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2019 Kia Sportage on sale in Australia from $29,990

Kia has released the 2019 Kia Sportage range which sees a facelift, as well as some drivetrain changes, and added safety brought in.

Four trims levels are on offer, including Si, Si Premium, SLi and GT-Line. The three engines available include a 114kW and 192Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder for Si, Si Premium and SLi, a 135kW and 237Nm 2.4-litre GDI four-cylinder for GT-Line only, as well a 136kW and 400Nm 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder which is available in all four grades.

Petrol models come standard with a six-speed automatic with no manual option, while all diesel models feature an all-new Kia-built eight-speed automatic. All grades except GT-Line, which comes with an on-demand all-wheel drive system, come as front-wheel drive only models.

Visually the 2019 Sportage’s biggest exterior change is the new rear styling, which goes for a more “solid and richer look” thanks to a revised rear light design. There’s also redesigned bumpers front and rear, and new HID headlamps on the GT-Line as well as full LED cluster and fog lamp aperture on the Si and Si Premium. Depending on the model, there’s also new designs for the 17-, 18- and 19-inch alloys.

The interior has also been lightly updated, with many functions now found on the touchscreen infotainment and navigation systems. Kia says the cabin “boasts a high standard of material quality, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials and the use of cloth, leather and stitching”.

GT-Line models come available with black leather-appointed seats, as well as a two-tone gray interior which is available as a no-cost option when linked to the Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Mercury Blue or Cherry Black exteriors. Another nice touch to the GT-Line level is the flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, piano black fascia, and aluminium alloy pedals.

Buyers will to happy to know new multimedia units will feature across all four grades. The Si features a seven-inch colour LCD infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility through a six-speaker sound system. Si Premium, SLi and GT-Line come standard with a premium eight-speaker JBL sound system as well as satellite navigation. All models also feature two USB charging points – one in the front and another in the rear.

In terms of safety, all models from the entry-level Si through to the top spec GT-Line come with downhill brake control, hill start assist, reverse parking sensors, rear view camera, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, high beam assist, as well as six airbags.

Kia Motors Australia, chief operating officer, Damien Meredith, said:

“With the upgraded model it is about refining, not revising, what is already an excellent example of the breed. The Sportage has been very well received since the launch of this generation, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room to add a little more.

“With the addition of AEB and Lane Keep Assist across the model range the enhanced Sportage is even safer than before, and the drive has been improved by the addition of the eight-speed gearbox to all diesel models. A revision of the ride and handling package adds a more luxurious ride.”

Colours include Clear White, Steel Grey, Sparkling Silver, Fiery Red, and Mercury Blue. Snow White Pearl and Cherry Black are also available but are exclusive to the GT-Line model. It’s worth noting that all colours except for Clear White come at a $520 premium.

The 2019 Kia Sportage range is on sale now. Pricing is as listed below (excludes on-road costs):

2019 Kia Sportage Si 2.0-litre (petrol) – $29,990
2019 Kia Sportage Si 2.0-litre (diesel) – $35,390
2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium (petrol) – $32,290 ($31,990 drive-away)
2019 Kia Sportage Si Premium (diesel) – $37,690 ($37,390 drive-away)
2019 Kia Sportage SLi 2.0-litre (petrol) – $36,790
2019 Kia Sportage SLi 2.0-litre (diesel) – $42,190
2019 Kia Sportage GT-Line 2.4-litre (petrol) – $44,790
2019 Kia Sportage GT-Line 2.0-litre (diesel) – $47,690

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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