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The New Kia Sportage

THE NEW KIA SPORTAGE

            Short story

  • 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 on 2.0-litre CRDi engine
  • 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 flourish
  • Special ‘Edition 25’ celebrates 25 years of Sportage production
  • 21 variants based on five engines, three gearboxes and six 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 131,000 examples of the Sportage were purchased by European customers in 2017, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK market, almost 40,000 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 162g/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 173g/km, with fuel economy up to 37.7mpg (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+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain and 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine.

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.

The EcoDynamics+ powertrain is paired with an all-wheel drive system, transmitting power via a newly-adopted eight-speed automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line’ only).

All-new ‘U3’ diesel engine
The Sportage’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 130g/km for 114bhp models, and 126g/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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 on grade ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line 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, ‘Edition 25’, ‘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’).

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®, steering wheel controls and music streaming, a USB port, 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, reversing camera system and Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone connectivity. In addition, there’s Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), 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®, 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, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, heated front seats and the Lane-Keep Assist System (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) 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, stainless steel door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, a rear USB charging point, 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)

To celebrate 25 years of the Kia Sportage, a special ‘Edition 25’ grade is available from launch and paired exclusively with the 1.6 GDi engine with manual transmission. Largely based on the grade ‘4’, the ‘Edition 25’ comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth and leather upholstery and premium paint at no extra cost. Other highlights include engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker and an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system to name a few.

‘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 (CRDi only). On the inside, there’s black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching, a high-gloss black centre fascia, black headlining, stainless steel sill 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 Parking Brake (EPB), an LED boot light and LED personal lamp, the 8.0-inch touchscreen 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).

Market, warranty and after-care
The Sportage slots into the compact SUV/crossover market, which is expected to grow from 9.4 per cent of the total in Europe in 2015 to 10.2 per cent by 2018, with total sales for the sector predicted at 1.6 million.

The Sportage has proved to be a huge success for Kia in Europe. It is the second best-selling car in its class in the UK, ahead of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan. The Sportage is Kia's best-selling model in the UK, claiming around 40 per cent of the company's sales.

In keeping with every Kia, the Sportage comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.

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 three and five services, 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.

UK Sportage line-up

 Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

182

400

9.2

125

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

152

 

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       THE SPORTAGE ON A PAGE                                                  

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

 General

  • 21-model range based on five engines, three transmissions and six trim lines
  • All-New 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, developing 114 and 134bhp
  • EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel technology for four per cent better fuel efficiency
  • The second best-selling car in its class in the UK
  • 39,683 examples delivered to UK customers in 2017
  • Sportage outsells Audi Q3, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Range Rover Evoque and VW Tiguan
  • Limited run ‘Edition 25’ model celebrating 25 years of the Sportag

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 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
  • All-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines developing either 114 or 134bhp
  • EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel technology introduced for the first time
  • 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 models

          DESIGN                                                                                                         

Updates to attractive Kia SUV 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. 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 ‘Edition 25’ 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 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 limited run ‘Edition 25’ has black cloth and leather upholstery.

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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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.

        THE TECHNICAL STORY

            More choice, all-new diesel engine and mild hybrid technology

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 173g/km. The naturally-aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 162g/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 173g/km, with fuel economy up to 36.2mpg (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 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions of only 162g/km. 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+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain and Kia’s all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel. The 2.0 CRDi 48V with ISG has a combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of only 141g/km. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds on to a maximum speed of 125mph.   

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.

The EcoDynamics+ powertrain is paired with an all-wheel drive system, transmitting power via a newly-adopted eight-speed automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line)

Powertrain line-up boosted by all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine
The Sportage’s existing 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 130g/km for 114bhp models, and as low as 126g/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.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

182

400

9.2

125

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

152


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.

Fully-independent suspension for intuitive handling and a comfortable ride
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.

Advanced 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 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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.

        TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                

            New driver assist technologies and infotainment systems

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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 grade ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line 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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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’).

        RANGE FINDER

            Wider selection in a six-grade model range structure

With the new Sportage, Kia is offering a 21-model range with a wide choice of powertrains and enhanced equipment.

All versions powered by the 1.6-litre GDi and 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engines are front-wheel drive, while those powered by the 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesels have the option of all-wheel drive. 1.6 T-GDi engines are offered with the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive. Six trim grades are available from launch: ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘Edition 25’ ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all versions, except on ‘GT-Line S’ models, where a 7DCT transmission is standard with the 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines and an eight-speed torque converter automatic on the 182bhp 2.0-litre CRDi 48-volt EcoDynamics+ variant. The 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi powerplant in grades ‘2’, ‘4’ and the ‘GT-Line’ are also with the 7DCT gearbox. Buyers of the 1.6 T-GDi engine with the ‘GT-Line’ grade have a choice of six-speed manual or 7-DCT transmission.

From grade ‘2’ upwards a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) is standard. It is linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, giving drivers traffic, speed camera, local search and weather updates. The same models also now have Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and High Beam Assist (HBA) as standard. All versions of the Sportage feature a reversing camera system integrated into the centre fascia screen.

Highlights of the range model by model
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, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, front 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, stainless steel door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, a rear USB charging point, 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)

To celebrate 25 years of the Kia Sportage, a special ‘Edition 25’ grade is available from launch and paired exclusively with the 1.6 GDi engine with manual transmission. Largely based on the grade ‘4’, the ‘Edition 25’ comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth and leather upholstery and premium paint at no extra cost. Other highlights include engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker and an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system to name a few.

‘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, stainless steel sill 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).

Range

'1'

'2'

'Edition 25'

'4'

'GT-Line'

'GT-Line S'

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

16" Alloy Wheels (215/70R16)

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17" Alloy Wheels (225/60R17)

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19" Alloy Wheels (245/45R19)

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19" Alloy Wheels (245/45R19) GT-Line

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Chrome Front Grille Surround

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Dark Chrome Front Grille Surround

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Black 'Diamond' Mesh Radiator Grille

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High Gloss Black 'Diamond' Mesh Radiator Grille

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High Gloss Black 'Blade' Mesh Radiator Grille

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High Gloss Black Front Bumper Strip

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Chrome Front Bumper Insert

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Dark Chrome Front Bumper Insert

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Body Coloured Door Mirrors

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Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles

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Body Coloured Exterior Door Handles with Chrome Insert

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Black Side Sill & Wheel Arch Body Mouldings

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Black Wheel Arch Body Mouldings & Side Sills with Chrome Insert

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Black Wheel Arch Body Mouldings & Side Sills with Dark Chrome Insert

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Silver Painted Front & Rear Skid Plates

