Kia presents all-new Sportage

Fifth generation Kia Sportage revealed ahead of global launch later this year

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kia Sportage

The all-new Kia Sportage has been unveiled following a design process that saw the urban SUV carefully crafted from the ground up to once again feature innovations that elevates the brand to the next level.


A new design language

The new Sportage has been designed as a showcase for Kia’s new design language, dubbed ‘Opposites United’.


Upfront, the Sportage features a precise and intricate design that includes a detailed-orientated black grille graphic stretching across the width of the face. The grille links Kia’s tiger nose grille to the distinctive futuristic styled boomerang-shaped LEDs daytime running lamps which create boundary lines for the Matrix LED headlamps.


When viewed from the side crisp lines ripple along a refined body while muscular surfaces give this SUV a dynamic and assertive road presence.


This presence is maintained at the rear with a muscular swooping fastback design that flows into the rear lamps, which have been designed in such a way that they appear to have been cut into the body with fine precision.


Inside story

A new architecture sees the Sportage combine a driver centric design with a premium interior that features a curved display housing the latest advancements in connectivity technology.


All interior systems are controlled by the high-tech 12-inch touchscreen and advanced integrated controller.


Intelligent packaging and clever use of space ensures that all occupants benefit from class-leading head and legroom while raising the benchmark in luggage capacity at 637 litres. High quality materials that are sumptuous to touch have been used throughout the cabin.


Under the bonnet

Advanced powertrains ensure that the Sportage offers smooth but highly responsive power delivery while being highly economical.


A 1.6-litre TGDI powertrain will be offered in the line up boasting 132kW and 265Nm. This engine is paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.


A very efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine features an advanced variable geometry turbocharger that enables it to develop 137kW and 416Nm of torque. In the interests of fuel consumption this engine is paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.


The range will also feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that promise to deliver a no-compromise eco-friendly SUV package.


Diverse model range

For the first time in the history of the Sportage models catering to a specific set of needs will be offered. A slightly rugged model caters for customers looking for a more vigorous, versatile vehicle. The X-Line features bespoke touches such as a lugged bumper, side sill and roof rack. On the inside, a signature sage green colour is used with bold quilting and black metal wood amplifying that model’s hardy persona.


The GT-Line fills an urban crossover role with paintwork that is vivid and spirited. The interior plays off strong contrasts between black and white, giving the GT-Line model a lively sporty environment.


Built on a solid foundation

In order to create a dynamic and engaging driving experience the new Sportage will be fitted with a variety of technology including Kia’s E-Handling system a new generation Electric Control suspension and Terrain Modes.


The use of a new platform has heavily influenced the driving characteristics, combining refined ride quality with agile and dynamic characteristics. A McPherson strut type suspension and four-link set-up at the rear as well as the steering and suspension system have been meticulously tuned to bring these qualities together. An electronic four-wheel drive system ensures that power is optimally distributed between the front and rear wheels. Electrically controlled suspension ensures optimum comfort and superior safety thanks to real time damping control.


A first for Kia is the creation of an all-new terrain mode, catering for customers that enjoy pursuing outdoor adventure and leisure activities and automatically adjusts for a variety of road conditions.


Designed with safety in mind

With safety being a top priority, engineers at Kia ensured that the Sportage is one of the safest vehicles in its class. A reinforced, yet lightweight, body structure features high torsional rigidity and is home to driver, passenger, side curtain and low-side airbags.


Kia’s advanced driver assistance systems help avoid potential hazards and include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving assist, Navigation based Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist and many more.



The new Kia Sportage will be launched globally later this year and a local launch date is yet to be confirmed.


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