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Kia unveiled the third generation Sportage new styling and a longer, wider and lower body at the Geneva Auto Show.

The 2010 Kia Sportage takes many of its styling cues from the Kue concept model shown in Detroit in 2007.

For Europe, Kia will offer the Sportage with four engine options, two diesel and two gasoline. The new Sportage will be available at launch with a 2.0L gasoline engine rated1 at 161 hp and a 2.0L version of Kia’s next-generation “R” family diesel engines, producing 134 hp. By late 2010, Kia will begin offering a 138 hp 1.6L gasoline engine and a 113 hp 1.7L diesel plant, both with Start/Stop fuel saving technology

Gallery: 2010 Kia Sportage

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Official release after the jump:

1. INTRODUCTION

New Kia Sportage – the all-new urban-friendly compact SUV

With a new bodyshell, new engines and fresh, bold styling that introduces a new kind of dynamic aesthetics, the latest Kia Sportage is an urban-friendly compact SUV for today’s families – consuming less fuel and emitting less CO2.

Longer, wider and lower than the previous model (by 90 mm, 15 mm and 60 mm respectively), the all-new design successfully retains the key SUV features – the commanding driving position, heightened sense of security and powerful road presence – which made the second generation Kia Sportage so popular.

The second-generation Sportage was introduced in 2004 and marked a huge step forwards for Kia. Over the next six years, it attracted thousands of customers who had not previously considered buying a Kia, and achieved global sales of more than 860,000 units – including 150,000 units in Western Europe.

Now, under the direction of Kia’s Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, the Kia design teams have created a third-generation Sportage incorporating Kia’s new design DNA and many features from the 2007 Kia Kue concept car, to be immediately identifiable as a Kia and stand out from potential rivals in an increasingly crowded segment.

With the new Sportage, we have created an all-new, five-seater compact SUV with maximized customer appeal. It is urban-friendly and fully in tune with changing consumer expectations and demands,” commented Hyoung-Keun Lee, President, Kia Motors Corporation.

Despite the recent and ongoing global economic difficulties, Kia’s market research indicates that demand for C-segment SUVs in Europe will grow steadily over the next five years as customers down-size their vehicles and new models focus attention on the segment.

Customer clinics with the new Sportage in Europe have generated entirely positive responses and we are confident that our latest model will significantly increase Kia’s share of the compact SUV market,” concludes President Lee.

New Sportage is significantly sleeker and lighter than the previous model, with an aerodynamic drag figure of Cd 0.37 (down from 0.40) and a significant weight loss of 91 kg compared with the previous model – enhancing fuel economy and refinement.

Choice of engines with enhanced economy and lowered emissions

When the full range of new Sportage models is ‘on sale’ later this year, it will be available with four engines (two petrol and two diesel, covering a 115 ps to 163 ps power spread), manual and automatic transmissions and two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The model range presented to customers may vary country-by-country across Europe to suit local requirements and preferences.

Reacting to market trends, Kia has downsized some of the engines for new Sportage, so the 2-litre diesel and gasoline engines available at launch will be joined by smaller capacity engines available with fuel-stretching Start/Stop technology and with CO2 emissions from as low as 138 g/km.

Enhancing occupant and pedestrian safety

Fitted as standard in most European countries, new safety features will include ESC with a new Rollover Sensor (that deploys the side airbags, curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners when required), Hillstart Assist Control (to prevent roll-back when starting on an ascent), Downhill Brake Control (to limit speed during a steep descent) and an ESS system which flashes the brake lights during an emergency.

A new rear-view safety camera, which transmits an image to an LCD colour display integrated into the interior rear-view mirror, will be an available option on all models.

Appealing to existing and new Sportage customers

New Sportage will be manufactured at Kia’s factory at Zilina, in Slovakia and buyers will be offered a choice up to 10 exterior colours and a Black interior, trimmed in cloth, part-leather or full-leather, that can be personalised with dark, light or orange accents. The quality of the cabin is greatly enhanced. Available high-tech features will include: Xenon HID headlamps, LED running lights, keyless entry, engine start button, reversing safety camera, built-in sat-nav and full-length panoramic glass sunroof.

