g/km and is capable of up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. A top speed of 112mph is possible, with acceleration to 60mph in 10.8 seconds. The seven-speed DCT automatic 2WD versions emit CO2 from 116g/km and achieve 50.4mpg, with a top speed of 112mph and acceleration to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. For extra traction, buyers have the choice of a four-wheel-drive edition with seven-speed DCT automatic transmission, that manages CO2 emissions from 129g/km and fuel economy on the combined cycle from 46.3mpg, while accelerating to 60mph takes 11.6 seconds, with the same top speed of 112mph.

EcoDynamics+ has been engineered to deliver greater efficiency from internal combustion engines on the road, by using electric power delivered and recuperated seamlessly. In the Sportage, the system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery and extends engine ‘off time’ with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine’s crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between ‘motor’ and ‘generator’ modes.

In ‘motor’ mode the battery is discharged under acceleration providing power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration – when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill – the MHSG switches to ‘generator’ mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go. An advanced Electronic Control Unit (ECU) calculates the most efficient use of available energy and adjusts accordingly, taking into account the amount of charge remaining in the car’s batteries.

The battery and MHSG also support a new ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function. If the battery has sufficient charge, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking. The MHSG seamlessly re-ignites the engine when the driver presses the throttle pedal.

The compact nature of the mild-hybrid powertrain made it relatively straightforward to integrate into the Sportage’s existing architecture. The 48-volt battery is located beneath the boot floor, minimising the impact on practicality. Because the MHSG integrates directly with the engine, driving the crankshaft via a belt, there was little need to repackage the engine bay.

Like the 1.6 CRDi models, the 2.0 CRDi 48V equipped with Kia’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology, the EcoDynamics+ powertrain can reduce CO2 emissions by up to four per cent on the Worldwide-harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and up to seven per cent on the reconverted New European Driving Cycle 2.0.

Powertrain line-up boosted by all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine

The Sportage’s previous 1.7-litre CRDi (common-rail direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine. The 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 108g/km for 114bhp models, and as low as 114g/km for higher-powered models (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). Driving the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission as standard, 134bhp models are also available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed auto Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). The ‘U3’ engine features SCR active emissions control technology to regulate NOx and diesel particulate matter.

New for 2019 is a 48-volt mild hybrid version of the 1.6-litre CRDi engine, joining the previous 2.0-litre unit. Compared to the standard ‘U3’ powerplant, CO2 emissions are lower by up to 13g/km.

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)

All versions of the Sportage are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic.  As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear lever into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, or brings the car to a stop with automatic transmission. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the clutch pedal is partially engaged again, or the driver releases the brake pedal in automatics. This feature means the car is not using fuel or emitting CO2 when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch on the dashboard.

Intelligent all-wheel drive

All 2.0-litre CRDi EcoDynamics+ versions of Sportage come as standard with intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive, and it is an option on 1.6-litre T-GDi and high-powered 1.6-litre CRDi variants. This continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when it will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing circumstances.  As a result, the Sportage is always in the correct drive mode. It now incorporates Advanced Traction Cornering Control, which monitors road speed, throttle input and steering angle and distributes torque between the left and right wheels to maximise cornering stability.  

The all-wheel-drive system normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear if road conditions deteriorate or to enhance cornering stability. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

The intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system makes decisions by analysing data from the car's electronic control unit. Its fully active all-wheel-drive coupling is electro-hydraulically activated via a multi-plate clutch. The benefits for the driver are reduced fuel consumption (because all-wheel drive is engaged only when necessary), greater cornering stability and the elimination of under- and oversteer in extreme circumstances or road conditions.  The system has a high thermal capacity, which means it will not overheat and need to shut itself down in repeated hill climbing or when towing at maximum capacity.

A number of electronic features are fitted to the Sportage to increase safety during on-road driving and to maximise the car's off-road capability or in areas where bad weather and poor driving conditions are facts of life.

All versions are fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to counteract any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions and when accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right.

