Kia Sportage Series II: now built in Slovakia with extra kit, no 2.4L petrol

To ensure that it has adequate supplies of its Sportage SUV, Kia Australia has switched its supply source from Korea to Slovakia. This has necessitated a few changes to the car’s spec, primarily its petrol engine and its goodies listbe.

Visually the Series II Sportage is unchanged from the front and sides. You can give yourself a pat on the back (several if you really want) if you notice the marginally different rear bumper and the rear fog light.

More importantly the 130kW/227Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine has now been deleted from the Australian range, leaving behind 122kW/197Nm 2-litre petrol and 135kW/392Nm 2-litre turbo-diesel.

New kit in the range includes xenon headlights, static cornering lights, aerodynamic front wipers, heated rear seats and front wiper de-icer.

The three tier Kia Sportage Series II range kicks off with the A$25,490 Si which has front-wheel and a 6-speed manual as standard; a 6-speed automatic transmission adds A$2,000 to the price.

Next up is the A$31,990 SLi, which comes with all-wheel drive and 6-speed auto standard. Satellite navigation is a A$1,500 option, while the turbo-diesel motor adds A$3,500 to the asking price.

At the top of the Sportage pile is the A$36,490 Platinum, which again is an auto and all-wheel drive only affair; the turbo-diesel motor adds A$3,500 to the price.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]