Kia’s latest compact SUV will benefit from the brand’s unique 7-Year Kia Warranty in Europe. The all-new Sportage range will begin to appear in almost 2,000 Kia dealer showrooms across Europe during the summer. Together with the larger Sorento, Sportage will perform a key role in boosting Kia sales, enhancing brand awareness and raising the company’s market share in Europe during 2010.

2. STYLING & DESIGN

Introducing a new kind of dynamic aesthetics

The new Sportage marks a dramatic shift in design direction for Kia’s compact SUV. Longer, lower and wider than the previous generation model, the new Sportage is immediately identifiable by its ‘tiger’ face – incorporating Peter Schreyer’s striking signature grille design that links all new Kia models.

The new Sportage is fresh and bold and could not be mistaken for anything other than a Kia,” says Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer. “It embodies Kia’s new-found visual dynamism by successfully taking the key features of an off-road vehicle – the raised ground clearance, the commanding driving position and heightened sense of security – and enveloping them in a sleek and urban-friendly design with global appeal. With its athletic and muscular design the Sportage fits its name perfectly.”

Sitting below the central bonnet-mounted badge, the ‘tiger face’ sweeps out to effectively frame the grille before broadening out and encompassing the car’s large and piercing headlamps to create a distinctive and powerful visage. The strength of this countenance is reinforced by the clamshell bonnet and its contours that run into raised shoulders as they flow down to meet the headlamps.

The clamshell bonnet gives a sense of strength and solidity to the front end,” says Schreyer. “Together with the grille, these shoulders create a strong three-dimensional feel to the face of the new Sportage, and they also help the driver accurately place the car on the road.”

The new Sportage’s athleticism is reinforced by its rakish windscreen angle, which sweeps seamlessly into the low roofline. And the top of the screen itself reflects the grille profile. “The profile line of the top of the windscreen mirrors that of the grille,” explains Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer, Kia Europe.

We first featured this element on the Kee concept car, at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. This is followed through to the rear, which has the same distinctive outline at the base of the rear windscreen. These two features instantly heighten the Sportage’s on-the-road visibility – as do its sculpted flanks, which, flanked by boldly flared wheelarches, feature a striking concave motif in the door panels.”

The key design element of new Sportage’s purposeful stance is the relationship between its high shoulders and narrow glasshouse, explains Schreyer. “We’ve created a car with a sportscar-like ratio between sheet metal and glass. The side-windows are very narrow which gives you an almost rally-car feeling.” Follow the shoulder and roof lines and they meet at the striking reverse-angled C-pillar. “The size, the shape and the proportion of the C-pillar on any car is absolutely crucial to its appearance,” says Schreyer. “And as you can see on our new Sportage, it determines the entire look and feel of the car.”

Using a tape-measure against the new Sportage confirms it is slightly lower than the previous generation, but the design of the new Sportage makes it look significantly lower, and both sleeker and more assertive.

Mirroring the large headlamps up front, the rear of the new Sportage features prominent taillights that flow across the tailgate and into the car’s broad rear shoulders. Raising the rear spoiler-topped hatch reveals a large, deep and regular-shaped cargo bay.

Many of the new Sportage’s external design features – the rakish windscreen angle, the radically angled C-pillar and the signature sculpting of the car’s flanks, were first hinted at in the Kue concept car, star of the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. “It’s crucial that we draw real design inspiration from our concept and showcars, like the Kue, and inject that motivation into our production cars,” says Schreyer. “The new Sportage is clear proof of that.”

A raft of details – the ribbed roof, the chunky door handles, the roof-rails, the raised ride height and the large wing mirrors – serve to further reinforce the Kia’s go-anywhere credentials.

The new Sportage’s spacious cabin looks as dynamic and sporting as its exterior. It’s dominated by the sweeping dashboard, which broadens from the edges and then narrows dramatically in the middle to create an eye-catching centre console. This emphasises the width of the car, making those on board feel protected, safe and secure.

The horizontal layers break up the dashboard,” explains Guillaume, “so you are not facing a vast cliff of plastic, while the high centre tunnel bisects the front cabin. It’s anything but the typical T-shaped dashboard/console layout you will find in most vehicles.”