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Chrome Window Surrounds

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Roof Rails

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Rear Spoiler

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Dual Exhaust (trim on diesel)

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EcoDynamics+ Badge

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2.0 CRDi only

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2.0 CRDi only

Tinted Glass

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Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

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Panoramic Sunroof (Electric One-Touch with Safety Function)

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Automatic Light Control

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Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

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Bi-Function Halogen Headlights

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LED Bi-Function Headlights with Adaptive Lighting System

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LED Daytime Running Lights

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Projection Front Fog Lights

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LED ‘Ice-Cube’ Front Fog Lights

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LED Rear Lights

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Rain Sensing Front Wipers

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Front Wiper De-icer

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Electrically Adjustable Door Mirrors

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Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators

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Driver's Wide View Door Mirror

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Standard paint

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Optional Paint

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Premium Paint

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INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

Black Cloth Upholstery

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Black Premium Cloth Upholstery

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Black Cloth & Leather Upholstery*

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Black Leather Upholstery*

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Black Leather Upholstery with Red Piping and Stitching*

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Driver's Manual Seat Height Adjuster

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10-way Driver's & 8-way Passenger's Power Adjustable Seat (Sliding, Reclining, Height Adjustment)

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Driver's Seat Power Lumbar Support

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Heated Front Seats

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Heated Front & Outer Rear Seats

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Ventilated Front Seats

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Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

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Leather Steering Wheel

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D-Shaped Sports Leather Steering Wheel with Perforated Inserts & GT-Line logo

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Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

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Paddle Shifters

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DCT & AT Only

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Leather Trimmed Gearshift

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Heated Steering Wheel

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Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

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DCT Only

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Metallic Finish Centre Fascia

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High Gloss Black Centre Fascia

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Leather Trimmed Door Armrests

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Front & Rear Centre Armrests

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Metallic Finish Interior Door Handles

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Satin Chrome Interior Door Handles

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Stainless Steel Door Scuff Plates

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Stainless Steel Pedals

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Light Grey Headlining

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Black Headlining

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Air Conditioning

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Dual Automatic Air Conditioning

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All-round Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Down Function

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All-round Electric Windows with Driver's Auto Up/Down Function

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All-round Electric Windows with Driver's & Front Passenger Auto Up/Down Function

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Cruise Control

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Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

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Adaptive Cruise Control

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Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

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Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

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Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

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Smart Power Tailgate

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Chrome Boot Sill Guard

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

60:40 Split Folding Rear Seats

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3 x Passenger Assist Grips

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12v Power Socket (Front & Rear Centre Console)

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Rear Coat Hooks

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Cupholders in Rear Armrest

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Glovebox with Illumination

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Rear Ventilation Duct

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Front Seatback Pockets

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Front & Rear Door Storage

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Centre Console Storage Box

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Ignition Keyhole Illumination

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Centre Cabin Light

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Side Cabin LED Lights

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Front Cabin LED Map Light with Sunglasses Case

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Front Door Courtesy Reflectors

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Tyre Mobility Kit - 1.6 GDi and 2.0 CRDi 48V only

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Temporary Spare Wheel - 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi only

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Luggage Area Light

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Luggage Area LED Light

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Luggage Area Load Cover

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Luggage Net Hooks

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AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

6-speaker Audio System

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8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with Subwoofer, External Amp & Front Centre Speaker

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DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility

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Shark Fin Antenna

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USB port for Connection of a Media Device

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Rear USB Charging Port

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

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Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control**

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Android Auto™ with Voice Control**

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Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

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7" Colour Touchscreen Audio Display

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7" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates)**

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Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

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360° Around View Monitor

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Rear Parking Sensors***

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Front Parking Sensors***

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Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) - Parallel Entry & Exit and Perpendicular Parking Modes

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3.5" Supervision Cluster Display

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4.2" Supervision Colour Cluster Display

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Trip Computer

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Windscreen Washer Level Warning

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC)

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Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian

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Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

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Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

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Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)

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Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

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High Beam Assist (HBA)

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Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

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Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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Intelligent Stop-and-Go (ISG)

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Gearshift Indicator

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Drive Mode Select

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DCT Only

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DCT & AT Only

DCT Only

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PASSIVE SAFETY

Twin Front Airbags

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Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags with Roll-over Sensor

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Front Active Head Rests

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All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

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ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

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Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

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All-round 3-point Seatbelts

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Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

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SECURITY

Advanced Anti-Theft System including Immobiliser & Alarm

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Locking Wheel Nuts

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Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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Door Deadlocks

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Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

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Child Safety Rear Door Locks

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Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

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*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Please check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

***Parking sensors may not match exterior body colour
           BUILT FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE

 Space for all the family

The Sportage is a highly practical and versatile choice for buyers – whether owners are loading the car with luggage and cargo, or accommodating a full complement of passengers.

Its 2,670 mm wheelbase and 1,645 mm (grade 2 upwards) height ensure occupants are never lacking for space, with 997 mm and 993 mm of headroom for front and rear passengers, and 1,129 mm and 970 mm of legroom, front and rear. The front seats come fitted with three-stage heating on all versions except grade ‘1’, plus 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and 8-way power control for the front passenger is included on all ‘Edition 25’, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. Reclining rear seats offer 15 ‘steps’ – from 23 to 37 degrees – allowing rear occupants to shift seat backs fore and aft for maximum comfort. Rear passengers can also benefit from two-stage seat heaters on all grades bar grades ‘1’ and ‘2’. ISOFIX anchor points are fitted as standard to all models, making the Sportage a practical choice for young families.

1.6-litre GDi and T-GDi versions of the upgraded Sportage offer 491 litres (VDA) of boot space with all seats in place, while 1.6-litre diesel models provide 467 litres, to accommodate the urea tank required for the new SCR active emissions control technology. Ecodynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid models offer 439 litres of cargo space. 1.6-litre models are available with Kia’s dual-height luggage floor, while all models offer a dedicated under-floor storage area for the tonneau cover.

Strong tow car credentials
The Sportage is a car that delivers the best of all worlds. Buyers who want a stylish, sophisticated, fuel-efficient crossover with all the advantages of an SUV, but none of the disadvantages, will find all they are looking for. But there are people who need to tow, who occasionally venture off-road or who live in areas prone to extremes of weather. So, the range includes versions with intelligent all-wheel-drive, ensuring the Sportage can meet their requirements, too.

The electronically controlled single high-ratio four-wheel-drive system continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing circumstances.  As a result, the Sportage is always in the correct drive mode. It normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but this can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

The smooth low-to-mid-range torque delivery of the 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines gives the driver minutely precise throttle control when tackling slippery or difficult terrain or when setting off with a heavy trailer, while the short front and rear overhangs allow the car to cope with relatively steep approach, departure and ramp-over angles.

