Elegant looks, advanced systems and interiors…

The all-new Kia Sportage – the fourth-generation of Kia’s globally-popular compact SUV – features an attractive, all-new interior and exterior design, a host of advanced new technology features and greater quality.

The new Kia Sportage compact SUV builds comprehensively on the success of the outgoing model, offering an innovative and sophisticated package to buyers in an increasingly competitive market.

The new-look interior features increased space and legroom, redesigned seats, and more practical features, that together with a range of technologies, improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety.

A range of new and updated engines and transmissions will result in enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are all improved.

The design of the new Sportage has been led by Kia’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, and remains the brand’s bestselling model in Europe, with more than 105,000 sold across Europe in 2015, accounting for 27.4 per cent of Kia sales.

For the first time, a new GT Line specification is available to Sportage customers. Designed and engineered to appeal to those looking for a sportier driving experience from their Sportage, the GT Line specification delivers all the versatility of the standard Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic appeal to those customers that desire it.

The Sportage’s all-new cabin boasts a high standard of material quality, with a far greater proportion of soft-touch materials and the use of cloth, leather and stitching creating a more upscale ambience. The result is an interior that majors on refinement and modern sophistication, with greater soundproofing measures adopted to reduce significantly the intrusion of exterior noise.

The new Sportage has a dual-height luggage floor, allowing taller items to fit into the boot and still remain hidden by the tonneau cover. It also features a new under-floor tonneau cover storage area, which is unique in the class.

Safety, as always, is a top priority for Kia, and the new Sportage has been engineered to meet the toughest and most demanding crash safety tests, thanks to an even stronger body shell, airbags for driver, front passenger, first row side airbags, and first and second row curtain airbags, as well as child safety features. The car scored a maximum possible five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests.

As before, the Sportage continues to be offered with a choice of front- and all-wheel drive, with the revisions to suspension and steering, and the latest electronic driver aids, providing stable handling and high levels of grip in all conditions.

The all-new Sportage is available with a choice of 16-, 17- or 19-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, while the GT Line specification comes with a unique 19-inch wheel option as standard.

The seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system is paired with a 160 watt six-speaker audio system. A first for any car in the C-SUV segment, users will now be able to charge their phone without a wire connection.

When developing the new Sportage, engineers focused on efficiency and driving performance, from the new vehicle’s various power units. Every engine in the range is compliant with the latest Euro 6 emission standard resulting in cleaner exhaust emissions and lower fuel consumption. This has been achieved, not only without compromising on-road performance, but enhancing it, thus establishing a step forward in terms of fuel economy, performance and NVH over the outgoing Sportage and other C-SUV rivals.

The all-new Sportage offers buyers a wide choice of gasoline and diesel engines coupled to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.

The petrol engines available on the entry level Sportage LX is a 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine, producing 130bhp and 160.8 Nm torque, which through improved aerodynamic efficiency this engine promises lower emissions at 156g/km and fuel consumption of 6.7l/100km.

Meanwhile, the diesel engines range which account for the lion’s share of Sportage models sold in Europe will continue to offer the 113bhp 1.7-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission offering reduced emissions at 124g/km and a frugal consumption of 4.7l/100km. The significantly-upgraded 2.0-litre ‘R’ diesel power unit establishes a step forward in terms of fuel economy, performance and NVH over the outgoing Sportage and other C-SUV rivals.

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel is available with two power outputs – 134bhp with 373 Nm torque with emissions at 132 g/km and consumption 4.9L/100Km in manual transmission 2WD, and 182bhp with 400 Nm with emissions of 166g/km and consumption of 6.3l/km for the AWD Automatic. Both variants benefit from a 5 kg lighter engine block, up-to-date battery management system, continuously variable displacement oil pump and a new oil filter module.

The all-new Kia Sportage offers the company’s unique seven-year warranty as standard at a starting price of €22,900. For more information, send an email to [email protected], call on 2269 2120 or visit the website www.kia.com/mt or Facebook page Kia Motors Malta.