Great Sport' Kia's latest version of the all-conquering Sportage is even better than we expected
I just knew it. The minute I brought the new Kia Sportage home for a week-long test drive my resident Veruca Salt would say: ‘Don’t care how, I want it now’.
You see my very own Veruca already owns the out-going model and absolutely loves everything about it and she wouldn’t swap it for all the Beemers or Mercs in the world — that is until now.
She was so excited to see the new model this time around that she actually demanded I bring her to the Irish launch of the new model. I knew from that morning she would have her heart set on it.
Well I hate to break this to her in a national newspaper but you are going to have to wait, love. In fairness, I have to agree, the new Kia Sportage is absolutely outstanding. I honestly didn’t think that they could improve much on the last model but boy was I so wrong.
What the designers and developers have done with the latest model to roll off the production lines is above and beyond.
On the outside, the new Kia Sportage is a masterpiece in the making. The front-end has been modernised with a full-width grille and enormous ‘arrow-head’ LED running lights.
But it’s the inside where the real magic touches have been added.
The all-new Sportage’s interior has been designed to ensure all vehicle controls can be accessed quickly and easily.
On entry, drivers are greeted by a beautifully sculpted integrated curved display featuring two high-definition 12.3-inch screens that help to deliver a near-cinematic experience.
Located directly in front of the driver sits the Sportage’s instrument cluster that benefits from the latest liquid-crystal display technology for incredibly precise and clear graphics.
Located in the centre is a high-tech touch-screen that caters for all driver and passenger connectivity, functionality and usability requirements. On the road, the all-new Kia Sportage is as good as anything I have driven.
I can honestly say that there is big improvements in every department compare to my Veruca’s model.
I have driven both the petrol and diesel models and the choice for me is a no brainer.
Firstly, with a massive shift away from diesel these days I would definitely be recommending to the wife to steer away from the 1.6-litre diesel in favour of the 1.6-litre petrol one.
Or, even better still is to wait for the new plug-in hybrid version that should be arriving very soon. This model will be based on a version of the engine and battery setup found in the fantastic Kia Sorento PHEV.
I will also be advising her to move on from manual gearboxes, which are so last year. The six-speed automatic gearbox makes life so much easier in the new Sportage. Prices for the all-new Sportage start from €34,500.
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