JOHN CARR from Rhoose near Barry was the first person in Cardiff to drive away with an all-new fourth-generation Sportage from one of our dealerships in the city.
John, who is retired, purchased the car from our Penarth Road dealership and collected it from Castell Coch in Tongwynlais last Friday (February 5, 2016) – which was the official launch day for the model.
Richard Craythorne, our General Manager at the dealership, explained: “We would like to say a huge congratulations to John. He is one of the first people in the UK to own an all-new fourth-generation Sportage and he is definitely the first person in the Wessex Group to drive off in this fantastic car.
“We decided to host a ride and drive event at Castell Coch for the official launch of the car. It is a stunning fairy-tale castle and made a great location for people to test drive the brand new vehicle. John, who chose a 1.6 Turbo GT Line model, collected his car from the event.
“For the first time, the Sportage now also comes in a new ‘GT Line’ specification. Delivering all the versatility of the standard Sportage, it is designed to appeal to those seeking an even sportier appearance and driving experience.
“Kia’s new features added to the Sportage make it the most modern, innovative and high-tech car in its class.”
It is also the safest Sportage yet, with a stronger body and a range of new active safety technologies including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking.
John explained: “I used to be a purely BMW buyer but the quality, specification and value for money Kia offers with the Sportage made me switch to the brand. This will be my third Kia Sportage in three and a half years. It’s a superb vehicle and just keeps getting better and better.
“I decided to purchase the GT Line model as I do like a sportier appearance. What also drew me to the new model is the all-new seven-speed double-clutch transmission, which offers a sportier driving feel when in manual mode. I can also then switch to the automatic mode for say a smooth motorway drive.
“I have purchased all my Kia models from Wessex Garages and would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the team at Penarth Road for their continued help and first class service. I wouldn’t go anywhere else to purchase a new Kia.”
The vehicle’s new navigation system comes with Kia’s connected services powered by TomTom Live Services and gives reliable route guidance.
Kia’s Connected Services provide the driver with real time traffic updates, weather forecasts, a search function to find places of interest and speed camera alerts.
It also comes with a new wireless charger for mobile devices, enabling users to charge their phone or tablet without a wire connection. The system will display the phone’s charging condition on the instrument cluster.
Richard added: “In performance terms, the all-new Sportage delivers a smoother, more refined ride and greater handling agility.
“The SUV also has plenty of space for the whole family, as well as a range of storage solutions and a high boot capacity for the transport of luggage. Both the driver and passengers are treated to extra space in the all-new Sportage and also enhanced seating comfort.”