Saturday, 18 September 2010

KIA Sportage full-line-up pricing announced (UK)

KIA has announced full pricing and specifications for the all-new Sportage compact SUV, with prices starting at £16,645 for the entry-level 1.6 GDI ‘1’ 2WD, rising to a eye-opening £26,170 for the flagship 2.0 CRDi KX-3 AWD automatic.

A 2.0 CRDi diesel 'First Edition' special edition model went on sale last month for £20,777, with all of the 800 cars allocate for the UK already sold.

The full line-up comprises of a 1.6 GDI (gasoline direct-injection) and 2.0 litre petrol engines and a 1.7 and 2.0 litre CRDi diesels. The smaller engines are available with 2WD, while the 2.0 litre engines come with four-wheel-drive. The Sportage is available in 1, 2 and 3 trims with ‘KX’ regarding models with 4WD.

Entry-level ‘1’ models come with 16” alloy wheels w/ locking wheel nuts, front fog lights, LED day-time running lights, tinted glass, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, rear spoiler, body-coloured door handles, black side and wheel-arch mouldings, 6 speakers w/RDS radio/CD player/USB port/AUX-in and iPod cable, Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel w/ audio controls, leather gearknob, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, 60/40 split folding rear seats, height adjustable driver’s seat, front & rear electric windows, rear centre armrest w/cupholders, metallic dash trim, silver-effect interior door handles, rain sensor, x2 cupholders, x2 12v power outlets (front & luggage compartment), x6 airbags, ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go), alarm and ESP w/hill start assist.

In addition to the ‘1’ spec, mid-spec ‘2’ and KX-2 feature 17” alloy wheels, chrome front grille, privacy glass, roof-rails, electric folding door mirrors w/integrated LED indicators, chrome exterior door handles, rear parking sensors, part cloth/part leather interior, panoramic glass sunroof, drivers lumbar support, leather door armrests, trip computer, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net and Intelligent all-wheel-drive (KX-2), ISG (‘2’).

Flagship ‘3’, KX-3, acquire 18” alloy wheels, xenon headlamps w/headlight washers, front-wiper de-icer, black leather interior w/heated front & rear seats, climate control w/cooled glove box, headlight sensor, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and premium vision instrument cluster. In addition to the ‘3’ trim-level, ‘3 Sat-Nav’ and KX-3 Sat-Nav receive an external amp & subwoofer and 7” touch-screen satellite navigation system w/reversing camera.

Combined fuel economy range from 34.4mpg (8.2l/100km) to 54.3mpg (5.2l/100km) with CO2 emissions varying from 135g/km to 188g/km. Optional metallic/mica paint adds £435 while the automatic transmission has an average price premium of £2,000 over the manual models.

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