Kia Motors Introduces Standard Service Plan For Kia Picanto Models

Peace of mind motoring: KIA Motors introduces standard service plan for all KIA Picanto models

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(JOHANNESBURG) 9 July 2019 – With predictability comes peace of mind, which is why KIA Motors has decided to increase the value proposition of its evergreen KIA Picanto range with the inclusion of a standard 2-year / 30,000km Service Plan.

There are many benefits to a standard service plan on the KIA Picanto, with one of the main advantages being the ability to plan ahead for the services your car will need – and knowing how much you will need to budget.

“With the new 2-year/30,000km service plan on all KIA Picanto models, customers not only know when to have their cars serviced, but also benefits from predictability of pricing over the plan’s duration,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director, KIA Motors South Africa. “Servicing costs are set for the duration of the plan, meaning customers won’t have to pay anything extra for parts or labour should there be a price increase while the service plan is active, which is a notable value add.”

But more than the predictability of maintenance spend, a standard service plan brings immense peace of mind to the owner. “The new standard service plan ensures that your vehicle is serviced by qualified, highly trained, and experienced technicians at approved KIA Motors service centres across the country,” adds David Sieff, “with the added benefit of only KIA Genuine Parts being used.”

While it’s important to reference the KIA servicing guidelines, the Picanto’s standard service plan includes, amongst others, a variety of filters (oil, fuel and air), lubricants, engine oil, spark plugs, coolant, the sump plug gasket, brake and clutch fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, as well as the standard workshop consumables. There are exclusions for certain wear and tear items, but the full extent of what is covered under the service plan is contained in the service plan documentation supplied to the customer on purchase.

The current generation KIA Picanto was introduced to the South African market two years ago, in July 2017. A finalist in the 2018 South African Car of the Year competition and consistent presence in the top 10 bestselling cars in South Africa, the Picanto remains one of the most popular urban runabouts in Mzansi.

Available with a choice of 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre engine, manual or automatic transmission, and four specification grades, the extensive Picanto range ensures that there is an affordable, high quality option for every consumer and every budget. Already leading the pack with an Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty, the KIA Picanto now offers even more value for money with the inclusion of a standard 2-year/30,000km Service Plan.

For more information, please KIA Motors dealership in Mbabane

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Indicators & Warning lights: Understanding your KIA’s dashboard



Those who have spent years behind the wheel are mostly familiar with the many gauges, displays and lights that make up the dashboard but sometimes even experienced drivers can encounter warning indicators that they have never seen before. Let’s learn about some of the warning lights and signals that you may come across while you’re on the road.

Kia’s dashboard contains a combination of universally recognized signs and symbols that are unique only to the brand. The large gauges monitor fundamental functions such as speed, petrol levels, car mileage, engine temperature and engine operation speed (in revolutions per minute). These analog gauges provide the basic information for drivers to utilize during their day-to-day vehicle operation.




Because driving is usually relatively problem-free, these gauges will often be the center of your focus when you drive. However, the dashboard is also the first to communicate any signs of vehicle trouble on the off chance that things do go awry. The designs and hieroglyphics found on the cluster cover a wide range of issues. Because some of the lights signify serious issues, it is important to never ignore any signs that pop up while driving.

Green is Go

Pay close attention to the colors of the symbols on the dashboard. Symbols that light up green most often communicate the status of the vehicle.



(From left) Cruise control indicator, Active Eco indicator, trunk open indicator

Symbols illuminate in green when a certain system of the car is active, such as cruise control or the eco-driving system. Often when the trunk, car door or the sunroof is open or not closed securely, the corresponding symbols light up to notify drivers who may be unaware.


Yellow for Safety

Yellow lights indicate safety concerns, signaling drivers to be cautious or aware of a potential problem. While the issues may not necessarily require immediate action, yellow light symbols are an advisory warning that the vehicle should be check out at when it is safe to do so.



(From left) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL),
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)


Drivers are alerted to low tire pressure and emission control system malfunction via the TPMS and MIL warning indicators. When roads are icy or slippery, the ESC symbol will start to blink, indicating that the system has activated automatically to monitor driving conditions. If the ESC symbol lights up and stays on, it means that the system may not be working properly and a check-up with an authorized service center is advised.


Red Means Caution

A red light means that the vehicle has a significant problem such as low fluid levels or engine problems. If a red light appears on your dash, it is almost always a good idea to pull over right away and address the issue. If you are unable to stop, drive with the utmost caution.



(From left) Battery charging system warning, engine temperature warning,
master warning indicator


Problems with the car’s electrical charging system or engine temperature are serious issues that will have long term consequences on your vehicle if not addressed properly. A master warning will be issued when your vehicle is running low on fluids or if additional maintenance is required. To address red issue warnings, it is recommended that you take your car to an authorized Kia service center.




