The all-new Kia Sportage has launched in South Africa, with the SA arm of the South Korean carmaker releasing pricing and spec for the five-strong local line-up. See pricing below… 

DIMENSIONS & SPACE

Sportage

Based on Kia’s new N3 platform, the Sportage measures 4 515 mm in length, 1 855 mm in width, 1 650 mm in height, and 2 680 mm between the fore and aft axles. The company says this has resulted in a package with class-leading head- and legroom and luggage capacity. The Sportage offers a claimed second-row passenger head- and knee-room of 1 000 mm and 996 mm, respectively. Kia claims a boot capacity of 591 litres. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Sportage

According to Kia, the brand-new, “feature-rich” Sportage line-up offers multiple options for every customer. The range comprises five derivatives, starting with the LX. 

LX: As standard, the entry-level variant features LED headlamps, daytime-running lights, and fog lamps. The rear combination lamps are of the LED and bulb variety. The side mirrors are electrically adjustable and foldable. This model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels. 

The LX model’s interior is upholstered in cloth. The multifunction steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed in artificial leather. Further included are a curved 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system (complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and rear park distance sensors. Six speakers are also present, as is cruise control. Safety items include six airbags and blind-spot monitoring. 

EX: The EX variant upgrades to a gloss black grille and 18-inch alloys. This trim grade’s interior is trimmed in a combination of cloth and artificial leather. The front seats gain electric adjustability, including a memory function for the driver’s pew, and heating functionality. The steering wheel also offers heating functionality. Heating functionality is also present in the rear seats, which can be stowed away via remote control. 

GT-Line: This model is distinguished by “deluxe” scuff plates for a “sportier” appearance. The interior features alloy pedals. An electric tailgate is also present. The most notable items on the GT-Line are its array of standard driver assistance systems. These include lane follow and keeping assist. Forward collision avoidance is also present. 

GT-Line Plus: The Sportage GT-Line Plus upgrades to all-LED interior lamps. This derivative also features a panoramic sunroof and “sporty” 19-inch alloys. 

GT-Line S: The range-topping variant further upgrades to an ‘Intelligent’ front lighting system, ‘Smart’ cruise control and ‘Junction Turning’ functionality. A rotary gear-shit dial is also present on this model. 

POWERTRAIN

A 1.6-litre four-pot is employed across the Sportage range. The turbocharged petrol unit produces 132 kW and 265 Nm of torque, available from 5 500 r/min and a lowly 1 500 to 4 500 r/min, respectively. The T-GDi engine is exclusively coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which aids in delivering “exceptional” fuel consumption. The claimed figure is 6.5 L/100 km. Kia says the box-fresh Sportage accelerates to 100 km/h from a standstill in 8.8 seconds. The top speed is rated at 201 km/h. 

KIA SPORTAGE PRICING:

As standard, all models ship with Kia’s six-year/90 000 km service plan. A five-year/unlimited km warranty is included in the asking price. The new Sportage goes on sale on 21 September 2022. 

  • 1.6 T-GDi LX — R539 995
  • 1.6 T-GDi EX — R593 995
  • 1.6 T-GDi GT-Line — R649 995
  • 1.6 T-GDi GT-Line Plus — R677 995
  • 1.6 T-GDi GT-Line S — R734 995