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Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid: full of confidence


Discover the new Kia Sportage available as a simple hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The latter has been on sale in Europe since October 2017. The Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid is available since 2022 in an all-new configuration with improved performance. Discover a more assertive, more dynamic and more versatile SUV!

Kia plug-in hybrid: new 2022 SUV design

The Kia Sportage 2022 Plug In Hybrid offers a cutting-edge design for creative minds.


This large SUV, now in its fifth version, features a new design that stands out along the body. The marked and tense lines underline a slender and elegant silhouette. Its size is equivalent to the Kia Tucson, its cousin, or the Peugeot 3008.

The stunning Matrix LED headlamps, surrounded by a boomerang-shaped daytime running light, are located at the ends of a sophisticated black grille with a honeycomb mesh. The latter stretches across the entire width of the vehicle’s front end.

Also, the rear face is beautiful with a resolutely modern design. It reminds very closely the Kia EV6. There are small tapered LED lights connected by an insert, as well as a hollow tailgate. This strong design is in harmony with a very high-tech interior.


A spacious and flexible interior with a driver-centered cockpit. In fact, the center console features two large multi-functional screens, each measuring 12.3 inches (from the mid-range).

Tactile and placed side by side, they form a slightly curved unit. With the touch of a fingertip, the driver can easily select infotainment and climate control functions.

The seats are exceptionally well finished and offer a variety of color choices. These materials chosen are soft to the touch, and the details are sophisticated. The driver and passenger seats have a sporty and refined design. Rear passengers enjoy impressive legroom. So you can be comfortable, even on long journeys.

Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid dimensions and trunk space

At 4.51m in length, 1.86m in width, 1.65m in height and a wheelbase of 2.68m, the Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid is average in the compact SUV category.

Thanks to a flexible interior configuration, and a battery located at the front seats, the cargo volume is impressive. Indeed, the rear seats can be folded down easily. The trunk offers a nice volume of 587 to 1,776 liters.

So you can easily arrange the interior of your vehicle, depending on the number of passengers and their luggage. The total mass of the car rises to 1,905 kg, which is 250 kg more than the simple hybrid version. Its pulling capacity is 1,350 kg.

Engines and performance

The new Kia Sportage 2022 plug in hybrid inherits the same architecture as its cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. The technical configuration is based on a 1.6-liter TGDI gasoline engine with 180 horsepower and an electric motor with 91 horsepower.

Together, they offer a combined power of 265 hp and a total torque of 350 Nm. As a technical advantage, the Sportage Plug-In Hybrid offers true all-wheel drive. Also, the six-speed automatic transmission is very smooth.

Performance-wise, they are sufficient to raise the pace, but acceleration is far from breathtaking. The 0 to 100 km/h is reached in 8.2 seconds. However, the discretion of the electric mode is very appreciable in urban environments.

Battery and autonomy

The battery capacity is 13.8 kWh, which provides a nice electric range of 70 km. To recharge your Kia Sportage PHEV, you have two options:

Public charging: You have access to an extensive and growing network of charging stations. The Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid takes only 1 hour and 45 minutes to recover 100% of its battery. That’s enough time to maximize your 100% electric drive. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is standard. However, you will need to order the T2 cable, which costs €237 as an accessory, to connect to a public charging station.
Home charging: using a private charging station at home. To do this, use one of Kia’s authorized partners. The cable for the home plug is supplied as standard, and Kia offers the installation of a reinforced plug for €515 including tax. With the latter, the manufacturer provides a Kia Charge Easy card that allows you to benefit from advantageous rates.

About 15% of the battery remains once the electric range is reduced to zero. This makes it possible to drive at low speeds without waking up the combustion engine and to support the restarts with the torque of the electric motor.

Consumption and CO2 emissions

Compared to its size, the Kia Sportage has low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: 1.1 L/100km – 25 g/km.

Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid
Battery13.8 kWh
Electrical autonomy70 km
CO2 emissions25 g/km

Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid: trim levels

The Kia Sportage is available in three trim levels: Active, Design, and Gt-Line Premium. All you have to do is choose the trim level that has the features that suit you best.


17-inch wheels
Lane keeping assistance
40/20/40 seat
Emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
Rear view camera
Manual air conditioning
8-inch touch screen with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility
Power, heated and folding mirrors
Rain sensor
Tri-zone automatic climate control
12.3-inch touchscreen navigation
LED tail lights
LED fog lights
Highway driving assistance
Adaptive cruise control with navigation
Emergency braking with cross-traffic function
19-inch wheels (plug-in hybrid only)


In addition to the Active

12.3-inch digital instrumentation
18-inch wheels (gasoline, diesel and hybrid only)
Keyless access and start
Full LED Matrix headlights
Power front seats
Heated front and rear seats
Tinted windows and rear window
Heated steering wheel
Induction charger for smartphone

Gt-Line Premium

In addition to the Design equipment

Panoramic sunroof
Harman Kardon audio system
Blind spot monitoring
Ventilated front seats, 360° vision
19-inch wheels
Hands-free power liftgate
Vehicle Exit Warning
Highway driving assistance
Emergency braking with cross-over function

The options

The Kia Sportage 2022 Plug In Hybrid’s option list is particularly short because the trim levels are all more comprehensive than the others.

Metallic paint650 €
White pearl paint750 €
Panoramic sunroof900 €
Black roof400 € (on GT-Line Premium)
Harman Kardon audio system500 € (on GT-Line Premium)
DriveWise Park Plus package (remote parking assistance, 360° panoramic vision, blind spot monitoring…)1 200 € (on Design)
T2 cable237 €

Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid: its price

In terms of pricing, with the entry-level Active, the Kia Sportage and its plug-in hybrid engine start at €44,790. That’s €6,000 more than the simple hybrid version.

Active44 790 €
Design47 990 €
Gt-Line Premium51 790 €

Our opinion

The plug-in hybrid version of the Kia Sportage offers an excellent electric range, as well as a relatively fast charging speed. This allows potential customers to make the best use of its driving capacity without any C02 emissions.

Strong design and high-tech equipment are the other assets of this compact SUV. The Kia brand, for its part, has regained its place as the brand’s best-seller in Europe, thanks to its state-of-the-art technological equipment.

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