The MY16 Kia Sportage in SLi specification.
The MY16 Kia Sportage in SLi specification. Grant Edwards

2016 Kia Sportage launched

THE 2016 Kia Sportage is off to a golden start. Officially launched at the Ballarat goldfields today, the all-new Sportage has an aggressive look, revised engines and improved cabin space.

Prices start from $28,990 and rise to $45,990 for the top shelf diesel-powered offering.

Once again there are three specifications, Si, SLi and Platinum.

There are three four-cylinder powertrain options, petrol-power via a 2.0-litre or 2.4-litre, or the 2.0-litre diesel. Two-wheel drive versions are only available with the 2.0-litre petrol engine.

While the previous generation's "second series" model line came from Slovakia, Australia's MY16 variants will come from Korea. Once again there has been extensive changes made to the vehicle by Australian engineers to suit our market.


2016 Kia Sportage group. Platinum (front), SLi (right) and Si (middle).
The 2016 Kia Sportage Platinum (front), SLi (right) and Si (middle).

Always regarded as a good looker in this segment, the new models come with a noticeably more detailed bonnet with some aggressive creases on the outer edges, while the headlights are higher and the tiger-nose grille wider.

The new Sportage has the same width and height as its predecessor, but its longer wheelbase has resulted in a 40mm length improvement. Front overhang has increased 20mm, conversely the rear is 10mm shorter.

The 30mm wheelbase growth means improved cabin space, with greater headroom and legroom for those front and back.


2016 Kia Sportage Platinum interior black.
Inside the Kia Sportage Platinum.

Lowering the floor by 40mm has provided a higher rear bench hip point. It's now more comfortable for adults in the back with changes to the C-pillar allowing for extra rear glass which creates a more open ambience and no so claustrophobic.


2016 Kia Sportage Si front driving.
The Kia Sportage Si.

Entry-level Si models come with an 8.9cm LCD dash display, 17.7cm touch-screen infotainment system, full Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 160 watt six-speaker stereo, reverse parking sensors, rear view camera with parking guidelines, cruise control, automatic lights, six airbags and expected safety gear such as stability control, anti-lock brakes and hill start assist.


2016 Kia Sportage SLi front 3/4.
The 2016 Kia Sportage SLi.

SLi gains sat nav, 10.6cm colour TFT driver information monitor, dual zone air con, front parking sensors and leather seat trim.


2016 Kia Sportage Platinum front 3/4.
he 2016 Kia Sportage Platinum. Brian Hausler

Vital statistics

Model: MY16 Kia Sportage.

Details: Five-door five-seat mid-size sport utility vehicle two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

Engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 114kW @6200rpm and peak torque of 192Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol 135kW @ 6000rpm and 237Nm @ 4000rpm; 2.0-litre diesel 136kW @4000rpm and 400Nm @ 1750-2750rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic.

Consumption: 6.1 litres/100km (combined average); 6.7L/100km; 5.5L/100km.

CO2: 182g/km; 199g/km; 178g/km.

Towing: 1600kg braked; 1500kg; 1900kg. Tow ball rating 100kg.

Bottom line: Si 2.0-litre petrol $28,990, Si 2.0-litre diesel $33,990, SLi 2.0-litre petrol $33,990, SLi 2.0-litre diesel $38,990, Platinum 2.4-litre petrol $43,490, Platinum 2.0-litre diesel $45,990.