Kia’s venerable mid-size crossover enters its fourth generation with the official launch of the 2016 Kia Sportage. Alongside its larger sibling, the Sorento, that was also launched on the same trot, the Sportage now has the unenviable task of going up against the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson.
Two variants are introduced at the outset priced as follows:
Motion is supplied by the firm's Nu series 2.0-litre port-injected and naturally aspirated engine outputting 155PS at 6,200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Power is put on the road through a six-speed conventional auto powering only the front wheels. Depending on demand, Kia is open to the possibility of introducing more powerful variants and even the option of all-wheel drive at a later date.
The standard KX spec Sportage boasts the following key equipment:
The RM20k-costlier Premium model, meanwhile, adds the following equipment:
The all-new Kia Sportage is available in five colours and comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty.