New high-spec Axis edition for Kia Sportage

The new Kia Sportage Axis edition has been revealed. Only 1,200 will be made because Kia wants to focus on keeping this variant of the ever-popular Sportage as exclusive as possible.

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.

Styling changes

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.

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