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2016 Kia Sportage full details and specs announced

September 2, 2015

Following the release of the initial exterior revealing, Kia has now announced all details on the new 2016 Sportage including specs and interior features.

2016 Kia Sportage-side

We also get a good look at the interior for the first time, which shows a clear step up in quality and technology. Kia says the all-new interior is one of the biggest improvements over the outgoing third-gen model.

The wide, driver-oriented dashboard blends metalwork with soft-touch materials, while the main dash fascia features a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touch-screen interface with full connectivity options. Thanks to a 30mm increase to the wheelbase, there is now more passenger space too. For the front there is 5mm extra headroom and 19mm of added legroom, and in the back there is 16mm and 7mm added, respectively.

In the very back, cargo space is increased from 465 litres to 503L, while the area is made more practical thanks to a dual-height luggage floor. The luggage area is also 35mm wider, and this is despite no change to the overall width of the SUV.

Australian specifications and variant lineup details are yet to be announced, however, it will go on sale in 2016. See below for the initial specifications (European).

Body and chassis
Five-door, five-seater compact crossover, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of diesel and gasoline four-cylinder engines driving either the front or front and rear wheels, via six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or seven-speed double-clutch transmission – depending on model.

Engines
Gasoline
1.6-litre / 130 kW T-GDI ‘Gamma’
Type                            Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity                      1.6-litres, 1,591 cc
Bore and stroke               77.0 x 85.4 mm
Compression ratio       10.0:1
Max power                  130 kW @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque                  265 Nm @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                Direct injection
Emissions class                      Euro Stage 6b

1.6-litre / 97 kW GDI ‘Gamma’
Type                            Four cylinder in-line, naturally aspirated
Capacity                      1.6-litres, 1,591 cc
Bore and stroke              77.0 x 85.4 mm
Compression ratio       11.0:1
Max power                  97 kW @ 6,300 rpm
Max torque                  161 Nm @ 4,850 rpm
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                Direct injection
Emissions class               Euro Stage 6b

Diesel
1.7-litre / 85 kW CRDi ‘U2’
Type                            DOHC, four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity                      1.7-litres, 1,685 cc
Bore and stroke             77.2 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio       15.7:1
Max power                  85 kW @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque                  280 Nm @ 1,250-2,750 rpm
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                Common-rail direct injection
Emissions class                      Euro Stage 6b

2.0-litre / 100kW CRDi ‘R’ (low)
Type                            Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,995 cc
Bore and stroke             84.0 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio       16.0:1
Max power                  100 kW @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque                  373 Nm @ 1,500-2,500 rpm
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                Common-rail direct injection
Emissions class                      Euro Stage 6b

2.0-litre / 136 kW CRDi ‘R’ (high)
Type                            Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1,995 cc
Bore and stroke                      84.0 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio       16.0:1
Max power                  136 kW @ 4,000 rpm
Max torque                  400 Nm @ 1,750-2,750 rpm
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system                Common-rail direct injection
Emissions class                      Euro Stage 6b

Transmissions

1.6 T-GDI 1.6 GDI 1.7 CRDi 2.0 R
Manual 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp
Automatic 7DCT 6-sp

Drivetrains

1.6 T-GDI 1.6 GDI 1.7 CRDi 2.0 R
Manual FWD / AWD FWD FWD FWD / AWD
Automatic AWD AWD

 

Suspension and damping
Front            Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar
Rear             Fully-independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

Steering
Type                                Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering
Standard                         Column-mounted electric motor (C-MDPS)
Optional                           Rack-mounted electric motor (R-MDPS)

Wheels and tyres
Standard                     Alloy 16-inch, 215/70 R16 tyres
Optional                      Alloy 17-inch, 225/60 R17 tyres, Alloy 19-inch, 245/45 R19 tyres (GT Line)
Spare                          Tyre mobility kit or optional temporary spare wheel

Dimensions (mm)
Exterior
Overall length              4,480               Overall width*             1,855
Overall height              1,635               Wheelbase                  2,670
Front overhang             910                  Rear overhang               900
*excluding door mirrors

Interior

1st row 2nd row
Head room 997 993
Leg room 1,129 970

 

Capacities
Fuel tank                     62 litres
Luggage (VDA)             503 litres (with tyre mobility kit), 491 litres (with temporary spare wheel)

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.