First introduced in 2015, the fourth generation Sportage has been refreshed again for 2020. It has received several updates to make it better than before.
Some parts of the exterior and interior have been revised to present a rather new look. The steering wheel has been redesigned; you will also find an 8-inch infotainment system that can be integrated with a smartphone. In addition, a wireless charging pad is also available as an optional feature.
For those who aren’t familiar with Kia’s lineup, they may need a bit more time to know the engine choice that best suits their needs. In Europe, Kia offers a few options include a mild-hybrid 2.0-liter unit available for the ‘4’, GT-Line, and GT-Line S variants.
That engine is not the best thing you can find on the market, even with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; but it’s strong enough. The Sportage itself as a whole is a responsive and good vehicle. It offers a fun driving experience and friendly fuel consumption of 48 mpg UK or 40 mpg US.
It’s also worth noting that the 2020 Sportage is well equipped, especially for the range-topping GT-Line S. It provides a spacious room for legs and heads at the back. The boot is also quite extensive, although the cargo area has to share its space a little with the lithium-ion battery. Nevertheless, the car is fine overall.
Most variants of the Sportage come with front-wheel drive, but if you want to get all-wheel drive, you can buy the 1.6-liter CRDi DCT model in the ‘4’ or GT-Line grade, or you can opt for the 1.6-liter T-GDI DCT model in the GT-Line S trim level.
The Sportage’s trim levels start with the ‘1’ and ‘2’. There is no ‘3’ after that as the naming scheme skips it. Instead, the Edition 25 is what fills the upper slot; then there is ‘4’, GT-Line and GT-Line S.
As for pricing, it’s also competitive, starting at £20,670 ($26,180) with the highest price being £35,020 ($44,355) in the UK. As a comparison, the newest Peugeot 3008 starts at £28,780 ($36,452) with the top-of-the-line 3008 GT priced at £37,050 ($46,926).