The new Sportage maintains its highly-recognizable demeanor, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase (now 2,670 mm), 40 mm greater overall vehicle length (to 4,480 mm) and a more ‘Aerodynamic’ rear spoiler, which gives the compact SUV its swept-back motif. From the highest point of the roof (1,635 mm, unchanged over the outgoing model), the Sportage’s silhouette gently tapers towards the rear of the car, while bolder wheel arches, sharp feature lines and smooth surfacing endow the Sportage with a more dynamic look. The overall effect is inspired by the defined musculature of a sprinter driving out of the starting blocks. Longer front overhangs (up by 20 mm) and shorter rear overhangs (reduced by 10 mm) add to the car’s more raked profile.
At the rear, the new Sportage features more horizontal forms and clearly defined features lines, with smooth bodywork on the tailgate, emphasizing the car’s width and giving the compact SUV a more solid state appearance. Inspired by the 2013 Kia Provo concept, slim combination lights running along a horizontal parallel are joined together by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while the turn signals and reverse lights are differentiated; they’re located a little lower to add more visual weight to the bottom portion of the compact SUV. The Sportage GT Line even takes on dual exhaust mufflers and metal-effect rear underbody diffuser for that dynamic effect. For wheel sizes, the standard Sportage carries 16-inchers through 18-inchers while the GT Line receives unique 19-inch rims.
Interior-wise, the new Sportage has received a lot more refinements compared to the previous generation. The cabin is wider and the dashboard is more driver-oriented than before. The interior also blends metalwork with soft-touch materials and clearly defined horizontal lines to portray a high level of mechanical precision. Sound proofing on the new Kia Sportage has been enhanced thanks to major refinements and contemporary interpretations.
The lateral dashboard divides it into two clear zones with single or two-tone hues: ‘display’ and ‘control’. The ‘display’ zone is focused purely on delivering information to driver and front occupant in the clearest way possible via the instrument binnacle and optional new 7.0- or 8.0-inch HMI (human-machine interface) systems. With many functions now found on the optional touchscreen infotainment and navigation system, the new, uncluttered dashboard offers the driver a highly ergonomic layout. The interior can take on either a single-tone (black) hue, or two-tone hue (Dark and Light Grey or Black and Canyon Beige) combination, while the console is finished in black, for a classy, stylish appearance, regardless of the selected interior hue. For the GT Line Sportage, the added options include a flat bottom steering, piano black fascia and aluminiu pedals. Other major interior highlights consist of 10-way adjustable driver seat with heating, 8-way front passenger seat, reclining rear seats with heating, an optional panoramic roof, a boot space of 465 liters (increase up to 503 liters), tonneau cover and more.
The new Kia Sportage takes up the 177 PS 1.6-liter T-GDI powerplant that’s paired to the new seven-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT), recently introduced on the Kia cee’d. However, six-speed manual and automatic trasmissions are also applicable across the Sportage line-up. Fuel capacity has been upped from 3rd-gen Sportage, as the new Sportage now gets 62 liters, from 58 liters previously.
All aspects of safety are vital in the new Sportage via the use of stiffer seat frames, high and ultra-high tensile steel contents, redesigned springs and pads and reduced weight (2.5kg) of the seats Numerous active and passive safety features, such as ABS with EBD, 6 airbags, ISOFIX points and plenty more, make the new Sportage one of the most dependable compact SUVs in the world.