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Kia's facelifted Sportage arrives with new base engine

The Sportage has the honour of being Kia’s most successful model, albeit not on local shores but internationally, where the Rav4 rivalling SUV has notched up five million sales over 25 years.

Though it has played second fiddle to its Hyundai Tucson cousin on the South African sales charts in its latest iteration with its slightly controversial frontal styling, the Sportage is back for another fight with a midlife refresh that also brings a rejigged range, including a new 1.6-litre base engine.

There’s certainly an emphasis on lower-cost powerplants here as the previous 2.4-litre normally aspirated and 1.6-litre turbopetrol engines fall away, while a new normally aspirated 1.6-litre GDI unit joins the base of the range. The new direct injection motor produces 97kW and 161Nm and will run from 0-100km/h in 12.1 seconds at the coast, according to claims.

Sold only in Ignite guise at R379 995, the 1.6 GDI model undercuts the previous 2.0 Ignite that it replaces by a mere R1500, but it does come with automatic transmission as standard, which was an optional extra on the 2.0.

That aforementioned 2-litre normally aspirated engine, with 115kW and 196Nm, and the 2-litre CRDI turbodiesel (131kW/400Nm) continue as before, both available with a choice of Ignite Plus, EX and EX Plus trim grades.

The 2.0 petrol can be had in manual or auto guise depending on model, and the 2.0 turbodiesel is sold exclusively with Kia’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, the 2.0 CRDi EX can be ordered with permanent all-wheel-drive, while the rest of the Sportage range is front-driven.

But why drop the 2.4 and 1.6T engines? This is how Kia explains it:

“Careful analysis of the Sportage range’s most popular models in conjunction with extensive feedback from our customers proved that what is most important in an SUV is a durable and efficient powertrain.

“KIA’s familiar 2.0-litre engines, in both petrol and diesel, have proven themselves on both of these factors and remain the most popular choices in the range.”

Specification enhancements

In spec terms, the Ignite continues to offer all the basic luxury and safety features - like aircon, electric windows and mirrors, a conventional (non-touchscreen) six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, auto headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, rear park distance control, six airbags and ESC stability controls - and the base model gains new 17” alloys.

The Ignite Plus grade (shown below) adds auto-folding side mirrors, an electrochromatic rearview mirror and fancier 17-inch alloys.

Over and above all that, the EX throws in leather seats (with electric adjustment), automatic climate control, a 17.8cm touchscreen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a reverse camera, voice recognition, electric parking brake and rain-sensing wipers. The AWD EX model also gains 19-inch alloys.

Those 19” rims are also fitted to the EX Plus, along with a panoramic sunroof, rear USB port and a larger (now 20.3cm) touchscreen system with satnav and wireless smartphone charging.

All versions ship with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five-year/90 000km service plan.

New face for 2019

As it often goes with these mid-life ‘nip-and-tuck’ sessions, the basic look is familiar and the headlights continue as before, but there is a new bumper, housing a more prominent grille and bigger front fog light housings that aim to give the front end a more macho appearance.

You’ll also find a mildly revised bumper at the back and the taillights get a new lighting structure - both design changes attempting to make the Sportage appear wider.

PRICES

1.6 GDI Ignite Petrol 6-speed auto R379 995
2.0 Ignite Plus Petrol 6-speed manual R389 995
2.0 Ignite Plus Petrol 6-speed auto R403 995
2.0 CRDI Ignite Plus Diesel 8-speed auto R453 995
2.0 EX Petrol 6-Speed auto R459 995
2.0 CRDI EX Diesel 8-speed auto R509 995
2.0 CRDI EX AWD Diesel 8-speed auto R536 995
2.0 EX Plus Petrol 6-speed auto R499 995
2.0 CRDI EX Plus Diesel 8-speed auto R549 995

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/late...portage-arrives-with-new-base-engine-18191837
 

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Meh, and here I was thinking the 1.6T DCT would be the best option to upgrade to in a year or three.
 

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Kia Sportage Facelift (2018) Launch Review

Final thoughts

We were pleased with the overall performance of the Sportage. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is a peach, especially in combination with the new 8-speed automatic transmission; it strikes an attractive balance between performance and economy. The new entry-level 1.6-litre petrol offering will serve customers looking for a basic, spacious family vehicle at an attractive price point, but overall performance, although adequate, is not nearly as enticing. We do, however, think that Kia could have infused more value into the lower-spec Ignite derivatives by offering a touchscreen infotainment system (which is offered in EX grade) instead of the rudimentary radio system, which is a bit of a letdown both visually and in terms of functionality.

