Kia unveils top-of-the-range Sportage KX-4

Article by Christian A., on July 4, 2012

The Kia Sportage ‘KX-4’ is a version of the brand’s very popular crossover model that has a high level of turbodiesel engine output with a luxurious level of specification not yet seen in this type of model. The Sportage ‘KX-4’ uses the 181bhp version of the CRDi 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine paired with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual plus the intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

The ‘KX-4’ also builds on the ‘KX-3 Sat Nav’ through the addition of a Parallel Parking Assist System that has all-round parking sensors, an engine start/stop button, keyless smart entry system, and door scuff plates made of stainless steel.

Standard equipment of the ‘KX-4’ includes 18-inch allow wheels, Xenon lights, seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with EU mapping, privacy glass, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, cruise control, full leather upholstery, colour reversing camera, 7-speaker stereo with external amplifier and subwoofer , and iPod connectivity.

A unique feature of the ‘KX-4’ is the engine that produces 181bhp at 4,000 rpm and torque of 383 Nm within a range of 1,800 rpm and 2,500 rpm. For the automatic transmission, the torque is 392 Nm. The older engine originally had 134bhp and the increase in the power was due to a revision in the variable geometry of the turbocharger, software mapping, and the high pressure piezo injectors.

When fitted with the 6-speed manual transmission, the engine allows a maximum speed of 120 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. The official combined cycle stands at 46.3 mpg and CO2 emissions is at 158 g/km. Utilizing the 6-speed automatic ensures a 121 mph top speed with CO2 emissions at 189 g/km and 39.2 mpg measured for the official combined cycle.

Regardless of the transmission, both versions of the Sportage are classified as insurance category 19. Unlike the other versions that also have the option for the two-wheel drive, the ‘KX-4’ only has the All-Wheel Drive.

By using an intelligent and electronically-controlled single high ratio system, the ‘KX-4’ monitors the different driving conditions and is able to determine when the AWD is needed to make sure that the car is always the right driving mode for the current situation.

While the AWD can give 100% of the engine’s torque to its front wheels, in the case of deteriorating road conditions, the torque allows for redistribution in a ratio of 60:40 for the front and rear wheels enhancing stability especially when cornering.

When driving off-road, the lock mode can be manually selected splitting the torque at 50-50 during speeds of 25 mph. The ‘KX-4’ with manual transmission retails at £27,195 OTR while the automatic comes in at £28,500 OTR.

Both versions come with the usual transferable and 7-year warranty. Since it was launched in September 2010, the Sportage has been favoured by many car buyers with around 18,000 owners already in the UK. During the same period, more than half a million units of the Sportage have been sold around the world.

Press Release


Kia is launching a new top-of-the-range ‘KX-4’ version of the Sportage that features a higher output turbodiesel engine alongside the most luxurious level of specification yet seen in the company’s popular crossover model.

The Sportage ‘KX-4’ uses an 181bhp version of Kia’s 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine mated to a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and an intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

The Sportage ‘KX-4’ wants for nothing in terms of equipment and builds on the specification of the ‘KX-3 Sat Nav’ by adding a Parallel Parking Assist System – complete with all-round parking sensors – a keyless smart entry system and engine stop/start button and stainless steel door scuff plates.

Standard equipment also includes a full leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with EU mapping, Xenon lights, automatic lights and wipers, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats, cruise control, iPod connectivity, colour reversing camera and a seven-speaker stereo complete with external amplifier and subwoofer.

Unique to the Sportage ‘KX-4’, the new higher output 2.0-litre CRDi ‘R’ powerplant develops 181bhp at 4,000rpm and 383Nm (282lb/ft) of torque from just 1,800rpm to 2,500rpm in manual guise. The automatic develops 392Nm. A revised variable geometry turbocharger, higher pressure piezo injectors and software mapping are responsible for the 47bhp increase over the 134bhp version that the new version sits alongside.

The ‘KX-4’ completes the 0-60mph dash in 9.4 seconds and, when fitted with the six-speed manual transmission, top speed is 120mph, CO2 emissions are 158g/km and 46.3mpg is achieved on the official combined cycle. The six-speed automatic has a top speed of 121mph whilst the CO2 emissions are 189g/km and the official combined cycle figure is 39.2mpg. Both ‘KX-4’ versions fall into insurance category 19.

Unlike the other trim versions – ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘3 Sat Nav’ – which are also on offer with two wheel drive, ‘KX-4’ is only available in All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The intelligent electronically-controlled single high ratio system continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when AWD will be needed ensuring Sportage is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.

The AWD system normally delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels. But the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate. For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

The Sportage ‘KX-4’ 2.0 CRDi 181bhp manual is priced at £27,195 OTR and the automatic at £28,500 OTR – both versions go on sale from today and, as with every new Kia, come with a fully transferable, seven year warranty as standard.

The Sportage range, priced from £17,300 OTR, has found favour with car buyers since its launch in September 2010 with over 18,000 so far finding homes in the UK. During that time in excess of 550,000 Sportages have been sold across the globe.

Topics: kia, kia sportage, uk

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