2023 Kia Sportage – Interior, Exterior and Driving / Wonderful SUV. Kia will soon add a PHEV variant to the new Sportage line-up, extending the SUVs powertrain lineup to include petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
The new plug-in hybrid version is available to order now and brings extended hybrid technology to the Sportage for the first time.
The Sportage is Kia’s best-selling car in the UK and the new model will come with six different trim levels. Kicking off the range is the Sportage ‘2’, which starts from £26,745 with a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine. A 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel is available for an extra £1,000. Both are two-wheel drive and mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Equipment for the 2 includes 17-inch alloys, LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, cruise control and auto lights and wipers with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system features DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, while there’s a suite of safety assist features including Forward Collision Avoidance with pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection.
Moving up to GT-Line trim (from £29,745) brings the option of further powertrains, including 48v mild-hybrid versions of the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel – the latter of which sees power upped from 113bhp to 134bhp – both offered with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. There’s also the 226bhp HEV hybrid model, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All GT-Line models are two-wheel drive until the plug-in hybrid arrives at the start of next year.
GT-Line trim brings sportier styling details such as 19-inch alloy wheels (18s on the hybrid), gloss black exterior detailing, rear privacy glass, a sports steering wheel, sports pedals and aluminium interior trim. It also receives LED front fog lamps and taillights, suede and leather upholstery, keyless entry and start and a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display with navigation and connected services.
‘3’ spec is instead based on ‘2’, but offers the same engine options as the GT-Line. Priced from £30,945, it pairs the larger infotainment screen with a 12.3-inch digital dial display, plus adds cloth and faux leather trim, electric front seats with heating and heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and go and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go tech and highway driving assist (only offered on automatic versions.
‘4’ spec is only available with the mild hybrid engines and four-wheel drive, although the HEV hybrid is still two-wheel drive. Priced from £36,445, it adds features such as a panoramic sunroof, a Harmon Kardon sound system, wireless phone charging, a 360-degree parking camera, Kia’s Blind Spot View Monitor and remote smart parking. Further features include ambient lighting, dual LED adaptive headlamps and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist.
Flagship GT-Line S builds on the ‘4’ model, from £38,445, bringing the GT-Line’s sportier styling details and the option of a two-tone black roof. It also adds artificial leather and suede trim, ventilated front seats with additional electric adjustment and memory functions and a smart electric tailgate.
The PHEV version of the Sportage is priced from £38,395 in the cheapest GT-Line specification. Customer deliveries for the rest of the range will commence during the first quarter of next year.
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