2020 Kia Sportage GT Line Video Review

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line.  Stepping in to a Kia Sportage will be a person who places value for money above badge prestige. They want all the toys, they want them to work every time, and they want a good warranty.

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line.

Outside:

We liked the perky exterior when it was first launched, and it was subtly enhanced just a few years ago.

There is a strong tiger-nose grille flanked by LED lighting. The side profile is enhanced by muscular wheel arches with a hint of coupe-like styling. Sportage is small enough to pass as a family hatch, but big enough to pass muster as an SUV. That makes it versatile.

Kia Sportage is big enough to be useful without being so big that you can’t park it, made easier by a reversing camera with sensors. Reverse cross traffic alert lets you know when an object is approaching. If you are in a tight spot, you have semi-automated parking built in.

The latter is handy coming out from between a couple of tradie’s vans at Bunnings.

Although the waistline is higher towards the rear, visibility is excellent.

Have a look at our first drive review below for more detail, Sportage Update ReviewSportage Video Review

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line interior.

Inside:

If the outside is tastefully executed, the cabin is equally well done. It is calm and quiet.

Front seats have heating and cooling, with leather upholstery. Rear seats make do with run of the mill airconditioning vents. All passengers have cupholders, and either power points or USB outlets. Only the front USB connects a phone to Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line interior.

Rear seats fold 60/40 to an almost flat floor.

Controls are well laid out, and although Kia Sportage is 5 years old, it feels right up to date.

JBL sound is astonishing for a car in this price range.

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line interior.

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The Drive:

Sportage is capable, agile, and predictable.

Graham Gambold tunes every Australian Kia. Kia’s tuning expert likes a sportier feel, competently mixing touring, performance, and comfort. Cruising is particularly quiet, with the diesel engine only making is presence known under frisky acceleration.

The diesel is eager, and comes with an 8-speed automatic. GT Line has a petrol engine option with a 6-speed automatic.

Steering feels good. There is enough weight without feeling too heavy, an it’s complimented by sharp brake.

Safety gadgets include AEB, active cruise control, and active blind spot monitoring. Sportage will keep you from hitting cars in front, but it will also stop you from changing lanes if a car is in your blind spot. It really is very clever. Of course, plenty of cars will do that, even in this price range. But few, if any, will carry a 7-year warranty.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the diesel will get you almost 1,000km on a trip, and will park itself if you can’t manage it.

MY19 Kia Sportage GT Line.

2020 Kia Sportage GT Line

Drive away offer: $49,690 (Petrol- $46,690)

Power: 136kw/400Nm

Trans: 8-speed automatic

Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.