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King of the crossovers is ready to retain its title with revisions

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

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A HOST of revisions have been announced for one of the most popular cars in the booming crossover sector.

Kia’s Sportage, which wooed more than 20,000 buyers during 2013, will burst onto the scene next month as a new, updated 2014 model.

Styling and equipment upgrades are among the changes for this year’s new version which Kia hopes will keep it at the top of the list for crossover buyers.

Already an attractive small SUV, the new Sportages will be identifiable by an enhanced version of its familiar ‘tiger-nosed’ grille with upgrades such as painted or chrome surrounds and new styling to the central radiator mesh design.

The rear combination lights have evolved from the previous model but they’re now brighter LED versions and the light spreads across the boot lid.

The new models will also come served up with re-designed 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels across the range and, inside, a new soft ‘nano’ paint finish has been added to the dashboard and centre console.

A heated steering wheel and a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat have been added to top spec models. New folding keys and, on models with an engine start/stop button, a smart key are further quality improvements to the range.

Ian Mathews head of product planning at Kia Motors UK said: “With the adage ‘if it ain’t broke’ at the back of our minds we looked carefully at what changes to make to the line-up for the 2014 Sportage to ensure that what customers love about their cars is kept and for enhancements to the line-up to add appeal and diversity.

“We’ve listened to our dealers and customers and by adding more engine options at the entry and top-of-the-range as well as incorporating new technologies such as Trailer Stability Assist across all models we are taking standard specification levels to those expected on premium brands”

Other high-tech additions on some models will include a 4.2-inch TFT LCD cluster mounted between the recessed dials of the newly-designed dual-bezel instrument display, which incorporates trip information and outdoor temperature.

Two new engines have been added to the range, with the all-wheel-drive 2.0 CRDi entry level and a 1.7 CRDi turbodiesel on the top spec two-wheel drive model.

Kia engineers conducted final testing on UK roads to ensure that the all-independent suspension delivers agile and safe handling and an absorbent and comfortable ride, despite the unique, challenging demands that British roads present.

Fans of Kia’s legendary seven-year warranty will be pleased to hear that the Sportage comes complete with the same class-leading back-up, which is still fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.

The Sportage is available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing package, offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

All packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.

Prices will start at £17,495 for the entry level model to £29,495 for the top-spec KX4 version.

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