The new KIA Sportage definitely has the X Factor, with its awesome design and the latest technology. There are advanced features to enhance your comfort and safety, improvements to handling, as well as a tougher exterior resulting in an even better ride. I was fortunate enough to test drive the KIA Sportage 2.0 Ignite 4×2 AT from KIA Northcliff.

Interior & tech

From the stylish, comfortable seats to the use of high-quality materials in the cabin, there is no shortage of features in this SUV – everything is perfectly designed for ease of use.

The multi-functional steering wheel and circular gauge cluster contribute to a stylish look. The stop/start button with smart key allows you to start the engine at the touch of a button. The new Sportage also comes with a high-tech audio system and MP3, iPod and USB connectivity, which adds to an even better driving experience.

Exterior

Designed and produced in Europe with characteristic innovative design and prominent features, the 4th generation Sportage is the most practical yet. The height of the model increased by 5mm and the overall length increased significantly by 40mm, while the wheelbase extended by 30mm.

There is extra head and leg room for both the front and rear passengers, making the vehicle comfortable and spacious.

Performance & safety

The new Sportage is a perfect combination of sportiness and sophistication, whether you are zooming through town, venturing off-road, or travelling the open road. Designed to deliver when it comes to both performance and practicality, the new Sportage engine is just as impressive, with 114kW of power and 192Nm of torque.

But the power isn’t just limited to the engine. Structurally strengthened with ultra-high tensile steel the Sportage’s advanced body shell offers even more protection to ensure your safety.

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

Pricing for the Kia Sportage starts at R381 495. Contact KIA Northcliff on 010 300 2029 for more information or to book a test drive.

Source: Kia South Africa

By Wanita Wallace