Colin-on-Cars – Sporty addition to Sportage range

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.

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