It sounds lucky for the British to be doing it but it’s actually not that big a deal as the engine isn’t as great it can sound.
The new engine is actually a freshly updated diesel engine that was designed with torque aficionados and the guys who are big fans of the green effect.
The new 2.0 liter powerplant is called the CRDi ‘R’ and the model powerplant that carries it is called the Kia Sportage KX-4.
That particular new engine is going to produce 181 horsepower and 282 or 289 lb-ft of torque. The latter varies depending on the gearbox you opt for.
You can hook the new diesel up to all four wheels using a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission but the auto cog swapper gets the limited torque figure.
Regardless of the options you spec up the CO2 emissions are 158g/km and and the fuel economy is rated at 46.3 mpg on the UK cycle.
With an updated acceleration time of 0-60 mph of 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph, the Kia Sportage does better but still isn’t very sporty.
You should at least be ready to console yourself with the newly fitted toys. There’s a Parallel Park Assist system, engine start/stop and new scuff plates made out of stainless steel.
They do keep the regular setup there’s Xenon lights, automatic lights and wipers, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, cruise control, iPod connectivity and a few other toys.
In the UK the KX-4 version of the Kia Sportage will cost some £27.195 OTR for the manual model and £28.500 OTR for the automatic one.