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Kia Sportage Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & News

The first generation Sportage, sold here from 1997 to 2002, scored the lowest ever ANCAP crash score on record, and the second generation wasn't exactly a looker, either.

The third generation car from 2010 to 2015 improved things markedly, while the current Sportage is as far from the first generation car as it's possible to get. The medium five-door SUV is based on the Hyundai Tucson platform, but trim and spec levels - which start at the $32,795 Sportage S (fwd) and end at the $52,720 Sportage GT-Line (awd) - between the two companies means the smaller Kia brand can often outplay its bigger brother in the value stakes. The company also pioneered the seven-year warranty in Australia.

Kia Sportage Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Kia Sportage varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $32,795 and going to $52,720 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $32,795 $52,720
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $28,710 $71,170
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,850 $69,410
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,340 $49,390
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $20,460 $43,670
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Kia Sportage Colours

The Kia Sportage is available in eight colours, with Clear White the only non-premium colour. Steel Grey, Gravity Grey, Fusion Black, Vesta Blue, Dawning Red, Snow White Pearl and Jungle Wood Green all attract an additional cost. The latter two colours are only available on SX+ and GT-Line grades. 

  • Clear White
  • Steel Grey
  • Gravity Grey
  • Vesta Blue
  • Dawning Red
  • Fusion Black
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Jungle Wood Green
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Kia Sportage Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Sportage here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What's the price of a Kia Sportage?

    The Kia Sportage SX starts at $35,000 in manual form and $37,000 for the automatic variant. The better equipped, more powerful GT-Line petrol version is available only as an automatic and costs $49,370. Those prices do not include on-road costs which will vary from state to state and even region to region.

    The current Sportage was launched in 2021, so we can possibly expect a mild facelift sometime in the 2023 calendar year. But being such a new design, the upgrades are not likely to be major ones, so there’s no reason to hold off buying now or when supply allows.

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  • What are some good options to replace a 2004 Ford Fairmont?

    Sadly, Aussie cars like the Ford Fairmont just aren't being made any longer. As you've correctly identified over many years and almost 300,000km, this big, rugged, relaxed type of vehicle was perfect for travelling in Australia, but the onslaught of SUVs and the death of the local car-making industry put an end to these big sedans.

    There's nothing wrong with a Kia Sportage (in fact, it's a good choice) and you might find the effortless turbo-diesel version suits your needs and preferences quite well. You may also appreciate the higher ride height and easier entry and egress. But what you won't find in any mid-sized SUV is the same dynamic feel of a conventional sedan like your current Ford. This is not to say modern SUVs don't drive well; they do, and improved fuel efficiency and different packaging is all part of where the Australia car-park is going.

    If you're not venturing off the bitumen, however, there are a few alternatives to an SUV in the form of some very accomplished medium-sized sedans. The Hyundai i30 Sedan would be one and, if you want to retain the rear-wheel-drive feel and big performance, then the Kia Stinger is another alternative to an SUV.

    The other alternative would be to take the time and effort to seek out a later-model Ford Fairmont with fewer kilometres on its odometer and start over again with the packaging you clearly already enjoy.

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  • What are the differences between the 2022 and 2023 Kia Sportage GT-Line?

    Kia introduced the fifth-generation Sportage in 2021, so there won't be any wholesale changes to the car for a while yet. Kia – like most car-makers – is constantly fine-tuning specifications of its vehicles, so there may be a mild facelift of the car due in 2023 or soon thereafter, but it's unlikely to involve much in the way of engineering.

    The biggest news for the Sportage range in 2023 is likely to be the introduction of a hybrid model. Kia isn't saying when that will be, however, and it could even be 2024 before we see it. The other new Sportage variant is likely to be a plug-in hybrid version which has been slated for the North American market, but not confirmed for Australia. Yet.

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  • Do you know why my Kia Sportage is not suitable to carry a towball bike-rack?

    While the weight of a towball bike rack and a couple of bicycles won’t be the issue, the problem will probably be down to the potential for those bikes and rack to obscure the parking sensors or reversing camera, or even making the rear hatch impossible to open with the rack in place. In cars with reverse autonomous braking, the sensors and cameras that allow that function to exist could also be compromised. And suddenly, the car you think has reverse AEB, suddenly doesn’t.

    Car-makers spend a lot of time and money making that sort of technology work, only to have an aftermarket bike-rack company come along and render it useless. Bull-bars on four-wheel-drives are another great example: Aftermarket protection bars don’t always take into account the operation of the vehicle’s air-bag systems, potentially making the car less safe in a crash.

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Kia Sportage Boot Space

The Kia Sportage has 543 litres (VDA) of boot space with the second row up, or 1829L with the second row lowered.

Kia Sportage Boot space Kia Sportage Boot space

Kia Sportage Interior

All Sportage variants have a leather-appointed steering wheel, and the S and SX have cloth seat trim. The SX+ has artificial leather and the GT-Line has leather-appointed seats with artificial suede. 

The base S has an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, and this increases to a 12.3-inch multimedia setup in higher grades. 

The interior is more spacious than the previous Sportage thanks to a stretched wheelbase. 

The second row has comfortable seats, lower air vents, two USB-C ports, map pockets, storage nooks, and a slot for a phone or tablet in back of front head rests. 

Kia Sportage Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia Sportage SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1665x1865x4660 mm 181 mm
2022 SUV 1665x1865x4660 mm 181 mm
2021 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2020 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2019 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sportage Dimensions

Kia Sportage Accessories

Standard equipment in the Kia Sportage includes single-zone air conditioning for the base S and dual-zone for the other grades, a cargo cover, two USB chargers in the front tray, two 12-volt outlets, power windows, trip computer, an alarm, follow-me-home headlights, four cupholders, remote central locking with boot release, and child restraint anchorage points. 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth are standard on lower grades and higher grades gain DAB digital radio and wired CarPlay. 

Higher grades feature remote folding second row seat, paddle shifters, a hands-free power tailgate and privacy glass.

Kia Sportage Towing Capacity

The Kia Sportage has maximum towing capacity of 1900kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 1650kg 1900kg
2022 SUV 1650kg 1900kg
2021 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2020 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
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Kia Sportage Fuel Consumption

The Kia Sportage is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, — and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.3L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2023 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2022 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2022 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 7.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 7.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
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Kia Sportage Seats

The Kia Sportage is a five-seater, with two in the first row and three in the second. No seven-seat option is available. The rear seat is 60/40 split fold.

Kia Sportage Seats

Kia Sportage Wheel Size

The Kia Sportage has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
2022 SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
2021 SUV 225x60 R17 225x60 R17
2020 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sportage Wheel Sizes

Kia Sportage Speed

The Kia Sportage doesn't have an official 0-100km/h claim, but performance depends on the chosen engine.