Those high shoulders and the narrow glasshouse hint at the new Sportage’s dynamic driving position, enhanced by the chunky small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel and deep-set cowled instruments.

The exterior design is very sporty for a car of this type, and although you sit high in the cabin there’s still something very sporting about it because the windscreen has a very fast angle and the shoulder line is very high,” says Guillaume. “This gives you a sort of cocooned and safe feeling, and yet from a practical point of view there is still plenty of rear headroom.” In the generously proportioned rear cabin, the boldly angled C-pillar cuts back on itself well behind the rear passengers, to enhance the car’s low-slung profile without encroaching on their view out.”

Peter Schreyer intends to transform the public perception of Kia all around the world. “I want to give Kia global appeal, and I want that appeal to be about design above all else. The new Sportage is a major step towards achieving that goal.”

Exterior Dimensions Comparison (mm)

New Sportage Difference Previous Sportage

Length 4440 + 90 4350

Width* 1855 + 15 1840

Height 1635 - 60 1695

Wheelbase 2640 + 10 2630

Front overhang 890 + 10 880

Rear overhang 910 + 70 840

Front track 1614 + 74 1540

Rear track 1615 + 75 1540

Ground clearance 170 - 25 195

*excluding door mirrors

3. COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Top-quality trim and equipment with high-tech features

Kia is confident that when current Sportage owners and new customers to the brand visit dealer showrooms to view the all-new Sportage, they will be mightily impressed by the newcomer. Its showroom ‘presence’ will be both impactful and surprising.

New Sportage will be available in a stunning new metallic colour – Techno Orange – and first impressions will also be enhanced by the new bright chrome finish for the front grille, the strong Kia ‘face’ this model embodies, the bold reverse-angle C-pillar, the wider track, purposeful stance and much closer relationship between the wheels, tyres and wheelarch – creating a premium appearance and echoing the precision and care that has been applied to the entire vehicle.

Inside new Sportage, the styling echoes the new kind of dynamic aesthetics created by the exterior appearance and establishes a new kind of ambience, with top-quality fit, discreet trim accents and the availability of numerous high-tech features. New Sportage customers will be offered a choice of two equipment levels, LX and EX (for details see Section 8), plus a wide range of options.

The longer bodyshell and longer wheelbase, plus the extra interior width ensure that occupants of the new Sportage will enjoy its spacious cabin. The adoption of a reverse-angle for the C-pillar moves it 186 mm further back (compared with the previous model), placing it behind the rear seat passengers to provide them with a clear view out. Entry and exit from the cabin is made easier by lowering the seats by 29 mm and the top of the door sills by 31 mm.

Driver comfort is enhanced by the adoption of a floor-hinged accelerator pedal that allows smooth control of the throttle and by the increased range of fore & aft sliding movement available for the driver’s seat – 24 mm more than the previous model. As an option, heated front and rear seats can be specified.

The thick-rimmed four-spoke steering wheel and the ‘three-cylinder’ instrument cluster are becoming Kia trademark features. Similar to the cluster fitted to the Soul, Sorento and Venga, the new Sportage’s instruments have clear and precise graphics. A ‘Super Vision’ cluster with reddish lighting will be available as an option.

New Sportage’s interior comes trimmed in black cloth as standard – and unusually, an all-black headliner can be specified. Options include part-leather and full-leather seat trim, with a choice of contrasting stitching. LX models feature a Dark Gun Metal dashboard and centre stack, while colour options include Medium Grey, Light Alpine and Orange door inserts, plus Alpine Metallic centre stack trim.

Manual air-conditioning is standard. The audio system for new Sportage features an RDS radio and CD player with MP3, USB and iPod connectivity – with a speaker in each door and a tweeter at each end of the dashboard. An all-new AVN (audio visual navigation) system with a 7.0-inch screen, Bluetooth and voice recognition will be offered.

Other available high-tech ‘comfort & convenience’ features include a Smart Card (for keyless entry, together with engine start/stop button), ‘welcome home’ escort lights, Xenon headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights and a tailgate-mounted reversing safety camera with interior mirror display monitor.

A total of 10 exterior colours available will be: solid colours x 2: Cassa White and Clide Blue and metallic colours x 8: Dark Gun Metal, Techno Orange, Sand Track, Black Pearl, Pheonix Silver, Sirius Silver, Machine Silver, and Bite Blue.

