|Front overhang||890||+ 10
|Rear overhang||910||+ 70
|Rear track||1615||+ 75
||- 25|| 195
New Sportage will be available in a stunning new metallic colour – Techno Orange – and first impressions will also be enhanced by the new bright chrome finish for the front grille, the strong Kia ‘face’ this model embodies, the bold reverse-angle C-pillar, the wider track and purposeful stance – creating a premium appearance. A total of 10 exterior colours will be available.
Inside new Sportage, the styling echoes the new kind of dynamic aesthetics created by the exterior appearance and establishes a new kind of ambience, with top-quality fit, discreet trim accents and the availability of numerous high-tech features. New Sportage customers will be offered a choice of equipment levels depending on market, including LX and EX (for details see Section 8), plus a wide range of options.
The longer bodyshell and longer wheelbase, plus the extra interior width ensure that occupants of the new Sportage will enjoy its spacious cabin. The adoption of a reverse-angle for the C-pillar moves it 186 mm further back (compared with the previous model), placing it behind the rear seat passengers to provide them with a clear view out. Entry and exit from the cabin is made easier by lowering the seats by 29 mm and the top of the door sills by 31 mm.
Driver comfort is enhanced by the adoption of a floor-hinged accelerator pedal that allows smooth control of the throttle and by the increased range of fore & aft sliding movement available for the driver’s seat – 24 mm more than the previous model. As an option, heated front and rear seats can be specified.
New Sportage’s interior comes trimmed in black cloth as standard, with Alpine Grey as an option – and unusually, an all-black headliner can be specified when choosing the Orange package. LX models have woven cloth, EX models feature ‘Tricot’ fabric and options will include full-leather seat trim, with a choice of contrasting stitching. EX models feature a Dark Gun Metal dashboard and centre stack, while colour options include Alpine Grey and Orange door inserts, plus Alpine Metallic centre stack trim.
Manual air-conditioning is standard. The audio system for new Sportage features an RDS radio and CD player with MP3, USB and iPod connectivity – with a speaker in each door and a tweeter at each end of the dashboard. An all-new AVN (audio visual navigation) system with a 7.0-inch screen, Bluetooth and voice recognition will be offered.
Other available high-tech ‘comfort & convenience’ features include a Smart Key (for keyless entry, together with engine start/stop button), ‘welcome home’ escort lights, Xenon headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights and a tailgate-mounted reversing safety camera with interior mirror display monitor.
More space for people and cargo, and a quieter drive
Luggage space in new Sportage benefits from the 70 mm increase in the vehicle’s rear overhang. With the rear seats upright, the cargo bay is 80 mm longer and 110 mm wider at floor level, thanks to the more compact design of the rear suspension. Cargo capacity is among the best in class and ranges from 564 litres with the rear seats occupied to 1353 litres with the rear seats folded down. The rear seats feature a one-touch folding mechanism for added convenience.
Storage space within the cabin includes the larger glovebox (cooled in some models), a larger 6.0-litre centre console (up from 3.0-litres), and four door pockets. Two large cup-holders are located between the gear selector and the centre console, while the folding centre armrest in the rear seat has twin cup-holders.
New Sportage is significantly quieter and more refined than its predecessor. The all-new bodyshell design and greater use of ultra-high and high tensile steels (71.9% of the total) have resulted in a stiffer and safer vehicle in which occupants will be aware of fewer vibrations from the road surface or mechanical components.
Manufactured at Kia’s world-class facility in Slovakia, the all-new Sportage will ultimately be available in Europe with a wide choice of engines. At launch this summer, the engine line-up will comprise 2-litre diesel and 2-litre gasoline engines – with smaller capacity engines (a 1.7-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre GDI gasoline unit), to follow later this year, reducing the new model’s base-line CO2 emissions to less than 140 g/km.
Diesels demonstrate Kia’s world-class engineering
Making its premiere in the new Sportage, is a 2.0-litre version of Kia’s next-generation ‘R’ family diesel. All-new, the ‘R’ family diesel engine first appeared in 2.2-litre, 197 ps form, in the new Kia Sorento last year when it was highly praised – confirming that Kia’s engineering capabilities are indeed world-class.
