For the third time in about seven months, Kia Australia has increased the pricing of its mid-size SUV, the Sportage.
All Sportage variants are now $300 dearer, following another $300 rise reported in July and May’s $200 one. As such, they’re now $800 more expensive than they were at the start of the year.
The Sportage range now kicks off from $28,990 plus on-road costs for the S 2.0-litre petrol FWD and reaches $48,490 for the GT-Line 2.0-litre diesel AWD (see full pricing table below).
Speaking to CarsGuide, a Kia Australia spokesperson confirmed no changes have been made to the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail rival’s standard specification, with the price rise due to “the usual exchange-rate pressures”.
As before, the Sportage is available in four grades: entry-level S, mid-range SX and SX+, and flagship GT-Line.
A 114kW/192Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine is offered in the S, SX and SX+, with the former two available with a six-speed manual or torque-converter automatic, while the latter only comes with two pedals. Either way, front-wheel drive is standard.
Meanwhile, the GT-Line is fitted with a 135kW/237Nm 2.4-litre unit with the six-speed torque-converter automatic and all-wheel drive.
A 136kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine is also available in all four grades. However, it only comes with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic and all-wheel drive.
As reported, the next-generation Sportage is due to be revealed in the coming months, with Kia Australia aiming to launch the new model around September 2021.
2021 Kia Sportage pricing before on-road costs
|S 2.0-litre petrol FWD||manual||$28,990 (+$300)|
|S 2.0-litre petrol FWD||automatic||$30,990 (+$300)|
|SX 2.0-litre petrol FWD||manual||$31,090 (+$300)|
|SX 2.0-litre petrol FWD||automatic||$33,090 (+$300)|
|SX+ 2.0-litre petrol FWD||automatic||$38,290 (+$300)|
|GT-Line 2.4-litre petrol AWD||automatic||$45,590 (+$300)|
|S 2.0-litre diesel AWD||automatic||$36,390 (+$300)|
|SX 2.0-litre diesel AWD||automatic||$38,490 (+$300)|
|SX+ 2.0-litre diesel AWD||automatic||$43,690 (+$300)|
|GT-Line 2.0-litre diesel AWD||automatic||$48,490 (+$300)|