The All-New Kia Sportage

The fifth-generation all-new Kia Sportage has landed in Australia and is set to hit Kia showrooms with an equal mix of style and substance.  

Carefully crafted from the ground up to be the ultimate medium SUV, the all-new Sportage symbolises the pioneering DNA of the Kia brand. The past success of the Sportage is deeply rooted in a mindset of constant reinvention. Under the new Kia brand, the fifth-generation Sportage once again brings an innovation that elevates the brand to the next level. 

Designers focused on creating an intelligent package and clever use of space so that all occupants can benefit from increased room and its everyday family-friendly practicality and useability. 

The all-new Sportage provides an impressive array of safety technology featuring both passive and active high-tech systems, including Kia’s world-renowned comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Advanced powertrains make the all-new Sportage an economical operator with its frugality matched to smooth and highly responsive power delivery, resulting in an SUV that is energetic, sporty and fun-to-drive.

Paired with Kia Australia’s locally tuned ride and handling package, the all-new Sportage really is a force to be reckoned with. 

“All-new Sportage is an excellent package offering an innovative, sophisticated and let’s not forget localised, medium SUV choice to buyers in an increasingly competitive segment,” said Kia Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.

2022 Kia Sportage GTLine
2022 Kia Sportage GTLine

“The fifth-generation is a substantial evolution over the outgoing Sportage and is a true reflection of Kia’s future. Not just another step forward but a bold move to a new level, reflecting how far Kia has come and where we are going.

“Sportage is an integral part of our sales initiatives, aspirations and ultimately, our success. This new generation provides another opportunity for both Kia and the dealer network to build on our brand strength and customer experience.”

For the Australian market the all-new Sportage will arrive in S and GT-Line trims initially with SX to follow in late November and SX+ arriving in early January. 

Depending on the trim chosen, a choice of up to three engines are available; the proven 2.0-litre MPI (115kW and 192 Nm) for S, SX and SX+, an improved 2.0-litre diesel (137kW / 416Nm) available in all grades and the new to the range 1.6-litre T-GDI (132kW / 265Nm) which is exclusive to SX+ and GT-Line.

The 2.0 petrol models will feature the choice of a six-speed manual (S and SX) or automatic (S, SX and SX+) gearbox driving the front wheels only.  For those preferring AWD, this is available in the 2.0 diesel with a re-engineered 8-speed automatic transmission offered across all trims and the new torquey 1.6 petrol variant matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (7DCT), available in SX+ and GT-Line.

2022 Kia Sportage GTLine
2022 Kia Sportage GTLine

Recommended retail pricing starts at $32,445 for the 2.0-litre petrol S in manual and tops out at $52,370 for the GT-Line diesel.

The exterior of the all-new Sportage establishes new design boundaries and dramatically sets the tone for the next generation family. 

Tense and crisp lines ripple along the refined body, amplifying dramatic styling tensions. At the same time, clean but muscular surfaces join forces with intricate graphics to give the SUV a dynamic and assertive road presence.

Revealed earlier this year to great acclaim from the design community, Kia’s new design language – Opposites United – is at the core of the all-new Sportage, influencing every aspect of its appearance and character.

2022 Kia Sportage GTLine
2022 Kia Sportage GTLine

From the front, the all-new Sportage showcases a precise and intricate design form with its detailed-orientated gloss black grille graphic stretching across the width of the face. The technical graphic pulls together the main frontal features of the all-new Sportage, presenting a striking look. The grille links Kia’s modern signature Tiger Nose grille to the distinctive futuristic-styled boomerang-shaped LED DRLs (daytime running lamps), which in turn create solid boundary lines for the striking LED head lights. 

Paying homage to its sports utility heritage, the side profile of the all-new Sportage creates a stirring road presence with taut lines cutting across clean but refined body surfaces that seamlessly blend the contrasting volumes together. The addition of a chrome beltline (S & SX) kicks up onto the rear of the all-new Sportage and into the D-pillar, creating harmonious lines with the rear spoiler that further adds to the sporting pedigree of the car.

All-new Sportage maintains its strong road presence at the rear with a muscular swooping fastback design that flows into the tail lights, which have been crafted to give the impression that they cut into the body with fine precision. The razor rear lamps are connected by a slim horizontal design, giving the all-new Sportage a stunningly wide impression from the back.

With safety being a top priority during development, the fifth-generation all-new Sportage is one of the safest vehicles in its class.  

Underneath the sleek exterior design of all-new Sportage is a reinforced and lightweight body structure that has high torsional rigidity. All-new Sportage features a new centre side airbag along with the usual driver airbag, passenger airbag, curtain airbags and front side airbags. 

2022 Kia Sportage GTLine
2022 Kia Sportage GTLine

Kia’s acclaimed in-house developed Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology helps the Sportage to avoid potential hazards, fully protecting occupants and other road users on every journey. As part of its ADAS package, the all-new Sportage features Kia’s Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which helps avoid collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in front of the vehicle while driving. It also features Junction Assist which can apply braking when a potential collision is detected when turning right across an intersection

The Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) system available on the all-new Sportage is a driver assistance technology that detects speed signs through the front view camera. Information is then displayed on the instrument cluster. The optimised speed can then be used to set the Smart Cruise Control by confirming the speed limit.

When operating the indicators to change lanes, if there is a risk of collision with a rear-side vehicle, a new Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system will provide a warning to the driver. After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, BCA actively controls the all-new Sportage to help avoid a collision. BCA is also active in situations such as parallel parking manoeuvres, further helping to avoid collision with rear-side vehicles.  Haptic feedback in the steering can also be activated, hence warnings are audible, visual, and tangible.

Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM) is also included on the GT-Line and further enhances safety and driver visibility when changing lanes by displaying a real-time rear-side image of the vehicle in the instrument cluster.

Introduced locally last year on the Sorento GT-Line, Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) is a feature of the all-new Sportage GT-Line Diesel and helps the driver to remotely park or exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle.


Fuel TypePowertrainTransmissionTrimRRPD/A
Petrol2.0MPI FWD6MTS$32,445$34,690
1.6T-GDI AWD7DCTSX+$43,500$46,990
GT-Line $49,370$51,990
Diesel2.0 CRDI AWD8AT$39,845$42,690
GT-Line $52,370$54,990
This post was written by Car and Bike News


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