The R2.0, which is expected to prove the most popular engine choice with new Sportage buyers in many European countries, generates a maximum of 136 ps and 319 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm. As well as guaranteeing strong performance, the new diesel enables the Kia’s compact SUV to deliver highly-competitive fuel economy and emissions figures.
Later this year, a new 1.7-litre version of Kia’s ‘U2’ diesel will become available. Designed and engineered at Kia’s R&D Centre in Germany, this 115 ps engine meets Euro 5 emissions regulations and is cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than previous U2 engines. It has been developed for optimum driveability, with more than 90 per cent of the maximum torque available from just 2,000 rpm.
Gasoline engines blend power with economy
Now fitted with upgraded electronics and low-friction components, Kia’s revised 2.0-litre ‘Theta II’ gasoline engine delivers more power, improved durability, enhanced refinement and reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
This four-cylinder 1998 cc powerunit has dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust valves), four valves per cylinder and features weight-saving, all-aluminium construction with a cast aluminium block, cylinder head and sump. Fitted in new Sportage, maximum power is 163 ps, with 195 Nm of torque at a modest 4600 rpm.
Later this year, new Sportage buyers whose priority is fuel-economy will be able to order Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine fitted with GDI (gasoline direct injection) technology. Producing a highly competitive 140 ps, the arrival of this engine marks the first appearance of GDI technology in a Kia vehicle.
GDI lowers emissions while raising power and torque outputs and improving fuel economy. The typical range of benefits include delivering 7% more torque at low revolutions, 12% more torque at high revs and 10% better fuel economy overall – compared to a conventional engine of a similar capacity.
Start/Stop available for two engines
By the end of 2010, Kia will be offering its fuel-stretching Start/Stop system as an option on the new 1.7 diesel and the new 1.6 GDI engine. Start/Stop automatically switches the engine off whenever the vehicle is stopped in congested city driving and instantly restarts the engine when the driver selects first gear. Combined with other technologies, Start/Stop helps to significantly reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.
Several innovative fuel-saving technologies are fitted to the new Sportage as standard, including a gear-shift up/down indicator (on all manual models), an ECO indicator to encourage economical driving (on all automatic models) and a power-saving alternator management system.
New Kia Sportage / Powertrains (Available at launch)
||2.0||136 ps||319 Nm|| 6-sp / 6-sp Auto
|Gasoline||2.0||163 ps|| 195 Nm
||5-sp / 6-sp Auto|
A safer drive thanks to new ‘active’ and ‘passive’ technology
To ensure that owning and driving Kia’s latest compact SUV will be a safe and rewarding experience for all occupants, the new Sportage offers buyers a range of state-of-the-art safety systems and equipment as standard – or as options, depending on model and market.
In most European countries, standard ‘active’ safety technologies fitted to the new Sportage will include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), and three new systems – HAC (Hillstart Assist Control), DBC (Downhill Brake Control) and an ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) system.
HAC prevents slip-back during stop-start driving up inclines, while DBC ensures safer travel down the steepest slopes by maintaining a steady 8 kph (5 mph) speed. ESS automatically ‘flashes’ the brake lights whenever the driver has to make a sudden or abrupt stop.
The performance of the Sportage’s all-disc braking system during extreme conditions is boosted by three systems – a regular ABS (anti-lock system), plus EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) to adjust the front/rear brake pressure and BAS (brake assist system) which recognizes an emergency stop and delivers maximum braking power.
Two active systems are available to assist drivers with reversing manoeuvres. The back-warning sensor helps the driver to avoid contact with pedestrians by triggering an audible warning whenever the vehicle approaches an obstruction.
A second option is the new rear-view camera mounted on the tailgate. This camera is fitted with a 130-degree, wide-angle lens which transmits images to an LCD display set within the interior rear-view mirror (or to the navigation display if fitted). Simultaneously it enables the driver to check the rear view and the blind spot below the rear window.
A TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) is available as an option to alert the driver to low pressure if any tyre suffers a pressure drop of more than 25%.
For new Sportage, a new rollover sensor is part of the upgraded ESC system (standard in most European countries), and can be ordered as an option in all others. This sensor monitors possible overturn situations and triggers the deployment of the side airbags, curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners if appropriate, while also extending the period of time that airbags are inflated.
