A look ahead

The term “brave and bold” could almost be tailored to suit the new Kia Sportage. Whereas the previous generation was a decent package, it wasn’t what you might call dynamic to look at. The latest Sportage counteracts this by giving a striking, forward-thinking design. However, what is it like under the skin?

The range starts at $39,990 plus ORC for the base LX Petrol and tops out at $62,990 for the flagship X-Line Diesel. My test car was the entry level LX Diesel at $46,990. The interior has been given an overhaul to match its striking chops. It’s a very nice place to be with a great air of refinement all around.

The LX Diesel gives you Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Avoidance, Parking Sensors front and rear, Reversing Camera with a very clear display, LED Daytime Running Lights and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system all as standard. However, it would have been nice to see Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Sat Nav too.

On the move the Sportage’s turbo diesel four pot feels more refined than before. Ride comfort is pretty decent and ample ground clearance of 181mm means the Sportage bodes well when going gravelly.

A few days with the new Sportage LX Diesel provided a good taster of what Kia has on the menu over the coming months.

Fact file: 2022 Kia Sportage LX Diesel

Price: $46,990 plus ORC
Engine: 2.0L CRDi Four Cylinder
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain: All-Wheel-Drive
Power: 137kW
Torque: 416Nm of torque
Combined Fuel Consumption: 6.3L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 181g/km
Wheels: 17-inch Alloys
Boot Space: 543L

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