Kia wants to generate more sales in the lower end of the Sportage range, but by offering less in-car tech to match its price point, potential buyers may not be entirely convinced. Nonetheless, the newcomer looks good, is fun to drive and remains a competent, practical choice in its segment.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/kia-sportage-facelift-2018-launch-review/45840/

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DRIVEN: Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT

Mid-cycle refreshes are often a simple case of tweaking a design element here and there, and while this is true of the treatments doled out to the latest Kia Sportage, there’s bigger news in the guise of a considered model range re-alignment that ushers in a value-packed entry point to the Sportage stable: the Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT.

Look closely

At a glance, you’d be hard pressed to discern any notable cosmetic changes to the Sportage. A slightly larger take on the brand’s signature “tiger nose” grille and a mild massage of the front and rear bumpers, along with ever-so-subtle dashboard element updates, is about the tall and short of it. Kia has also introduced a new selection of alloy wheel designs in 16-, 17- and 19-inch sizes as well as a handful of new paintwork options.

Shifting the goalposts

With the aesthetic updates being as subtle as they are in this mid-cycle refresh, the big news instead regards a measured rejig of the local Sportage model line-up. Taking into account car buyers’ tendency to prioritise pricing, Kia Motors SA has dropped its more expensive variants – the SX AWD models and the 1,6 GT-Line AWD (which sat comfortably north of R500 000) – shifted the balance of its range towards more wallet-friendly offerings and trimmed the engine choices down to the well-known 2,0-litre petrol and turbodiesel units, while adding a new entry-level 1,6-litre petrol engine.

Cheap, but cheerful?

At R379 995, the Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT sits squarely in previously inaccessible territory occupied by the likes of Toyota’s C-HR, the Suzuki Vitara and just a few grand below the well-regarded Mazda CX-5 2,0 Active. But how does it acquit itself with a lesser-powered engine such as the naturally aspirated 1,6-litre petrol four-pot?

With less metal in its nose than the 2,0-litre models, the 1,6 Ignite feels well balanced and its handling characteristics are fluid and progressive. As most scenarios where a small engine is tasked with propelling a 1 500 kg vehicle via an automatic gearbox, performance is a mixed bag. With 97 kW and 161 N.m on tap, progress is never going to be scintillating and planting the throttle to overtake slower traffic sets the progress versus engine noise ratio firmly in the latter camp. Kia has pegged the maximum speed at 170 km/h and claims a 12,1-second zero to 100 km/h sprint (or rather jog) time. The transmission is, however, smooth in its shifts and once the speeds even out mechanical refinement improves markedly.

Perched on 16-inch rims shod with plump 70-profile tyres, the Sportage’s ride is supple and resistant to jitter on rippled road surfaces, and the handling – although channelled through segment-typical light steering – is composed and bereft of excess wallow. Our flowing route between the Winelands and Cape Town saw the front-wheel-drive 1,6 return an average (indicated) fuel consumption of 8,4 L/100 km, which is reasonable but not stellar.

What does your money net you?

In addition to a five-year/90 000 km service plan and an unlimited-kilometre warranty spanning the same timeframe, the Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT is reasonably well equipped. Features such as alloy rims, electric windows and side-mirrors, manual air-conditioning, rear park distance control and a Bluetooth-enabled audio system are standard fitment.

Leather upholstery is the preserve of higher-rung models, but the Ignite’s seats are supportive and clad in what feels like hardwearing cloth. Fortunately, the touch points (steering wheel and gearknob) are leather-wrapped, lending a more upmarket feel to the otherwise solid but basic cabin. Despite the Ignite’s budget placement, Kia hasn’t skimped on safety equipment, with the likes of Isofix, six airbags, ABS with EBD and a suite of stability control systems included as standard.

Overall

If you can make peace with its leisurely performance, the Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT is a welcome addition to the sub-R400k SUV segment and certainly has the goods to lure buyers away from its aforementioned company.