These are linked to three additional systems – Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and a Roll-over Sensor. DBC ensures the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes so that the driver does not need to touch the brakes, which might result in a loss of traction. HAC prevents slip-back when setting off uphill and eliminates the possibility of wheelspin. The Roll-over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of tipping over and deploys the curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC and Anti-lock Brake systems, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force if it detects a potential loss of control. If this is insufficient, gentle all-wheel braking is introduced, along with a reduction in engine power, until the vehicle and trailer are stabilised.

Transmissions

There are three transmissions with the Sportage. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard across the range. The 182bhp 2.0-litre CRDi Ecodynamics+ powerplant is paired with either a new Kia-designed eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line’). The 7DCT gearbox is offered with the higher-powered 1.6-litre CRDi engine in grades ‘2’, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line’, and is fitted as standard to the ‘GT-Line S’ model. Similarly, the 7DCT transmission is available on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades with all-wheel-drive.

The 7DCT gearbox was developed in-house at Kia's Namyang research and development centre in Korea with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode, with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gearchanges via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

One clutch operates the odd-numbered gears and the other the even-numbered ratios, ensuring that the transmission is always primed for the next up- or downshift. As a result, torque losses during shifting are reduced, improving efficiency, while gearchanges are at least as smooth as with the best torque converter auto.

The manual is a slick-shifting unit with the forward gears arranged in a double-H pattern and reverse to the left and up, selected by first raising a collar around the shift lever. Longer gearing for the higher ratios and optimised software for the gearshift advisory system help the driver to get maximum fuel efficiency with no loss of driveability. The manual transmission was developed primarily with European markets in mind and has multi-cone synchronisation, optimised gear design, enhanced efficiency, reduced power loss and enhanced durability. It is filled with low-viscosity oil and requires no servicing during the life of the car.

Model

2WD/AWD

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

Sportage ‘1’ 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

130

161

11.1

113

35.7

152

Sportage ‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 114bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

114

280

11.4

109

53.3

108

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 GDi 130bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

130

161

11.1

113

34.9

156

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

AWD

174

265

9.2

126

32.1

178

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

49.6

114

Sportage ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

50.4

116

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

174

265

8.9

127

34.4

173

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

31.7

169

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

46.4

120

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

47.9

118

Sportage ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

134

320

11.6

112

45.6

131

Sportage ‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 8-speed auto ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

39.9

150

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

174

265

8.9

127

34.9

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

32.5

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

2WD

134

320

10.8

112

48.7

115

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

48.7

117

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

134

320

11.6

112

46.3

129

Sportage ‘GT-Line’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 6-speed manual ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

42.2

137

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 174bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG

AWD

174

265

8.8

125

32.1

168

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 48V 7-speed auto DCT ISG

2WD

134

320

11.4

112

48.8

117

Sportage ‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 182bhp 48V 8-speed auto ISG

AWD

182

400

9.2

125

41.0

148


6 TECHNOLOGY

The upgraded Sportage adopts a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience.

The latest driver assist technologies available in the Sportage include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, an Around View Monitor for easier parking manoeuvres, and Driver Attention Warning (DAW), to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel. Already a strong performer in Euro NCAP’s tests, Sportage buyers have access to a wide array of existing driver assist systems. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line S’ models, while Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) are fitted to all versions grade ‘2’ and above.

Every Sportage is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which maximises stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction. The Sportage is also fitted with driver and front passenger airbags, first-row side airbags, and first- and second-row curtain airbags.

The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded for 2018. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, or navigation system, or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio are available. All navigation systems (Grade ‘2’ and above) include Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom® as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. Connectivity features include live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local search, and weather forecasts, depending on legal restrictions applied in each country. The Kia Connected Services system in the upgraded Sportage also shows drivers the price of fuel at nearby filling stations, as well as the location and real-time availability of parking spaces. Grade ‘1’ comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, with Grade ‘2’ and ‘GT-Line’ versions adding satellite navigation with a 7.0-inch touchscreen. ‘4’, and ‘GT-Line S’ models feature an 8.0-inch system with satellite navigation.

