Kia optimises its crossover with new, highly specified, trims and revised engine, gearbox and trim combinations.
Kia Sportage overview
The All-New Kia Sportage is a crossover class vehicle that incorporates a range of enhancements for 2017. This practical, family-focussed, workhorse – which is backed by a 7 year manufacturer warranty – launched February 2016 and is a hit for its manufacturer. More than 35,000 found homes in the following months.
The Sportage has 5 doors, 5 seats and cargo capacity varies from 491 to 503-litres with the rear seats positioned upright for passengers. It is 4,480mm long by 1,855mm wide which is similar to the C'eed Sportswagon; the manufacturer's small family class estate. The Sportage is also available with front or 4-wheel-drive.
For 2017, the Sportage KX-5 trim replaces the First Edition. Kia confirmed that it is a: “Range-topping, high end, highly specified model that showcases the full extent of technology that the Sportage has to offer”. Power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre CRDi diesel engine which is teamed with 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include the: twin-tone leather seats, electric parking brake and wireless phone charger. These complement autonomous emergency braking that brakes to avoid a collision (or mitigate its severity) if the motorist fails to respond to a hazard. A smart park assist system steers into parallel parking bays while the motorist operates the throttle, gearbox, and brakes.
New GT-Line S
The GT-Line S joins the range, too. This trim has the styling of the popular GT Line but builds on its specification via a: heated steering wheel, headlamp washers, bi-xenon headlamps and the smart park assist system. It is teamed with a 2.0-litre CRDi engine (6-speed automatic) plus a 1.6 T-GDi (7-speed dual-clutch automatic).
New GT-Line S features include the: dual exhaust, smart powered tailgate, satellite navigation, premium sound system and LED “ice cube” front fog lamps that resemble ice cubes in a tray (arguably).
Trims 2 and 3 enhanced
The Sportage 2 and 3 trim levels receive enhancements for the new year. The 7-speed, dual clutch, transmission is teamed with a 1.7-litre CRDi engine to improve fuel consumption and cut emissions, for example. These trims also have a new multimedia system that adds: 3D maps, SD card map updates, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Price and warranty
The All-New, 2017, Kia Sportage costs from £18,250 to £31,995 on the road. Such figures include the manufacturer's 7 year, 100,000 mile, warranty that covers the “total cost of parts and labour” for all relevant components, the manufacturer stated. Furthermore, if the vehicle is later sold the warranty transfers to any new owners.