Kia has announced the pricing and specification of the fourth generation of its UK best-selling model, the Sportage.
Priced from £17,995, the 18 variants will be based on four engines, three gear boxes and six trim lines. The Sportage will be on sale from 5 February.
For the first time, GT lines have been added to add an even sportier flair to the range – starting at £24,350 – and headed by the First Edition model – priced at £31,645.
Legroom and headroom is up to 16mm greater in the five-seat cabin, thanks to the increase in the wheelbase, whilst the boot capacity has risen by 26 litres to 491 litres, or 1,480 litres with the seats folded down.
Engine line-up sees the introduction of a 1.6-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) unit and a 7DCT (seven-speed dual-clutch automatic) gearbox, both of which are reserved exclusively for the GT-Line.
They join significantly re-engineered 1.6-litre GDi petrol and 1.7- and 2.0-litre turbodiesel power units with improved fuel economy and CO2 reductions of up to 29g/km.
The 1.7-litre CRDi favoured by more than half of all Sportage buyers is now more than 7mpg fuel-efficient in combined mode, while its CO2 output falls by 16g/km.
Six-speed manual gearboxes are fitted to every model, but the 2.0-litre diesels are available with a six-speed torque converter automatic (standard on First Edition).
Entry-level kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels and all-round disc brakes, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, as well as air conditioning, Bluetooth with music streaming, Trailer Stability Assist, Hill-start Assist, Downhill Brake Control and cruise control with speed limiter.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
February 4, 2016