The upgraded Kia Sportage features a range of enhancements to cement its position as the brand’s flagship SUV and its best-selling model
It might be hard to tell from the outside, but the subtle facelift – There is a redesigned front bumper with new fog lamp housings, and new gloss black or bright chrome inserts leading from the fog lamps into the lower air intake. The Sportage is also now available with an evolved version of its ‘tiger-nose’ grille, with new gloss black or matt black grille. New full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights and redesigned fog lamps also provide maximum visibility and enhance the SUV’s light signature for a more modern appearance.
At the rear, the slim combination lamps retain their horizontal shape, with the revised design featuring a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp and reflectors are now integrated into the new rear bumper, which is now finished with a flash of chrome across its base.
Out on the road, the difference compared to the old one isn’t drastic, but that’s more of a testament to how well the system works than anything else. The most obvious changes centre around the stop/start system: the electrical assistance allows the engine to cut out at around 10mph when slowing to a halt, restarting the engine much more quickly than before when moving off. The Kia Sportage rides on fully independent front and rear suspension carried over unchanged for the 2019 upgraded model.
While the layout of the cabin is retained, a series of minor upgrades further engender a sense of modernity. The facelift brings a new steering wheel, a revised driver’s display and tweaked air con controls, but the changes are subtle.
The upgraded Sportage adopts a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience.
The latest driver assist technologies available in the Sportage include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and Driver Attention Warning, to combat fatigue and inattentiveness at the wheel.
The Sportage remains a highly practical and versatile choice for buyers – whether owners are loading the car with luggage and cargo, or accommodating a full complement of passengers.
Its 2,670 mm wheelbase and 1,635 mm height ensure occupants are never lacking for space, with 997 mm and 993 mm of headroom for front and rear passengers, and 1,129 mm and 970 mm of legroom, front and rear.
The factory towbar mounting points have changed, as the rear bumper, so if you plan to tow with the new 2019 Sportage you'll need a redesigned towbar for the Kia Sportage Facelift.
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