THE Kia Sportage originally launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2015, has done good business for the brand and has now been superseded by the latest model which aims to continue the trend. With bold styling and a spacious interior packed with more technology than ever before.
The new fourth-generation Sportage models are built at KIA’s manufacturing facility in Žilina, Slovakia and comprise of five models. The derivative featured in these first impressions is the new to the range, Kia Sportage 2.4 GDI SX AWD.
The new Sportage is recognised by its bold new ‘face’ with KIA’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the car’s headlamps separated for the new model. The headlamps are now positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet. A lower, wider grille – enlarged to support greater engine cooling – adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s face, with new ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lamps, day-light running lamps, and aluminium-effect skid plates.
The all-new Sportage also has a 30 mm longer wheelbase, a 40 mm greater overall vehicle length, a more aerodynamic rear spoiler, longer front overhangs and shorter rear overhangs. The wheel arches on the press vehicle were filled with 19” alloy wheels shod with low profile 245/45R19 tyres.
The completely redesigned interior features high quality materials and design integrity, as well as great practicality and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. A range of new and updated engines and transmissions results in enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are all improved.
Safety is very high on the Kia agenda and the new Sportage comes with no less than six airbags, ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points fitted to the second row of seats, while pedestrian safety is further improved with a lower leading edge on the bonnet and a larger impact absorption area.
The Sportage also features two USB charging points, one in the front and one in the rear, to allow all occupants to charge their mobile devices while on the move.