The fourth-generation Kia Sportage goes on sale 5 February with prices starting at £17,995
Jimi Beckwith
2 February 2016

Kia Sportage prices have been announced, ahead of the model's 5 February on-sale date. 

Kia's Nissan Qashqai rival will cost from £17,995 for the entry-level petrol 1.6 GDI Sportage, with a six-speed manual gearbox. A special, range-topping First Edition Sportage has also been announced, priced at £31,645, with the top-spec 182bhp, 2.0-litre CRDi engine and six-speed automatic gearbox. 

The Sportage range includes six trim levels: 1, 2, 3 and 4, GT-Line and First Edition, with all-wheel drive models signified by KX-1, -2, -3, or -4 badging. Base 1 spec starts at £17,995, rising to £21,995 for KX-1, 2 is priced from £20,500, rising to £25,610 for the 2.0-litre 134bhp CRDi with six-speed automatic gearbox, while KX-2 costs £24,300; 3 trim starts at £24,750, rising to £28,310 for the six-speed auto KX-3, while 4 starts at £26,550 for the 1.7-litre CRDi manual, and increases to £30,710 for KX-4 with six-speed auto 'box. GT-Line is available with a 1.6-litre petrol engine with either six-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic - £24,350 and £25,650 respectively - or the 2.0-litre CRDi engine in either manual or automatic at £25,850 and £27,160.

Standard equipment across the range includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Hill-start assist and cruise control. All models from 2 spec upwards will have a 7in or 8in touchscreen with sat-nav, while higher-spec cars will gain added tech, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and other safety and driver assistance technologies. 

GT-Line spec is new to the Sportage, and is marked out by 19in alloys, Kia GT's signature quad front foglights, dual exhausts and metallic exterior trim. Where a DCT gearbox has been chosen, paddle shifters will also feature, as well as various interior trim upgrades. 

A new T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine is also claimed to deliver more than 37mpg and 177g/km and 175g/km in manual and DCT guises. 

Kia claims the latest Sportage engines have improved emissions and economy; the most popular 1.7-litre CRDi engine improves the 52.3mpg and 143g/km CO2 of the outgoing unit by more than 7mpg and emissions by 16g/km. Kia also claims the 2.0-litre CRDI engine in 134bhp and 182bhp automatic formats have emissions reduced by 29g/km and 23g/km respectively. The torque of these engines is also improved, as Kia claims the less-powerful 2.0-litre diesel now produces 275lb ft compared with the previous model's 236lb ft, and the 182bhp engine increases to from 282lb ft to 295lb ft. 

The fourth-generation Kia Sportage was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. It gets totally new styling for the sides and rear, although the biggest changes are at the front. The headlights are no longer integrated into the grille, as they were on the third-generation Sportage, but now sit higher up on the side of the bonnet. This leaves the now familiar Kia nose, which features on the majority of the company’s range, with a stand-alone grille.

Read our Kia Sportage prototype first drive here

It also gets a larger lower grille, with a silver coloured kickplate on the lower edge. The foglights, which complete the front-end styling, sit in a larger cluster than before.

At the side, the Sportage retains its traditional SUV-like styling, but has a marginally more raked profile than before. The wheelarches are more pronounced, while it also gets a sharp line running along the side doors.

The company says the look at rear of the car is inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo, with a strong line running horizontally across the bootlid between the two tail-light clusters. The indicator and reversing lights are much lower down than before and sit in a separate cluster on the rear bumper

The new model is also likely to get a significantly upgraded cabin over the old version. UK Kia boss Paul Philpott said this was partly as a result of feedback from owners of the current car.

“We recognise that for a more demanding audience issues such as interior quality, refinement and ride and handling are essential,” he said. “All of those aspects have been addressed. We have done this because of what our customers have told us.”

There is only one design of interior, although the size of the infotainment screen is set to differ depending on specification. It will come with a greatly reduced number of buttons on the central console.

Kia has also said the cabin will feature a “rich material quality” to improve perceived quality, while it will come with technology already found elsewhere in the company’s range, such as wireless phone charging and a system that helps when reversing into traffic. Top-level trims will feature high-end audio Harman Kardon stereo systems.

The Sportage is set to come with a brand new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Several of the units from the similarly sized Tucson, from Kia’s sister company Hyundai, are also set to be carried over, including the 113bhp 1.7-litre diesel and two versions of the 2.0-litre diesel, in 134bhp and 181bhp formats.

