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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 $32,445 Sportage S (fwd) and end at the $52,370 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 $32,445 and going to $52,370 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
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $32,445 $52,370
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,100 $56,870
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $22,000 $50,270
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $19,300 $47,410
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,900 $46,860
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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.

  • Does the Kia Sportage have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    The brand-new Kia SUV for Australia (due for release in October 2021) has finally brought Kia Sportage Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity to all models across the range. Previously, the base-model missed out on these fitments, but the all-new platform extends these features to every model.

    All Sportages will now also get digital radio and multi-device connectivity. The base-model S variant gets an eight-inch touchscreen, while the SX and SX+ models have a 12.3-inch screen. The range-topping GT-Line model will get a curved 12.3-inch screen.

    It’s really not viable to retro-fit the new Sportage’s system into an older car, and most owners have found that a more cost effective upgrade to a new aftermarket head unit will offer the features they want, including the ability to enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Kia Sportage style.

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  • Why did the engine in my 2012 Kia Sportage seize without warning?

    The Kia Sportage sold in the US certainly did have its share of problems. In some cases, the engine failures were traced to a faulty batch of engine bearings, in others, a leaking oil sump was blamed for allowing too much oil to escape, leading to oil starvation which destroyed the whole engine. Kia’s fix for the latter condition was to fit an oil-pressure warning light with a more proactive trigger-point.

    But it’s dangerous to assume that the same make and model sold in the USA (or anywhere else) will have the same problems as Australian delivered cars. Often, even though they share a brand and badge, the cars from different markets are built in different factories and use parts from different suppliers. Sometimes there are major mechanical changes to cope with local conditions and tastes which can lead to very different reliability outcomes.

    That said, however, the Theta engines used in local Kias have been problematic for some owners and catastrophic engine failures are part of those. You could talk with Kia Australia’s customer service division about financial assistance with the cost of repairs, but at nine years old – even with relatively low kilometres – there would be no guarantee of that happening. 

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  • If I want to upgrade my car should I trade it in or sell it privately?

    The answer will come down (somewhat) to whether the car dealership you buy from wants your car as a trade-in or not. Even if it’s agreed that your Sportage will act as a trade-in, if the car yard in question doesn’t really want it, they won’t offer you much for it. Sometimes, a car dealer will even give you what’s called a no-trade bonus which is a few dollars off the price of the new car on the basis that you’re not lumbering them with a trade-in they don’t want to have to sell on.

    You stand to make a little more by selling the Sportage privately, but only if you can be bothered with placing an advert and then having a stream of strangers in your driveway on a Saturday morning. Trading the old car in on the new one is the simplest, easiest way of switching cars, but as with any deal like this, don’t be star-struck by the trade-in price, because the extra you think you’re being given for the car will almost certainly be added on to the price of the new car. The important number with this type of transaction is the change-over figure; the actual amount of money you need to stump up to swap from one car to another.

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  • Which small SUV should I buy to replace my Hyundai Tucson?

    Boy, the world is your oyster, Elizabeth. There are literally dozens of options when it comes to a compact SUV. If you’re otherwise happy with the Hyundai, then maybe look at the Hyundai Kona. It’s available as a turbo all-wheel-drive or as a non-turbo front-drive car (not to mention the Kona Electric, an all-electric version) and will come with Hyundai’s great factory warranty and reliability that you’ve already experienced with the Tucson. The other option would the equivalent from Hyundai’s sister company, Kia. The Kia Sportage an also be had as a turbo-diesel, although for normal suburban driving, a petrol is probably your best bet.

    Then, you have all the various offerings from the Japanese makers as well as left-field entrants from MG, Fiat, Mini and more. But you need to be careful, because there isn’t always a whole lot of difference between the width of a compact SUV and a mid-sizer. Sure, there’s generally more space inside the bigger car, but it’s often the result of extra length and height rather than width. For instance, your Tucson (assuming it’s the current model) has a width of 1850mm while the Kona is just 50mm (about two inches) narrower. That may not be enough of a difference and you may need to go down two sizes to, say, a Hyundai Venue which is smaller and narrower again with a width of 1770mm.

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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
2022 SUV 1665x1865x4660 mm 181 mm
2021 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2020 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2019 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2018 SUV 1645x1855x4480 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
2022 SUV 1650kg 1900kg
2021 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2020 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2018 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
2022 SUV 6.3L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
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
2018 SUV 6.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 7.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Sportage Pricing and Specs for 2022

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 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2018 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.