Is the Kia Sportage a 4x4?

Added: 27 April 2021

Front side view of a black KIA Sportage JBL Black Edition driving on a sloping road with the sea in the background

Is a Kia Sportage a 4x4?

The Kia Sportage offers an SUV option that you are sure to want to consider when you are shopping for a new vehicle. This sporty car underwent a dramatic redesign in 2015, and since then has been a very popular vehicle for drivers of all types, especially fans of the sport utility vehicle. The Sportage comes in a variety of configurations, allowing drivers to choose a model that best suits their needs. Each newer version improves on the last, keeping things fresh and offering a tempting choice to shoppers. The Sportage comes in a variety of configurations, allowing drivers to choose a model that best suits their needs. With the entry-level model starting from £23,000 through to the range-topping Sportage GT-Line S from £30,000.

Is the Kia Sportage a 4-wheel drive?

What many people will want to know when looking at an SUV is whether it is a four-wheel drive or if it has just front-wheel control. The good news about the Kia Sportage is that it offers both options, so buyers can decide which is best for their needs. If you want a car with the style and ground clearance of an SUV but do not require the extra control offered by 4x4 cars, you can opt for the two-wheel choice. If you are looking for something that can handle a bit rougher terrain or perhaps adverse weather, the four-wheel drive systems are available for your consideration too. Whether two or four-wheel drive is standard depends on the engine/gearbox selected, with 4x4 standard if you want more power.

Kia Sportage TWO-WHEEL DRIVE OPTION

When faced with two options and one that arguably gives you more power and control, it might seem that the better choice is obvious. However, there are some excellent advantages to choosing the two-wheel Kia Sportage option if you do not need the 4x4. Of course, the two-wheel drive Sportage offers you a cheaper choice. The less powerful engine options offer two-wheel drive, while the more powerful engines can be paired with four-wheel drive. Opting for a less powerful engine if you do not need the extra power can save you some major money when it comes to fuel economy.

A front-wheel drive is more space efficient and gives great traction when climbing because the engine's weight is over the front wheels. Unless you think that you need to the extra power and control that comes with a four-wheel drive vehicle, the Kia Sportage options with two-wheel drive are likely to be suitable for you.

Kia Sportage FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE OPTION

On the other hand, you might decide that a four-wheel drive model of the Sportage is the better choice for you. The four-wheel drive is optional for the Sportage, although it becomes standard with the more powerful engine choices. The benefits of selection the four-wheel drive option could be enough for you to select the more robust choice. If you drive off-road, down winding country lanes, up and down steep heels or over any other challenging terrain, it could be the right decision for you. It can also be a great choice if you often tow a trailer, caravan or perhaps even a horse box.

Chapelhouse Motor Group is a leading provider of Kia models across the Northwest. Contact us about whether the two-wheel or four-wheel drive Kia Sportage option is right for your needs, and our expert team will help.

The award-winning Kia Sportage 

“The Kia Sportage is a great all-round family SUV with a combination of good engines, strong build quality, a keen driving experience and plenty of interior space.” - Auto Express

The Kia Sportage has a distinctive, innovative design and truly striking features. The urban-friendly and sleek Crossover builds on the success of its predecessor. Boasting a fleet of integral safety features, user friendly infotainment system, a sleek and sporty body, and a superior quality cabin.

The Sportage offers an SUV option that you are sure to want to consider when you are shopping for a new vehicle. It is the ideal family car and its fuel efficiency for its size (even more so with a hybrid two-wheel option!) but is still smart and packed with features to ensure a comfortable drive.

What models are part of the Sportage Range?

The Sportage 2

Front side view of a black KIA Sportage 2

The Sportage range starts with the Sportage 2, with prices starting from £23,000. 

Standard features include 17” Alloy Wheels, 8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping, Telematics System with UVO Connect Services. Reversing Camera System, Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom®, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control. Dual Automatic Air Conditioning, Heated Front & Rear Seats, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) & High Beam Assist (HBA).

The Sportage 3 

Front side view of a black KIA Sportage 3

The range continues with the Sportage 3, with prices starting from £26,000. 

In addition to the features carried across from the Sportage 2, the Sportage 3 adds many new features.

Including LED Bi-Function Headlights, LED Rear Lights. 19” Alloy Wheels, Black Leather Upholstery. 10-way Driver's & 8-way Passenger's Power Adjustable Seat, Panoramic Sunroof & Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW).

