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2021 Kia Sportage pricing and specs detailed: Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail rival now costs more

The Sportage’s pricing has now been increased three times this year.

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 FWDmanual$28,990 (+$300)
S 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$30,990 (+$300)
SX 2.0-litre petrol FWDmanual$31,090 (+$300)
SX 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$33,090 (+$300)
SX+ 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$38,290 (+$300)
GT-Line 2.4-litre petrol AWDautomatic$45,590 (+$300)
S 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$36,390 (+$300)
SX 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$38,490 (+$300)
SX+ 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$43,690 (+$300)
GT-Line 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$48,490 (+$300)