Kia Australia have revealed in full what local buyers will be getting from the South Korean marque’s updated crossover. In addition to some much welcome safety tech and powertrain tweaks, the Sportage features some nip and tucks to its looks and some overall tightening up of the package.
These changes do come with bump to the pricing, however, and consequently the 2019 Sportage will start from $29,990, excluding on-road costs, which is $1,000 dearer than the version it replaces. However, considering the value added, the tick up in price does seem justified.
The range, as it did before, has its entry-level start out with the Sportage in Si trim. As previously mentioned, the new range-wide active safety equipment is most prominent here, offering Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, High Beam Assist, and even Lane Keep Assist.
Also standard with the Si are 17-inch alloys (of which all feature new designs to set them apart from the outgoing version), a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, a rear view camera, and a 6-speaker stereo.
Stepping up to the Si Premium, starting at $32,290, buyers will receive all the Si’s goodies as well as in-built satellite navigation to match its larger 8-inch display, LED daytime running lights, larger 18-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8-speaker JBL audio system.
A plusher interior arrives only where the SLi gets involved as it’s the starting point for leather seats. Some other plusses include smart key access with push button start and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The GT-Line ($44,790) rounds off the 2019 Sportage range, and the top of the line variant expectedly delivers on the full selection of toys, even including some safety/convenience features exclusive only to it: Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Active Cruise Control. There are also 19-inch alloys, dynamic LED headlights, LED fog lamps, and a variant-exclusive sports pack that includes new bumpers, grille, and side sill.
Apart from that, the GT-Line is quick to play luxury card and consequently adds posher appointments inside such as aluminium pedals, a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, a panoramic sunroof, piano black trim, heated and ventilated front seats, a hands-free powered tailgate, and support for wireless phone charging.
The engine range is pretty much a carry-over from the 4th-generation Sportage, spread between the 2.0-litre MPI naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 114kW and 192Nm, a 2.4-litre atmospheric four-pot with 135kW and 237Nm that’s exclusive to the GT-Line, and finally a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 136kW and a very handy 400Nm which is sent to all four wheels via a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
- Sportage Si - 2.0-litre petrol - 6-speed auto - FWD - $29,990
- Sportage Si - 2.2-litre diesel - 8-speed auto - AWD - $35,990
- Sportage Si Premium - 2.0-litre petrol - 6-speed auto - FWD - $32,290
- Sportage Si Premium - 2.2-litre diesel - 8-speed auto - AWD - $32,290
- Sportage SLi - 2.0-litre petrol - 6-speed auto - FWD - $36,790
- Sportage SLi - 2.2-litre diesel - 8-speed auto - AWD - $42,190
- Sportage GT-Line - 2.4-litre petrol - 6-speed auto - AWD - $44,790
- Sportage GT-Line - 2.2-litre diesel - 8-speed auto - AWD - $47,790