A different perspective from every angle
The SUV still has its trademark rugged style and Kia's 'tiger nose' front grille, with integrated roof bars and high-positioned headlights. Looking at the vehicle from the sides or rear, the updated body shape becomes clearer. Kia has made the wheel arches more prominent and increased the raked appearance along each side. The Sportage's reversing lights sit lower than before, with their own cluster away from the rear lights.
Change that continues on the inside
Compared to the outgoing NewSportage, the interior in the 2018 car has been noticeably altered. This is a deliberate move by Kia to reposition the model, giving it a stronger sense of refinement. A premium atmosphere is created with quality materials and smart finishes – comfort has been a clear consideration in design. Kia will also include an infotainment screen in all versions, sized differently dependent on the equipment level.
More choice, more power
A selection of existing and new Kia engines is on offer, including a turbocharged petrol option for the first time. The 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre diesel alternatives produce 114bhp, 130bhp, 134bhp, 174bhp or 182bhp. Higher-powered diesel models run in four-wheel drive, and this can also be specified for the petrol-powered Sportage.