THE FIFTH generation Sportage arrived in Australia at the start of November with the type of keen pricing and a generous machines record we have come to be expecting from South Korea’s second-most important car manufacturer.
Though it is virtually $2000 more expensive than the outgoing design, the new Sportage vary represents excellent value. The entry-quality S variant tested below is outfitted with an effective turbo-diesel motor, smooth eight-pace vehicle, component-time all-wheel drive (AWD) and is priced from just $39,845, in addition on-highway expenditures (ORCs).
That cost undercuts those people of the majority of the Sportage S’ diesel-run AWD rivals significantly. The Hyundai Tucson AWD diesel vary kicks off with the Elite from $forty five,000 (+ORCs), though the least expensive Mazda CX-5 diesel AWD – the Maxx Activity, is $42,690 (+ORCs). It is a very similar tale with Volkswagen’s Tiguan 147 TDI Elegance, which is priced from $fifty two,290 (+ORCs).
In fact, the only competitor to beat the Sportage in this phase is the ageing Nissan X-Trail TS, from $37,465 (+ORCs).
As opposed with the outgoing design, the “entry-level” Sportage feels positively space age. It has LED headlights, a electronic instrument cluster, front centre airbag, AEB with pedestrian and bike owner detection, lane- abide by guide and even adaptive cruise control, all of which are standard situation.
The remainder of the element record is comprehensive – and far greater than those people offered by most entry-quality medium SUVs with which the Sportage competes.
Highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels (which include a total-dimension matching spare), an 8.-inch infotainment array (featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and plug-in Android Auto connectivity), Bluetooth telephony and -audio streaming, partial LED tail-lights, a leather-accented steering wheel, tyre tension checking, rear parking sensors, as very well as an electrical park brake.
The Sportage S CRDi, on test below, is run by a two.-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel motor that makes 137kW at 4000rpm and 416Nm between 2000-2750rpm. Merged-cycle fuel consumption is stated at 6.three litres for every 100km, with CO2 emissions of 163 grams for every kilometre.
People numbers see the diesel-run Sportage offer you 1kW and 16Nm more grunt than the outgoing design, though also staying .1L/100km more effective and 5g/km cleaner.
The Sportage actions 4660mm in duration, 1865mm in width, 1660mm in height, which helps make it one hundred seventy five-mm for a longer period, ten-mm wider and 5-mm shorter (in height) than the outgoing design.
Kia’s latest medium SUV rides on a 2755-mm wheelbase, which gives it 85mm of more space between the axles when compared with the earlier design.
Some of that space is felt in the Sportage’s roomier cabin, but the most important gains are seen in the load bay. Cargo space has been upped to 543 litres (+77 litres) in five-seat manner (up to window height), though the over-all carrying capacity has greater to 1829 litres in two-seat manner, which is a staggering 374-litre achieve in utility space over the outdated design.
Kia proceeds to offer you its overall passenger car vary with a 7-year/limitless-kilometre guarantee, which incorporates capped-cost servicing and roadside guide.