Paul Philpott, Kia UK President and CEO, Q&A

How much will the Sportage cost?"While we want to remain competitive in our sectors, we will have to reflect the fact that there is a lot of new technology and features in the new car – so undoubtedly there will be a premium over the outgoing model."

Are you planning to expand the Sportage into a wider family?"The compact SUV segment is growing all the time but we feel with new engines, new transmissions and a stunning new face that it will continue to grow in its marketplace. We are looking at possibilities in other parts of the growing SUV market and we will deal with those opportunities in due course."

What are the engine plans? Could there be a plug-in variant?"Our R&D team have plans to launch 22 eco-variants in our range by 2022 – so you never say never, but there will be no plug-in at launch."

Read our full review on the second-generation Kia Sportage

Our Verdict

Kia Sportage
Kia’s well priced compact soft-roader has been given attention-seeking looks

The Kia Sportage is more SUV than hatchback, with family appeal and value to commend it

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30 January 2015
Love to hear a car company come out and say "we're moving down market"

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 August 2015
xxxx wrote:
Love to hear a car company come out and say "we're moving down market"
That`ll be FORD. didn't issue the press release as they were all tied up de-engineering there world car range.

24 August 2015
xxxx wrote:
Love to hear a car company come out and say "we're moving down market"
The Nissan Micra is the only one that comes to mind; however the (very) reduced engine and spec ranges of the Punto, Bravo etc should also count.

30 January 2015
Autocar you make me laugh, the only people who say about the interior of KIA's having cheap feeling in places are the motoring magazines. When comparative test have been carried out by user clinics ect the quality has always been on par with Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen, Mazda Nissan etc and if you look on places like Reevoo customers are well satisfied with the fit and finish and quality of their KIA vehicles. German badge snobbery is Autocar's problem of late. this shows in your reviews both in the magazine and on this website.

Optima2

17 August 2015
To be fair to Autocar.... the 2010 Autocar road test reads well for the car. It has reference to some shiny plastic/cheaper materials in view on the dashboard/interior but they also said that the cabin was a pleasant place to be (which echoes what @optima has observed from customer clinic/feedback), and that the Sportage comes very close to being the best in class. The latest report that "Kia also says the cabin... will be the most refined and highest-quality interior the company has made to date" should mean that everyone will be happy, and could edge this one closer to that goal.

30 January 2015
They need to get their CO2 down big time, I was going to buy its sister the IX35 (same engines) because the cheap lease offset some of the very high company car tax, went a different route in the end but to stay competitive they need a model with 4wd below 130g/km, preferably a lot lower still.

1 July 2015
Nice to see Kia has retained the distinctive stance and the unusual glasshouse of the current model, rather than going for the "me too" design of so many current mid-size SUVs (and hatchbacks). By this I mean a rising waistline, sharply upswept into a triangular third side window behind the rear door. Add a clamshell bonnet, with flutes or stepped sides to disguise its height, trapezoidal headlamps swept back sharply into the wings to disguise a long front overhang, heavy creases in the door panels to elongate the profile and you have the recipe for far too many cars in this sector. It's getting really boring now...

17 August 2015
Move upmarket? Personally I'd put the Sportage, Qashqai, HR-V, Kadjar, CX-3, Tucson etc in the same market. The Kuga is probably a size above competing with the likes of the CX-5, X-trail mob. Regarding the Tucson which no doubt the Sportage will resemble, their engines seem to be the week point in that they're no match for the class leaders. Lots of Sportages sold when they first came on the scene but others have surpassed them now. The Korean's biggest problem these days is price - they're not exactly value for money. I believe if you want a Tucson with a panoramic roof, it's approaching £30k! Kia won't sell many cars if they can't address the price.

19 August 2015
The sportage, Quashqai and Kadjar are all C segment vehicles, just like Kuga and CX5. Cx-3, Hr-V and Captur are the segment below.

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19 August 2015
It's the main reason I din't buy one a few years back. I loved the external styling, liked it to drive, but the interior was really low rent. I'm assuming that the spy shots above were done with a wide angle lens and make it look more bulbous than it is in reality, so hopefully it'll be added to my list of potentials in a couple of years time when I come to trade in.

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