More space for people and cargo, and a quieter drive

Luggage space in new Sportage benefits from the 70 mm increase in the vehicle’s rear overhang. With the rear seats upright, the cargo bay is 80 mm longer and 110 mm wider at floor level, thanks to the more compact design of the rear suspension. Cargo capacity is among the best in class and ranges from 564 litres with the rear seats occupied to 1353 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Storage space within the cabin includes the larger glovebox (cooled in some models), a larger 6.0-litre centre console (up from 3.0-litres), and four door pockets. Two large cup-holders are located between the gear selector and the centre console, while the folding centre armrest in the rear seat has twin cup-holders.

New Sportage is significantly quieter and more refined than its predecessor. The all-new bodyshell design and greater use of high tensile steel have resulted in a stiffer and safer vehicle in which occupants will be aware of fewer vibrations from the road surface or mechanical components.

4. ENGINES

New diesel and gasoline engines to power new Sportage

Manufactured at Kia’s world-class facility in Slovakia, the all-new Sportage will ultimately be available in Europe with a wide choice of engines. At launch this summer, the engine line-up will comprise 2-litre diesel and 2-litre gasoline engines – with smaller capacity engines (a 1.7-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre GDI gasoline unit), to follow later this year, reducing the new model’s base-line CO2 emissions to less than 140 g/km.

Diesels demonstrate Kia’s world-class engineering

At the Geneva Show and making its premiere in the new Sportage, is a 2.0-litre version of Kia’s next-generation ‘R’ family diesel. All-new, the ‘R’ family diesel engine first appeared in 2.2-litre, 197 ps form, in the new Kia Sorento last year when it was highly praised – confirming that Kia’s engineering capabilities are indeed world-class.

The R2.0, which is expected to prove the most popular engine choice with new Sportage buyers in many European countries, generates a maximum of 136 ps and 304 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm. As well as guaranteeing strong performance, the new diesel enables the Kia’s compact SUV to deliver highly-competitive fuel economy and emissions figures.

Later this year, a new 1.7-litre version of Kia’s ‘U2’ diesel will become available. Designed and engineered at Kia’s R&D Centre in Germany, this 115 ps engine meets Euro 5 emissions regulations and is cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient than previous U2 engines. It has been developed for optimum driveability, with more than 90 per cent of the maximum torque available from just 2,000 rpm.

Gasoline engines blend power with economy

Now fitted with upgraded electronics and low-friction components, Kia’s revised 2.0-litre ‘Theta II’ gasoline engine delivers more power, improved durability, enhanced refinement and reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

This four-cylinder 1998 cc powerunit has dual CVVT (continuously variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust valves), four valves per cylinder and features weight-saving, all-aluminium construction with a cast aluminium block, cylinder head and sump. Fitted in new Sportage, maximum power is 163 ps, with 194 Nm of peak torque at a modest 4600 rpm.

Later this year, new Sportage buyers whose priority is fuel-economy, will be able to order Kia’s 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine fitted with GDI (gasoline direct injection) technology. Producing a highly competitive 140 ps, the arrival of this engine marks the first appearance of GDI technology in a Kia vehicle.

GDI lowers emissions while raising power and torque outputs and improving fuel economy. The typical range of benefits include delivering 7% more torque at low revolutions, 12% more torque at high revs and 10% better fuel economy overall – compared to a conventional engine of a similar capacity.

Start/Stop available for two engines

By the end of 2010, Kia will be offering its fuel-stretching Start/Stop system as an option on both the 1.7 diesel and 1.6 GDI engine. Start/Stop automatically switches the engine off whenever the vehicle is stopped in congested city driving and instantly restarts the engine when the driver selects first gear. Combined with other technologies in new Sportage, Start/Stop helps to reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.

Several innovative fuel-saving technologies are fitted to the new Sportage as standard, including a gear-shift up/down indicator (on all manual models), an ECO indicator to encourage economical driving (on all automatic models) and a power-saving alternator management system.

