The 2018 Kia Sportage has just arrived in Ireland
The 2018 Kia Sportage has just arrived in Ireland

An updated 2018 Kia Sportage has just arrived in Ireland, priced from €29,495.

Styling has been lightly revised, with the new Kia Sportage ‘sporting’ (!) a redesigned front bumper, grille and fog lamp housing.

There are new full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights, and at the back there’s a new C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp and reflectors are now integrated into the new rear bumper, which is finished with a flash of chrome across its base.

There are a total of 5 new body colours and the GT Line model also receives special cosmetic upgrades and 19″ alloys.

Inside the general layout of the cabin is retained but there’s a new steering wheel, revised driver instrument cluster, and the option of a new black-and-grey, two-tone upholstery. The ventilation and air conditioning controls have also been revised. Depending on trim level, the 2018 Kia Sportage comes equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system or a new ‘frameless’ 8.0-inch system.

The 1.7-litre diesel has been replaced by a 1.6-litre diesel with either 115 or 136 ps, with emissions rated from 126 g/km for 115 ps models, and 123 g/km for higher-powered models (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC).

A six-speed manual transmission comes as standard. The higher powered diesel is also available with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

The 2018 Kia Sportage goes on sale in Ireland in K2, K3, K4 and GT Line trim levels. Standard equipment includes 16″ alloys, roof rails, electric windows, 7″ touchscreen, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors, air con and cruise control.

James Brooks, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland, says: “The Sportage has been a major contributor to the development of the Kia brand here in Ireland. The C-SUV segment is one that particularly attracts Irish motorists and the Sportage is a model that is consistently on those consumers’ consideration list.”

He continued: “As our flagship SUV in Europe, the Sportage represents the best of Kia’s brand values – great design, innovative technologies, and high quality. The upgraded model remains as compelling as ever, with enhanced and cleaner engine technology , a refreshed design, and a series of new technologies to boost safety, comfort and convenience.”