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UK pricing and spec details of the updated Kia Sportage SUV have been revealed.

The mid-sized SUV is available to order now. It's priced from £20,305 for the 1.6-litre petrol in entry-level 1 spec, rising to £31,645 for the 1.6-litre diesel GT-Line S.

The new base price represents an £1100 increase over the outgoing Sportage, but the cheapest model now features a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a rear-view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a DAB radio as standard.

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Spec 2 (from £22,405) and above add features including sat-nav with TomTom connected services, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beam and heated front seats.

A new Edition 25 trim has been added to celebrate 25 years of the Sportage, too. Priced at £25,655 with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, it features part-leather upholstery, free premium paint, keyless entry, an upgraded sound system and a new 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.

Spec 4 (from £27,260) adds to that full-leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, electrically adjustable seats, a heated steering wheel and a new 360deg camera. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is also standard.

GT-Line S (from £31,645) spec tops out the range, with adaptive cruise control that can operate in stop-start traffic, ventilated front seats, LED headlights and wireless smartphone charging.

Styling revisions for the Sportage are subtle but include redesigned headlights, a new front bumper with gloss black or chrome foglight housings and revised skidplates. At the rear, new C-shaped LED lights evolve the look, while new alloy wheel designs and five new paint colours also feature.

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Pricing and official economy figures for the new Ecodynamics+ mild hybrid 2.0-litre diesel have yet to be announced. It will become available to order later in the year. However, we do know it will only be available on higher-spec cars with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Featuring a 0.44kWh 48V lithium ion battery beneath the boot floor and a belt-driven starter-generator unit adding up to 13bhp, the Ecodynamics+ has a total output of 182bhp and 295lb ft of torque. It's capable of 0-60mph in 9.2sec. It recuperates electric power under deceleration and allows the engine to turn off when decelerating or braking.

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Kia's new 1.6-litre U3 diesel engine replaces the old 1.7-litre unit and is available with 114bhp or 134bhp. The higher-powered variant can also be had with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. CO2 emissions range from 126g/km to 130g/km, with economy of up to 58.9mpg claimed. The new unit also benefits from selective catalytic reduction to bring down particulate emissions.

Both of the Sportage's 1.6-litre petrol engines benefit from new particulate filters to make them compliant with the latest Euro 6d emission regulations. Official MPG and CO2 figures are reduced for the naturally aspirated 1.6 GDI, thanks to the new WLTP testing system, but the turbocharged 1.6 T-GDI variant's figures stay the same.

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Hanrry 27 July 2018

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typos1 24 July 2018

Selective Catalytic Reduction

Selective Catalytic Reduction does F all to "bring down particulate emissions" Autocar - SCR is used to reduce NOx emissions not particulates, surely you should know what youre talking about being a motoring magazine ? This is the second time youve written the same total sh*te about SCR in the last few months.

catnip 23 May 2018

I still prefer the look of

I still prefer the look of the previous model to this one, but i've no doubt this version is a far more polished product. It certainly seems to be a very good seller for Kia.

FastRenaultFan 24 May 2018

Its grown on me

I agree the MK3 was better looking. I even prefer the interior of the MK3. However the looks have grown on me and they are very well equipped. The new ones interior and dash is very boring. I also think the old one absorbed bumbs and pothholes better too. The new one does handle and go around corners better do but thats because of the harsher ride. 

Thing is the Peugeot 3008 now makes a lot of SUV's look old especcially there interior because what is in the 3008 is stunning. Thats what I would buy if I was buying.