Model:Kia Sportage 1,6 GDI Ignite AT
Price:R379 995
Engine:1,6-litre, 4-cyl, petrol
Power:97 kW
Torque:161 N.m
0-100 km/h:12,1 sec
Top Speed:170
Fuel Consumption:6,9 L/100 km
CO2:175 g/km
Transmission:6-spd auto
Maintenance Plan:5-year/90 000 km service plan

https://www.carmag.co.za/car-reviews/driving-impressions/driven-kia-sportage-16-gdi-ignite/

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Yup,

Kia Sportage Facelift (2018) Launch Review

Final thoughts

We were pleased with the overall performance of the Sportage. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is a peach, especially in combination with the new 8-speed automatic transmission; it strikes an attractive balance between performance and economy. The new entry-level 1.6-litre petrol offering will serve customers looking for a basic, spacious family vehicle at an attractive price point, but overall performance, although adequate, is not nearly as enticing. We do, however, think that Kia could have infused more value into the lower-spec Ignite derivatives by offering a touchscreen infotainment system (which is offered in EX grade) instead of the rudimentary radio system, which is a bit of a letdown both visually and in terms of functionality.

Kia wants to generate more sales in the lower end of the Sportage range, but by offering less in-car tech to match its price point, potential buyers may not be entirely convinced. Nonetheless, the newcomer looks good, is fun to drive and remains a competent, practical choice in its segment.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/kia-sportage-facelift-2018-launch-review/45840/

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Yeah that basic sound system is a disappointment, especially considering the fact you get a half decent system is lower priced cars and even cars in the same class as the Kia
 

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Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDI EX Plus (2018) Quick Review

Fast facts

Price: R549 995 (As of January 2019)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbodiesel
Power/Torque: 131 kW/400 Nm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 6.3 L/100km (claimed)

Pricing and warranty

The Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX Plus is priced from R549 995 and is sold with a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 5-year/90 000 km service plan and 5-year roadside assistance.

Verdict

This Sportage 2.0 CRDI EX Plus proved its worth during our test period by offering good general performance combined with a comfortable and well-equipped interior. It’s an easy car to live with on a daily basis and is reasonably priced against its key rivals. We, therefore, feel that this range-topping derivative, replete with its impressive 5-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, is worthy of consideration in this segment.

There are, however, more spacious and more efficient rivals in this segment for similar/or slightly more money. Cars such as the Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan are tough to beat and they arguably have stronger badge appeal than the Kia. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a capable, no-fuss family car that "does what it says on the tin", then the Sportage should definitely be on your shortlist.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/kia-sportage-20-crdi-ex-plus-2018-quick-review/45962/

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LONG-TERM WRAP-UP: Kia Sportage 1,7 CRDi Ignite manual - Car Magazine

 

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Hired one this weekend while in George. Drive is pretty decent, lots of space, visibility is excellent, light work really well but the engine is way under powered.
 

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Hired one this weekend while in George. Drive is pretty decent, lots of space, visibility is excellent, light work really well but the engine is way under powered.
Which engine did your rental have?
 

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2 liter automatic petrol. Must say the car was fully loaded and the aircon was on but expected a bit more from the engine.
 

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Tested: 2019 Kia Sportage 2.0 diesel Ignite Plus

Verdict

Driving the Sportage for week highlighted some pretty good points. It’s no longer a ‘cheapie’ and it drives as well as more expensive SUVs on sale today.

Visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent, parking it is a breeze, and getting around the city is light and easy.

Driving Modes allow you to experience a bit of sportiness, and the overall feel is one of solidness, with a hunkered to the road feel.

I’ve always preferred a Honda CR-V or the Subaru Forester in this segment, but the Sportage has proven itself to be quite a good alternative to these models; at good price points too.

All Sportages come with KIA’s unlimited kilometre, five-year warranty, as well as a standard five-year/90 000km service plan and five years of roadside assistance.

The Ignite Plus with the diesel engine and new autobox, and two-wheel drive, is the one to go for, priced to sell at R461 995. You can splash out a bit more and got for the 4x4 version, but if you don’t spend time in snow or mud, the 2WD model is ideal.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/road-tests/tested-2019-kia-sportage-20-diesel-ignite-plus-20940203

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Hardly see these on the road, compared to Tucson. Wonder if it’s the price or that it’s Tuscon cousin is just marketed better
 

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Before the respective facelifts it was due to:

- Hyundai option was priced keener
- Hyundai option had a more extensive range
- Hyundai option was marketed better
 

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The infotainment system is rather disappointing, playing music from a flash drive is not a good idea.
 
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