Even the two-wheel-drive 1.6 CRDi and 1.6 GDi versions of the Sportage have great towing credentials. Both can pull a 1,400kg braked trailer. With the new T-GDi engine, the Sportage is capable of towing a 1,900kg trailer (braked) with the six-speed manual gearbox or one weighing 1,600kg with the 7DCT. The ‘GT-Line’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual derivative, has the highest towing capacity in the line-up. The 6-speed manual transmission allows users to tow braked loads up to 2,200 kg, perfect for those customers requiring high towing capacity.

    COST-CUTTER

 Latest technology minimises running costs

Kia's ultimate goal is to decarbonise road transport completely, and the company is actively working on all forms of alternative powertrain, including a hydrogen fuel-cell car, and already marketing electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. With the launch of the Sportage, Kia is adding to that list, with mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology. But despite the drive towards electric power, Kia is also realistic enough to know that combustion engines will be the mainstay of personal transport for many years to come, and is putting huge efforts into reducing the environmental impact of petrol and diesel power units. Kia is investing more than £6 billion and recruiting some 7,300 research and development engineers with this in mind.

As with every Kia, repairability has been engineered in from the start of the design stage to keep insurance costs to a minimum, while servicing intervals mean that most owners will need to visit a dealer only once a year. And every Sportage is covered by Kia's unique seven-year or 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Model

Urban

Extra Urban

Combined

CO2

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi (113bhp) six-speed manual ISG

53.3

60.1

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

29.4

42.2

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

54.3

60.1

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

60.1

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

27.7

45.6

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

30.4

41.5

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

52.3

57.6

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

60.1

56.5

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG AWD

53.3

53.3

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

44.8

52.3

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

29.4

44.8

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

31.7

41.5

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

54.3

60.1

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

57.6

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG AWD

55.4

54.3

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

53.3

54.3

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

31.7

41.5

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

57.6

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

45.6

53.3

48.7

152


Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED bands (2018-19)

Model

CO2

BIK rate

First year VED cost / thereafter

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

130

31%

£205 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

178

36%

£830 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

129

30%

£205 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

126

30%

£205 / £140

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

179

36%

£830 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

175

36%

£830 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

135

32%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

129

30%

£205 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

139

32%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

154

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

173

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

130

31%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

128

30%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

137

32%

£515 / £140

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

141

33%

£515 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

128

30%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

152

35%

£830 /  £140


Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

182

400

9.2

125

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

152


Insurance

 Model

Group

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

13

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

15

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

13

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

20

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

18

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

18

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

14

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

18

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

19

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

15

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

15

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

14

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

21

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

21

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

22

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

19

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

19

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

20

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

tbc

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

20

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

21

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

25


Servicing

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engine) 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 three and five services, 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 magnificent seven-year warranty
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model, including the Sportage – which is built in the same Slovakian factory as the cee'd.

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.

The Kia Promise

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.

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                          

Made in Europe, in Slovakia

Kia’s European factory at Žilina in Slovakia is the exclusive manufacturing base for the Sportage for European markets. Sportage is built alongside the stylish Ceed family and the practical and spacious Venga. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d.

The story of Žilina goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant compact three- and five-door hatchbacks and an estate to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. But it also opened up the possibility for Kia’s compact crossover, the Sportage, to be made much closer to its European customer base, which was increasingly important with the growth in sales for cars of this type.     

Žilina was chosen because Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia worked closely with the Slovakian government and authorities for the benefit of the local community.

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such areas as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region.

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers. Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule, and the quality of the pilot production cars towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the cee’d with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the consistent quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Kia Motors Slovakia began production of the Sportage with the second-generation car in 2007, building 104,500 units in total. In 2010, the third-generation Sportage was launched, with 797,500 units produced during its life cycle, and in 2015 the fourth-generation car began production with 492,000 examples built up until the end of 2017. Production of the Sportage represented a 65 per cent share of the total production during 2017, with 335,600 vehicles made at the Žilina plant. The factory now has a total capacity of 350,000 vehicles annually, and Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets around the world.

Green from the word go
As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.    

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and became a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport.

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside.

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products.

International recognition
The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory.

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations.

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions.

The weatherproof factory
Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant.

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control
Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate, in less than one millisecond, defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels.

A significant number of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere.

All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification.

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure Žilina-built cars are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that cars made at Žilina come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

     FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

 

  1. Which are the best-selling versions?
  2. A. The ‘2’ 1.6 GDi ISG 2WD was the best-selling Sportage variant during 2017. That model is highly suited to retail customers with an ideal combination of competitive pricing, high specification and low running costs. Other predicted bestsellers are the ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi, '2' 1.6 CRDi and ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi.

 

  1. What sort of take-up is there for the ‘GT-Line’ variants?
  2. A. In 2017, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions accounted for more than 23 per cent of 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 18 per cent of all sales, while the addition of the ‘GT-Line S’ variants adds another five per cent to the sales tally. The most popular ‘GT-Line’ variant during 2017 was the 1.6 T-GDI AWD with manual gearbox, which coincidentally was also the highest selling all-wheel-drive model.

 

  1. Which engine does Kia expect to be most popular?
  2. A. The Sportage’s new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine meets the needs of the majority of buyers, with two different power outputs. 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.

 

  1. What proportion of sales will the new mild-hybrid engine account for?
  2. We anticipate the new mild-hybrid engine to account for around five to ten per cent of Sportage sales once available on the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine.

 

  1. Will the mild-hybrid system be fitted to other engines in the Sportage?
  2. Yes, we plan to introduce the mild-hybrid system to the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine in 2020.

 

  1. Are there any plans for a high-performance GT version?
  2. A. There are no plans to launch a ‘GT’ version of the Sportage.

  

  1. Will Kia sell a petrol mild-hybrid Sportage?
  2. A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

  

  1. Will there be a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid Sportage?
  2. A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

 

  1. Why is all-wheel-drive not available with the 1.6 GDi engine or low powered 1.6-litre CRDi unit?
  2. 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.

 

  1. Has the introduction of the Stonic and Niro in recent years harmed sales of the Sportage?
  2. 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, with more than 131,000 sold in 2017. Accounting for a quarter of Kia’s European 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.

 

  1. Diesel sales are declining across Europe. Why is Kia choosing to launch a new diesel engine in the Sportage?
  2. 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.

 

  1. Will the new diesel engine be introduced to other Kia models?
  2. A. The new engine is designed to replace our existing 1.7-litre ‘U2’ diesel engine. The new powerplant is also being introduced to the recently-upgraded Optima and all-new Ceed. Other Kia models will follow in future.

