Kia’s new generation Sportage NQ5 ranked first in the South Korean domestic market during November. The 5th gen Kia Sportage beated out the Tucson, its biggest competitor, as well as Porter and Grandeur.
According to the sales data, the Kia Sportage sold 7.540 units in South Korea in November, which represents a 354.8% increase compared to November 2020 (of course, at that time the Sportage was the 4th gen). This is a 77.1% increase compared to October 2021 (4.258 units).
Last month, Sportage surpassed Hyundai’s Grandeur (6.764 units) as well as Hyundai Avante (4.947 units), Sonata (4.845 units), Palisade (4.448 units), Kia Sorento (4.447 units), Genesis G80 (4.263 units) or Kia K8 (4.128 units).
The new Kia Sportage on its fifth-generation model was realeased back in August after six years since the launch of the 4th Generation (QL). Since its 1st gen launched in 1993, a total of 6.13 million units have been sold worldwide, being the first Kia model to surpass 6 million units in global cumulative sales.
The new Sportage has achieved a whopping 16.078 pre-contracts since the pre-order began in July. This is the largest number of contracts ever for a mid-sized SUV, and the second largest contract performance among domestic SUVs after the Sorento.
To achieve that, Kia drastically changed the interior and exterior design and also improved its powertrain with the introduction of a hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that combines a 1.6 gasoline turbo engine and an electric battery motor.
The overall length has increased by up to 175 mm, the overall width by 10 mm, and the overall height by at least 15 mm while the wheelbase, which determines the interior space, has been increased by 85 mm.