When turning the ignition on, the first thing you notice is that all the warning lights light up momentarily. Kia cars are always programmed to self-check that all indicator lights are in working order.  These self-checks make sure that drivers are always well-informed and up-to-date on the status of their vehicles.

Furthermore, the number of informational and warnings lights often differ by model and trim level. Read through the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the different symbols and their meanings before taking off in your Kia.




Driving around with dashboard lights on (in cases of yellow and red warnings) for an extended period of time can be extremely damaging to your vehicle. Always make sure to be in tune with your vehicle – and your dashboard – for happy and carefree driving!





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The 2018 KIA Stinger: Design, Perfomance & Features

At an event typically dominated by introductions from American auto companies, KIA Motors America (KMA) stole the spotlight with the world debut of the all-new 2018 KIA Stinger at the North American International Auto Show.


five-passenger fastback sports sedan poised to redefine a segment currently dominated by European automakers, the Stinger promises to be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history, and is backed by KIA Motors’ industry-leading quality and reliability. Offered with multiple engine and drivetrain configurations and luxurious accommodations, the Stinger is planned to go on sale in the U.S. late this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date.


“Unlike any KIA that has come before it, the Stinger is really a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream in now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,”

“From its GT concept car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.”

               Orth Hendrick, Vice President of Product Planning, KIA Motors America. 


Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 KIA Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, KIA Motors’ Chief Design Officer, and his talented team of designers in Frankfurt. Ride and handling development was looked after by Albert Biermann, head of KIA’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development and his group of engineers in Korea and on the gruelling Nurburgring racing circuit.

But what makes a true gran turismo


This question was the foundation for a years-long journey that began when the GT Concept was first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although every KIA design study has a purpose, the GT Concept was something considered by many outside the company as little more than a dream for a brand known for producing mass-market transportation rooted in value. But the GT ignited embers of passion that sparked a fire within the organization and over the next five years, that fire would grow beyond fantasy and morph into reality.

Once the Stinger was green lighted, that gran turismo question became a mantra as development commenced. Coming from KIA, the design had to be bold. And it was. But it also had to be nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat five comfortably with room for luggage. It had to be a lot of things, but most of all, it had to be an authentic gran turismo.  And it is.



Turning a concept into a production car is no small task and Schreyer looked no further than KIA’s Frankfurt studio – the birthplace of the GT Concept – to bring the Stinger to life.  “A true gran turismo, a car for spirited long-distance driving, is not about outright power, hard-edged dynamics and brutal styling, all at the expense of luxury, comfort and grace,” notes Gregory Guillaume, Chief Designer, KIA Motors Europe. “The Stinger has nothing to do with being the first to arrive at the destination – this car is all about the journey. It’s about passion.”

From its sleek front clip through its svelte flanks, and up to its powerful haunches, the Stinger exudes a muscular confidence.  Key to its road presence is the rear-wheel-drive proportions; a long hood and short front overhang, an extended wheelbase to deliver a spacious cabin, and a long rear overhang with strong shoulders. The Stinger’s stance and visual balance are designed to lend the car an air of elegance and athleticism, rather than boy-racer aggression.

The wide front and rear track, along with the recessed contours along the doors, enhance the visual power of the Stinger’s shoulder line as well as its fastback silhouette. Other purely functional elements of the exterior design – the front air curtains, wheel arch gills, smooth underbody, and integrated rear diffuser – aid its aerodynamic efficiency.  The rear valance houses four oval exhaust pipes. KIA’s signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille sits proudly between complex LED headlamps.

The low-slung cabin with its steeply raked windshield and backlight, sits toward the rear of vehicle, creating a fast silhouette. Inside is a space dedicated to the thrill of driving while cossetting the occupants in luxury. Available ultra-soft Nappa leather covers the deeply contoured seats and the driver’s seat has available air-cell bladders in the seatback and bolsters for optimal support and comfort. A confident dashboard creates a strong horizontal plane for the driver to work. The centre console is intuitively split into two specific areas: the infotainment controls sit neatly below a large colour touchscreen, while the climate and ventilation controls nestle beneath.

Front and centre of the driver is a thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a single instrument binnacle with a combination of analogue and digital instrumentation.  The large gauges are ringed in metal and accentuated with sweeping red needles.  A colour TFT screen between the gauges relays performance data such as cornering G-forces, lap times and engine-oil temperature, along with ancillary information such as the trip computer, driver settings, navigation and diagnostics.  Aeronautically inspired spoked circular vents are found front and rear and a tasteful satin chrome trim piece encircles the cabin. The effect is a feeling of cocooned intimacy. But the long wheelbase allows for generous front and rear legroom and the low seating position provides ample headroom front and back.





Joining the company from BMW in December 2014, Albert Biermann’s first look at the Stinger signalled to him a car that had to live up to its stunning design from behind the wheel. “I think for the KIA brand, the Stinger is like a special event,” notes Biermann.  “Because nobody expects such a car, not just the way it looks but also the way it drives. It’s a whole different animal.”