Achieving maximum protection through ‘passive’ technology
The new Kia Sportage has been designed to meet the highest standards of crash safety. The all-new platform and bodyshell employs a much greater proportion high strength and extra-high strength steels than the previous model.
Structural improvements include stronger and straighter longitudinal side members in the engine bay floor; an enhanced B-Pillar design that links to upper and lower cross-members to form an internal rollover hoop; reinforced floor members in the trunk floor and a rerouted and better protected fuel filler pipe.
In most European countries, new Sportage will be fitted with six airbags as standard. Dual front airbags, dual front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (linked to the new rollover sensors in the ESC system) offer head protection for all occupants.
Active headrestraints for the front seats of all models are standard in most European countries and protect occupants against whiplash injuries.
Kia’s Sportage engineering team designed the new electric power steering system to deliver good steering feel and precise vehicle control, with low effort during parking and city driving and more substantial feedback during out-of-town motoring. The rack-and-pinion system is speed-sensitive and requires just 2.96 turns of the steering wheel from lock-to-lock. Switching from the previous model’s hydraulic system to electric power assistance delivers a 3.5% improvement in fuel economy.
Both the front and rear suspension systems are mounted on a lightweight hydro-formed subframe to isolate occupants from irregularities in the road surface.
At the front, the compact MacPherson Strut suspension receives a little fine-tuning to smooth its operation and is largely carried over from the previous model. Small changes to the suspension geometry improve feel and stability, while new side-load coil springs reduce friction.
The new Sportage benefits from an all-new, multi-link, fully-independent rear suspension system with the dampers and coil springs mounted separately to minimize intrusion into the cabin and trunk space.
All new Sportage models sold in Europe are equipped with an all-disc braking system, backed up by ABS anti-lock and EBD brake-force distribution systems as standard. For maximum stopping power, ventilated front discs and solid rear discs are fitted.
Off-road credentials for the new Sportage include a 172 mm ground clearance, an approach angle of 22.7 degrees, a 28.2 degrees departure angle and a ramp-over angle, which is 17.7 degrees. For drivers interested in tackling more demanding terrain, the maximum climb angle is 44.2 degrees and the potential roll over limit angle is 45.0 degrees.
Buyers of the all-new Kia Sportage in Europe will be offered a choice 2WD or AWD drivetrains, and five-speed or six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmissions.
For diesel Sportage models, the standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, upgraded with improved synchronization, reduced power loss, enhanced efficiency and durability. Both the larger gasoline and the larger diesel engines can be specified with the (optional) six-speed automatic.
Ultra-compact six-speed automatic transmission
Developed by the Hyundai-Kia Group for fitment in a wide range of future vehicles, the all-new six-speed automatic transmission now available for the new Sportage is ultra-compact.
The driver can choose from two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’. For city driving, fully automatic mode is ideal, while ‘Sport’ mode allows for clutch-less manual gear changes for greater driver involvement – either using the selector lever or the new steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Whenever the car is stopped for more than a few seconds, the new transmission’s innovative ‘Neutral Control’ function automatically shifts the transmission from ‘D’ to ‘N’, improving fuel economy especially in city driving.
Customer choice of advanced drivetrains with 2WD and AWD
Depending on individual markets, consumers ordering a new Sportage will be able to select from five models with 2WD and four with AWD – employing advanced drivetrain systems similar to those introduced with the new Sorento in 2009.
On every Sportage model, traction is also boosted by the available HAC (Hillstart Assist Control) which prevents slipping backwards, and DBC (Downhill Brake Control) which limits vehicle speed to just 8 km/h (5 mph) on steep descents.
For customers who drive on-road most of the time, the new Sportage with the 2WD drivetrain offers lower weight, faster acceleration, enhanced fuel economy and good traction, aided by the standard-fit TCS (traction control system).
For new Sportage buyers who regularly face difficult driving conditions, go off-road or tow trailers, the AWD drivetrain will be ideal. It will be available with both the 2-litre gasoline and diesel engines (manual or automatic).
This innovative and unique AWD drivetrain is a single ratio (High) system, which delivers 100% of engine power and torque to the front wheels when driving in normal conditions, enhancing fuel efficiency. Whenever a front wheel loses grip a percentage of torque is automatically transferred to the rear wheels to maintain forward momentum.