All models in the Sportage line-up feature Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control, as well as Bluetooth® with music streaming. USB port for connection of a media device is provided in the front, and a USB charging port in the rear is provided on all grades. The 160-watt audio system comes with DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and features six-speakers. A shark fin antenna is fitted to all Sportage models for clearer reception. ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ feature an uprated eight-speaker system from JBL®, with a more powerful 320-watt output, external amplifier and Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology.

Other available convenience features in the Sportage include a wireless smartphone charger at the base of the centre console (standard on ‘GT-Line S’), rear-view parking camera with dynamic parking lines (all grades), and a Smart Power Tailgate (fitted to ‘GT-Line S’).

 

7 SAFETY

A number of advanced driver assistance systems are offered on the Sportage, all designed to minimise the possibility of an accident. In certain models these complement the comprehensive active and passive safety features fitted to every version. As a result of the measures taken first to prevent accidents and then to mitigate against the effects of them if they are unavoidable, the Sportage has earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. The Sportage was commended for its ability to protect passengers of all statures in all seats, faring especially well in a side-on impact with a pole, and it scored 71 per cent for its active safety assist technologies.

All models from grade ‘2’ have Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind; High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads; and an Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.

All editions of the Sportage have a reversing camera integrated into the 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen, and reversing sensors are standard on grade ‘2’ and beyond. Front parking sensors are included on ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions and a 360-degree Around View Monitor delivers a helicopter-style view from the above the vehicle to aid manoeuvring, and is fitted to all ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

All versions have Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), so that the car comes to rest in the shortest possible distance in an emergency, and with maximum retardation, regardless of the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) prevent the car from skidding in corners or when accelerating on surfaces with different levels of grip between left and right. Hill-start Assist holds the car for two seconds when setting off on inclines to prevent it rolling backwards.

Downhill Brake Control limits the car's speed when travelling down steep or slippery off-road inclines, preventing the need for the driver to cover the brake pedal and risk losing traction. It maintains a steady speed of 5mph. And all versions have Trailer Stability Assist, which uses the ABS, ESC and VSM systems to counter-act the possibility of a caravan or trailer snaking in high winds or when the Sportage is being driven at too high a speed.  

Cruise control is standard with a speed limiter added to Grade ‘2’ and above, with an advanced adaptive cruise control system fitted to ‘GT-Line S’ models. Emergency Stop Signalling flashes the high-level brake light in an emergency stop to warn the drivers of following vehicles, and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS) ensures the driver is given advanced notice of a loss of pressure long before it could lead to sudden deflation.

There are six airbags (twin front, front side and side curtain) as standard. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners reduce the forces on the wearer’s chest in a collision, and ISOFIX top tethers and anchors are fitted to allow child seats to be mounted. A passenger airbag cut-off switch is standard to permit a rear-facing child seat to be carried in the front of the car. Speed-sensing automatic door locks ensure the security of all passengers. They are automatically disabled in the event of an accident.

The body shell of the Sportage is made up of 51 per cent Advanced High-strength Steel, which affords greater protection by better withstanding impacts and dissipating any crash energy through carefully designed load paths away from the passenger cell.

8 SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Even Grade ‘1’ comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels and all-round disc brakes, projection front fog lights, LED daytime running lamps, chrome window surrounds, smart black cloth upholstery with a light grey headlining, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, all-round electric windows, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition, steering wheel controls and music streaming, USB port, an LED front map light, a ventilation duct and 12-volt power outlet in the rear. Other key equipment includes automatic light control, a driver’s manual seat height adjuster, remote central locking with foldaway key, 7-inch touchscreen, reversing camera system and Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone connectivity. In addition, there’s Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HSAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and cruise control.

Grade ‘2’ expands on this with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured exterior handles with chrome inserts, a 7.0-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system and Kia Connected Services with TomTom®, roof rails, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, black premium cloth upholstery and powered lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, reversing sensors, a rear USB charging point, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, front and rear heated seats and the Lane-Keep Assist (LKA), High-Beam Assist (HBA) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).

