Lots of equipment as standard
There’s a plethora of kit included on the Axis edition – most notably a full infotainment system with sat-nav and European mapping. This joins stop/start technology, LED head- and taillights, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a reversing camera.
Also included is a seven-speaker stereo system combined with Bluetooth music streaming – this includes a subwoofer and external amplifier which will make bass-heavy music sound excellent.
Externally, the Axis edition gets extra styling cues to make it stand out from the rest of the Sportage range. A black mesh radiator grille, roof rails, a roof-mounted ‘shark fin’ aerial and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels round off the upgrades.
LED daytime running lights give the face of the Sportage Axis edition a much needed visual lift. Its move upmarket is completed by the tinted windows and four exclusive paint colours – Arctic white, Phantom black, Fusion white or Dark Gunmetal grey.
Engine and drivetrain options have been selected based on the preferences of European buyers. You get a choice of a 1.6-litre 133hp petrol that averages 44.1mpg or a 1.7-litre turbodiesel with 114hp that manages 54.4mpg. Both are offered in front-wheel drive only.
It’s currently available in showrooms. The petrol costs from £20,995 and the diesel from £22,395.