Setting the manufacturing hard-points of the body-in-white would define Stinger and the engineers looked carefully across a landscape dotted with contenders. At 114,4 inches, the Stinger’s wheelbase is longer than the Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and even the Lexus GS and Mercedes CLS[i].  It’s also longer overall (190.2 inches) and wider (73.6 inches) than the others in the segment, allowing for spacious accommodations. The Stinger’s cargo area is also larger than many in its class, with enough space for full-size luggage or golf bags and a power lift gate with Smart Trunk functionality is available.

Riding on a chassis comprised of 55% advanced high-strength steel, the Stinger provides an ultra-stiff foundation for the ride-and-handling engineers to work with. This rigidity also contributes to reduced NVH and a quiet cabin. The MacPherson front and multi-link rear suspension has been tuned to provide optimal feedback to the driver. A KIA first, ride-damping and vehicle handling traits may be modified by the driver through an electronically adjustable suspension known as Dynamic Stability Damping Control.  While always reacting predictably to the driver’s inputs, depending on road conditions and driving style, the Stinger can be tuned to respond with more agility through corners as the system softens the front shocks and firms up the rear. Conversely, improved high-speed stability is achieved when the system stiffens the front shocks and softens the rear.  The system is accessed through five drive modes (another KIA first): Personal, Eco, Sport, Comfort and Smart.

Standard variable ratio Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) offers razor-sharp feedback through direct mounting of the electric motor on the steering rack, enhancing steering response and reducing unwanted vibration from transmitting through the column.  Steering boost is also adjustable through the five selectable drive modes.



If the chassis symbolizes the bones of a gran turismo, then surely the available powertrains represent its heart. Oriented longitudinally and set rearward beneath the long, sculpted hood, a choice of two turbocharged engines are available.

While both engines are still under development, the standard 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II engine produces an estimated 255 horsepower (approximately 190 kW) at approximately 6 200 r/min. Max torque of 353 Nm is available between 1 400 and 4 000 r/min. Performance credentials are further enhanced through the available 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 Lambda II engine, which is anticipated to produce 365 horsepower (approximately 272 kW) at an estimated 6 000 rpm and offer max torque of 510 Nm between 1 300 and 4 500 r/min. KIA is targeting 5.1 seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed of 270 km/h with the twin turbocharged V6.

The Stinger features a second-generation eight-speed rear-drive automatic transmission.  First offered in the K900 (Quoris in some markets) luxury sedan, the gearbox has been designed in-house and rewards drivers with crisp shifts and maximized fuel efficiency.  More typically found in aviation- and racing-engine applications, the transmission features KIA’s first use of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter to help reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain. Drivers can let the gearbox manage shifts on its own or may selectively run through the gears via paddle shifters mounted aft of the steering wheel. As with the suspension and steering, up to five different shift patterns may be selected through the vehicle’s electronic drive-mode system. Throttle mapping is also adjusted accordingly.

Recognizing that passionate drivers may not always reside in optimal climes, the Stinger is KIA’s first sedan available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel biased for optimal control in the wet or dry, the AWD system features a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system that monitors driver inputs and road conditions and automatically applies power and braking force to the appropriate wheels to maintain course in adverse conditions. Rear-drive vehicles get the benefit of a mechanical limited slip differential to help evenly distribute power through the rear wheels.

A choice of alloy wheels and tyres are also offered. The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder models ride on 225/45R-18 performance tyres while the 3.3-litre V6 is shod with staggered ultra-high performance rubber; 225/40R-19 in front and 255/35R-19 at the rear. Vented Brembo®[ii] disc brakes are standard on the 3.3-litre twin turbo and feature quad-piston front callipers and dual-piston rear callipers.

Advanced Technology & Convenience


Offering luxurious amenities and unexpected features have become part of KIA’s DNA and the Stinger continues that tradition. Multiple Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) seamlessly work together to enhance the driving experience.




In the United States, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100 000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year[iii].  This results in an estimated 1 550 deaths and 71 000 injuries annually. A KIA first is the new Driver Attention Alert (DAA)[iv] system to help combat distracted or drowsy driving. The system monitors a number of inputs from the vehicle and the driver and will sound a warning chime and display a graphic in the instrument binnacle that it’s time to take a break from driving if it senses the driver’s attention level has been significantly reduced.

Forward Collision Assistance (FCA)3 with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)3 with pedestrian detection can detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the car to a halt. Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC)3 maintains a pre-set distance between the Stinger and the vehicle in front and can bring the car to a full stop in congested traffic. Lane Keep Assist (LKA)3 actively monitors the vehicle’s intended lane and will alert the driver with an audible warning along with providing steering input to help maintain the vehicle’s position. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)3 scans the area behind the vehicle when backing from a parking space and will alert the driver with an audible warning if cross traffic is detected.

