2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review & Change

2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review & ChangeKia has added a new model to its Sportage collection. The sister car also Hyundai’s Tucson is available today in Si Premium trim that sits between the underlying Si model and middle-of-the-range Sli. Valued at $30,990 plus on-road costs, the new Si Premium features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 114kW and 192Nm outputs, driving the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Kia Sportage Si Premium Redesign 2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review & Change

Kia Sportage Si Premium Redesign

2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review

The Si Premium charges $2000 more than a base Si, swapping the entrance-level car’s 17-inch wheels for more attractive 18-inch products while including sat-nav, dual-zone environment control, first auto parking devices, an auto-dimming rear see vanity mirror, LED daytime operating lights, rainwater-sensing wipers and more. That’s excellent value. Other features incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the 7-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera, rear auto parking devices and a full-size alloy free. There’s a lot of space in the front, back and cargo area, together with a broad range of cubby slots through the cabin. We like the way the Sportage drives, getting benefited from Kia’s local test and development system, the sensation more receptive and car owner-oriented than anything like Toyota’s RAV4. Kia’s excellent seven-year, endless-kilometre warranty with seven years of capped price servicing and curbside assistance was difficult to beat.

Kia Sportage Si Premium Interior 2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review & Change

Kia Sportage Si Premium Interior

This is a private issue, but I don’t especially like the way the Kia scents – a heady, sickly sweet blend of new plastic materials, fabric and foam that gives me a headache. While we’re becoming subjective, I’m not 100 percent persuaded by Kia’s bluff front-end styling, especially its bug-eyed headlamps and mustache-like grille. Another drawback is that the Si Premium is only accessible in four colors – white, red, silver and gray. Although competitors such as the Mazda CX-5 offer autonomous emergency braking over the range, Kia’s contender restricts active motorist aids to the significantly more costly Sportage GT-Line, and you can’t get any Sportage models with blind spot or lane departure warning techniques. Yep. The Si Premium is the sweet spot in Kia’s Sportage line, supplying the finest harmony of price and equipment within the range. Aspect in the brand’s unbeatable warranty set up and the result is of course an engaging compact SUV.

Kia Sportage Si Premium Review 2018 Kia Sportage Si Premium Review & Change

Kia Sportage Si Premium Review

Kia Sportage Si Premium Prices and Specifications

  • Price: From $30,990 plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • Power: 114kW at 6200rpm
  • Torque: 192Nm at 4000rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive
  • Fuel use: 7.9L/100km