The fourth-generation (QL) Kia Sportage was launched in Malaysia nearly a month ago, bringing with it a completely new design compared to the previous third-generation (SL) model. Just how radical are these changes? Well, we’ve prepared an extensive gallery of both for you to get a closer look.

Here we have the Sportage QL in the top-of-the-range 2.0 GT Line variant (the red car), while the SL is the 2.0 2WD version (the white car). As you can tell, the new Sportage’s looks are nothing short of striking. Visual highlights on the exterior include automatic HID projector headlamps (with auto levelling), “ice cube” LED fog lights, 19-inch alloys, circular tri-LED DRLs and LED rear combination lamps.

While it may appear that the new car stands taller next to the old one, the figures reveal that both cars actually have the same 1,635 mm height. The width remains the same as well at 1,855 mm, but the QL is slightly longer by 40 mm, at 4,480 mm.

Sportage SL 2.0 2WD (left), Sportage QL 2.0 GT Line (right)

Stepping inside, the Sportage 2.0 GT Line’s cabin echoes the same radical overhaul as the exterior. The new dashboard sports a cleaner and more upright design than before, with a touchscreen multimedia headunit taking centre stage, flanked by new air-con vents. Soft-touch material is also applied on the top dash, accompanied by piano black accents.

Moving downwards, you’ll find new switchgear for the dual-zone automatic air-con, followed by a pair of power outlets (now rated at 12V/180 W each). For the driver, the centre console has been redesigned to accommodate not just a new gear selector, but also buttons to operate the car’s Drive Mode function, hill descent control and parking sensors. Other niceties available include a flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as paddle shifters.

All occupants will have their posteriors resting on leather seats, with those at the front each having eight-way powered ones. Rear passengers meanwhile, now benefit from rear air-con vents, with the convenience of a USB charging port and power outlet located just below it. The rear bench and also be folded down (60:40 split) if needed, expanding the available boot space from 466 litres to 1,455 litres.

Sportage SL 2.0 2WD (left), Sportage QL 2.0 GT Line (right)

For power, the Sportage soldiers on with a 2.0 litre Nu MPI four-cylinder petrol unit that outputs 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm at 4,000 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission handles the power delivery to the front wheels.

As for pricing, a retail price of RM141,888 on-the-road with insurance is set for the 2.0 GT Line. The SUV comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, and comes in a choice of five colours – Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver. The lower-spec 2.0 KX Line can be had for RM121,888, with a few equipment differences that you can find out in our launch report, here.

What do you think of the new Kia Sportage? Are you a big fan of its looks, or do you think the third-generation model is the better looker? As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Kia Sportage QL 2.0 GT Line

Kia Sportage SL 2.0 2WD