Connectivity, entertainment and vehicle information can be as important as a dynamic driving experience and the Stinger comes to market with the latest infotainment systems.  The height-adjustable colour Head-Up Display (HUD)[v] display enables the driver to see key driving information reflected on the windshield glass, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation, audio and cruise control settings and Blind Spot Detection information.  Resting within the centre console is a wireless Smartphone charging pad and Bluetooth®[vi] hands-free operation is standard while many of the vehicle’s subsystems may be accessed through the steering-wheel-mounted controls.

Long-distance travel is a hallmark of the gran turismo ownership experience and there is a trio of high-performance audio systems designed to turn the interior into a dynamic concert hall as the miles blur by. The base audio system for the 2.0-litre turbo features six-speakers and a seven-inch haptic touchscreen with the latest version of UVO, KIA’s award-winning telematics systems. The standard system found in the 3.3-litre twin turbo ups the speaker count to nine and includes an external amplifier. The available premium Harman/Kardon®[vii] audio system pumps out 720 watts through an external amplifier to provide crystal-clear music.

With 15 speakers and KIA’s first under-seat mounted subwoofers (tucked beneath the driver and passenger seats), the system features Clari-Fi™[viii], a patented music restoration technology that rebuilds audio signals that are lost in the digital compression process. This technology returns a high-fidelity listening experience to any compressed digital source. The system also comes equipped with next-generation QuantumLogic™[ix] Surround Sound technology, which extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail.

[i] Comparisons based on current model year vehicles

[ii] Brembo is a registered trademark of Brembo S.p.A

[iii] National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Drowsy Driving Research and Program Plan; March 2016

[iv] These systems are not substitutes for proper and safe driving, parking, and/or backing-up procedures. Always drive safely and use caution.

[v] Failure to pay attention to travel conditions and vehicle operation could result in loss of vehicle control. Always drive safely and use caution.

[vi] The Bluetooth® wordmark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., and any use of such marks by Kia is pursuant to license. A Bluetooth® enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.

[vii] Harmon/Kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

[viii] Clari-Fi is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

[ix] QuantumLogic is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.

KIA Sportage 2017

The All-New Fourth-Generation KIA Sportage

KIA Sportage 2017

KIA Sportage 2017

  • New design and advanced technologies for fourth generation of KIA’s bestselling compact SUV
  • Modern layout and greater refinement for the new high quality cabin
  • Greater passenger comfort with more space and less noise
  • The safest Sportage yet, with a stronger body and new active safety tech
  • New convenience features include wireless smartphone charging

Having made its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September 2015, the all-new KIA Sportage builds comprehensively on the success of the outgoing model, offering an innovative and sophisticated package to buyers in an increasingly competitive compact SUV market.


The completely redesigned interior features high quality materials and design integrity, as well as great practicality and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. A range of new and updated engines and transmissions results in enhanced efficiency and performance, while ride, handling and refinement are all improved.


The KIA Sportage has played a key role in driving KIA Motors’ sustained growth and success around the world in recent years, with more than 1,6 million of the third-generation model sold worldwide between 2010 and 2015. Leading the way in terms of its refinement, innovation, distinctive design and high quality material, the new Sportage will help KIA reinforce its position among the market leaders in an increasingly hard-fought and crowded segment.

For the first time, all fourth-generation Sportage models sold in South Africa are built at KIA’s manufacturing facility in Žilina, Slovakia.

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“The Sportage is a car of ‘firsts’ for the KIA brand,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director of KIA Motors South Africa. “It was one of the first KIA models to receive multiple global design awards, and one of the first KIA models to revolutionise its segment, a feat that was thought impossible for a Korean brand up until the launch of the third generation model in 2010. The all-new, fourth-generation Sportage carries that award-winning legacy forward with significant improvements in tactile quality, overall refinement, and driver enjoyment.”

Wow on the outside : Bold new design for KIA Sportage

All-New Kia Sportage (1)

The fourth-generation KIA Sportage features a bold new look, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. The design of the new Sportage has been led by KIA’s European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, with input from the brand’s Namyang, Korea and Irvine, California design centres. The all-new Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension and contrast between its sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.

The attractive ‘face’ of the Sportage features the biggest change to the car’s design over the outgoing model, with KIA’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille and the car’s headlamps separated for the new model. The headlamps are now positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet. A lower, wider grille – enlarged to support greater engine cooling – adds more volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s face. The result is a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance, despite the new model retaining the same 1,855 mm width as its predecessor. GT Line models develop the exterior look further, featuring new ‘ice-cube’ LED fog lamps and aluminium-effect skid plates.

