New 2022 Kia Sportage revealed: price, specs and release date
September 01, 2021 by
This is the new Kia Sportage – an all-new family SUV that’ll soon be available with a range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. Read on for full details.
- New Kia Sportage revealed
- Radical new design
- High-tech interior
- All-new infotainment system
- Range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
The new Kia Sportage has been revealed. This all-new alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai will come with a completely new design, a modern interior and a broad range of engines – including hybrids – when it goes on sale before 2022.
New Kia Sportage Design
This is the first time Kia has designed a Sportage specifically for Europe and the UK. Besides a few visual tweaks, the European model is slightly smaller than the version that’ll go on sale around the world.
The old Sportage had a grille inspired by a tiger’s nose – well, according to Kia at least… The new car looks arguably less like a wild animal, but it’s still plenty sporty for a family SUV. The first thing you’ll notice are probably those pointy daytime running lights, followed by the heavily creased doors and angular side skirts with flashes of black and chrome trim.
This new Sportage is also the first to come with the option of a contrasting black roof.
New Kia Sportage interior
The new Kia Sportage gets a much more modern-looking interior than the outgoing model. Instead of that car’s relatively small touchscreen, you get a 12.3-inch central screen that links up to a new 12.3-inch digital driver’s display – much like the dual-screen setups you find in many Mercedes cars.
You get very few physical buttons in the new Sportage’s interior – as is common these days – so it may be a little tricky to operate some of the system’s more detailed menus while you’re driving.
The new Kia Sportage has 591 litres of boot space. That’s a significant improvement on the outgoing car’s 503-litre capacity. Flip the back seats down and you can carry 1,780 litres of family odds-and-ends.
New Kia Sportage engines and hybrids
The new Kia Sportage comes with a choice of mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology working alongside both petrol and diesel engines.
Mild-hybrid petrol models come with 150hp or 180hp, while full-hybrid cars produce 230hp. Plug-in versions are the most powerful – they produce a total of 265hp.
You can also get a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 115hp or 136hp. The 136hp version is also offered with mild-hybrid tech to help reduce emissions and boost fuel efficiency.
You can get the new Kia Sportage with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic – although the availability of each depends on which engine you choose.
New Kia Sportage price and release date
The new Kia Sportage will make its public debut at the IAA Munich motor show in September and is expected to go on sale before 2022.
The current Kia Sportage range costs from just below £24,000, while top-spec models will set you back more than £30,000. Expect the new car to cost a little more across the range – especially in plug-in hybrid guise.
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