In many ways, the evolution of the Sportage
SUV, from a plucky yet rugged compact offering complete with a spare wheel strapped to its tailgate to the sleek and impressively comfortable fifth-generation model currently on offer, has mimicked the growth and success of Kia
in South Africa
Through each successful generation of Sportage
– that was introduced in 1993 – this vehicle has gained both increased stance and presence on the road but has also grown in popularity among a South African
“We have long maintained that Sportage
is a flagbearer of the Kia
brand’s pioneering DNA and that it has always been a car of ‘firsts’ for the brand,” comments Gary Scott, CEO of Kia South Africa
. “We are very proud of the current Sportage
and take great joy in that fact that it has consistently garnered favour amongst press and customers alike in a segment where customers are spoilt for choice. The variety of accolades it has gathered in just more than a year reinforces our belief that Sportage
truly is the ultimate urban SUV.”
Available since 2022, the current fifth-generation Sportage
range boasts head-turning exterior styling, but also impressive substance by way of a roomy interior, assured on-road dynamics and the latest technologies, including infotainment and touchscreen displays.
Having earlier this year added a 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel powertrain option to the local range, Kia South Africa
has used the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of Sportage
to expand this offering to now include this impressively refined and frugal engine option in the entry-level LX and EX models. The 1.6 T-GDi turbopetrol motor continues to be available in three GT-Line derivatives.
Furthermore, two of the Sportage’s
most noteworthy advanced safety features, namely lane-keeping assistance that also notifies the driver of a vehicle positioned within a blind spot, as well as forward collision avoidance have now been included as standard fitment throughout the local Sportage
Recipients of many global awards for build quality and customer satisfaction, in South Africa Kia
sells the Sportage
with a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and a 6-year/90 000 km service plan, including roadside assistance.
The modern Sportage
range starts at R637 995, with the flagship 1.6 T-GDi GT-Line S retailing for R798 995.