Kia Sportage AWD SUV 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Sportage on a road test review

Kia Sportage has long been a popular AWD SUV since it first launched a number of years ago. However Kia has a habit of taking a good vehicle and making it better and they did that with the 5th generation release late in 2021.

2022 Kia Sportage GT Line driving

The latest generation comes in four different models, the S, SX, SX+ and GT line.

The 2.0L petrol engine is for front wheel drive versions and comes either with a six speed MT or AT

The 1.6T petrol engine comes with AWD and a 7 step DCT. The familiar 2.0L diesel comes with an 8 speed AT.

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Obviously as you step up through the models there are more comfort and safety features for each new model, but overall the latest Sportage has more headroom, legroom and luggage space than before and continues the Kia tradition of specialised local suspension tuning.

2022 Kia Sportage GT Line central screen

One standout feature is the large curved central screen in the GT Line models.

Pricing starts from a touch over $34,600 driveaway for the entry S MT model through to $54,990 RDAP for the top spec diesel GT Line.

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2022 Kia Sportage GT Line interior

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Fresh styling
  • Technology user interface easy to use
  • Localised suspension tuning
  • Need GT Line for all the goodies
  • No Hybrid version
  • Adaptive Cruise control not selectable

2022 Kia Sportage GT Line engine

Model   

Kia Sportage GT Line 1.6T AWD SUV

Model Price $49,370 MLP*
Engine 1.6L Turbo Petrol 4 Cyl
Drivetrain 7 Sp DCT AWD
Power 132kW @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 265 NM @ 1,500 to 4,500 rpm
Safety Unrated as at Feb 2022
CO2 Emissions 164 g/km
Economy ADR / Fuel (L) 7.2 L/100km / 9.0L/100K on test / 54L
Servicing 12 Months / 15,000 km   Capped Price Service Plan
Warranty 7 yr./ Unlimited km with 7 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

87/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD/Towing Capability* 7
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2022 Kia Sportage GT Line boot

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 4660mm
Wheelbase 2755mm
Width / Height 1865mm / 1660mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 181mm / TBA mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure (degrees) TBA
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 54 Litres / 11.4mts KTK
Boot Capacity Max / Min (L) 1829 / 543
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / payload (kg) 1643kg / 2140kg / 3790kg / 440kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating (kg) 1650kg / 100kg

2022 Kia Sportage GT Line rear 

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Equipment - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    AWD/Towing Capability* - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Technology/connectivity - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.7/10

Summary

Kia Sportage has long been a popular AWD SUV since it first launched a number of years ago. However Kia has a habit of taking a good vehicle and making it better and they did that with the 5th generation release late in 2021.

Pricing starts from a touch over $34,600 driveaway for the entry S MT model through to $54,990 RDAP for the top spec diesel GT Line.

About Rob Fraser 1991 Articles
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.