Kia unveils all-new 2022 Sportage | New Release - Car News Sep 2021

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16:28 Wednesday 08 Sep 2021

Kia has unveiled the 2022 Sportage. The all-new model gets a fresh design, more spacious interior and plug-in power. Prices will start in the region of £25,000 when the new Sportage reaches showrooms in December.


The Sportage is one of the best selling cars in Kia’s SUV line-up. The 2022 Sportage will rival the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008 when it goes on sale. The new Kia will be offered with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power. 


The Sportage retains its diesel engine, in the form of a 1.6-litre unit with 115PS or 136PS.The PHEV Sportage features a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which is boosted by a large battery and electric motor to produce 265PS. The Sportage will also be available as a ‘self-charging’ hybrid, using the same engine as the PHEV but with a smaller battery and motor to produce a whopping 230PS.


The standard 1.6-litre petrol engine is offered with 150PS or 180PS, both versions use a mild-hybrid system that will allow the car to recover energy when braking or coasting. 


You can get the new Sportage with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Buyers also get the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with the latter getting a Terrain Mode that can automatically set the car up for driving in mud, snow or sand. On the road, the car has economy, comfort and sport settings.


The 2022 Sportage sits on a longer and wider wheelbase, compared to the car it replaces, making it one of the most spacious SUVs of its type. This means you get a huge 590-litre boot that can be extended to a van-like 1780 litres when you fold the rear seats. 


You get the same interior space even if you go for one of the hybrid or plug-in hybrid models, which use large batteries that, in the Kia’s rivals, eat up boot space.


Kia says the new Sportage will set new standards for interior quality, with a driver-centric dashboard layout consisting of two huge infotainment screens that match the curve of the dashboard. 


The infotainment system can be updated over the air which means you won’t need to visit your local dealer to update the sat nav maps. You also get the option of LED mood lighting for the cabin and a tray to wirelessly recharge your phone.

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