Kia Sportage 2022 revealed: Everything you need to know
Say hello to the all-new Kia Sportage. Featuring an all-new new look and improved tech, it’s set to arrive in the UK later this year.
Here’s what you need to know.
Kia Sportage five fast facts
- It’s the first Sportage that’s designed specifically for the European market
- Drivetrain line-up includes mild-hybrids, a full-hybrid and a plug-in hybrid
- Design takes inspiration from the latest Sorento
- Latest passive safety technologies present
- New Terrain Mode to tackle any driving conditions
Kia Sportage exterior
This fifth generation of Sportage marks a radical departure styling-wise when compared to the old car. It’s more sharp and angular than before. This is actually the first Sportage that’s been designed specifically for Europe.
Up front, you’ll find a huge gaping grille flanked by a neat set of headlights and tail lights. It’s not too dissimilar to styling we’ve seen on Hyundai SUVs of late and clearly takes inspiration from the EV6 electric car.
The picture you see above is of the International version which, while featuring a larger rear end and different side profile, gives us a good idea of how the Sportage bound for Europe will look – particularly at the front
At the side, the windows sweep gently upwards, with the C-pillar (the part between the rear doors and the boot) featuring contrasting paint. This is specific to the European variant, which features a more rakish roofline than the International car.
Changes are equally radical round the back, where you’ll now find a full-width tail light set-up and a completely redesigned rear end.
Kia Sportage interior and tech
Tech has taken a serious step up, which is quickly noticeable if you’re in the driving seat. Rather than a split touchscreen for the infotainment system, there’s now a huge unit that spreads the length of the dashboard and makes up a digital driver display panel.
Both screens are available in sizes up to 12.3in. It’s a similar theme to what we’ve seen manufacturers like Mercedes do in recent years, and all the key controls for the stereo, satnav and driver aids are operated via the right-hand side of the screen that’s shared with the passenger.
Improved ergonomics and practicality is high on the agenda too; there’s more rear leg room and boot space than before, while there’s some handy features for the front passengers including coat and bag hooks, along with plenty of storage too.
Exact specs and trim levels for the UK are to be confirmed, but you’ll be able to choose between a number of finishes for the interior. We’ll bring you more details on that when it is revealed.
Kia Sportage engines
From launch, the Sportage will be available with a number of enhanced hybrid units – including mild-hybrid, a self-charging hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The self-charging hybrid uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 44kW electric motor, producing a combined output of around 230hp.
The 1.6-litre engine is available without the full hybrid tech too, although it still makes use of mild-hybrid technology. It will be available with either 150hp or 180hp. Diesels remain on offer too, with the 1.6-litre units available with either 116hp or 136hp.
The plug-in hybrid option is the most potent, producing a combined 265hp. It uses a 66kW electric motor and a 13.8kWh battery. Its all-electric range is to be confirmed. All models feature either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.
Kia Sportage safety
Kia emphasises the safety capabilities of the latest Sportage, with the design based around a new structure with exceptionally high torsional rigidity. The company’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) helps drivers avoid potential hazards and includes a forward collision avoidance system.
Other features include a highway driving assistance system that sets the distance and speed from the vehicle ahead on motorways. The satnav can also use real-time data to help drivers avoid a collision due to traffic and other hazards on the road.
A Terrain mode is also on offer, which optimises the Sportage’s systems for a host of road conditions including snow, mud and sand.
Kia Sportage release date
Exact UK specs and further details are set to be revealed in September, after the car’s official launch at the Munich Motor Show.
We’ll bring you more details as soon as they are revealed. In the meantime, you can check out and compare leasing plans on the current Sportage here.