THE full 16-model Kia Sportage range has gone on sale to an expectant UK public this week.
The news comes exactly three months after the Sportage First Edition was launched, which caused quite a stir with the public and the Car Dealer team alike.
Kia’s familiar 1, 2 and 3 trim designations will all feature in the 16-model line-up, while all-wheel-drive versions will be given the KX preface.
The line-up includes four engines, which range from the new 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel units, to the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel versions.
1.6 and 1.7-litre models come badged as ‘EcoDynamics’ and come as standard with ‘Stop and Go’ technology, and 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.
While the 2.0-litre petrol allows buyers the choice 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, the 2.0-litre diesel is only available in 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions, but both units are all-wheel-drive.
The range tops out with the ‘Sat-Nav’ grade of the Sportage 3 and KX-3, which boasts a fully integrated 7-inch touch screen satellite navigation with built in reversing camera and upgraded audio sound system.
Prices start at £16,645 and Kia’s famous seven-year warranty, 100,000-mile transferable warranty features on all models, but the First Edition model has now been discontinued.
by JAMES BATCHELOR