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Kia Sportage Australia

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 $29,490 Sportage S (fwd) and end at the $48,990 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. 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
2021 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $50,270
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $29,490 $48,990
2020 SUV 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $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
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,100 $36,630
See All Kia Sportage Pricing and Specs

Kia Sportage Colours

  • Clear White
  • Steel Grey
  • Fiery Red
  • Mercury Blue
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Cherry Black
  • Snow White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Kia Sportage 2019.

Kia Sportage Q&As

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

  • 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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  • Should I buy a Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage or Mazda CX-5?

    The RAV4 in its current guise is the best the model has ever been. Of course, that’s exactly how it should be, but some car-makers don’t always crack the newer-is-better code. You’re right about the new RAV4 Hybrid being the headline grabber, but that’s because it’s the big change in the RAV4 formula and the one that is likely to attract the most new customers to the franchise. There’s nothing wrong with the two-litre CVT RAV4 per se, but you might find the performance of the smaller petrol engine a bit on the weedy side, especially with a full load of bodies and luggage on board. And, as with any CVT car, the advice is to drive it before you decide, and make sure you don’t find the CVT’s behaviour too foreign. Some people do, others never notice it.

    The Kia Sportage Sport is another good package but suffers the same lacklustre engine performance issue in two-litre petrol form. It does, though, have a conventional six-speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT. And while the Sportage was facelifted in 2018, its basic design goes back to 2015. Which, in fact, makes it an older design than the Mazda CX-5 which was first launched here in 2017. Any of the three vehicles you’ve nominated will do the job but history suggests the Toyota will hold more resale value when trade-in time rolls around. And congratulations on the new addition to the family.

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Kia Sportage Boot Space

The Kia Sportage SUV has a boot space size of 466 Litres.
Kia Sportage Boot space

Kia Sportage Interior

The Kia Sportage has improved with every generation when it comes to the interior. Not just the dashboard design and media system, but the quality of the trim and leather (on higher grades) has gotten better, and so has the practicality. Check out the images to see for yourself.

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
2021 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2020 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2019 SUV 1645x1855x4485 mm 172 mm
2018 SUV 1645x1855x4480 mm 172 mm
2017 SUV 1645x1855x4480 mm 172 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sportage Dimensions

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
2021 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2020 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 1900kg
2017 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 6.4L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
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
2017 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 7.9L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Sportage Pricing and Specs for 2021

Kia Sportage Seats

The following Kia Sportage is available with 5 seats. The Sportage S variant is only available with black cloth trim. The SX is available with the choice of either black cloth or black leather appointed trim. The top of the range GT-Line is available with either black or grey two-tone leather appointed trim.

Kia Sportage Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Kia Sportage 2019.

Kia Sportage Wheel Size

The Kia Sportage has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x60 R17 for SUV in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2017 SUV 225x60 R17 17x7 inches 225x60 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sportage Wheel Sizes