153hp, 192Nm, 18-inch wheels, RM129,888
Naza Kia Malaysia has introduced the new Kia Sportage EX variant to the local market, adding to the two-member family nameplate, the other being the 2.0D GT-Line AWD. Underneath the boot is a four-cylinder 1,999cc petrol engine that makes 153hp and 192Nm, which goes to the front wheels via a six-speed auto.
Yes, those are the same numbers as the now-discontinued Sportage GT 2WD and Sportage KX variants but the real difference lies with the standard features.
Keyless entry, push-start button, fully auto A/C are all part of the package, including a larger 7-inch touchscreen (previously it was 5-inch) that is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay ready. The rear view mirror has electrochromic function, while the safety features include six airbags, electronic stability, vehicle stability control and hill-start assist. Euro NCAP has given the vehicle a 5-star mark following its crash test.
Other goodies include the new design for the 18-inch wheels; front and rear parking sensor, rain sensor, and auto folding side mirror with signal lights.
Naza Kia has five colour options for the new Kia EX: Cherry Black, Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl, and Mineral Silver. It is priced at RM129,888, that includes a five year warranty with unlimited mileage.