All-New Kia Sportage (3)

The all-new Sportage maintains its highly-recognisable profile, with a 30 mm longer wheelbase (now 2 670 mm), 40 mm greater overall vehicle length (to 4 480 mm) and longer, more aerodynamic rear spoiler resulting in a more swept-back shape. From the highest point of the roof (1 635 mm – unchanged over the outgoing model), the Sportage’s silhouette gently tapers towards the rear of the car, while bolder wheel arches, sharp feature lines, and smooth surfacing endow the Sportage with a more dynamic look. The overall effect is inspired by the defined musculature of a sprinter driving out of the starting blocks. Longer front overhangs (up by 20 mm) and shorter rear overhangs (reduced by 10 mm) add to the car’s more raked profile.

All-New Kia Sportage (2)

At the rear, the new Sportage features more horizontal forms and clearly defined features lines, with smooth bodywork on the tailgate, emphasizing the car’s width and giving the compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inspired by the 2013 KIA Provo concept, slim combination lamps running along a horizontal parallel are joined together by a strip that runs the width of the rear, while the turn signals and reversing lights are separate, located lower down to add more visual weight to the lower half. The KIA Sportage GT Line also features dual exhaust mufflers and metal-effect rear underbody diffuser for a sportier appearance.

The attractive new design also makes this the most aerodynamic Sportage to date, with drag reduced from 0.35 to 0.33 Cd – a result of the re-profiled undercover and newly-designed bumper.

The all-new Sportage is available with a choice of 16-, 17- or 19-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, depending on the model grade, while the GT Line specification comes with a unique 19-inch wheel design as standard.

Even more Wow on the inside : greater refinement for the new high quality cabin


The Sportage boasts an all-new interior, representing one of the most significant improvements over the third-generation car. The focus for the design team behind the new interior was to create a cabin which offered a wide, driver-oriented dashboard, with a simple, modern design. The interior blends metalwork with soft-touch materials and clearly defined horizontal lines, portraying a high level of mechanical precision.

The Sportage’s all-new cabin boasts a high standard of material quality, with a far greater proportion of soft-touch materials and the use of cloth, leather and stitching creating a more luxurious ambience (model dependent). The result is an interior that majors on refinement and modern sophistication, with greater soundproofing measures adopted to significantly reduce the intrusion of exterior noise.

Where the cabin of the outgoing Sportage is focused around a clearly-defined central console, with a vertical design, the new model features horizontal lines to emphasize the width of the interior more effectively and generate a greater impression of space and sportiness.

The confident lateral design of the dashboard divides it into two clear zones – ‘display’ and ‘control’. The ‘display’ zone is focused purely on delivering information to occupants in the clearest way possible via the driver’s instrument binnacle and the entertainment and HMI (human-machine interface) system in the centre of the dashboard.

Below a clear line running the length of the dashboard is the ‘control’ zone, with the central console cascading downwards and tilted 10 degrees towards the driver. The new, uncluttered dashboard offers drivers a highly ergonomic layout with the ‘control’ zone’s functions designed to be clearly visible when on the move.

The division between the interior’s two zones also lends itself to single or two-tone color schemes. All Sportage models come as standard with a classic black interior, but for the first time, customers who purchase the GT Line model can specify either a Dark and Light Grey or Black and Canyon Beige two-tone interior (the Black and Canyon Beige two-tone interior is also available as an option on SX models). The console is finished in black, for a classy, stylish appearance, regardless of the interior colours chosen. Buyers specifying the new GT Line can enjoy a cabin with a slightly sportier feel, with a D-shaped leather steering wheel, high quality piano black fascia and aluminium alloy pedals.

Greater space and improved passenger comfort

The fourth-generation model is set to be the most practical Sportage yet thanks to increased exterior and interior dimensions, with the vehicle’s development teams realising greater space and comfort for all passengers.

The most significant change to the Sportage’s dimensions is a 30 mm growth in its wheelbase, to 2 670 mm, helping to liberate greater space in the cabin. The whole vehicle is 40 mm longer (4 480 mm total length), with the front overhang expanding to 910 mm (+20 mm) and the rear overhang shrinking slightly to 900 mm (-10 mm). The latest model remains the same height (1 635 mm) and width (1 855 mm) as the outgoing Sportage.

Passenger space is increased, with headroom rising to 997 mm (+5 mm) and 993 mm (+16 mm) for front and rear passengers respectively, while maximum legroom has expanded to 1 129 mm (+ 19 mm) and 970 mm (+7 mm). With passengers able to enjoy extra space, development teams have delivered on a promise to improve comfort even more.

In the front, drivers not only enjoy more legroom, but the seats have been redesigned. Stiffer seat frames, with greater use of high tensile steel, and redesigned springs and pads – for front and rear – cut the level of vibration in the seats, while reducing seat weight by 2.5 kg and improving durability. In addition, special care was taken when choosing the foam for seats, with different densities chosen for different areas of the seat in order to maximize occupant comfort.

