First pictures and details of Kia's new soft-roader
2 March 2010

Kia’s Sportage soft-roader has been given an extensive redesign inside and out and Kia is promising much improved dynamics over its predecessor.

The all-new Sportage, due to reach UK showrooms this September, shares its platform with the forthcoming Hyundai ix35 and has been styled by Kia’s ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer. The two cars will be built alongside one another at Kia’s Slovakian plant.

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The styling is much bolder than the outgoing Sportage’s. It has a more muscular stance thanks to its high beltline, narrow glasshouse, large alloys and sloping C-pillars. It is the latest car to feature Kia’s ‘Schreyer front grille’ and the front-end styling is similar to its larger Sorento sibling.

Kia will offer the car in both front- and four-wheel drive, although front-drive cars are expected to make up the bulk of sales. Interior improvements seen in recent Kia Cee’d, Venga and Sorento models are all likely to be incorporated into the Sportage. A longer wheelbase than the old model will increase both interior and boot space.

The car will undergo development work in the UK to ensure its ride and handling are improved over the old Sportage. The new Sportage is longer, wider and lower than the old model, all of which should contribute to improved dynamics and road holding.

From launch, a 131bhp, 224lb ft 2.0-litre diesel will be offered. A 1.6-litre petrol with stop-start will follow later in the year, as will a 158bhp two-stage turbo 1.7-litre diesel. This has claimed fuel economy of 51.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

Pricing is expected to start from around £15,500. This will ensure the Sportage significantly undercuts the Ford Kuga, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V, the three cars Kia identifies as its chief rivals.

It is expected to sell around 10 to 20 per cent more units per year than the current model.

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3 February 2010

"although it is expected to be offered with two-wheel drive transmission to differentiate it from the four-wheel drive ix35"

..why do you say this (again) when the iX35 you've driven was itself 2wd. Both the current Sportage and Tuscon are available with 2 and 4wd and I cant see any reason why this should change for the new models, especially as they will continue to both be built in the same factory on the same platform.

3 February 2010

I actually quite like this. £14,000 start price? That sounds good.

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3 February 2010

It looks good, and this is yet another model from Kia which seems to be very competetive. Whereas the previous Sportage was a bit of a cut-price, lesser alternative to the likes of Kuga, Tiguan or RAV 4, this iteration looks absolutely on par with the best.

3 February 2010

This actually looks ok, although has very little resemblance to the rest of the range. It looks a mixture of Pug 3008 and Qashqai. Of course the proof of the pudding will be on (and off) the road, although I suspect that matter a jot to the hoards who will snap them up in places like Hull.

3 February 2010

Looks good for a Kia. As a marque their latest generation of cars is really very good, and no longer second-class compared to other manufacturers.

3 February 2010

Why is it that every new car has to be longer and wider (and incidentally lower) than the model it replaces? Parking spaces are not getting any bigger.

2 March 2010

Good looking car this IMO, I think the old KIA badge looks really out of place on their current range they need an new identity to take them away from the old rubbish like the Shuma that the badge is still associated with.

2 March 2010

[quote veedubya]Good looking car this IMO,[/quote]

I would agree. I also quite like the look of the facelift Cee'd and the Venga looks better in the metal than I'd first thought.

7 year warranty or not, Kia has a good range at the moment.

God, I think I'm becoming a fan of Kia's.

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