With a sizeable list of tech and comfort extras, the new limited edition Kia Sportage GT-Line variant eases into showrooms with a R649 995 price tag.
“Sportage has a nearly three decade-long heritage, and remains Kia’s best-selling model globally,” says Stephen Crosse, Sales and Marketing Director, Kia South Africa. “Now, with the addition of the GT-Line derivative at the peak of the range, the Sportage is at its most expressive, dynamic and luxurious, and offers a distinguished last hurrah before the fifth-generation model debuts next year.”
The fourth and current-generation Sportage, which debuted locally in 2016 and set a record for The World’s Longest Test Drive, is considered the most popular Sportage yet, recording more than five-million global sales in 28 years.
The GT-Line gains LED combination lamps front and rear, dual exhaust outlets in chrome trim, model-specific skid plates and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside is a two-tone, diamond-patterned and perforated artificial leather trim on the seats, a glossy finish on the centre console, a GT-Line-specific flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a 4,2-inch colour instrumentation cluster.
Additionally it gets:
- Smart entry with push-button start
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Auto-folding mirrors
- 8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Electrically adjustable front seats, including lumbar support
- Seat heating for front and rear passengers
- Bi-LED headlights with an auto-on/off function
- Height-adjustable powered tailgate
- Panoramic sunroof
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Electro-chromatic rear-view mirror
- Cruise control
The Sportage GT-Line offers as standard anti-lock braking with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Downhill Brake Control, six crash bags, Electronic Stability Control, Hill-start Assist Control, ISOFIX child-seat anchor points and rear-view camera with front and rear parking-assist sensors
It is powered by a 1,6-litre T-GDi turbo-charged petrol engine developing 130 kW of power at 5 500 r/min and 265 Nm of torque from 1 500 r/min to 4 500 r/min, driving through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
“Whoever said family comfort and sporty performance don’t gel, clearly hadn’t driven the Sportage GT-Line yet,” says Crosse. “It’s a no-compromise SUV offering a fuel-efficient, turbocharged engine, a dynamic driving experience and a spacious cabin with class-leading technology that ensures the comfort and safety of your family.”
The pricing includes Kia’s Unlimited Kilometre / 5-year warranty (inclusive of Roadside Assistance), as well as a prepaid 5-year / 90 000 km service plan.