In the rear, a 40 mm lower interior floor – without sacrificing exterior ground clearance – and 30 mm higher rear bench hip point mean second-row passengers benefit from a more natural and comfortable seating posture and improved under-thigh support.

The Sportage’s reclining rear seats now offer 7 steps – from 23 to 37 degrees, with the reclining lever relocated from the upper seat-back to the lower side of the seat to make it easier for rear passengers to get truly comfortable. Due to the reclining lever’s new position, seats can be adjusted easily while the doors closed and while the vehicle is moving.

For all models, visibility is improved out of the front and rear. Forward visibility is aided by a lowered A-pillar base, while the A-pillar itself has been made thinner. Side mirrors sit slightly lower on the door without impairing the driver’s rear view – this is further aided by the new thinner C-pillars (62 mm thinner compared to the third-generation Sportage) and taller rear glass (+30 mm). Not only do these changes help visibility, they add a greater feeling of air and space to the cabin – enhanced by the 104 mm-longer panoramic sunroof opening, depending on the model specified (now 490 mm).

The new body’s larger dimensions mean cargo space in the fourth-generation Sportage has expanded from 465 litres to 503 litres (VDA; expanded from 740 litres to 868 litres SAE). Despite the new Sportage being no wider than the outgoing model, by re-engineering the rear section of the body the luggage area is 35 mm wider, while the upper edge of the boot lip is lowered so the lift-over height for heavy items is just 732 mm (down 47 mm).

The all-new Sportage has greater fuel capacity than the third-generation model, with the fuel tank increasing from 58 litres to 62, cutting the number of fuel pump visits that owners of the new car will have to make throughout the lifetime of the vehicle (particularly when combined with all-round improvements to fuel economy).

A Wow serenity : all-round improvements to noise, vibration and harshness

Key to the comfort of occupants in the new Sportage are the efforts made by KIA engineers to cut noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Significant changes over the outgoing model render the Sportage one of the most refined cars in its class, with less cabin noise than many other rivals in the C-SUV segment.

At idle, the new Sportage records just 37 decibels when equipped with a petrol engine (1 dB lower than the outgoing model) and 44 decibels for diesel models (down from 46 dB) as a result of extensive extra dashboard insulation.

Road noise is further reduced with the adoption of new bushings in the rear suspension to isolate road noise at source, and more sound-absorbent materials throughout the Sportage’s wheel arches. Wind noise is also reduced as a result of thicker front windshield glass, a new dual lip seal for the panoramic sunroof and additional soundproofing in the doors.

A range of improvements cuts vibrations throughout the car, making the Sportage’s cabin one of the most refined and relaxing among rivals. This has been achieved with all-round improvements to body stiffness, particularly through the floor of the vehicle, as well as the introduction of larger, more absorbent mounts for the transmission, and improved seat design. Stiffer alloy wheels also reduce the level of vibration intruding on the interior.

Always Wow safety thanks to a stronger body and a wealth of active safety systems

Safety, as always, is a top priority for KIA, and the all-new KIA Sportage builds on the brand’s reputation for offering the highest standards in occupant crash safety. The fourth-generation of KIA’s best-seller has been engineered to meet the toughest and most demanding crash safety tests, thanks to an even stronger bodyshell, a wide array of passive safety equipment and the latest active safety technologies. The all-new Sportage scored a maximum possible five-star safety rating in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests.


The structure of the new Sportage is significantly stronger, thanks in large part to the extensive use of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) to improve joint stiffness and introduce more effective impact load paths throughout the body. By dramatically strengthening the core structure of the new Sportage, torsional rigidity has been improved by 39% from one generation to the next.

The third-generation Sportage was made up of 18% AHSS, compared to 51% for the body of the new model. The increased use of advanced hot-stamped steel further improves the integrity of the body. The stronger steel has been used in particular to reinforce the A-, B- and C-pillars, side sills, roof structures and wheel arches.

A total of six airbags are standard, further improving passive safety for occupants, with airbags for driver and front passenger, first row side airbags, and first and second row curtain airbags. ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points are fitted as standard to the second row of seats, to safely secure younger passengers.

Pedestrian safety is further improved with a lower leading edge on the bonnet and a larger impact absorption area, which has been revised with greater use of highly-absorbent safety foam and synthetic rubber, further helping to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision.

The new Sportage performed strongly in the Euro NCAP’s important Safety Assist category, which analyses the latest driver assistance technologies and their effectiveness in avoiding accidents and mitigating injuries. KIA’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system helps ensure stability under braking and cornering through careful management of the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering. Both systems come into play as soon as the Sportage’s many sensors detect a loss of traction, helping the driver to remain safely in control of the vehicle.

Buyers of the new Sportage GT Line will also benefit from Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), which monitors cars up to 70 metres behind the Sportage and provides the driver with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the blind spot. Should the driver switch on the vehicle’s indicator and proceed to leave his lane, an audible warning will sound to alert the driver to the vehicle in its blind spot.


