The Kia Sportage
"Kia are offering a new ‘GT Line’ spec car in the line-up."
Launched in February this year, the new Kia Sportage has proved instantly popular, with some 10,000 units sold within only the first two months on sale. As such it is one of Kia’s best-selling models across the range.
It looks and is, new, fresh, and different thanks to the combined efforts of the European Kia Design Center in Frankfurt and Kia’s Design Centers in Namyang and Irvine. The new ‘face’ is the most obvious, the headlights now noticeably distinctly separate from the grille, creating a broader and more balanced look to the car.
The Sportage also boasts an all-new roomier interior. The need to incorporate ad infinitum new technology is an increasing challenge to car interior designers these days, so the aim was to create a cabin with a wide, driver-oriented dashboard, and a simple, modern design. Speaking of technical gizmos, the new Sportage achieves a first in the class with the novel feature of a new wireless charger for mobile devices, located at the base of the central instrument stack.
There’s a flexible engine line up with four engines to choose from – naturally aspirated or turbo charged 1.6-litre petrol engines, or 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre diesels. The 114bhp 1.7 CRDi diesel is a good value/economy choice but is only available in manual and front wheel drive whereas other variants include manual or seven speed auto transmission options and four wheel drive, so there’s pretty much something for everyone and a good basis for discussion with your dealer on the best option for you.
GT in the line-up
For the first time, Kia are offering a new ‘GT Line’ spec car in the line-up. Designed and engineered for the sportier inclined amongst us, the GT Line specification delivers all the versatility of the standard car but with slightly more arresting visual and dynamic appeal. The new ‘GT Line’ model is thus sportier in appearance, with a number of exclusives such as a redesigned grille, ‘ice cube’-style fog lamps, under-body cladding at the front and rear, and twin exhaust pipes.
Safety and refinement
Kia have put special effort into increased road refinement in the new Sportage. As a result, what is technically referred to as NVH, representing ‘noise’ , ‘vibration’, and ‘harshness’ has been noticeably tamed and the overall ride dynamics of the car are significantly improved.
It is also the safest Sportage yet, scoring a maximum five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests, thanks to a plethora of active safety systems; Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keeping Assist System, High Beam Assist, Speed Limit Information Function, Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert…phew!
With prices starting at £17,995, it’s a pretty good value car combined with that magic seven year warranty. If current sales are anything to go by, this one’s worth a look. Look out for our first drive and full road test coming soon.
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