New Kia Sportage / Powertrains (Available at launch)

Type Capacity Power Torque Transmission

Diesel

2.0 136 ps 304 Nm 6-sp / 6-sp Auto

Gasoline

2.0 163 ps 194 Nm 5-sp / 6-sp Auto

5. TRANSMISSIONS & DRIVETRAINS

Choice of 2WD and AWD systems, plus three gearboxes

Buyers of the all-new Kia Sportage in Europe will be offered a choice 2WD or AWD drivetrains, and five-speed or six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmissions.

For diesel Sportage models, the standard gearbox is a six-speed manual, upgraded with improved synchronization, reduced power loss, enhanced efficiency and durability. Both the larger gasoline and diesel engines can be specified with the (optional) six-speed automatic.

Ultra-compact six-speed automatic transmission

Developed by the Hyundai-Kia Group for fitment in a wide range of future vehicles, the all-new six-speed automatic transmission now available for the new Sportage is ultra-compact – and can feature a new optional ‘paddle shift’ system which allows drivers to change gear without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

The driver can choose from two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’. For city driving, fully automatic mode is ideal, while ‘Sport’ mode allows for clutch-less manual gear changes for greater driver involvement – either using the selector lever or the new steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Whenever the car is stopped for more than a few seconds, the new transmission’s innovative ‘Neutral Control’ function automatically shifts the transmission from ‘D’ to ‘N’, improving fuel economy especially in city driving.

Customer choice of advanced drivetrains with 2WD and AWD

Depending on individual markets, consumers ordering a new Sportage will be able to select from five models with 2WD and four with AWD – employing advanced drivetrain systems similar to those introduced with the new Sorento in 2009.

On every Sportage model, traction is also boosted by the available HAC (Hillstart Assist Control) which prevents slipping backwards, and DBC (Downhill Brake Control) which limits vehicle speed to just 8 km/h (5 mph) on steep descents.

For customers who drive on-road most of the time, the new Sportage with the 2WD drivetrain offers lower weight, faster acceleration, enhanced fuel economy and good traction, aided by the standard-fit TCS (traction control system).

For new Sportage buyers who regularly face difficult driving conditions, go off-road or tow trailers, the AWD drivetrain will be ideal. It will be available with both the 2-litre gasoline and diesel engines (manual or automatic).

This AWD drivetrain is a single ratio (High) system, which delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels when driving in normal conditions, enhancing fuel efficiency. Whenever a front wheel loses grip a percentage of torque is automatically transferred to the rear wheels to maintain forward momentum.

When driving a new Sportage with AWD in slippery conditions – such as rain, snow, mud, unpaved roads and off-road – the driver can manually select ‘Lock Mode’ for better stability. This mode shares the torque equally (50%/50%), between the front and rear axles and maintains that split up to a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph).

6. SUSPENSION & RUNNING GEAR

New electric steering and new multi-link rear suspension

All around the world, more than 860,000 Kia Sportage owners have enjoyed this model’s special blend of on-road talents and off-road abilities since the second-generation model was introduced in 2004.

Now, determined to rival the best vehicles in the compact-SUV class with the all-new Sportage, Kia engineers were given the goal of improving the earlier model’s ride/handling balance, while also achieving more precise and rewarding responses to driver inputs, with increased riding refinement.

Kia’s Sportage engineering team designed the new electric power steering system to deliver good steering feel and precise vehicle control, with low effort during parking and city driving and more substantial feedback during out-of-town motoring.

The new MDPS (motor driven power steering) rack-and-pinion system is speed-sensitive and requires just 2.96 turns of the steering wheel from lock-to-lock. Switching from the previous model’s hydraulic system to electric power assistance offers a 3.5% improvement in fuel economy.

Both the front and rear suspension systems are mounted on a lightweight hydro-formed subframe, with carefully fine-tuned rubber bushes to help isolate the occupants from irregularities in the road surface.

At the front, the compact MacPherson Strut suspension receives a little fine-tuning to smooth its operation and is largely carried over from the previous model. Small changes to the suspension geometry improve feel and stability, while new side-load coil springs reduce friction.

The new Sportage benefits from an all-new, multi-link, fully-independent rear suspension system. For the new model, the dampers and coil springs are mounted separately to minimize intrusion into the cabin and trunk space.

