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Updated Kia Sportage gets RDE2-compliant mild hybrid diesel

Kia has updated its Sportage line-up with revised trim levels and a fully RDE2-compliant engine line-up, including a new mild hybrid diesel.

The updated Kia Sportage

On sale now and priced from £23,445, the Sportage now consists of four trims, losing the former ‘1’ and ‘4’ grades and introducing a new ‘3’ trim alongside the existing ‘2’. It also gets new ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ top-end grades.

Standard across all trims are an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satnav and the latest UVO Connect telematics features, as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity. DAB digital radio is standard and Kia’s Connected Services powered by TomTom is included, offering a wide range of driving-orientated information.

Equipment on all models also includes alloy wheels, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic air con, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing front wipers, automatic light control and cruise control with speed limiter. Standard safety features bring six airbags, lane keep assist system, driver attention warning, speed limit information function, hill-start assist control, trailer stability assist and high beam assist.

The new 3 trim, which is priced from £26,445, features front parking sensors, LED head and rear lights, a panoramic sunroof, black leather upholstery, 10-way driver’s and 8-way passenger’s power-adjustable seat, engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system, heated steering wheel, a 4.2-inch colour display and Electronic Parking Brake. It also gains blind-spot collision warning.

The GT-Line version, priced from £29,660, features exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels and other bespoke styling features, LED rear combination lamps, front parking sensors, front wiper de-icer and paddle shifters on DCT versions. Interior features include aluminium pedals and scuff plates,  a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster display and a D-shaped leather-covered sports steering wheel.

Starting at £30,510, the top-of-the-range GT-Line S model also adds in adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power adjustable driver and eight-way adjustable front passenger seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, eight-speaker JBL premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker, Smart Power Tailgate and a wireless phone charger.

Three engines are on offer and include a 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi petrol, a 174hp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 1.6-litre diesel mild-hybrids, which are RDE2-compliant. The latter are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox with front-wheel drive or seven-speed DCT, including in an all-wheel drive variant.

WLTP emissions start from 141g/km for the 2WD mild hybrid diesel with DCT or manual, which also has an official combined figure of 52.3mpg, plus a top speed of 112mph and acceleration to 62mph in 11.4 seconds.

The four-wheel drive mild hybrid diesel is rated for CO2 emissions from 159g/km and fuel economy on the combined cycle from 46.3mpg, with an 11.6-second 0-62mph time and top speed of 112mph.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.