The RRP is up marginally but the driveaway price the public sees has effectively remained the same, despite upgrades and extra equipment. For now, only the Si-Premium has a permanent discounted drive-away deal (to $31,990 from its full retail $35,990). Kia says it should be possible to pay the RRP as a drive-away price on the rest of the range, so be sure to negotiate.
Every model gains autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assistance, auto dimming rear view mirror, dual zone airconditioning, and a new hi-res touchscreen. Dearer models gain an electric park brake, premium audio and radar cruise control, among other extras.
The new eight-speed auto in the 2.0 turbo diesel AWD is aimed at boosting economy as well as responsiveness.
Kia engineers have retested and retuned the updated Sportage on local roads. A new type of shock absorber irons out the bumps better and the steering now has a more linear feel. Some models come with slippery Nexen tyres, others come with the better Kumho or Hankook rubber.
Visual changes to the model introduced in 2016 are subtle but the headlights and tail-lights are new, as are the front and rear bumpers. All alloy wheels (17, 18, and 19-inch) are a fresh design.