New 2022 Kia Sportage revealed: price, specs and release date
- 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 broken cover. 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
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 chrome trim.
From the side, sections of the Kia Sportage’s rearmost pillars have been painted black and come with bright silver trim to make it look like the roof ‘floats’ above the rest of the car’s body. This probably won’t fool too many people, but it does help to make the car look a little less bulky from behind.
Speaking of which, the new Kia Sportage gets similar full-width brake lights to the outgoing car, but it adds a few downturned details at each edge that take inspiration from the Kia EV6 electric car.
New Kia Sportage interior
The new Kia Sportage gets a much more modern-looking interior than the outgoing car. Instead of that car’s relatively small touchscreen, you get a massive central screen that links up to a new 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.
Kia will offer a Sportage X-Line with some exclusive interior trim options, including green or black quilted seat trim and what Kia calls ‘black metal wood’ – presumably that’s a posh-feeling wood-effect metal trim…
The front seats come with built-in coat and bag hangers – to help keep your luggage in place – and Kia’s fitted a few handy storage cubbies throughout the new Sportage’s cabin. It hasn’t said how much boot space the new car has, though it’s likely to improve on the old car’s 503-litre load bay.
New Kia Sportage engines and driving
Kia’s been tight-lipped about the new Sportage’s engines, but you can bet it’ll come with a near-identical selection to the latest Hyundai Tucson (the two brands share numerous parts across almost all their cars.)
You’ll likely be able to choose from a 115hp diesel, a 150hp petrol and three mild-hybrid engines ranging from 136hp to 180hp.
It’s possible the new car will be offered with the same 265hp plug-in hybrid system as the new Hyundai Tucson, too, which should be plenty fast enough for most people.
Front- and all-wheel-drive will most likely be available, and there should be a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes – although there’s a chance Kia will fit all UK cars with an automatic as standard. You’ll know for sure in September when more details about UK-specific are announced.
New Kia Sportage price and release date
Kia will confirm specs for UK Sportage models in September 2021, and it’s 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 from around £28,000.
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