Sportage’s mid-life facelift incorporates upgrades to its exterior and interior, including new materials, and a new 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
As for the visual changes, the front grille has been re-moulded, while the front fog lamps and lower bumper show more dynamism. New wheel designs for the 17 and 18 alloys and redesigned rear tail light clusters are further improvements.
This car is more refined, too, with a number of changes made to minimise noise, vibration and harshness in the cabin. The AWD models feature a new centre console and an Infinity sound system. The new display cluster features a new 4.2-inch TFT LCD; 4.3-inch on the AWD model, which doubles as a rear-view camera.
The upgraded Sportage is available with two engines: a new 2.0 D-CVVT petrol engine and a more powerful 2.0 VGT CRDi diesel engine. The petrol engine is more refined than before, Kia says, and is now paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, resulting in improved fuel consumption.
The petrol engine generates 116kW at 6200rpm and 192Nm of torque at 4000rpm and the old-five-speed manual transmission is replaced by a more refined six-speed transmission. The diesel 2.0 VGT CRDi engine delivers maximum power of 130kW at 4000 rpm and 382Nm of torque between 1800-2500rpm. Both engines are available in six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
All models come standard with a 5-year / 150 000 km warranty (up from 100 000km), a 5-year / 100 000 km service plan and a 3-year / unlimited roadside assistance plan.
2.0 manual Ignite – R309 995
2.0 manual – R336 995
2.0 auto – R348 995
2.0 CRDI manual – R361 995
2.0 AWD manual – R371 995
2.0 CRDI auto – R373 995
2.0 AWD auto – R383 995
2.0 AWD CRDI manual – R396 995
2.0 AWD CRDI auto – R408 995