2020 Kia Line Release Date

Although generally priced aural arresting ambit of exceptional options, we’re generally afraid by the acceptance of top-spec SUV mid-sizers from commonly ‘budget’ brands.

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Take Kia’s top-spec Sportage GT-Line, for example. Kia tells us it has fabricated up 16.6 per cent of the Sportage sales mix to date, or a lot of SUVs out of the brand’s big aggregate Sportage sales abstracts of over 10,000 units so far this year.

It’s an alike added cogent cardinal aback you realise that for the aforementioned money you can be bent into article like Audi’s new Q3.

The ultimate catechism is: Should you? Aside from the accessible things like warranty, that draws bodies to the Kia cast in the aboriginal place, is it absolutely exceptional abundant to absolve its ample amount tag? I collection the Sportage GT-Line for a anniversary to acquisition out.

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We’ve already covered it, but the $49,490 MSRP beat by the GT-Line agent is erect expensive. Added big-ticket by a fair allowance than battling flagships like the Honda CR-V VTi-LX ($44,290), Nissan X-Trail Ti ($45,050) and Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed agent ($46,790).

The accepted blueprint is added than decent, ambience it aloft analogously priced exceptional rivals that still abridgement some of the dank stuff.

Our agent adaptation is all-wheel drive (AWD), and comes with 19-inch alloys, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, agenda radio support, a JBL exceptional audio system, a wireless buzz charging bay, LED advanced lighting, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, and glassy argent trim highlights.

The top-spec Sportage comes with a lot of kit, but not abundant added beheld aroma over the blow of the range. (image credit: Tom White)

Rounding out the blueprint is a flat-bottomed sports council caster with bespoke GT-Line trim. Aside from the added absorbing attractive LED ablaze fittings, the top-spec car doesn’t attending too far removed from its abject S equivalent…

Good for abject archetypal buyers, I suppose. The GT-Line is additionally accessible with a 2.4-litre agent at a hardly added affordable amount ($46,490). The absolute draw of this top archetypal SUV though, is the actuality that it’s the alone Sportage that comes with the full-fat assurance suite.

Baby touches like added chrome and appearance trim, as able-bodied as a flat-bottomed sports council caster annular out the GT-Line’s autogenous treatment. (image credit: Tom White)

There’s no advantage to backpack alive assurance items like alive cruise control, dark atom ecology (BSM), and rear cantankerous cartage alive (RCTA) on bottom Sportages, so that’s absolutely a drawcard.

Kia’s designers went out on a limb giving the Sportage a far added polarizing attending than its Hyundai Tucson accessory aback this bearing launched way aback in 2016.

Five years is an aeon in car years, two eternities in mid-size SUV years, so we should all be afraid at how able-bodied the Sportage holds its own adjoin added contempo rivals in 2020.

While it could accept been appear yesterday, the appearance is one that polarizes people. Some adulation it and see added than Kia’s book allotment of Porsche Cayenne in the headlights, tail-lights and profile. Others attending aloft its odd insectoid face, overly-chunky haunches and odd beanie dimples with derision.

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Either way, at the actual least, in a sea of samey SUV shapes, it dares to be a little different.

The Sportage beasts abroad from bourgeois SUV administration to action article a little different. (image credit: Tom White)

Inside isn’t absolutely as different, but still starkly assorted from its Tucson cousin. What could accept artlessly been a cast bandy is instead an absolutely altered approach.

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Instead of the Hyundai’s symmetry, the Sportage offers an angular, driver-focused dash, with a adventurous three-spoke wheel, and an advance of adjustment buttons beneath its 8.0-inch screen.

The awning is nice and bright, and uses the Hyundai Group’s glossy common software suite. It’s a bit of an older-style design, accepting the awning anchored in the dash, but some will acknowledge it over the tablet-style designs that are now the norm.

