Changes for 2020 include extra technology, revised trim levels and a new diesel model with mild-hybrid assistance. First deliveries are expected towards the end of the year.
Standard safety kit has been upgraded on the 2020 Sportage, with all cars now fitted with lane-keep assist, high-beam assist and trailer stability assist. Cruise control and a speed limiter also feature, along with a reversing camera.
Revised trim levels and prices
For its 2020 model year, KIA has discontinued the range-entry ‘1’ and range-topping ‘4’ trim grades. Now, two sporty flagship models badged ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ will top the range, along with the mid-range ‘2’ and ‘3’ models.
Inside, there’s now an eight-inch touchscreen system, KIA’s UVO connected services, satnav and voice control as standard. All models also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity.
The new range-entry Sportage ‘2’ offers heated front and rear seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel. There is also privacy glass, electrically folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors, automatic windscreen wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Sportage ‘3’, which starts from £26,445, has LED headlights, black plastic bodywork cladding, front parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof. The interior has leather-trimmed seats, a heated steering wheel, an electronic handbrake and a 4.2-inch digital display in the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.
The new ‘GT-Line’ models start at £26,660 and offer a range of sporty styling features over the ‘2’ trim level. The interior gets minor tweaks with a black headlining, a sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals. The exterior features 19-inch alloy wheels, a restyled front grille, LED fog lights and a twin exhaust.
Starting from £30,510, the top of the new Sportage line-up is the ‘GT-Line S’, which builds on the spec of the GT-Line model. It has a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats that are also electrically adjustable, wireless smartphone charging, a powered tailgate and a premium JBL stereo system. Upgraded safety tech includes a standard fit 360-degree camera.
Engines and transmissions
As part of changes made for the 2020 Sportage, KIA has introduced a new turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance system. This uses a belt-driven starter-generator and a 0.44kWh battery pack located beneath the boot floor.
The mild-hybrid assistance enables the engine to be switched off automatically during coasting and braking and provides electrical assistance during acceleration to reduce engine load and lower emissions.
This new powertrain comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with a seven-speed automatic available on the options list. When equipped with a manual, the diesel mild-hybrid Sportage is capable of 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds with a top speed of 112mph. Claimed fuel economy figures for the powertrain are 52.3mpg, regardless of which gearbox you choose, with a claimed CO2 emissions figure of 141g/km.
Elsewhere, the 2020 Sportage carries over the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder GDi petrol engine in two states of tune. The naturally-aspirated unit produces 130hp and is only available with front-wheel drive, whereas the more powerful turbocharged version produces 174hp and can be ordered with all-wheel drive. Both models are available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.