Look, it’s the new Kia Sportage. For the first time in its 28-year history, the Sportage has been adapted specifically for Europe. Previously, each country received the same crossover, but for the fifth generation, Kia adapts the luggage space, headroom and legroom to European preferences. According to the brand, the Sportage still has ‘the ideal dimensions for European roads’. In terms of size, the Sportage comes in between the hefty Sorento and the small Stonic.
What’s new about the Kia Sportage?
Well, we don’t need to describe that, do we? The design is completely new and quite striking. Kia calls the style ‘Opposites United’. You would be looking at an ’emotional and organic form’ here. The crossover stands on wheels of size 17, 18 or even 19 inches. In terms of appearance, he does not look out of place next to the fairly new Hyundai Tuscon, which has just such a pronounced design. Of course, the two also share many technical parts.
Inside, Kia places a 12.3-inch screen that continues into the digital counter behind the wheel. Naturally, the car is fully connected for online navigation, online speech recognition and calendar integration from the smartphone. You can charge the phone wirelessly in the cabin. For enthusiasts, the Sportage can be ordered as a GT-Line, but more striking paint colors and white accents in the interior.
The engines of the Kia Sportage
Basically, the new Kia always gets a 1.6-litre petrol engine, just like the Tucson. In the Netherlands, the entry-level model has 150 hp and a mild-hybrid system. The HEV variant is similar to the powertrain of the Prius and has a slightly larger electric motor, but no plug. The plug-in hybrid will of course have a plug and will have a combined power of 265 hp. The prices for the Netherlands will follow later. It should appear in showrooms at the end of this year.