The Sportage JBL Black Edition

Front side view of a black KIA Sportage JBL Black Edition driving on a sloping road with the sea in the background

Continuing the range is the Sportage JBL Black Edition, with prices starting from £28,000.

From the standard Sportage, the JBL Edition adds many new features.

Including 17" Black Alloy Wheels, Black Exterior Package, 360° Camera, 8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System, Black Leather Upholstery & 10-way Driver's & 8-way Passenger's Power Adjustable Seat.

The Sportage GT-Line 

Front side view of a red KIA Sportage GT-Line driving through a city street

Following the JBL Black Edition, the GT-Line Range begins.

Starting from £27,000, the GT-Line is packed with features. 

Including 19” Alloys, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control. 8" Touchscreen with Navigation, Telematics System with UVO Connect Services. Black & Grey Leather Upholstery with Red Piping and Stitching. LED Bi-Function Headlights, LED ‘Ice-Cube’ Front Fog Lights. Dual Exit Exhaust, Heated Front & Outer Rear Seats. Engine Start/Stop Button & Reversing Camera System.

The Sportage GT-Line S

Front side view of a grey KIA Sportage GT-Line S

The range-topping model, the GT-Line S Starts from £30,000. 

With features including 19” Alloys (B-Type), 8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with Telematics. Black Leather Upholstery with Red Piping and Stitching, Panoramic Sunroof. 10-way Driver's & 8-way Passenger's Power Adjustable Seat. LED Bi-Function Headlights,360° Camera, Electric Tailgate. Wireless Mobile Phone Charger & 8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System

Highlight features. 

Panoramic sunroof*

It is your choice: open gazing at the sky or closed for cosiness? Fitted with the optional panoramic sunroof, the Kia Sportage adds a new, thrilling perspective to each adventure. When you have had enough sun, simply close the shade with a click. (* Feature available on the 3 & GT Line S)

On-Board Services*

On-Board Services include Kia Live Services, online voice recognition and online navigation. Access info about speed cameras, weather, traffic and more on the 8” frameless touchscreen. Use voice commands to search for nearby Point of Interest (POI) or address, or simply send a text message. (* Feature available on the GT Line S)

360° Around View Monitor*

The intuitive Around View Monitor (AVM) with parking guidance combines four wide-angle images from cameras at the front, rear, and sides of the new Kia Sportage. It gives you a bird's eye view of the space around the vehicle while you park or drive at speeds below 9 mph. (* Feature available on the GT Line S)

Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF)

Always know the speed limit with the Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) in the Kia Sportage. A camera detects speed limit signs, and the maximum speed appears on the cluster. Using the same camera, the Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) actively warns you if you begin to stray from the lane without indicating, even steering you back into place if needed.

Wireless Mobile Phone Charger*

Low battery? No problem! Conveniently place your compatible mobile on the console tray in the Kia Sportage and let it charge wirelessly. Place other objects on the tray and the foreign object detection system senses them and blocks the charging function, for enhanced safety. (* Feature available on the GT Line S DCT Only)

JBL Sound System*

Escape to a different beat: In the Kia Sportage you can listen to your favourite tunes in top-quality sound. Featuring Clari-FiTM music restoration technology, the 8-speaker JBL Sound System boosts the audio quality of MP3s, delivering crisp, high-definition sound. (* Feature available on the GT Line S)

MILD HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

The new mild-hybrid technology from Kia is now available across the entire Sportage diesel range.

By cleverly pairing the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, the EcoDynamics+ mild hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emission levels. What is more, the integrated 'e-system' recovers energy during deceleration phases to aid whilst accelerating.

The engine is started by the 'e-system' to ensure a prompt and smooth start. During acceleration or uphill driving, the 'e-system' aids by taking energy from the battery. When cruising at a constant speed, the combustion engine partially recharges the battery if the charge level is low.

When decelerating or braking, the energy generated by the vehicle motion is converted into electrical energy to recharge the battery. When decelerating to a stop, the combustion engine turns off automatically during in-gear deceleration and braking to save fuel.

Chapelhouse Motor Group is a leading provider of Kia models across the Northwest. With exciting models such as the Kia XCeed and Kia Soul EV, there is a great selection of small SUVs to choose from at Chapelhouse Kia. And for a range of Hybrid and electric cars, look at the Niro range which includes the Kia e-Niro.

You can find more information on the Sportage here

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