 

  1. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the urea tank?
  2. 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).

 

  1. Under the new WLTP emissions test, how do official CO2 emissions for the new Sportage compare to the earlier model?
  2. 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 three new powertrain options (two 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines, and the new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain) and modified other engines. The Sportage’s engine line-up is therefore as advanced it has ever been.

 

  1. The current-generation Sportage only went on sale in Europe at the start of 2016 – is this facelift a sign that fewer customers are interested in the Sportage?
  2. We sold more than 131,000 Sportage models across Europe last year, representing the second-best year ever for Sportage sales in Europe. It remains our number-one seller in Europe, accounting for a quarter of our sales. This product upgrade was always planned for mid-2018, with the arrival of new hybrid and diesel powertrains and in-car technologies. As in previous generations, this lifecycle update to the Sportage will ensure it continues to offer buyers the best combination of design, efficiency, performance and convenience in the compact SUV segment.

 

  1. When will Kia replace the current-generation Sportage?
  2. The Sportage is only halfway through its lifecycle and Kia does not plan to replace it for a number of years yet.

 

  1. With the arrival of the all-new Ceed, how will Kia’s Slovakian factory cope with Kia’s anticipated growth in Ceed and Sportage sales? Will Kia cease production of the Venga?
  2. Žilina has a flexible production line, enabling us to adjust production of individual models if required. There are no plans to end production of the Venga.


       FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions you would love to ask our President and CEO

  1. How important is the Sportage in the UK?

            By a significant margin, it’s our best-selling model in the UK, and in 2017 accounted for over 40 per cent of our total sales here. Earlier this year, in the Sportage’s 25th year, we celebrated a significant milestone when we produced our 5-millionth Sportage.           

  1. 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.

  1. Kia has claimed that the Ceed 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.

  1. 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 2018 in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the first half of the year we had passed 51,000 sales – an increase for Kia in a market that was down overall.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

The New Kia Sportage

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 130 @ 6,300

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 161 @ 4,850

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Normally aspirated direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.833

 2.143

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.794

 3.700

 4.563

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5 J alloy / 17 x 6.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 215/70 / 225/60

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,635 (1,645*)  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1490

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      16” wheels

17” wheels

 mpg

 

 34.4/44.1/39.8

 34.4/44.1/39.8

 CO2

 16” wheels

 17” wheels

 

 g/km

 g/km

 

 162

 162

* Includes roof rails


1.6 T-GDi (2WD)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 174 @ 5,500

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 265 @ 1,500-4,500

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Turbocharged direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2,120

 1.323

 0.976

 0.778

 0.633

 -

 3.583

 4.467

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 19 x 7.5 J Alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight (min/max)

 kg

 1545

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,900

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 8.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 127

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 27.7/45.6/36.7 (‘4’)

 29.4/44.8/37.7 (‘GT-Line’)

 CO2

 g/km

 179 (‘4’)
 173 (‘GT-Line’)

 


1.6 T-GDi (AWD)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 174 @ 5,500

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 265 @ 1,500-4,500

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Turbocharged direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2,120

 1.323

 0.976

 0.778

 0.633

 -

 3.583

 4.467

 3.929

 2.318

 2.043

 1.070

 0.822

 0.884

 0.721

 5.304

 FGR 1: 4.929

 FGR 2: 3.632

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J Alloy 19 x6.5J Alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 4,485/1,855/1,645

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,604

 1,637

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,900

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.2

 8.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 126

 125

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 29.4/42.2/36.2

 30.4/41.5/37.2 (‘4’)

 31.7/41.5/37.2 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 CO2

 g/km

 178

 175 (‘4’)

 174 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 


1.6 CRDi ISG (114bhp) 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,598

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 114 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 280 @ 1,500-2,750

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with selective catalytic reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2.040

 1.294

 0.951

 0.723

 0.569

 3.583

 4.188

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 215/70

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,635  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,579

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 109

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com    

 mpg

 53.3/60.1/57.6

 

 C02

 g/km

 130

 


1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp) 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 134 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 320 @ 2,000-2,250

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with Selective Catalyst Reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.615

 1.931

 1.696

 1.241

 0.921

 0.732

 -

 3.416

 4.333

 3.643

 2.174

 1.957

 1.024

 0.791

 0.854

 0.681

 4.936

 FGR 1: 4.857

 FGR 2: 3.579

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J alloy / 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 225/60 / 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,579

 1,605

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 62

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.8

 11.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      (All wheel sizes)

 mpg

 54.3/60.1/57.6 (‘2’)

 52.3/57.6/55.4 (‘4’)

 54.3/60.1/57.6 (‘GT-Line’)

 57.6/60.1/58.9 (‘2’)

 60.1/56.5/57.6 (‘4’)

 57.6/57.6/57.6 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 CO2 (All wheel sizes)

 g/km

 129 (Grade ‘2’)

 135 (Grade ‘4’)

 130 (‘GT-Line’)

 126 (Grade ‘2’)

 129 (Grade ‘4’)

 128 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)


1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp) AWD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 134 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 320 @ 2,000-2,250

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with Selective Catalyst Reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.643

 2.174

 1.957

 1.024

 0.791

 0.854

 0.681

 4.936

 FGR 1: 4.857

 FGR 2: 3.579

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J alloy / 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 225/60 / 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,668

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 10.6

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Seven-speed DCT

Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      (All wheel sizes)

 mpg

 53.3/53.3/54.3 (‘4’)
 55.4/54.3/54.3 (‘GT-Line’)

 CO2 (All wheel sizes)

 g/km

 139 (‘4’)
 137 (‘GT-Line’)


2.0 CRDi 48-volt mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ (182bhp) AWD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,995

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 84.0 x 90.0

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 182 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 400 @ 1,750 – 2750

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Cast iron block with aluminium cylinder head;

 common-rail high-pressure fuel injection;

 variable geometry turbocharger with mild-hybrid starter and generator. Selective catalyst reduction

 Mild-hybrid battery type

 

 Lithium-ion

 Voltage

 

 48 V

 Energy

 

 0.44 kWh

 Motor Output

 

 12kW

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Eight-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 8th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.615

 1.862

 1.542

 1.207

 0.921

 0.732

 

 

 3.416

 FGR 1: 4.333

 FGR 2: 3.250

 4.808

 2.901

 1.864

 1.424

 1.219

 1.000

 0.799

 0.648

 3.425

 3.171

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns       lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 439/1,428

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,723

 1,747

 Tow weights

 kg

 2,200

 1,900

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 55

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Eight-speed automatic

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.2

 9.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

 125

 125

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 53.3/54.3/53.3

 44.8/52.3/48.7 (Grade ‘4’)

 45.6/53.3/48.7 (‘GT-Line  S’)

 CO2 (all wheel sizes)

 g/km

 141

 154 (Grade ‘4’)

 152 (‘GT-Line S)

 

GENERAL

The New Kia Sportage

THE NEW KIA SPORTAGE

            Short story

  • 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 on 2.0-litre CRDi engine
  • 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 flourish
  • Special ‘Edition 25’ celebrates 25 years of Sportage production
  • 21 variants based on five engines, three gearboxes and six 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 131,000 examples of the Sportage were purchased by European customers in 2017, representing a quarter of the brand’s total European sales. In the UK market, almost 40,000 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 162g/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 173g/km, with fuel economy up to 37.7mpg (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+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain and 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine.

