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Kia Sportage 2020 review: S snapshot

The Sportage S is the updated entry point to the Sportage range (pictured: Sportage SX)

The Sportage S is the updated entry point to the Sportage range, available at a starting price of $28,990.

The Sportage S (previously known as the Si) is now available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine (114kW/192Nm) in front-wheel drive, either as a six-speed manual ($28,990) or six-speed torque converter automatic ($29,990), or with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine (136kW/400Nm) and eight-speed automatic in all-wheel drive ($36,990).

The S scores 17-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs with halogen headlights, auto rain-sensing windscreen wipers, leather steering wheel, a 3.5-inch TFT screen in the dash, a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, dual-zone climate controls, cloth seats, and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera.

It also gets a suite of standard active-safety features, including auto emergency braking (AEB) with forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist (LKAS), driver-attention alert (DAA) and high-beam assist. The Sportage range carries a five-star ANCAP safety rating as of 2016.

The Sportage has a 466-litre boot and features a full-size spare under the floor. All variants have the same great leg and headroom in all seats and feature practical storage fittings throughout. The rear seats can recline across the Sportage range.

The Sportage is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty promise, and by up to eight years of roadside assist, if serviced at an approved Kia dealer.

There’s also a comprehensive capped-price servicing program for the life of the warranty, averaging out to $391.71 per year for the 2.0L petrol or $511.43 for the 2.0L turbo diesel.

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Range and Specs

GT-Line (awd) 2.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $36,500 – 47,190 2020 Kia Sportage 2020 GT-Line (awd) Pricing and Specs
S (awd) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $28,300 – 37,510 2020 Kia Sportage 2020 S (awd) Pricing and Specs
S (fwd) 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $23,500 – 31,900 2020 Kia Sportage 2020 S (fwd) Pricing and Specs
SX (awd) 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $30,300 – 39,710 2020 Kia Sportage 2020 SX (awd) Pricing and Specs
Tom White