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2016 Kia Sportage on sale in Australia from $28,990

January 22, 2016

The all-new 2016 Kia Sportage has been launched in Australia, bringing new styling, advanced features, and fresh powertrains to the popular small SUV.

2016 Kia Sportage Australian lineup

First unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt show, the new-look Sportage takes on the company’s latest styling theme. It incorporates a more perched up stance with a high waistline, bolstered wheel arches, and a more premium-looking rear end with connected taillights.

Kia Australia is launching three main variant levels, spanning from the Si, the SLi, to the range-topping Platinum. For the first time a new GT Line specification is being offered for the Platinum models, adding style and sportiness.

In terms of powertrain options, there’s a 2.0-litre MPI petrol unit producing 114kW and 192Nm. It’s carried over from the outgoing model. There’s also a 2.4-litre GDI petrol developing 135kW and 237Nm, along with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel generating 136kW and 400Nm.

The new model is slightly larger than the predecessor, with 30mm added to the wheelbase, 40mm added to the overall length, while height and width are the same. This has allowed for more passenger room, especially for rear seat passengers where 16mm of extra headroom is added.

2016 Kia Sportage Platinum rear

As for new features, the 2016 Sportage uses an update dash with two clear zones: display and control. These two make the controls much simpler to navigate, with the media functions and climate housed separately. All variants come with a 7.0-inch touch-screen interface with a reversing camera as standard, while the SLi and Platinum add satellite navigation. All also come with a six-speaker sound system and Bluetooth connectivity.

Wireless phone charging is available for the first time, along with autonomous emergency braking technology. As usual, new Kia vehicles are backed by a seven-year warranty, seven-year capped-price servicing, and seven years roadside assist. See below for the starting prices (excludes on-roads).

2016 Kia Sportage Si 2.0-litre petrol – $28,990
2016 Kia Sportage Si 2.0-litre diesel – $33,990
2016 Kia Sportage SLi 2.0-litre petrol – 33,990
2016 Kia Sportage SLi 2.0-litre diesel – $38,990
2016 Kia Sportage Platinum 2.4-litre petrol – $43,490
2016 Kia Sportage Platinum 2.0-litre diesel – $45,990

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.