At the rear, new amplitude selective dampers (ASD) can be fitted as an option. These dampers combine the ability to deliver firm control over bumpy roads and when travelling at higher speeds (stiffer, high amplitude dampening), with a smoother city ride (softer, low amplitude dampening) at lower speeds.

All new Sportage models sold in Europe are equipped with an all-disc braking system, backed up by ABS anti-lock and EBD brake-force distribution systems as standard. For maximum stopping power, ventilated front discs and solid rear discs are fitted – with larger diameter rear discs fitted to AWD models.

Although the new Sportage’s handling bias is focused more towards on-road motoring, the new model with AWD and its manually selected ‘Lock Mode’ that splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles, will be a capable performer in slippery conditions and off-road.

Off-road credentials for the new Sportage include a 172 mm ground clearance, an approach angle of 22.7 degrees, a 28.2 degrees departure angle and a ramp-over angle, which is 17.7 degrees. For drivers interested in tackling more demanding terrain, the maximum climb angle is 44 degrees and the potential roll over limit angle is 45 degrees.

7. SAFETY

A safer drive thanks to new ‘active’ and ‘passive’ technology

Kia invests heavily in R&D programmes directed at enhancing both active and passive safety of its vehicles to deliver the highest levels of occupant protection.

To ensure that owning and driving Kia’s latest compact SUV will be a safe and rewarding experience for all occupants, the new Sportage offers buyers a range of state-of-the-art safety systems and equipment as standard – or as options, depending on model and market.

In most European countries, standard ‘active’ safety technologies fitted to the new Sportage will include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), and three new systems – HAC (Hillstart Assist Control), DBC (Downhill Brake Control) and an ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) system.

HAC prevents slip-back during stop-start driving up inclines, while DBC ensures safer travel down the steepest slopes by maintaining a steady 8 km/h (5 mph) speed. ESS automatically ‘flashes’ the brake lights whenever the ABS or ESC systems are triggered.

The performance of the Sportage’s all-disc braking system during extreme conditions is boosted by three systems – a regular ABS (anti-lock system), plus EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) to adjust the front/rear brake pressure and BAS (brake assist system) which recognizes an emergency stop and delivers maximum braking power.

Two active systems are available to assist drivers with reversing manoeuvres. The back-warning sensor helps the driver to avoid contact with pedestrians by triggering an audible warning whenever the vehicle approaches an obstruction.

A second option is the new rear-view camera mounted on the tailgate. This camera is fitted with a 130-degree, wide-angle lens which transmits images to an LCD display set within the interior rear-view mirror (or to the navigation display if fitted). Simultaneously it enables the driver to check the rear view and the blind spot below the rear window.

A TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) is available as an option to alert the driver to low pressure if any tyre suffers a pressure drop of more than 25%.

For new Sportage, a new rollover sensor is part of the upgraded ESC system (standard in most European countries), and can be ordered as an option in all others. This sensor monitors possible overturn situations and triggers the deployment of the side airbags, curtain airbags and seatbelt pretensioners if appropriate.

Achieving maximum protection through ‘passive’ technology

The new Kia Sportage has been designed to score a 5-Star rating in Euro NCAP’s crash tests and maximum scores in the USA’s two crash test programmes. The all-new platform and bodyshell employs a much greater proportion high strength and extra-high strength steels than the previous model.

Structural improvements include stronger and straighter longitudinal side members in the engine bay floor; an enhanced B-Pillar design that links to upper and lower cross-members to form an internal rollover hoop; reinforced floor members in the trunk floor and a rerouted and better protected fuel filler pipe.

In most European countries, new Sportage will be fitted with six airbags as standard. Dual front airbags, dual front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (linked to the new rollover sensors in the ESC system as well as the impact sensors) offer head protection for all occupants.

Active headrestraints for the front seats of all models are standard in most European countries and protect occupants against whiplash injuries.

