Kia Sportage

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The new Kia Sportage crossover range is now on sale in the UK, with CO2 emissions from 135 g/km and economy of up to 54.4 mpg.

It is available in two-wheel-drive as well as all-wheel drive, and there are even EcoDynamics versions with Kia’s fuel-saving Intelligent Stop & Go system.

In total there are four engines, including a new 1.6 GDi petrol and 1.7 CRDi turbodiesel. The complete range is now comprised of 16 models.

The 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and 1.7-litre turbodiesel engines come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre engine has the option of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic on the petrol, and six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions on the diesel.

All 1.6 and 1.7-litre versions of the new Sportage feature Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology and sit under Kia’s ‘EcoDynamics’ banner, while the new Dymax intelligent all-wheel-drive system is standard on every 2.0-litre model.

The 16-model range is based on Kia’s 1, 2 and 3 trim designations, with all-wheel-drive versions given the KX preface. There is also a special range-topping ‘Sat-Nav’ grade of new Sportage 3 and KX-3, featuring a fully integrated 7-inch touch screen satellite navigation with built-in reversing camera and upgraded audio sound system.

The new Sportage weighs around 90kg less than the previous model and has a drag coefficient down from 0.40 to 0.37 Cd. The ground clearance has also been reduced in order to improve economy – an acknowledgement that Kia doesn’t see this car being used for much off-roading.

With the new 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine and the fuel-saving assistance of ISG, the new Sportage is capable of average fuel economy of 54.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 135 g/km.

The new 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine, which develops 133 bhp and 165 Nm (122 lb ft) of torque, with the help of ISG, gives the Sportage average fuel consumption of 44.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

With the six-speed manual gearbox the Sportage 2.0 CRDi achieves combined economy of 49.6 mpg – 9.8 mpg better than the old car – with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km, a huge reduction of 38 g/km.

Even with the six-speed automatic it betters the previous manual model, with fuel consumption from 40.9 mpg (versus 39.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions from 179 g/km (formerly 187 g/km).

The Dymax intelligent electronically controlled single high ratio all-wheel drive system from Magna Powertrain continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed.

Dymax normally delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels. But the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25 mph.

All versions are covered by Kia’s pioneering seven-year warranty that can be transferred to subsequent owners as long as the 100,000-mile limit has not been reached. Prices start from just £16,645.

The First Edition model, which allowed Kia to put new Sportage on sale earlier than had been originally anticipated, is discontinued with the arrival of the complete line-up.