A family favourite tracks true
The Sportage, a mainstay in the compact SUV line-up, enhances the familiar formula
KIA has a reputation to maintain as the maker of the Sorento, the reigning Carsguide Car of the Year. With the fourth-generation Sportage compact SUV there’s no need for concern because it’s right up with its larger sibling as one of Korea’s best mainstream cars.
The previous Sportage was a favourite of ours for its styling, powertrains, size, drive feel and value for money. It sold up a storm and is partly responsible for the booming compact SUV segment in Australia.
The new model follows through on this, with improved powertrains, more kit, increased interior room and plenty of driver assistance features normally associated with high-end European vehicles.
In styling terms, the profile is familiar but the face is new.
The three engines — 2.0 and 2.4-litre petrol and 2.0 turbo diesel — carry over with extensive revisions to improve power and fuel efficiency.
A six-speed auto is the sole transmission, in line with buyers’ overwhelming preference in the previous model. Six models are available starting with the Si at $28,990. Then come the Si diesel, the SLi in petrol and diesel, the Platinum 2.4 and the rangetopping Platinum diesel at $45,990.
Diesel variants are all-wheel drive, as is the Platinum 2.4. The 2.0-litre petrol variants are front-drivers.
The Sportage scored five