After initially confirming it for Australia last year, Kia Australia has launched the 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid with local deliveries due to commence soon. Priced from $45,950 plus on-road costs – or $8,400 more than the SX petrol 2WD auto – the Sportage Hybrid will only be offered in mid-spec SX and top-spec GT-Line variants for now. Rated at 4.9L/100km on the combined fuel consumption cycle, the Sportage Hybrid will add good volume for Kia Australia against the ever-popular RAV4 hybrid, as well as newer hybrid mid-size SUVs like the Honda CR-V.

“The Sportage range was already an excellent medium SUV package in a very popular and competitive segment, and the addition of a Hybrid variant strengthens our offering considerably,” said Kia Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Damien Meredith.

“The Sportage range is an integral part of Kia’s sales initiatives and we anticipate sales of the HEV to be around 300 per month, contributing 20% of total Sportage sales volume.

Under the bonnet of the 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid is a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission mated to a 44kW/264Nm 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer electric motor driving the front wheels. Peak outputs are 169kW of power and 350Nm of torque and the Sportage Hybrid is rated at 4.9L/100km on the combined fuel consumption cycle, making it comfortably the most efficient Sportage currently sold in Australia. Unlike the RAV4 hybrid but like the CR-V hybrid, the Sportage Hybrid is front-wheel drive only.

Compared to regular Sportage models, the hybrids gain 18-inch alloy wheels with space saver spare wheels for more efficiency – according to Kia – and in the Hybrid SX, a shift-by-wire transmission selector replaces the traditional gear knob in other SX models. The Hybrid GT-Line also features a heated steering wheel.

2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX standard features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with a space-saver spare
  • Roof rails
  • Automatic dusk-sensing LED headlights
  • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Cloth seat upholstery with height and lumbar adjustment for the driver
  • 4.2-inch digital driver’s display
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite navigation
  • AM/FM/DAB+ digital radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Dual-zone climate control

Sportage Hybrid SX safety features:

  • Seven airbags (including a front centre unit)
  • Auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assist
  • Lane keeping assistance with lane departure warning
  • Lane trace assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (both with braking)
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality
  • Auto high beam
  • Driver attention monitoring with lead vehicle departure alert
  • Safe exit warning
  • Intelligent speed limit assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera

Sportage Hybrid GT-Line adds over SX:

  • Curved dual 12.3-inch touchscreen and driver’s display set up
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • Heated and cooled front seats with a heated steering wheel
  • Keyless entry and start with remote start
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • 10-way electric driver’s seat
  • Eight-way front passenger seat
  • Rear privacy glass
  • 360-degree camera
  • Blind-spot camera
  • 2x rear seat USB-C ports
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Low-speed reverse auto emergency braking (AEB)
  • 64-colour interior ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rear mirror

2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • SX Hybrid: $45,950
  • GT-Line Hybrid: $55,420

The 2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid is now on sale in Australia with deliveries due to commence soon. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest news and reviews.

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