8. STANDARD & OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT / EUROPE

All-new Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage LX

Exterior

  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/70 R16 low-rolling-resistance V-Let tyres

  • Projection headlamps with manual levelling adjustment

  • Body-colour door handles

  • Black door mirror mountings

  • Manual-adjustable door mirrors

  • Matt silver radiator grille (LX)

  • Bright chrome radiator grille (EX)

  • Tinted glass

  • Black high gloss rear spoiler

  • Body-colour bumpers (2.5 mph impact resistant)

  • Roof-mounted radio antenna

  • Rear fog lamps

  • High-mounted stop light in rear spoiler

Comfort & Convenience

  • Manual air-conditioning

  • Gear shift indicator (manual transmission only)

  • ECO driving indicator (automatic transmission only)

  • Heated rear window

  • Electric windows front and rear

  • Driver’s window with one-touch auto up/down

  • 60/40 split second row seat

  • Rear-seat centre armrest with cup holder

  • Power outlets in front centre console and trunk

  • Dual front sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • Remote tailgate release

  • Remote fuel-filler flap release

  • Central cabin courtesy lamp

  • Cargo bay lamp

  • Cargo bay under-floor storage box (only with tyre mobility kit)

  • Heating and ventilation system with 4-speed fan

  • Headline-mounted map-reading lamp with sunglasses holder

  • Cargo area roller-blind luggage cover

Interior

  • 4-spoke soft polyurethane steering wheel

  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel

  • Cloth-covered seat upholstery

  • Silver-finish door handles

  • Height adjustable front seats

  • RDS Radio & CD player with MP3 and 4 (door-mounted) audio speakers

  • 2 tweeter audio speakers in dash-top

  • AUX, USB and IPod compatibility

  • Large front centre console storage box with armrest

  • Two front cup-holders

  • Lockable (U.K. only), illuminated front glove box

Safety & Security

  • ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD

  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with roll-over sensors*

  • DBC (Downhill Brake Control)*

  • HAC (Hill-start Assist Control)*

  • Driver and front passenger airbags

  • Front row, side airbags*

  • Full-length curtain airbags (with roll-over sensor)*

  • Active front seat headrestraints*

  • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants

  • Height-adjustable headrestraints for all occupants

  • Audible seatbelt warning (front seats)

  • Central locking

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Battery saver system

  • Tyre mobility kit

*Most European countries

Kia Sportage EX

Additional factory-fitted standard equipment over LX model

  • Electric heated and adjustable door mirrors

  • Body-colour door mirror mountings

  • Front fog lights

  • Painted door interior centre panel trim

  • Artificial leather door armrest

  • Luggage area cargo net

  • Dual front sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Lumbar support for driver’s seat

  • Keyless-entry with alarm system

  • Trip computer, odometer and digital clock

  • Chrome coated radiator grille

Optional Equipment

Different markets may select some of the ‘factory-fitted options’ for fitment as standard equipment on new Sportage models for their region.

Please check with your local Kia PR representative for the definitive equipment specifications in your country.

Available optional equipment:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/60 R17 low rolling-resistance Silica tyres

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 R18 low rolling-resistance Silica tyres

  • Full size alloy spare wheel

  • Privacy glass (from B-pillar rearwards)

  • Rain-sensing automatic windscreen wipers

  • Dusk-sensing automatic light control

  • Cruise control

  • Chrome exterior door handles (EX only)

  • Roof rails

  • Electric-adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors (EX only)

  • Turn ‘repeater’ lights in door mirror housings

  • LED Daytime Running Lights

  • Xenon HID headlamps (EX only)

  • Front fog lights (LX only)

  • Cornering lights

  • Aluminium door scuff

  • Telescopic adjustment for steering wheel

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever (EX only)

  • Cooled, lockable, illuminated front glove box

  • Heated front and rear seats

  • Part leather/part cloth seat upholstery

  • Full leather seat upholstery

  • Bluetooth hands-free system with voice recognition

  • Remote steering-wheel mounted audio controls

  • 7-inch Navigation system

  • Super Vision instrument cluster (EX only)

  • Adjustable instrument lighting

  • Rear parking assist system

  • Rear-view safety camera with Interior mirror display

  • Parking assist automatic manoeuvring system

  • Dual zone climate control automatic air-conditioning

  • Smart card entry with engine start button (EX only)

  • Tyre-pressure monitoring system

  • Paddle-shift, steering wheel-mounted gear selector system (Automatic models)

  • Panoramic powered tilt/slide glass sunroof