January 2016 was when Kia launched the fourth generation of the Sportage Compact SUV into the Australian market.

About 2 1/2 years later the increasingly popular brand is upgrading the mid-size Sportage with a mid-model life enhancement.

The key refinements include:

  • Diesel drivetrain gains eight-speed auto
  • Revised suspension brings more refined and compliant ride
  • Revised subframe and steering geometry for better responsiveness
  • AEB and Lane Keep Assist across the range

MY19 Kia Sportage Range; (L-R) Si Premium, SLi, GT Line.2019 Kia Sportage Range

For the Australian market the new Sportage will be available in four trim levels – Si, Si Premium, SLi and GT-Line.

There’s a choice of three engines:

  • a 2.0-litre MPI (114kW and 192 Nm) – Si, Si Premium and SLi
  • a 2.4-litre Theta GDI (135kW and 237Nm) – GT-Line
  • a 2.0-litre diesel (136kW and 400Nm) – all grades

And a choice of two transmissions:

  • Six-speed automatic (petrol)
  • Eight-speed automatic (diesel)

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