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.

The EcoDynamics+ powertrain is paired with an all-wheel drive system, transmitting power via a newly-adopted eight-speed automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line’ only).

All-new ‘U3’ diesel engine
The Sportage’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) diesel engine has been replaced with Kia’s efficient 1.6-litre ‘U3’ CRDi engine. The new 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 114 or 134bhp, with emissions rated from 130g/km for 114bhp models, and 126g/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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 on grade ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line 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, ‘Edition 25’, ‘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’).

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®, steering wheel controls and music streaming, a USB port, 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, reversing camera system and Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone connectivity. In addition, there’s Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), 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®, 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, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, heated front seats and the Lane-Keep Assist System (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) 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, stainless steel door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, a rear USB charging point, 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)

To celebrate 25 years of the Kia Sportage, a special ‘Edition 25’ grade is available from launch and paired exclusively with the 1.6 GDi engine with manual transmission. Largely based on the grade ‘4’, the ‘Edition 25’ comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth and leather upholstery and premium paint at no extra cost. Other highlights include engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker and an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system to name a few.

‘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 (CRDi only). On the inside, there’s black leather upholstery with red piping and stitching, a high-gloss black centre fascia, black headlining, stainless steel sill 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 Parking Brake (EPB), an LED boot light and LED personal lamp, the 8.0-inch touchscreen 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).

Market, warranty and after-care
The Sportage slots into the compact SUV/crossover market, which is expected to grow from 9.4 per cent of the total in Europe in 2015 to 10.2 per cent by 2018, with total sales for the sector predicted at 1.6 million.

The Sportage has proved to be a huge success for Kia in Europe. It is the second best-selling car in its class in the UK, ahead of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008, Range Rover Evoque, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan. The Sportage is Kia's best-selling model in the UK, claiming around 40 per cent of the company's sales.

In keeping with every Kia, the Sportage comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.

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 three and five services, 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.

UK Sportage line-up

 Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

182

400

9.2

125

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

152

 

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       THE SPORTAGE ON A PAGE                                                  

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

 General

  • 21-model range based on five engines, three transmissions and six trim lines
  • All-New 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine, developing 114 and 134bhp
  • EcoDynamics+ 48V mild-hybrid diesel technology for four per cent better fuel efficiency
  • The second best-selling car in its class in the UK
  • 39,683 examples delivered to UK customers in 2017
  • Sportage outsells Audi Q3, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Range Rover Evoque and VW Tiguan
  • Limited run ‘Edition 25’ model celebrating 25 years of the Sportag

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 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
  • All-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines developing either 114 or 134bhp
  • EcoDynamics+ 48-volt mild-hybrid diesel technology introduced for the first time
  • 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 models

          DESIGN                                                                                                         

Updates to attractive Kia SUV 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. 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 ‘Edition 25’ 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 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 limited run ‘Edition 25’ has black cloth and leather upholstery.

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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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.

        THE TECHNICAL STORY

            More choice, all-new diesel engine and mild hybrid technology

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 173g/km. The naturally-aspirated 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi engine offers torque output of 161Nm, and CO2 emissions from 162g/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 173g/km, with fuel economy up to 36.2mpg (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 39.8mpg and CO2 emissions of only 162g/km. 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+’ 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel mild-hybrid powertrain and Kia’s all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel. The 2.0 CRDi 48V with ISG has a combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of only 141g/km. It accelerates the Sportage from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds on to a maximum speed of 125mph.   

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.

The EcoDynamics+ powertrain is paired with an all-wheel drive system, transmitting power via a newly-adopted eight-speed automatic transmission (‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’) or six-speed manual (‘GT-Line)

Powertrain line-up boosted by all-new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ engine
The Sportage’s existing 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 130g/km for 114bhp models, and as low as 126g/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.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

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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.

Fully-independent suspension for intuitive handling and a comfortable ride
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.

Advanced 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 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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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.

        TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                

            New driver assist technologies and infotainment systems

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 ‘Edition 25’, ‘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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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 grade ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line 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. ‘Edition 25’, ‘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’).

        RANGE FINDER

            Wider selection in a six-grade model range structure

With the new Sportage, Kia is offering a 21-model range with a wide choice of powertrains and enhanced equipment.

All versions powered by the 1.6-litre GDi and 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engines are front-wheel drive, while those powered by the 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesels have the option of all-wheel drive. 1.6 T-GDi engines are offered with the choice of front- or all-wheel-drive. Six trim grades are available from launch: ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘Edition 25’ ‘4’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all versions, except on ‘GT-Line S’ models, where a 7DCT transmission is standard with the 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi engines and an eight-speed torque converter automatic on the 182bhp 2.0-litre CRDi 48-volt EcoDynamics+ variant. The 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi powerplant in grades ‘2’, ‘4’ and the ‘GT-Line’ are also with the 7DCT gearbox. Buyers of the 1.6 T-GDi engine with the ‘GT-Line’ grade have a choice of six-speed manual or 7-DCT transmission.

From grade ‘2’ upwards a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC) is standard. It is linked to Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, giving drivers traffic, speed camera, local search and weather updates. The same models also now have Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and High Beam Assist (HBA) as standard. All versions of the Sportage feature a reversing camera system integrated into the centre fascia screen.

Highlights of the range model by model
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, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual automatic air conditioning, front 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, stainless steel door scuff plates, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, a rear USB charging point, 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)

To celebrate 25 years of the Kia Sportage, a special ‘Edition 25’ grade is available from launch and paired exclusively with the 1.6 GDi engine with manual transmission. Largely based on the grade ‘4’, the ‘Edition 25’ comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth and leather upholstery and premium paint at no extra cost. Other highlights include engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with sub-woofer, external amp and front centre speaker and an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system to name a few.

‘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, stainless steel sill 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).