Smoother, more refined ride and greater handling agility for a Wow driver experience

Throughout the development programme for the all-new Sportage, engineers have aimed to build upon the ride comfort, stability and handling responses offered to drivers by the outgoing car. The new model achieves improvements in all of these areas, and will be the best-handling Sportage yet.

The fully-independent front suspension carries over the format of the outgoing model, but features a range of modifications to make the best use of the new bodyshell. The new setup achieves a leap forward in ride quality, while also delivering sharper handling. Modifications include revised bushing mount positions for greater stability and more natural responses to changing road surfaces, as well as stiffer wheel bearings and bushings resulting in more direct handling and greater stability in all conditions. The steering gearbox is also mounted further forward on the axle for smoother steering inputs.

For the rear suspension – also fully-independent, including the adoption of dual lower-arm multi-link suspension for two-wheel and all-wheel drive models – the new Sportage receives a stiffer cross member to cut road noise and vibrations from intruding into the cabin. Specially-tuned dampers have a longer rebound stroke to eliminate smaller vibrations from poor road surfaces, while the rear subframe is now mounted on isolated bushings to further improve the NVH performance of the suspension. Finally, slight changes to the suspension geometry, as well as stiffer wheel bearings and lateral bushings, quell understeer and allow for more direct handling.

These suspension upgrades, combined with the 30 mm growth in the Sportage’s wheelbase over the outgoing model, provide the all-new model with far superior damping over poor road surfaces, while offering drivers more driving fun through improved handling responses and reduced understeer.

GT Line models receive their own unique suspension characteristics, tuned to endow the Sportage with sharper, more athletic handling and a slightly firmer ride, crucially without compromising comfort.

The electric motor-driven power steering system for the fourth-generation Sportage has been upgraded over the system in the previous model, with quicker steering responses and greater steering feel, particularly around the centre. The application of a new sliding damper to the reduction gear module effectively reduces friction in the steering system, allowing the Sportage to benefit from more immediate responses and adding to the level of feel for the driver. The new Sportage sits among the most agile cars in the C-SUV segment, without compromising the ride comfort and stability that consumers expect from a vehicle of this type.

The all-new Sportage boasts greater braking performance compared to the third-generation model, with redesigned calipers and new brake pad return springs reducing braking drag. Combined with larger brake discs, the Sportage offers better stopping power than ever before – in the new model, front disc brakes have expanded from 300 to 305 mm in diameter, while the rear brakes have grown from 262 to 302 mm.

The electronic parking brake in the all-new Sportage has also been upgraded and now switches on automatically when the engine is switched off.

As before, the Sportage continues to be offered with a choice of front- and all-wheel drive, with the revisions to suspension and steering, and a selection of electronic driver aids, providing stable handling and high levels of grip in all conditions.

Features to keep you Wow-ed.

The all-new Sportage features a range of advanced on-board technologies to improve the ownership experience for buyers.

A first for any car in the C-SUV segment, the new Sportage will be available with a new wireless charger for mobile devices, as KIA looks to meet the increasing demand for new convenience technologies from car buyers. Located at the base of the central instrument stack, the wireless charger enables users to charge their smart phones without a wire connection, for a cleaner appearance. With ‘foreign object detection’, the 5W charging system activates when a compatible device is placed on the pad, and warns car security-conscious owners when they’ve left a phone on the charger when they leave the vehicle. The system displays the phone’s charging condition on the instrument cluster, and features a safety system to prevent overheating while in use. The wireless charger is available exclusively on GT Line models. Any handset that supports wireless charging is compatible with the system.

The Sportage also features two USB charging points, one in the front and one in the rear, to allow all occupants to charge their mobile devices while on the move.

High specification models in the Sportage range are also equipped with a 7-inch colour touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation as standard. These models also feature a rear-view parking camera, with dynamic parking lines displayed on the larger screen to assist when reversing into or out of a parking space.

KIA’s Smart Power Tailgate, which opens the tailgate automatically when the key is ‘sensed’ in close proximity to the tailgate, is also standard on higher specification models, and a Smart Welcome function, which turns on interior and door handle lamps and unfolds the door mirrors once the smart key fob is located within 1,3 to 1,7 metres of the door handle adds extra convenience. All of the aforementioned features are model dependent.

Upgraded petrol and diesel engines, simplified range


When developing the new Sportage, a major focus for engineers was balancing the need for greater efficiency with the level of driving performance that buyers would expect from the new vehicle’s various petrol and diesel power units. The fourth-generation model carries over some of the engines found in the current vehicle, and most benefit from a broad range of modifications to improve fuel efficiency, NVH and power delivery. Additionally, the Sportage range has been expanded yet simplified, offering different engine and specification level combinations in order to give customers greater choice.

