Fifth-generation Kia Sportage unveiled specifically for Europe [Update]

After unveiling the Euro-spec 2022 Sportage in August 2021, Kia showcased it at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) this month. The all-new model features radical styling changes, both inside and out, and it will be available in multiple hybrid variants.

Design

The Sportage is no more the same bug-eyed SUV from yesterday. The ‘Opposites United’ design philosophy that Kia employs with its cars is at the core of the 2022 Sportage. The all-new Sportage is a bolder, more muscular-looking SUV that commands attention on the streets. Kia has replaced the rounded headlamps with vertically stacked headlamps and highlighted them with boomerang-shaped LED DRLs. The headlamps flank the modern interpretation of Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille in black.

Off to the side, you see a newer profile with a gently sloping roofline and a gently rising shoulder line. The strong wheel arches lend the Sportage a very grounded stance. The rear, however, has a plainer look with a roof spoiler, gently sloping windscreen, faux skid plate on the bumper, and wraparound tail lamps.

2022 Kia Sportage rear
The Kia Sportage goes from bud-eyed crossover to planted SUV in the new generation. Image: Kia

Platform

The new Sportage sits on the new N3 architecture. The Euro-spec SUV measures 4,515 mm in length, 1,865 mm in width and 1,645 mm in height. In Europe, the Sportage also gets a shorter wheelbase measuring 2,680 mm.

Interior

The interiors are a big step up from what they used to be. The overall look consists of rounded edges with sharp lines. Chrome accents highlight the door handles, ac vents and centre console. The centre console has a piano black finish, and the ergonomic positioning of the buttons favours the driver.

As for the features themselves, the driver gets to look at a big 12-inch digital display for the instrumentation. This curves into a sculpted 12-inch infotainment screen. The instrument cluster uses the latest generation full thin-film-transistor-liquid-crystal display, allowing for sharp and clear graphics.

Getting down to tech, the Sportage comes integrated with Kia Connect that makes sure the car is connected at all times and offers over-the-air software and map updates. This also brings in other features like Kia Live Services, online navigation, online voice recognition, and calendar integration from the smartphone. Users can connect to their car using the Kia Connect smartphone app allowing for remote control of the car. With just a tap on the smartphone, users can check to ensure the car is locked and windows are closed.

The interior offers 996 mm of legroom and 998 mm of headroom for rear passengers. The luggage capacity measures 591 litres, and with all the rear seats folded down, it can expand up to 1,480 litres. And then, there is a surround sound system from Harmon Kardon for premium sound quality.

2022 Kia Sportage interior
The Kia Sportage’s interiors are defined by luxury thanks to the wide curved screen that houses the two displays. Image: Kia

Powertrains

The 2022 Kia Sportage range includes a hybrid variant and also a plug-in hybrid variant. The plug-in hybrid variant features a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine mated to a 66.9 kW permanent magnet traction motor and a 13.8 kWh battery pack, which lies between the axles under the body. This gasoline-electric setup provides 265 PS of total power, 180 PS of which comes from the IC engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels.

Kia says that the capacity of the Sportage PHEV’s on-board charger is 7.2 kW and claims a leading power density of 1.53 kW/l and an efficiency of 95%.

The hybrid variant uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, too, but with a 44.2 kW electric motor and a 1.49 kWh battery pack. This produces a system total of 230 PS of power. All European Sportages will also come with the company idle-stop-and-go tech allowing the car’s engine to be switched off when at a standstill and restarted automatically at go. It works in conjunction with ADAS to look ahead for a stop sign or junction and deploy the ISG. This allows for the ISG to avoid unnecessarily switching off the engine.

European Sportages also comes with an additional Terrain mode drive setting. This is for those who want to pursue outdoor adventures and leisure activities. Terrain mode allows the car to select the best settings depending on the road conditions and environment. This ranges from snow and mud to sand. The other three drive modes include comfort, eco, and sport.

Safety

Kia is making the Sportage safer. The company has confirmed that it has reinforced the body and added several driver assistance systems to the DriveWise ADAS pack. The DriveWise suite now includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Highway Driving Assist (HDA) that adjusts distance and speed and keeps the SUV centred, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), and Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM).

The car also gets a remote parking assist that allows the driver to park the car from the outside and a surround-view monitor.

Launch

The 2022 Kia Sportage could go on sale in early 2022. Expect prices to start at around GBP 25,000.

What is the 2022 Kia Sportage release date?

The 2022 Kia Sportage could go on sale in the UK in early 2022.

What will be the 2022 Kia Sportage price?

The base 2022 Kia Sportage could cost around GBP 25,000.

Which models will be the 2022 Kia Sportage rivals?

The 2022 Kia Sportage will compete with the likes of Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, and Toyota RAV4.

Featured Image Source: Kia