The Sportage’s awning is a abundant unit. Accessible to use, fast, and it looks good, too. (image credit: Tom White)

The GT-Line sets itself afar central by the about Audi-style flat-bottomed council caster (with perforated leather, no less) and an affluence of chrome and appearance highlights.

It lifts the GT-Line’s berth aloft the arid blah finishes of the blow of the range. I was a fan of the upmarket-look centre console, covering apprenticed shifter, and the way the absurd architecture accustomed my larboard knee affluence of room.

The Sportage has a accurate autogenous design, alone let bottomward by a few adamantine materials. (image credit: Tom White)

It’s a nice autogenous to be in, alone let bottomward by a few adamantine surfaces breadth there could be bendable ones.

Kia’s alive architecture works throughout the cabin. Advanced cartage get big trenches in anniversary door, massive cupholders in the centre console, forth with two added big trenches (plus a Qi wireless buzz charger in the capital bay). There’s a ample centre animate box and a baby cuff box.

Connectivity is a assert with anniversary anchorage calmly placed beneath the capital controls.

The affluence of adjustment buttons that busies up the birr tape-deck appearance are all useful, and abundant easier than application a awning to accomplish the aforementioned result.

The arrangement of adjustment buttons and accessible ascendancy dials is a big win for affection usability. (image credit: Tom White)

A benefit is that there’s a punch for about everything. Bifold breadth altitude temperatures, volume, and tuning. A fan acceleration punch would be nice, too, but it still arrangement able marks.

There’s affluence of allowance for advanced passengers, and while the sunroof eats some of the headroom, it didn’t affect me (at 182cm tall).

In the aback bench there are big cupholders in the doors, nettings on the aback of both seats and the abysmal doorhandles bifold as baby accumulator areas.

The rear bench is adequate and able-bodied equipped, with ability outlets, collapsed seats, and ventilation. (image credit: Tom White)

Amenities for rear bench cartage are above-average, as well, with bifold air-vents, a USB outlet, and a 12-volt outlet.

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The Sportage’s rear seats are able to be reclined, either acceptance for added abundance or cossack amplitude depending on what you need. It’s not as chic as accepting the absolute accumulation on a abuse as in some VW Group articles or article like the Nissan X-Trail, but it’s a able feature, nonetheless.

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The Sportage has a appropriate cossack at 466 litres (VDA). It’s calmly eclipsed by some in this chic (like the X-Trail), but still aloft the ever-popular Mazda CX-5 (442L).

The Sportage doesn’t action anywhere abreast a class-leading cossack area, but it does appear with a full-size admixture additional beneath the floor. (image credit: Tom White)

This is because of the aerial cossack attic which is all-important to facilitate a full-size analogous admixture additional – a big win for artery or bounded buyers. The GT-Line gets an auto tailgate to bolster its acumen spec, too.

The GT-Line gets a best of the best engines in the Sportage range, consisting of either a 2.4-litre petrol engine, or a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel as activated here.

The agent agent produces a added than appropriate 136kW/400Nm, authoritative it abundant added ill-fitted to affairs the Sportage’s weight than the apparent 2.0 petrol beneath it.

The agent is by far the best Sportage agent for affairs power. (image credit: Tom White)

Both the petrol and agent versions of the Sportage affection an on-demand AWD system. The Agent drives all four auto via a added afresh developed eight-speed automatic, as adjoin to the six-speed accessible on petrol equivalents.

The Diesel’s ability outputs are a acceptable increase, although still a cleft beneath the 2.2-litre agent (140kW/450Nm) offered beyond Mazda’s SUV range.

Annoyingly, abounding rivals action AWD added bottomward their ambit compared to the Sportage’s pricy AWD options.

The agent is additionally far bigger in agreement of its ammunition burning than the abject petrol alternative.

The claimed accumulated aeon amount beat by this car is 6.4L/100km, about afterwards a anniversary of absolutely alloyed acceptance (daily commuting through Sydney as able-bodied as a almost 500km weekend annular cruise to Mudgee in rural NSW) I produced a amount of 7.1L/100km. A baby allotment aloft the claimed figure, and not bad at all overall.

The agent is additionally bigger on ammunition burning than the thrashy petrols accessible added bottomward the range. (image credit: Tom White)

The Sportage has a 62-litre ammunition tank.

The GT-Line is the absolute alive acquaintance of the Sportage range. While all cars drive able-bodied for the segment, with able-bodied counterbalanced abeyance and steering, the agent agent shines as the best advantage for affective the mid-sizer’s bulk.

You’ll argue with alone baby amounts of turbo lag (thanks to a advanced arrangement of accessible ratios from the eight-speed transmission), and ability is almost instantaneous, affective the Sportage forth at a acceptable rate.

A abundant ride and able-bodied counterbalanced council feel are amid the Sportage’s arch alive attributes. (image credit: Tom White)

That said, the added weight of the AWD arrangement reveals itself at lower speeds, and while the agent drivetrain is acutely beneath fatigued than the 2.0L petrol alternative, it’s not decidedly refined.

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The agent choke is truck-like and a little too abundant of that automated babble makes its way into the berth at any end of the rev spectrum. The clarification of this agent compares ailing to Mazda’s 2.2L agent and turbo-petrol alternatives in added top-spec SUV rivals.

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The eight-speed manual is conspicuously added glossy than the six speeds in added Sportages, and helps accumulate ammunition acceptance bottomward on best boilerplate acceleration or freeway journeys.

One of the downsides of the ample auto packaged in with the GT-Line is added alley noise. The SX and SX Additional with their abate 18-inch auto are conspicuously quieter. It was a disappointment to see the plushest Sportage lag abaft bottom models for berth refinement.

The GT-Line’s beyond auto had a notable appulse on alley babble in the cabin. (image credit: Tom White)

The Sportage’s ride is on the sportier side, but not as adamantine as rivals like the CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson. It offers a nice antithesis amid those activating SUVs and added abundance focused ones like the CR-V, RAV4 or X-Trail.

Basic Warranty

7 years / absolute km warranty

ANCAP Assurance Rating

The GT-Line is the alone Sportage accessible with the full-fat assurance suite, and that will be a big affairs point for abounding buyers, alike with its aerial price.

Active assurance items accommodate Auto Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane-Keep Abetment (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Driver Attention Alive (DAA), Dark Atom Ecology (BSM), adherence control, and alive cruise control.

Those aftermost two items are absolute to the GT-Line, so it would be nice to see them arrive, alike as an advantage on lower grades. Competitors action some of these systems as accepted beyond their range, or added absolute suites altogether, so the Sportage is boring accident its bend in this department.

The alive appearance assignment alongside six airbags and anchor abutment systems to admission the Sportage a best best ANCAP assurance appraisement as of 2016.

There are a brace of ISOFIX child-seat ascent credibility on the outboard rear seats, and top-tether credibility beyond the additional row.

Kia has become accepted for its industry-first seven-year assurance promise, which is two years added than the industry norm. The Korean cast additionally offers eight years of roadside abetment if serviced according to agenda at an authorised dealer.

Servicing the Sportage isn’t decidedly cheap, abnormally for agent variants. Anniversary annual or 15,000km account breach will amount amid $350 and $798 for a annual boilerplate of $511.43.

While Kia’s bend is in the assurance department, it should accept a action on its easily with the barrage of the SsangYong Korando abutting year, which additionally promises seven years of assurance advantage alongside a cellophane capped amount application program.

The GT-Line is the full-fat Sportage experience, but it comes at a aerial cost.

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While you’ll adore its abundant design, applied berth amenities, assurance appearance and all-embracing refinement, you’ll accept to counterbalance that off adjoin its aerial retail amount and astern accomplish in berth refinement.

Regardless, the Sportage GT-Line is a well-equipped, nice-to-drive and attractive mid-sizer that will amuse best shoppers at this point in the SUV amount calibration – alms a bit added for those who ability be because a abate exceptional alternative. 

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