Kia has added a more powerful and more luxurious variant at the top of the Sportage crossover range
2 July 2012

The new Kia Sportage KX-4 will be the most powerful and luxurious version of the Korean marque's crossover, with prices starting at £27,195.

Under the bonnet, a new 181bhp version of the 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, which originally produced 134bhp, results in a 0-60mph time of 9.4 seconds. When mated with a six-speed manual gearbox, it takes the KX-4 to a top speed of 120mph, returns a claimed 46.3mpg and produces 158g/km of C02.

The automatic version is faster, but less economical, reaching 121mph, offering 39.2mpg and emitting C02 at the rate of 189g/km.

The Sportage KX-4 gets all-round parking sensors, keyless entry, an engine start button, full leather upholstery, 18in alloys, privacy glass, satnav with a seven-inch touchscreen, xenon lights, a panoramic sunroof, climate and cruise control, heated seats and seven-speaker stereo as standard.

The Kia Sportage is only available with four-wheel drive. The manual-equipped version costs £27,195, with the automatic priced at £28,500. The entry-level model in the Sportage range, the two-wheel drive 1.6 GDi 1, is priced at £17,300. The Sportage KX-4 is on sale now.

James McKean

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2 July 2012

Very cool! I like this car.

2 July 2012

All this for the same price as an ENTRY level Evoque ...

2 July 2012

Suzuki QT wrote:

All this for the same price as an ENTRY level Evoque ...

Yes but a 7 year warranty and the Sportage will be more reliable than the Evoque.I personally prefer this car too.

2 July 2012

This looks like a very good all-rounder, especially for someone who wants a good spec car but who also needs the benefit of four-wheel drive for those times when we suffer from bad weather and they just HAVE to get to work.

For me, the spec is a bit TOO good, in that privacy glass is standard and that's a deal breaker for me. (If you like it and appreciate it, then fine. We are all different. I'm not saying its a bad thing, or isn't useful, just not my cup of tea.)

Presumably this car will get the seven year warranty to make it even more attractive for private buyers?

2 July 2012

This is good news, the Sportagage needed a more potent range-topper although I am sure a facelift isnt far away.

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2 July 2012

this engine is needed in the Kia Optima.....pretty please.

2 July 2012

"The Kia Sportage is only available with four-wheel drive."  Not quite accurate, most sold are 2 wheel drive. ("The entry-level model in the Sportage range, the two-wheel drive 1.6 GDi" same article!)

This new spec level is 4 wheel drive though and below the vital 158g/km level. So 4WD but still quick and clean. Who says you can't have your cake?

On the subject of speed, have owned two Kia's and both were a fair bit quicker than the brochure speed, Kia tend to be conservative on the numbers so I wouldn't mark it down against some of the competition on that, Perhaps Autocar will clock it properly.



2 July 2012

interesting to see what real life mpg turns out to be.

IIRC the the figures quoted above are higher than those for the 134bhp diesel.

That car has been reported in print and around the web as struggling to get low to mid 30s.

At this price surely an XV would be a good alternative. Proven engineering, good spec and great aftercare, although not as long a warranty.

3 July 2012

The Apprentice, you're fired.

As I read it, the report was only referring to this model that is only 4-wheel drive.

3 July 2012

With a 181 bhp engine I would've expected the 0-60 time to be a little quicker than 9.4 secs!


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