First seen at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, with an attractive, all-new exterior and interior design, a host of advanced new technology features and greater quality, the new, 4th generation, Sportage is finally here!

The new-look interior features high quality materials and design integrity, as well as great practicality and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety.

A whole new range of updated engines and transmissions promise to offer enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are also improved.

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For the first time, a new GT Linespec is available to Sportage customers. Designed to appeal to customers looking for a sportier driving experience from their Sportage, the GT Line delivers all the versatility of the standard Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic appeal to those customers that desire it.

Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Kia Sportage has helped drive our sustained growth and success across Europe in recent years. It’s an incredibly important car for us, particularly as more customers are turning to SUVs and competition in the rapidly growing compact segment is now fiercer than ever.”

The new model is the same width as the previous car, but now has a lightly longer wheelbase, with attributes to the cars overall gain in length. The rear-end now features a more aerodynamic rear spoiler. The new overall design helps to make this the most aerodynamic Sportage to date.

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The new Sportage is available with a choice of 16-, 17- or 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels, while the GT Line spec comes with a unique 19-inch wheel option as standard.

The interior of the new Sportage is one of the more significant improvements over the previous generation. The focus for the design team behind the new interior was to create a cabin which offered a wide, driver-oriented dashboard, with a simple, modern design. The interior blends metalwork with soft-touch materials and clearly defined horizontal lines, portraying a high level of mechanical precision.

Where the cabin of the outgoing Sportage is focused around a clearly-defined central console, with a vertical design, the new model features horizontal lines to emphasise the width of the interior more effectively and give an impression of more space and sportiness. The redesigned cabin means that there is more head- and leg room throughout.

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Customers are now able to choose from either a single-tone (black) or two-tone (Dark and Light Grey or Black and Canyon Beige) cabin. The console is finished in black, for a classy, stylish appearance, regardless of the interior colours chosen. Buyers who opt for the GT Line can enjoy a cabin with a slightly sportier feel, with a D-shaped leather steering wheel, high quality piano black fascia and aluminium alloy pedals.

The Sportage now enjoys redesignedheated seats,which are 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat and 8-way power control for the passenger seat. Stiffer seat frames, with greater use of high tensile steel, and redesigned springs and pads.

A range of improvements cut vibrations throughout the car, making the Sportage’s cabin one of the most refined and relaxing among rivals.

The new stiffer body and a wealth of active safety features make this the safest Sportage yet.

Here follows a list of all the safety features customers can expect:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which employs a radar detection system to detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the car to a halt
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which emits an audible alert when the driver strays from the current lane without indicating
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which detects the position of the Sportage in relation to lane markings and takes automatic corrective action if it senses the car starting to draft without the use of indicators
  • High Beam Assist (HBA), which automatically adjusts headlamp range according to other vehicles and road conditions
  • Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), displaying the speed limit and overtaking restrictions in the driver’s instrument cluster based on cameras detecting roadside signs
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), which monitors cars up to 70 metres behind the Sportage and provides the driver with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the blind spot
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which warns against other cars driving behind the Sportage in car parks while reversing.

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The new infotainment system is paired with a 160 watt 6-speaker audio system, while music lovers can specify a powerful 320 watt JBL® Sound system, featuring 8 speakers, an external amplifier and Clari-FiTM music restoration technology for unrivalled audio quality.

A new 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbo gasoline direct injection) engine is also available for the first time on the Sportage, exclusively for GT Line buyers, offering 130 kW and 265 Nm.

There is also a new 2.0-litre turbodiesel available, offering 100 kW with 373 Nm torque, or 135 kW with 400 Nm – with both benefiting from a 5 kg lighter engine block.

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The new Sportage features Kia’s all-new 7-speed DCT gearbox, recently launched in the new cee’d, and available exclusively with the T-GDI engine.

The newSportage is manufactured at Kia’s production facility inSlovakiaand remains one the brand’s bestselling models.