When driving a new Sportage with AWD in slippery conditions – such as rain, snow, mud, unpaved roads and off-road – the driver can manually select ‘Lock Mode’ for better stability. This mode shares the torque equally (50%/50%), between the front and rear axles and maintains that split up to a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph).
Standard & Optional Equipment
Kia Sportage LX
16-inch alloy wheels with 215/70 R16 low-rolling-resistance V-Let tyres
Projection headlamps with manual levelling adjustment
Body-colour door handles
Black door mirror mountings
Manual-adjustable door mirrors
Matt silver radiator grille (LX)
Black high gloss rear spoiler
Body-colour bumpers (2.5 mph impact resistant)
Roof-mounted radio antenna
Rear fog lamps
High-mounted stop light in rear spoiler
Comfort & Convenience
Gear shift indicator (manual transmission only)
ECO driving indicator (automatic transmission only)
Heated rear window
Electric windows front and rear
Driver’s window with one-touch auto up/down
60/40 split second row seat
Rear-seat centre armrest with cup holder
Power outlets in front centre console and trunk
Dual front sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Remote tailgate release
Remote fuel-filler flap release
Central cabin courtesy lamp
Cargo bay lamp
Cargo bay under-floor storage box (only with tyre mobility kit)
Heating and ventilation system with 4-speed fan
Headline-mounted map-reading lamp with sunglasses holder
Cargo area roller-blind luggage cover
4-spoke soft polyurethane steering wheel
Tilt adjustable steering wheel
Cloth-covered seat upholstery
Silver-finish door handles
Height adjustable front seats
RDS Radio & CD player with MP3 and 4 (door-mounted) audio speakers
2 tweeter audio speakers in dash-top
AUX, USB and IPod compatibility
Large front centre console storage box with armrest
Two front cup-holders
Lockable (U.K. only), illuminated front glove box
Safety & Security
ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with roll-over sensors*
DBC (Downhill Brake Control)*
HAC (Hill-start Assist Control)*
Driver and front passenger airbags
Front row, side airbags*
Full-length curtain airbags (with roll-over sensor)*
Active front seat headrestraints*
3-point seatbelts for all occupants
Height-adjustable headrestraints for all occupants
Audible seatbelt warning (front seats)
Battery saver system
Tyre mobility kit
*Most European countries
Kia Sportage EX
Additional factory-fitted standard equipment over LX model
Electric heated and adjustable door mirrors
Body-colour door mirror mountings
Front fog lights
Painted door interior centre panel trim
Artificial leather door armrest
Luggage area cargo net
Dual front sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Lumbar support for driver’s seat
Keyless-entry with alarm system
Trip computer, odometer and digital clock
Chrome coated radiator grille
Different markets may select some of the ‘factory-fitted options’ for fitment as standard equipment on new Sportage models for their region.
Please check with your local Kia PR representative for the definitive equipment specifications in your country.
Available optional equipment:
17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 low rolling-resistance Silica tyres
18-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 R18 low rolling-resistance Silica tyres
Full size alloy spare wheel
Privacy glass (from B-pillar rearwards)
Rain-sensing automatic windscreen wipers
Dusk-sensing automatic light control
Chrome exterior door handles (EX only)
Electric-adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors (EX only)
Turn ‘repeater’ lights in door mirror housings
LED Daytime Running Lights
Xenon HID headlamps (EX only)
Front fog lights (LX only)
Aluminium door scuff
Telescopic adjustment for steering wheel
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever (EX only)
Cooled, lockable, illuminated front glove box
Heated front and rear seats
Part leather/part cloth seat upholstery
Full leather seat upholstery
Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition
Remote steering-wheel mounted audio controls
7-inch Navigation system
Super Vision instrument cluster (EX only)
Adjustable instrument lighting
Rear parking assist system
Rear-view safety camera with Interior mirror display
Parking assist automatic manoeuvring system
Dual zone climate control automatic air-conditioning
Smart Key entry with engine start button (EX only)
Tyre-pressure monitoring system
Panoramic powered tilt/slide glass sunroof
Body & Chassis
Five-door, five-seater compact SUV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of four transversely-mounted diesel and gasoline engines driving the front (2WD) or front and rear wheels (AWD) via a five-speed or six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission – depending on model.