At the entry point of the range is the Sportage Ignite, powered by KIA’s familiar 2.0-litre ‘Nu’ MPI engine, producing 114 kW at 6 200 r/min and 192 Nm torque at 4 000 r/min. While the engine is carried over from the third-generation Sportage, it has been significantly revised to improve efficiency, including the addition of advanced continuous variable valve timing (CVVT) and a new variable induction system, carefully balancing the intake of petrol and air into the combustion chamber for optimal efficiency. A low-friction oil seal and variable oil pump system reduce mechanical friction to reduce pumping and frictional losses, while an improved engine cooling system and optimised injectors reduce the level of emissions from the engine. The engine’s die-cast aluminum block has also been lightened over the previous iteration of the engine. The Sportage Ignite is offered as a front-wheel drive model only, with a six-speed manual transmission.

Moving up in the range, KIA is offering an EX specification, front wheel drive model powered by a significantly improved version of KIA’s durable and popular 2.0-litre ‘R’ turbodiesel engine, which produces 130 kW of power at 4 000 r/min and 400 Nm of torque between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min. Compared to its predecessor found in the third-generation Sportage, the engine benefits from a 5 kg lighter engine block, updated battery management system, continuously variable displacement oil pump – which senses and modifies oil pressure in real-time – and a new oil filter module.

Lower combustion temperatures in the 2.0-litre ‘R’ engine have reduced NOx emissions to meet increasingly strict global emissions standards, aided by a relatively low compression ratio, a new exhaust gas recirculation cooler system, a new lean NOx trap and a diesel particulate filter. A lower-inertia turbine wheel in the turbocharger and electronically-controlled wastegate actuator result in more efficient turbocharging than the ‘R’ engine found in the outgoing Sportage, while stiffer valve springs and high-pressure 2000 bar fuel pump injection allow closer control of combustion within the engine cylinders. Mechanical friction is also reduced, further cutting engine noise and improving efficiency, with a new nano-diamond piston coating.

The Sportage 2.0 CRDI EX is only available as a front-wheel drive model, and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Builiding on the high specification and refinement levels of the Sportage EX, two additional SX models are up next. Most notably, both SX models gain all-wheel drive capability, in addition to a number of other features, and are available with a choice between diesel and petrol power, the former being the same 130 kW, 400 Nm 2.0-litre ‘R’ turbodiesel engine.

New to the Sportage range is the 2.4 GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) SX AWD model. While KIA’s familiar ‘Theta’ engine is not new, it is the first time it has been utilized in the Sportage range, which means it has also undergone a series of modifications to improve performance and fuel efficiency, with fine-tuning to its CVVT system and higher-pressure injectors, as well as the adoption of a variable induction system to more carefully manage the intake of air. The 2,4-litre engine produces 135 kw of power at 6 000 r/min and peak torque of 237 Nm at 4 000 r/min. Both SX models are paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and Dynamax on-demand all-wheel drive, and feature the 7-inch colour touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation as standard.

At the top of the line-up is the all-new Sportage 1.6 T-GDi GT Line, which features a number of exclusive interior and exterior design features, such as unique machine finished alloy wheels, quad LED ‘ice cube’ front fog lights, silver metal skid plates front and rear, as well as two-tone interior options. More importantly, the Sportage GT Line features a sportier, more responsive, and more dynamic engine and transmission pairing for increased driver enjoyment. It is powered by an even further refined version of KIA’s 1.6 turbocharged GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine, which develops 130 kW of power at 5 500 r/min, and 265 Nm of torque between 1 500 and 4 500 r/min. This engine is mated to KIA’s new seven-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) for smooth, quick gearchanges, leading to quicker acceleration, as well as improved fuel consumption.

A Wow value proposition

“Despite challenging market conditions and, at time, volatile currency fluctuations, we have worked hard to keep the all-new Sportage priced competitively,” says Gary Scott, Deputy MD and Director of Sales for KIA Motors South Africa. “With a simplified range that offers the high levels of standard specification KIA is known for, a raft of innovations, a design that again moves the goalposts in this segment, as well our extensive, unlimited mileage warranty as standard, the new Sportage range consolidates our position as a value leader.”

Sportage 2.0 Ignite                                          E369 995

Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX                                    E487 995

Sportage 2.4 GDI SX AWD                             E557 995

Sportage 2.0 CRDi SX AWD                           E567 995

Sportage 1.6 T-GDI GT-LINE AWD                E599 995

Two-tone Black and Canyon Beige upholstery is available as a no-cost option on SX AWD and GT Line models, while GT Line models are also available with a two-tone Black and Light Grey interior as a no-cost option. A panoramic sunroof is available as a E12 500 option on SX AWD models, and is standard on the range-topping GT Line model.

All Sportage models ship as standard with KIA’s innovative 5-year / Unlimited km warranty, 5-year / Unlimited km Roadside Assistance as well as a 5-year / 90 000km Service Plan.