 

Grade ‘4’ models feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, panoramic sunroof, a front wiper de-icer, black leather upholstery, 10-way driver's & 8-way passenger's power adjustable seat (sliding, reclining, height adjustment), a high-gloss black centre fascia, aluminium door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, heated steering wheel, Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), a 360-degree around view monitor, a 4.2-inch LCD TFT colour information display and an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker. On the outside of the Sportage ‘4’, there’s black wheel arch body mouldings and side sills with chrome insert, silver painted front and rear skid plates, LED bi-function headlights with adaptive lighting system, LED rear lights, front parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection is standard, along with Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)

 ‘GT-Line’ sits in the range between grades ‘2’ and ‘4’ and has sporty styling flourishes which mark it out as a more dynamic version of the Sportage. There are exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear combination lamps, front parking sensors, engine start/stop button with smart entry system, front wiper de-icer and with the DCT gearbox, paddle shifters. A ‘GT-Line’ exterior styling pack adds ice-cube LED front fog lights, LED Bi-function headlights with adaptive lighting system and dual exhausts (Diesel only). On the inside, there’s black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching, a high-gloss black centre fascia, black headlining, aluminium pedals and scuff plates and a D-shaped leather-covered sports steering wheel.

‘GT-Line S’ offers all of the equipment that ‘GT-Line’ features plus more luxurious flourishes – adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power adjustable driver and 8-way adjustable front passenger seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, Electronic Park Brake (EPB), an LED boot light and LED personal lamp, the 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and 8-speaker JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker, Smart Power Tailgate and a wireless phone charger. Safety devices include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) including pedestrian detection, a 360-degree around view monitor, Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW).

9 WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engines) or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Sportage is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 

  10 FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

Q. How important is the Sportage in the UK?

            By a significant margin, it’s our best-selling model in the UK, and in 2018 accounted for more than 37 per cent of our total sales here. Last year, in the Sportage’s 25th year, we celebrated a significant milestone when we produced our 5-millionth Sportage.         

Q. What sales targets have you set for the new Sportage for the UK market?

            We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the latest car to build on the achievements so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume here in the UK.

Q. Kia has claimed that the Ceed family will become its European best-seller by 2020. Do you expect Sportage sales to decline as a result?

            While we believe a range of new body styles will make the Ceed our best-selling model, the Sportage offers its own unique benefits and it will remain one of our best-sellers. The Sportage offers SUV design and practicality and is one of our most recognisable and popular vehicles as a result.

 

Q. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            Despite some challenges in the UK new car market, we fully expect to reach a new sales record in 2019 in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the first five months of the year we had passed 44,000 sales – an increase for Kia in a market that was down overall.

 

Q. Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?

            Yes of course we are concerned, but we think the launch of our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine and mild-hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology is quite timely, as it’s very advanced and efficient. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP, and it is one of the most efficient diesel engines in the C-SUV segment. Diesel power has traditionally been very popular in the Sportage, however if buyers want to opt for petrol, we have a range of highly efficient, cutting-edge petrol engines that will exceed their expectations.

 

Q. What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?

            With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 Q. How important are fleet sales for the new Sportage?

A wide range of different models has always been an essential element in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and the new Sportage is a hugely practical, eye-catching design in a crowded segment. The Sportage delivers a striking, yet appealing appearance, but shares the low running costs of other Kia products. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver compelling choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. Sportage delivers the technology, safety, reliability, practicality and appeal that the fleet market demands in a well-equipped and comfortable.

 


10        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

 Q.Which are the best-selling versions?

A. The ‘2’ 1.6 GDi ISG 2WD was the best-selling Sportage variant during 2018. That model is highly suited to retail customers with an ideal combination of competitive pricing, high specification and low running costs. Other bestsellers are the ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi, '2' 1.6 CRDi and ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi.

 

Q. What sort of take-up is there for the ‘GT-Line’ variants?

A. In 2018, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions accounted for more than a third all Sportage registrations, and they are important in helping us to grow our image as the youthful, sporty division of Kia. ‘GT-Line’ models account for 27 per cent of all sales, while the addition of the ‘GT-Line S’ variants adds another 6 per cent to the sales tally. The most popular ‘GT-Line’ variant during 2018 was the 1.6 T-GDI AWD with manual gearbox, which coincidentally was also the highest selling all-wheel-drive model.

