Kia Sportage (2016–)

Model History

February 2016

Kia Sportage goes on sale

There are 18 variants on offer priced from just £17,995 on the road. For the first time GT-Line versions add an even more sporty flourish to the range, while the line-up is headed by the luxurious First Edition model, priced at £31,645. GT-Line models start at £24,350. The new Sportage is on sale from February 5, 2016.

There are now four engines and three transmissions with 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 GT-Line. They join extensively 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, which means significantly lower company car tax for the Sportage's loyal legions of business drivers.

The six trim lines are badged 1, 2, 3, 4, GT-Line and First Edition. All versions powered by the 1.6-litre GDi and 1.7-litre CRDi engines are front-wheel drive, while those powered by the 1.6-litre T-GDi unit and the two 2.0-litre CRDi diesels have all-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive versions are distinguished by the 'KX' prefix in the model designation - except for GT-Line and First Edition versions

Connectivity and advanced driver aids are a pre-requisite in any car these days, and the Sportage will not disappoint on either count. All versions except the entry-level grade have a 7- or 8-inch touch-screen satellite navigation system linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom, providing full European mapping and detailed traffic, speed camera, weather and local services information. Further up the range, Speed Limit Information, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available.

The four engines available in the previous Sportage have been extensively revised to meet EU6 emissions regulations, with the result that they now deliver better fuel economy with lower CO 2 emissions, and they are joined by a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol unit in GT-Line.

The 1.7-litre CRDi favoured by more than half of all Sportage buyers is now more than 7mpg more fuel-efficient in combined mode, while its CO2 output falls by 16g/km. There is a reduction of 29g/km for the lower-powered (134bhp) 2.0-litre CRDi engine with automatic transmission, while with the higher-powered (182bhp) version of the same engine with automatic transmission the reduction is 23g/km.

The new high-performance T-GDi engine delivers excellent efficiency, with fuel economy of more than 37mpg and CO2 figures of 177g/km (manual) and 175g/km (7DCT).

In the UK, all versions have Kia's latest rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS). Previously, the electric motor which controls the steering was mounted half way up the steering column. With R-MDPS it is mounted directly to the steering rack. This brings sharper responses and greater precision. Kia likens it to trying to steer a blindfolded person from behind: if you direct them from the waist they are able to follow a more precise path than if directed at shoulder level.

Top-of-the-range grade 4/KX-4 and First Edition versions are fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking, which employs both short- and long-range radar systems so that it can detect vehicles and pedestrians at greater distances and higher speeds. The short-range radar operates at typical city speeds of up to 43mph. Between 19mph and 50mph the longer-range radar also comes into play to detect obstacles in the car's path and responds by automatically slowing the car, to a complete stop if necessary. The pedestrian detection function operates at up to 37mph.

The five-seat cabin is more spacious thanks to the increase in wheelbase. Legroom and headroom front and rear is up to 16mm greater, while the boot capacity has risen by 26 litres (all seats in use) at 491 litres, or 1,480 litres when they are folded down. The rear seats now fold almost flat, with a barely noticeable eight-degree tilt, while the lift-over height of the boot lip has been lowered by 47mm. The two-position cargo floor leaves space for the luggage cover to be stored beneath it when not in use.

Model Price
1.6 GDi six-speed manual 1 £17,995
1.7 CRDi six-speed manual 1 £19,745
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual KX-1 £21,995
1.6 GDi six-speed manual 2 £20,500
1.7 CRDi six-speed manual 2 £22,050
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual KX-2 £24,300
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed auto 2 £25,610
1.7 CRDi six-speed manual 3 £24,750
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual KX-3 £27,000
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed auto KX-3 £28,310
1.7 CRDi six-speed manual 4 £26,550
2.0 CRDi (182bhp) six-speed manual KX-4 £29,400
2.0 CRDi (182bhp) six-speed auto KX-4 £30,710
2.0 CRDi (182bhp) six-speed auto First Edition £31,645
1.6 T-GDi six-speed manual GT-Line £24,350
1.6 T-GDi 7DCT GT-Line £25,650
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed manual GT-Line £25,850
2.0 CRDi (134bhp) six-speed auto GT-Line £27,160

1.6 GDI 1591cc chain-cam petrol 6-speed manual front wheel drive: 130PS at 6300 rpm; 161Nm torque at 4850 rpm

1.6 T-GDI 1591cc chain-cam petrol Turbo 6-speed manual all wheel drive: 174PS at 5500 rpm; 265Nm torque at 1500-4500 rpm

1.7 CRDI 1685cc chain-cam diesel 6-speed manual ISG front wheel drive: 115PS at 5000 rpm; 280Nm torque at 1250-2750 rpm

2.0 CRDI 1,995cc chain-cam common rail diesel all wheel drive: 136PS at 2750 - 4000 rpm; 373Nm torque at 1500 – 2500 rpm.

2.0 CRDI 1,995cc chain-cam common rail diesel all wheel drive: 182PS at 4000 rpm; 400Nm torque at 1750-2750 rpm.

6-speed manual transmission; 7-speed DCT (1.6 T-GDI) 6-speed torque converter automatic (2.0 CRDI)

December 2016

Kia announced small revisions for 2017

As well as the introduction of a ‘GT-line S’ model, a ‘KX-5’ version and a 1.7 DCT powertrain are now available. An updated multimedia system and new paint options have been added to the line-up. This means 2017 is set to be an exciting year for Sportage customers and the Korean car manufacturer hopes they will continue the Sportage’s popularity well into 2017.

‘GT-Line’ on Sportage has proved to be a big success in its first year, and now the range sees an even higher specification, the ‘GT-Line S’. This will provide the looks and styling of the GT-Line with a number of high level specification items to add further appeal to the line-up. The ‘GT-Line S’ will be paired with the high powered 2.0 CRDi 6-speed auto and the 1.6 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT powertrains. Additions also include a heated steering wheel, headlamp washers, bi-xenon headlamps, smart park assist system plus much more.

Replacing the ‘First Edition’ is the KX-5. This is a range-topping high end, highly specified model that showcases the full extent of technology that the Sportage range has to offer, available with a 2.0 CRDi engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. It features two-tone leather upholstery, electronic parking brake, wireless phone charging plus much more over the KX-4.

On ‘2’ and ‘3’ grades, the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) paired with the 1.7 CRDi engine will be available. This improves the MPG and lowers the CO 2 when compared to traditional automatics. MY17 Sportage also has an upgraded multimedia system from the ‘2’ grade and above offering a number of key improvements such as 3D Mapping, SD map updates, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

As for the updated paint strategy, customers can choose whether to have Standard at no additional cost or Optional and Premium paint colours, for which the price will vary accordingly.

July 2018

Facelifted Sportage on sale

Prices start at £20,305 for the entry-level 1, rising to £31,645 for the top-spec GT-Line S.

The 48-volt KIA Sportage 2.0 CRDI Mild Hybrid 4WD is priced at £32,545 for the '4' spec version and £34,545 for the 'GT-Line S' version.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 CO 2 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.

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 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).

The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension, carried over unchanged for the updated model. ‘GT-Line’ models feature their own specially-tuned suspension characteristics,

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 models in the Sportage line-up feature Apple CarPlay TM and Android Auto TM with voice control, as well as Bluetooth with music streaming.

October 2019

Mild hybrid tech now standard across all Sportage diesels

48-volt mild hybrid technology is being extended to all diesel variants in the Sportage range, from level ‘1’ to ‘GT-Line S’.

What does a Kia Sportage (2016) cost?

List Price from £20,655
Buy new from £16,737
Contract hire from £187.64 per month
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