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EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

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Centre Console Storage Box

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Ignition Keyhole Illumination

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Centre Cabin Light

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Side Cabin LED Lights

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Front Cabin LED Map Light with Sunglasses Case

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Front Door Courtesy Reflectors

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Tyre Mobility Kit - 1.6 GDi and 2.0 CRDi 48V only

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Temporary Spare Wheel - 1.6 T-GDi and 1.6 CRDi only

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-

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Luggage Area Light

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Luggage Area LED Light

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Luggage Area Load Cover

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Luggage Net Hooks

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AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

6-speaker Audio System

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-

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8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with Subwoofer, External Amp & Front Centre Speaker

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-

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DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility

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Shark Fin Antenna

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USB port for Connection of a Media Device

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Rear USB Charging Port

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

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Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control**

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Android Auto™ with Voice Control**

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Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

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7" Colour Touchscreen Audio Display

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7" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates)**

-

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Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Centre Fascia Screen)

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360° Around View Monitor

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Rear Parking Sensors***

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Front Parking Sensors***

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Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) - Parallel Entry & Exit and Perpendicular Parking Modes

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3.5" Supervision Cluster Display

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4.2" Supervision Colour Cluster Display

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Trip Computer

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Windscreen Washer Level Warning

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

l

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC)

l

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Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Pedestrian

-

-

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Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

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Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

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Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)

-

-

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Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

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High Beam Assist (HBA)

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Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

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Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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Intelligent Stop-and-Go (ISG)

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Gearshift Indicator

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Drive Mode Select

-

DCT Only

-

DCT & AT Only

DCT Only

l

PASSIVE SAFETY

Twin Front Airbags

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Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags with Roll-over Sensor

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Front Active Head Rests

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All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

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ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

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Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters

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All-round 3-point Seatbelts

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Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

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SECURITY

Advanced Anti-Theft System including Immobiliser & Alarm

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Locking Wheel Nuts

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Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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Door Deadlocks

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Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

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Child Safety Rear Door Locks

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Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

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*Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

**Please check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

***Parking sensors may not match exterior body colour
           BUILT FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE

 Space for all the family

The Sportage is a highly practical and versatile choice for buyers – whether owners are loading the car with luggage and cargo, or accommodating a full complement of passengers.

Its 2,670 mm wheelbase and 1,645 mm (grade 2 upwards) height ensure occupants are never lacking for space, with 997 mm and 993 mm of headroom for front and rear passengers, and 1,129 mm and 970 mm of legroom, front and rear. The front seats come fitted with three-stage heating on all versions except grade ‘1’, plus 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and 8-way power control for the front passenger is included on all ‘Edition 25’, ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models. Reclining rear seats offer 15 ‘steps’ – from 23 to 37 degrees – allowing rear occupants to shift seat backs fore and aft for maximum comfort. Rear passengers can also benefit from two-stage seat heaters on all grades bar grades ‘1’ and ‘2’. ISOFIX anchor points are fitted as standard to all models, making the Sportage a practical choice for young families.

1.6-litre GDi and T-GDi versions of the upgraded Sportage offer 491 litres (VDA) of boot space with all seats in place, while 1.6-litre diesel models provide 467 litres, to accommodate the urea tank required for the new SCR active emissions control technology. Ecodynamics+ 2.0-litre diesel mild-hybrid models offer 439 litres of cargo space. 1.6-litre models are available with Kia’s dual-height luggage floor, while all models offer a dedicated under-floor storage area for the tonneau cover.

Strong tow car credentials
The Sportage is a car that delivers the best of all worlds. Buyers who want a stylish, sophisticated, fuel-efficient crossover with all the advantages of an SUV, but none of the disadvantages, will find all they are looking for. But there are people who need to tow, who occasionally venture off-road or who live in areas prone to extremes of weather. So, the range includes versions with intelligent all-wheel-drive, ensuring the Sportage can meet their requirements, too.

The electronically controlled single high-ratio four-wheel-drive system continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing circumstances.  As a result, the Sportage is always in the correct drive mode. It normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but this can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

The smooth low-to-mid-range torque delivery of the 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines gives the driver minutely precise throttle control when tackling slippery or difficult terrain or when setting off with a heavy trailer, while the short front and rear overhangs allow the car to cope with relatively steep approach, departure and ramp-over angles.

Even the two-wheel-drive 1.6 CRDi and 1.6 GDi versions of the Sportage have great towing credentials. Both can pull a 1,400kg braked trailer. With the new T-GDi engine, the Sportage is capable of towing a 1,900kg trailer (braked) with the six-speed manual gearbox or one weighing 1,600kg with the 7DCT. The ‘GT-Line’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual derivative, has the highest towing capacity in the line-up. The 6-speed manual transmission allows users to tow braked loads up to 2,200 kg, perfect for those customers requiring high towing capacity.

    COST-CUTTER

 Latest technology minimises running costs

Kia's ultimate goal is to decarbonise road transport completely, and the company is actively working on all forms of alternative powertrain, including a hydrogen fuel-cell car, and already marketing electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. With the launch of the Sportage, Kia is adding to that list, with mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology. But despite the drive towards electric power, Kia is also realistic enough to know that combustion engines will be the mainstay of personal transport for many years to come, and is putting huge efforts into reducing the environmental impact of petrol and diesel power units. Kia is investing more than £6 billion and recruiting some 7,300 research and development engineers with this in mind.

As with every Kia, repairability has been engineered in from the start of the design stage to keep insurance costs to a minimum, while servicing intervals mean that most owners will need to visit a dealer only once a year. And every Sportage is covered by Kia's unique seven-year or 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km)

Model

Urban

Extra Urban

Combined

CO2

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi (113bhp) six-speed manual ISG

53.3

60.1

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

29.4

42.2

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

54.3

60.1

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

60.1

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

34.4

44.1

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

27.7

45.6

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

30.4

41.5

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

52.3

57.6

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

60.1

56.5

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG AWD

53.3

53.3

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

44.8

52.3

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

29.4

44.8

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

31.7

41.5

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual ISG

54.3

60.1

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

57.6

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG AWD

55.4

54.3

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

53.3

54.3

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

31.7

41.5

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi (134bhp) 7DCT auto ISG

57.6

57.6

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

45.6

53.3

48.7

152


Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED bands (2018-19)