 

Q. Which engine does Kia expect to be most popular?

A. The Sportage’s new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine meets the needs of the majority of buyers, with two different power outputs, and with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. We expect this engine to account for a significant proportion of sales, particularly for business customers looking to reduce total running costs. The 1.6-litre T-GDi engine has also proved to be successful since its introduction to the Sportage range, and we expect the diesel mild-hybrid variant to be popular.

 

Q. Are there any plans for a high-performance GT version?

A. There are no plans to launch a ‘GT’ version of the Sportage.

  

Q. Will Kia sell a petrol mild-hybrid Sportage?

A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

  

Q. Will there be a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid Sportage?

A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

 

Q. Why is all-wheel-drive not available with the 1.6 GDi engine or low powered 1.6-litre CRDi unit?

A. These engines were not engineered to work with all-wheel drive for the simple reason that research showed us hardly anyone would want such a combination. Customers who buy the Sportage mainly for its style and practicality expect small, economical engines and the familiarity of front-wheel drive. Those who intend to go off-road or, more likely, tow do want all-wheel drive, but they also want larger, torquier engines.

 

Q. Has the introduction of the Stonic and Niro in recent years harmed sales of the Sportage?

A. No, the Stonic and Niro meet the needs of a different target customer and are introducing new customers to the Kia brand. The Sportage remains our number-one best seller in the UK, with more than 35,000 sold in 2018 and accounting for 37 per cent of Kia’s UK sales. The Sportage is a larger car and offers more space and its own unique design. Customers appreciate the Sportage for its combination of style, practicality and popularity.

 

Q. Diesel sales are declining across Europe. Why is Kia choosing to launch a new diesel engine in the Sportage?

A. Our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine is the most advanced diesel engine we have ever built. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations. It is one of the most efficient diesel engines of any car in the compact SUV segment. At present, there remains a clear demand for diesel power among a significant number of buyers in the C-SUV segment – the new 1.6 CRDi engine offers buyers a compelling cost proposition, with a good balance of fuel efficiency and performance. Diesel still accounts for a major proportion of sales for Kia, and more than 45 per cent of all European sales – in spite of the headlines, diesel is still very popular among car buyers.

 

Q. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the urea tank?

A. Like other cars in its segment, the Sportage’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system, also found in other cars in the segment, enables the Sportage to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant the 6d TEMP regulations currently being introduced. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 18-litre urea tank after around 12,000 km (7,456 miles) with the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, and 10,000 km (6,213 miles) with the 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel engine. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) can be found at virtually all fuel stations and costs less than a litre of diesel. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually not restart (other manufacturer vehicles do the same).

 

Q. Under the new WLTP emissions test, how do official CO2 emissions for the new Sportage compare to the earlier model?

A. As with the majority of other manufacturers, we expect official WLTP-derived CO2 ratings to come in slightly higher than earlier models tested under NEDC conditions. However, we have introduced four new powertrain options (two 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines, and a pair of new diesel mild-hybrid powertrains) and modified other engines. The Sportage’s engine line-up is therefore as advanced it has ever been.

 

Q. When will Kia replace the current-generation Sportage?

A. The Sportage is only halfway through its lifecycle and Kia does not plan to replace it for a number of years yet.

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For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson
Director of Corporate Communications

 E: skitson@kia.co.uk   
T: 01932 832075 M: 07795 011 936

Daniel Sayles
Press Relations Manager

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149

Sara Robinson     
Senior Press Officer

E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832072 M: 07919 482 332

Moyosola Fujamade
Press Officer (events)

E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
T: 01932 832069 M: 07471 216 343

Lauren Martin
Press Officer (press fleet)

E: lmartin@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832071  M: 07557 268 252

Melissa Lodge
Press Office Assistant

E: mlodge@kia.co.uk  
T: 01932 832079 M: 07795 011 475


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