|2.0-litre / 136 ps Diesel||[ Available from launch ]|
|Name / Type||‘R2.0’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT|
|Capacity||2.0-litres, 1995 cc|
|Max power||136 ps (100.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm|
|Max torque||319 Nm (32.6 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm|
|Fuel system||CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection|
|Turbo system||Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)|
|Emissions class||Euro 5|
|1.7-litre / 115 ps Diesel||[ Available from late 2010 ]|
|Name / Type||‘U2’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT|
|Capacity||1.7-litres, 1685 cc|
|Max power||115 ps (84.5 kW) @ 4000 rpm|
|Max torque||255 Nm (26.0 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm|
|Fuel system||CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection|
|Turbo system||Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)|
|Emissions class||Euro 5|
|2.0-litre / 163 ps Gasoline||[ Available from launch ]|
|Name / Type||‘Theta II’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT|
|Capacity||2.0-litres, 1998 cc|
|Max power||163 ps (120.0 kW) @ 6200 rpm|
|Max torque||195 Nm (19.8 kg.m) @ 4600 rpm|
|Fuel system||Multi-point injection|
|Emissions class||Euro 5|
|Drivetrains||2.0D MT/AT||1.7D MT||2.0G MT/AT||1.6G MT|
|2WD||S / ––––||S||S / S||S|
|AWD||S / S||––––||S / S||––––|
S = available as standard
|2WD||Delivers 100% of torque/power to the front wheels. Safety aided by electronic Traction Control, ABS anti-lock braking and (optional for some countries) ESC with Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist Control.|
|AWD||Permanent electronically controlled AWD system with single ratio (High). Delivers 100% of torque to front wheels during normal road driving and up to 60/40 (front/rear) split depending on conditions. Manually selected ‘Lock Mode’ splits torque 50/50 between front/rear axles for enhanced stability during slippery conditions (up to 40 km/h).|
|Suspension & Damping|
|Front||Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.|
|Rear||Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.|
|Type||MDPS, electric power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Gearing||2.96 turns lock-to-lock|
|Turning circle||10.58 metres|
|Power||Single 11 -inch booster (LHD)
Tandem 8- & 9-inch booster (RHD)
|Front||300 x 28 mm ventilated discs|
|Rear||262 x 10 mm solid discs (2WD)
284 x 10 mm solid discs (AWD)
|Parking brake||Hand operated lever|
|ABS||4-channel anti-lock system with EBD|
|BAS||Boosts braking power during emergency stops|
|DBC||Downhill brake control maintains 8 km/h speed during descents|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Standard||Alloy 16 in x 6.5J||215/70 R16 tyres|
|Options||Alloy 17 in x 6.5J||225/60 R17 tyres|
|Alloy 18 in x 6.5J||235/55 R18 tyres|
|Spare (Standard)||Tyre mobility kit|
|Spare (Option)||Full size alloy wheel and tyre|
|Overall length||4440||Overall width*||1855|
|Options||Alloy 17 in x 6.5J||225/60 R17 tyres|
|Front track||1614||Rear track||1615|
|Front overhang||890||Rear overhang||910|
*excluding door mirrors / **excluding roof rack
|Fuel tank||58 litres|
|Luggage (VDA)||564 litres (behind rear seats
1353 litres (behind front seats, rear seats folded
|Approach angle||22.7 degrees||Departure angle||28.2 degrees|
|Ramp over angle||17.7 degrees||Roll over angle||45.0 degrees|
|Max climb angle||44.2 degrees|
|Weights (kg)||2.0D MT/AT||1.7D MT||2.0G MT/AT||1.6G MT|
|Kerb weight (min.)||1600/1676||––––||1525/1544||––––|
|Kerb weight (min.)||1533/-||x||1455/1472||x|
|Performance||2.0D MT/AT||1.7D MT||2.0G MT/AT||1.6G MT|
|Top speed / kph||181/181||––––||182/180||––––|
|0-to-100 kph / sec||11.3/12.1||10.7/11.2|
|Towing (max) kg*||2000/1600||1900/1600|
|Top speed / kph||182/-||x||184/182||x|
|0-to-100 kph / sec||10.8/-||10.4/10.6|
|Towing (max) kg*||2000/-||1900/1600|
*trailer with brakes
Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)*
|2.0D MT/AT||1.7D MT||2.0G MT/AT||1.6G MT|