The family-friendly KIA Sportage looks great, the interior is stylish, and the engine is really impressive. I took the Sportage for a test drive at KIA Northcliff


On the exterior, KIA has adopted a rather brave design for the front end. The prominent facia with its big grille looks as though its grinning – It’s modern yet classy as well as easily identifiable.

Down the side, the Sportage genes really shine through with its angular design and somewhat sloped roof line. The tail lamps are joined together by a strip that runs the full width, while the turn signals and reversing lights are separate, located lower down which add more visual weight.

Interior & tech

The Sportage has a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote controls for audio, mobile and cruise control and a leather-wrapped gearshift. More of its standard spec includes Bluetooth, electric side mirrors, a centre console armrest with storage space and rear park distance control, to name a few.

Rear passengers have access to a USB port, while driver and front passenger benefit from an upgrade to an 8-inch colour touchscreen that incorporates satellite navigation, the reverse camera display, full Apple CarPlay functionality (Sportage is Android Auto ready), as well as a wireless smartphone charger.

It is also spacious enough to imagine happily having the rest of the family in the vehicle without any discomfort or restlessness.

Power, performance & safety

With 97kW of power and 161Nm of torque the Sportage has all the power and performance you need to drive around the city and weekends away.

Designed to deliver when it comes to both performance practicality, the Sportage’s engine is just as impressive as you’d imagine. But its power isn’t limited to its engine only. Structurally reinforced with ultra-high tensile steel to offer even more protection, the Sportage’s advanced body shell is built to ensure your safety.

Combined with a host of active and passive safety systems, including six airbags, the Sportage is one of the safest cars in its class, which is why it has been awarded a 5-star EuroNCAP rating, the highest safety standard possible.

Contact KIA Northcliff on 010 300-2029 for more information about the KIA Sportage or to book a test drive.

Pricing starts at R379 995.

Source: KIA South Africa