Model

CO2

BIK rate

First year VED cost / thereafter

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

130

31%

£205 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

178

36%

£830 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

129

30%

£205 / £140

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

126

30%

£205 / £140

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

162

33%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

179

36%

£830 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

175

36%

£830 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

135

32%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

129

30%

£205 / £140

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

139

32%

£515 / £140

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

154

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

173

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

130

31%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

128

30%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

137

32%

£515 / £140

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

141

33%

£515 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

35%

£830 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

128

30%

£205 / £140

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

152

35%

£830 /  £140


Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined

mpg

C02 g/km

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.4

109

57.6

130

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

174

265

9.2

126

36.2

178

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

129

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

58.9

126

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

130

161

11.1

113

39.8

162

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

36.7

179

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

175

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

55.4

135

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

129

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

139

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

154

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

174

265

8.9

127

37.7

173

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

134

320

10.8

112

57.6

130

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

134

320

11.6

112

54.3

137

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

182

400

9.2

125

53.3

141

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

174

265

8.8

125

37.2

174

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

134

320

11.4

112

57.6

128

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

182

400

9.2

125

48.7

152


Insurance

 Model

Group

‘1’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

13

‘1’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

15

‘2’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

13

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG AWD

20

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

18

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

18

‘Edition 25’ 1.6 GDi six-speed manual ISG

14

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

18

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

19

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

15

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

15

‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

14

‘4’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

21

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual ISG

21

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

22

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi six-speed manual ISG

19

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

19

‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

20

‘GT-Line ’ 2.0 CRDi 48V six-speed manual ISG

tbc

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 T-GDi 7DCT auto ISG AWD

20

‘GT-Line S’ 1.6 CRDi 7DCT auto ISG

21

‘GT-Line S’ 2.0 CRDi 48V 8-speed auto ISG AWD

25


Servicing

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engine) 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 three and five services, 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 magnificent seven-year warranty
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model, including the Sportage – which is built in the same Slovakian factory as the cee'd.

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.

The Kia Promise

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.

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                          

Made in Europe, in Slovakia

Kia’s European factory at Žilina in Slovakia is the exclusive manufacturing base for the Sportage for European markets. Sportage is built alongside the stylish Ceed family and the practical and spacious Venga. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d.

The story of Žilina goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant compact three- and five-door hatchbacks and an estate to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. But it also opened up the possibility for Kia’s compact crossover, the Sportage, to be made much closer to its European customer base, which was increasingly important with the growth in sales for cars of this type.     

Žilina was chosen because Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia worked closely with the Slovakian government and authorities for the benefit of the local community.

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such areas as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region.

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers. Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule, and the quality of the pilot production cars towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the cee’d with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the consistent quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Kia Motors Slovakia began production of the Sportage with the second-generation car in 2007, building 104,500 units in total. In 2010, the third-generation Sportage was launched, with 797,500 units produced during its life cycle, and in 2015 the fourth-generation car began production with 492,000 examples built up until the end of 2017. Production of the Sportage represented a 65 per cent share of the total production during 2017, with 335,600 vehicles made at the Žilina plant. The factory now has a total capacity of 350,000 vehicles annually, and Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets around the world.

Green from the word go
As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.    

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and became a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport.

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside.

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products.

International recognition
The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory.

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations.

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions.

The weatherproof factory
Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant.

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control
Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate, in less than one millisecond, defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels.

A significant number of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere.

All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification.

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure Žilina-built cars are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that cars made at Žilina come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

     FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

 

  1. Which are the best-selling versions?
  2. A. The ‘2’ 1.6 GDi ISG 2WD was the best-selling Sportage variant during 2017. That model is highly suited to retail customers with an ideal combination of competitive pricing, high specification and low running costs. Other predicted bestsellers are the ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 T-GDi, '2' 1.6 CRDi and ‘GT-Line’ 1.6 CRDi.

 

  1. What sort of take-up is there for the ‘GT-Line’ variants?
  2. A. In 2017, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions accounted for more than 23 per cent of 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 18 per cent of all sales, while the addition of the ‘GT-Line S’ variants adds another five per cent to the sales tally. The most popular ‘GT-Line’ variant during 2017 was the 1.6 T-GDI AWD with manual gearbox, which coincidentally was also the highest selling all-wheel-drive model.

 

  1. Which engine does Kia expect to be most popular?
  2. A. The Sportage’s new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine meets the needs of the majority of buyers, with two different power outputs. 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.

 

  1. What proportion of sales will the new mild-hybrid engine account for?
  2. We anticipate the new mild-hybrid engine to account for around five to ten per cent of Sportage sales once available on the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine.

 

  1. Will the mild-hybrid system be fitted to other engines in the Sportage?
  2. Yes, we plan to introduce the mild-hybrid system to the 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine in 2020.

 

  1. Are there any plans for a high-performance GT version?
  2. A. There are no plans to launch a ‘GT’ version of the Sportage.

  

  1. Will Kia sell a petrol mild-hybrid Sportage?
  2. A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

  

  1. Will there be a full hybrid or plug-in hybrid Sportage?
  2. A. There are no plans at this time to offer other powertrains in the Sportage.

 

  1. Why is all-wheel-drive not available with the 1.6 GDi engine or low powered 1.6-litre CRDi unit?
  2. 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.

 

  1. Has the introduction of the Stonic and Niro in recent years harmed sales of the Sportage?
  2. 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, with more than 131,000 sold in 2017. Accounting for a quarter of Kia’s European 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.

 

  1. Diesel sales are declining across Europe. Why is Kia choosing to launch a new diesel engine in the Sportage?
  2. 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.

 

  1. Will the new diesel engine be introduced to other Kia models?
  2. A. The new engine is designed to replace our existing 1.7-litre ‘U2’ diesel engine. The new powerplant is also being introduced to the recently-upgraded Optima and all-new Ceed. Other Kia models will follow in future.

 

  1. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the urea tank?
  2. 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).

 

  1. Under the new WLTP emissions test, how do official CO2 emissions for the new Sportage compare to the earlier model?
  2. 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 three new powertrain options (two 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engines, and the new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain) and modified other engines. The Sportage’s engine line-up is therefore as advanced it has ever been.

 

  1. The current-generation Sportage only went on sale in Europe at the start of 2016 – is this facelift a sign that fewer customers are interested in the Sportage?
  2. We sold more than 131,000 Sportage models across Europe last year, representing the second-best year ever for Sportage sales in Europe. It remains our number-one seller in Europe, accounting for a quarter of our sales. This product upgrade was always planned for mid-2018, with the arrival of new hybrid and diesel powertrains and in-car technologies. As in previous generations, this lifecycle update to the Sportage will ensure it continues to offer buyers the best combination of design, efficiency, performance and convenience in the compact SUV segment.

 

  1. When will Kia replace the current-generation Sportage?
  2. The Sportage is only halfway through its lifecycle and Kia does not plan to replace it for a number of years yet.

 

  1. With the arrival of the all-new Ceed, how will Kia’s Slovakian factory cope with Kia’s anticipated growth in Ceed and Sportage sales? Will Kia cease production of the Venga?
  2. Žilina has a flexible production line, enabling us to adjust production of individual models if required. There are no plans to end production of the Venga.


       FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

 Burning questions you would love to ask our President and CEO

  1. How important is the Sportage in the UK?

            By a significant margin, it’s our best-selling model in the UK, and in 2017 accounted for over 40 per cent of our total sales here. Earlier this year, in the Sportage’s 25th year, we celebrated a significant milestone when we produced our 5-millionth Sportage.           

  1. 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.

  1. Kia has claimed that the Ceed 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.

  1. 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 2018 in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the first half of the year we had passed 51,000 sales – an increase for Kia in a market that was down overall.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The New Kia Sportage

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 130 @ 6,300

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 161 @ 4,850

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Normally aspirated direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.833

 2.143

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.794

 3.700

 4.563

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5 J alloy / 17 x 6.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 215/70 / 225/60

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,635 (1,645*)  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1490

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.1

 Maximum speed

 mph

 113

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      16” wheels

17” wheels

 mpg

 

 34.4/44.1/39.8

 34.4/44.1/39.8

 CO2

 16” wheels

 17” wheels

 

 g/km

 g/km

 

 162

 162

* Includes roof rails


1.6 T-GDi (2WD)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 174 @ 5,500

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 265 @ 1,500-4,500

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Turbocharged direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2,120

 1.323

 0.976

 0.778

 0.633

 -

 3.583

 4.467

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 19 x 7.5 J Alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight (min/max)

 kg

 1545

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,900

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 8.9

 Maximum speed

 mph

 127

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 27.7/45.6/36.7 (‘4’)

 29.4/44.8/37.7 (‘GT-Line’)

 CO2

 g/km

 179 (‘4’)
 173 (‘GT-Line’)

 


1.6 T-GDi (AWD)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 174 @ 5,500

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 265 @ 1,500-4,500

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Turbocharged direct fuel injection

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2,120

 1.323

 0.976

 0.778

 0.633

 -

 3.583

 4.467

 3.929

 2.318

 2.043

 1.070

 0.822

 0.884

 0.721

 5.304

 FGR 1: 4.929

 FGR 2: 3.632

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J Alloy 19 x6.5J Alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 4,485/1,855/1,645

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 503/1,492

 503/1,492

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,604

 1,637

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,900

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.2

 8.8

 Maximum speed

 mph

 126

 125

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 29.4/42.2/36.2

 30.4/41.5/37.2 (‘4’)

 31.7/41.5/37.2 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 CO2

 g/km

 178

 175 (‘4’)

 174 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 


1.6 CRDi ISG (114bhp) 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,598

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 114 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 280 @ 1,500-2,750

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with selective catalytic reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.769

 2.040

 1.294

 0.951

 0.723

 0.569

 3.583

 4.188

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 215/70

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,635  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,579

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 109

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com    

 mpg

 53.3/60.1/57.6

 

 C02

 g/km

 130

 


1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp) 2WD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 134 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 320 @ 2,000-2,250

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with Selective Catalyst Reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.615

 1.931

 1.696

 1.241

 0.921

 0.732

 -

 3.416

 4.333

 3.643

 2.174

 1.957

 1.024

 0.791

 0.854

 0.681

 4.936

 FGR 1: 4.857

 FGR 2: 3.579

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J alloy / 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 225/60 / 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,579

 1,605

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,400

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 62

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.8

 11.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      (All wheel sizes)

 mpg

 54.3/60.1/57.6 (‘2’)

 52.3/57.6/55.4 (‘4’)

 54.3/60.1/57.6 (‘GT-Line’)

 57.6/60.1/58.9 (‘2’)

 60.1/56.5/57.6 (‘4’)

 57.6/57.6/57.6 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)

 CO2 (All wheel sizes)

 g/km

 129 (Grade ‘2’)

 135 (Grade ‘4’)

 130 (‘GT-Line’)

 126 (Grade ‘2’)

 129 (Grade ‘4’)

 128 (‘GT-Line’/’GT-Line S’)


1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp) AWD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,685

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 77.0 x 85.8

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 134 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 320 @ 2,000-2,250

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Direct-injection turbodiesel, common-rail high -pressure fuel injection with Selective Catalyst Reduction

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.643

 2.174

 1.957

 1.024

 0.791

 0.854

 0.681

 4.936

 FGR 1: 4.857

 FGR 2: 3.579

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 17 x 6.5 J alloy / 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 225/60 / 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

Dimensions and weights

 

 

 Seven-speed DCT

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645  

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 491/1,480

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,668

 Tow weight

 kg

 1,600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 10.6

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 62

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Seven-speed DCT

Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 11.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com      (All wheel sizes)

 mpg

 53.3/53.3/54.3 (‘4’)
 55.4/54.3/54.3 (‘GT-Line’)

 CO2 (All wheel sizes)

 g/km

 139 (‘4’)
 137 (‘GT-Line’)


2.0 CRDi 48-volt mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ (182bhp) AWD

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,995

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 84.0 x 90.0

 Power output

 bhp @ rpm

 182 @ 4,000

 Torque output

 Nm @ rpm

 400 @ 1,750 – 2750

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0:1

 Engine details

 

 Cast iron block with aluminium cylinder head;

 common-rail high-pressure fuel injection;

 variable geometry turbocharger with mild-hybrid starter and generator. Selective catalyst reduction

 Mild-hybrid battery type

 

 Lithium-ion

 Voltage

 

 48 V

 Energy

 

 0.44 kWh

 Motor Output

 

 12kW

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Eight-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 7th gear

 8th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear

 3.615

 1.862

 1.542

 1.207

 0.921

 0.732

 

 

 3.416

 FGR 1: 4.333

 FGR 2: 3.250

 4.808

 2.901

 1.864

 1.424

 1.219

 1.000

 0.799

 0.648

 3.425

 3.171

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (305 x 25mm, solid rear discs (302 x 10mm)

 Steering

 Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) – 2.51 turns       lock-lock

 Wheels (alloy)

 19 x 7.5 J alloy

 Tyres

 245/45

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,670

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,485/1,855/1,645

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 439/1,428

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,723

 1,747

 Tow weights

 kg

 2,200

 1,900

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 100

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 11.0

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel-tank size

 Litres

 55

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Eight-speed automatic

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 9.2

 9.2

 Maximum speed

 mph

 125

 125

 Fuel consumption – urb/ex.urb/com

 mpg

 53.3/54.3/53.3

 44.8/52.3/48.7 (Grade ‘4’)

 45.6/53.3/48.7 (‘GT-Line  S’)

 CO2 (all wheel sizes)

 g/km

 141

 154 (Grade ‘4’)

 152 (‘GT-Line S)

 



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