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2021 Kia Sportage pricing and specs detailed: Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander rival gets dearer

The current Sportage has received yet another price rise.

Kia Australia has increased the fourth-generation Sportage mid-size SUV’s pricing for the fourth time in about 11 months.

Each variant is now $500 more expensive, following the $300, $300 and $200 rises reported in November, July and May last year respectively.

As such, the Sportage line-up now starts from $29,490 plus on-road costs for the S 2.0-litre petrol FWD and top outs at $48,990 for the GT-Line 2.0-litre diesel AWD (see full pricing table below).

A Kia Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the change in cost was prompted by the usual external factors, with no adjustments made to the standard specification of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi Outlander rival.

Just like 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 fifth-generation Sportage is due to be revealed imminently, with Kia Australia set to launch the new model around the fourth quarter.

2021 Kia Sportage pricing before on-road costs

S 2.0-litre petrol FWDmanual$29,490 (+$500)
S 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$31,490 (+$500)
SX 2.0-litre petrol FWDmanual$31,590 (+$500)
SX 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$33,590 (+$500)
SX+ 2.0-litre petrol FWDautomatic$38,790 (+$500)
GT-Line 2.4-litre petrol AWDautomatic$46,090 (+$500)
S 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$36,890 (+$500)
SX 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$38,990 (+$500)
SX+ 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$44,190 (+$500)
GT-Line 2.0-litre diesel AWDautomatic$48,990 (+$500)