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2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE

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2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE

Fascinating design of the Kia Sportage GT-Line makes it more than a people mover.

By EWAN KENNEDY

Kia Sportage is almost an ‘oldtimer’ in this day and age, having been around since 1993. It’s undergone quite a few upgrades and changes in almost 30 years on the market.
The fifth generation is built on a new architecture and has fascinating styling. It’s no longer aimed at buyers who simply want to move people, it’s designed to be stylish and even slightly upmarket in people’s minds.

STYLING
The classic Kia Tiger Nose grille and boomerang-shaped daytime running lamps make a real styling statement. At the rear it has a what you could call a swooping fastback design.
The fifth-generation Sportage has boomerang-shaped LEDs, razor rear lamps and a swooping curved roof that gives it a look that almost leans in the direction of a coupe. The Snow While Pearl on our test car tied in beautifully with the large black sunroof and the black wheels.
The dual aero spoilers, one above the rear window the other below add to the looks sporting looks.
The bold arrow-like shape of the daytime running lights certainly says they are there for more than providing visibility for other road users.

INTERIOR

2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE

2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE INTERIOR

Can’t say the black-on-black interior is to our tastes, but it’s the trendy thing these days so it will help to sell more Sportages.
The latest Sportage has a wheelbase of 2755mm, a length of 4660mm, width of 1865mm and height of 1660mm. There’s 1050mm legroom for second-row passengers and 1000mm headroom. This is noticeably better than the outgoing model. This means someone of my size and build can get comfortable in the rear without having to ask the driver to share space with me.
Three abreast in the rear seat is pretty good in this latest generation if the occupants are of normal width, if one or more are on the tubby side it does get less comfortable. The centre tunnel is low and doesn’t force the person in the centre seat to sit with their feet beside it.

INFOTAINMENT

Inside there’s a curved 12.3-inch digital cluster, and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen in the GT-Line we tested. It’s easy to see at a quick glance, thus minimising the time the driver takes their eyes off the road.
The sound system is by harman/kardon and could be easily adjusted to produce the sort of outputs we like.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Power from the Sportage comes from a variety of engines; a 2.0-litre petrol (115kW / 192Nm), 1.6-litre turbo-petrol (132kW / 265Nm) and 2.0-litre diesel (137kW / 416Nm).
The 1.6-litre is exclusively available on the GT-Line and SX+ variants and is paired with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It sends power to both the front and rear wheels for improved performance and handling, particularly in low grip situations.
Our test car is a Sportage GT-Line with the 1.6-litre petrol and premium paint and has a driveway pricing of $51,990.

SAFETY
Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance System technology helps the Sportage to avoid potential hazards.
The Intelligent Speed Limit Assist system available on the all-new Sportage detects speed signs through the front view camera. Information is then displayed on the instrument cluster.
The optimised speed can then be used to set the Speed Limiter or Smart Cruise Control by confirming the speed limit. Can’t say we are keen on this as drivers know the correct speed for the road conditions, which may be below or above the posted speeds. So, we don’t want our car lagging behind others on the road or charging up behind them.
On motorways this can lead to others coming up behind us having to change lanes, then get back into the correct lane in front of us.

DRIVING

2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE

2022 KIA SPORTAGE GT-LINE

Kia Sportage has been the subject of Kia Australia’s Local Ride and Handling Program, the Sportage is designed to cater to Australian roads and the style of driving Australians prefer.
Kia Australia’s Ride and Handling Engineer, Graeme Gambold, said: “While it’s been a challenge due to Covid complications and taken a little longer than usual, NQ5 is sporty, youthful, fun to drive, yet comfortable and capable of soaking up even the harshest of road conditions”.
It’s no sports machine but comes closer than we anticipated in the way it turns in promptly and is happy to change direction if the road tightens or loosens.
Debuting in the Sportage GT-Line is a 3D surround view monitor which optimises images from four cameras (front, side mirrors and rear) to provide a 360-degree view in various modes. It allows the user to easily zoom and drag the camera view to suit their needs. This is particularly useful when squeezing backwards into a tight spot in a carpark, especially an underground one with poor lighting.

SUMMING UP
Kia’s latest Sportage is a solid reworking of the models before it and it looks certain to continue the sales successes of its four ancestors.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL RANGE
S 2.0-litre petrol: $34,690 (six-speed manual), $35,690 (six-speed automatic)
S 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $42,690 (eight-speed automatic)
SX 2.0-litre petrol: $37,490 (six-speed manual), $38,490 (six-speed automatic)
SX 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $45,490 (eight-speed automatic)
SX+ 2.0-litre petrol: $44,490 (six-speed automatic)
SX+ 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $49,990 (eight-speed automatic)
SX+ 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $46,990 (seven-speed DCT automatic)
GT-Line 1.6-litre turbo-petrol: $51,990 (seven-speed DCT automatic)
GT-Line 2.0-litre turbo-diesel: $54,990 (eight-speed automatic)
Note: These are driveaway prices and include all government and dealer delivery charges.
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Kia dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Kia Sportage GT-Line 1.6-litre turbo-petrol five-door wagon)

ENGINE:
Capacity: 1.598 litres
Configuration: Four cylinders in line
Maximum Power: 132 kW @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 265 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Fuel Type: Standard unleaded
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 7.2 L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 164 g/km

DRIVELINE: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4660 mm
Wheelbase: 2755 mm
Width: 1865 mm
Height: 1680 mm
Turning Circle: 11.4 metres
Kerb Mass: 1643 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 54 litres

BRAKES :
Front: Ventilated disc
Rear: Solid disc

STANDARD WARRANTY:
Seven years / unlimited kilometres

RATINGS
Looks: 9/10
Performance: 6/10
Safety: 7/10
Thirst: 6/10
Practicality: 8/10
Comfort: 7/10
Tech: 8/10
Value: 7/10

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BALLINA MP ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FUNDING

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BALLINA MP ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FUNDING

 

Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina, today announced $300,000 in funding for a total of 14 projects to be delivered through the Community Building Partnership Program.

Local volunteer groups are the backbone of our community, Ms Smith said. “I am pleased that these groups can improve on their infrastructure and make life a little easier for their volunteers who do so much for our community.”

Ms Smith said the (Community Building Partnership Program) funds would deliver much-needed improvements to local facilities, including replacement of fencing and building a ramp at the Brunswick Heads branch of the Country Women’s Association, purchasing new equipment for OZfish to improve the health of the Richmond River, a kitchen upgrade for Fripp oval in Ballina, and better facilities for the disability therapy centre at Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Community Building Partnership Program.

Community Building Partnership Program projects

“This is exciting news for our community,” Ms Smith said. “This grassroots funding will directly help create a more resilient and inclusive local community with positive social, environmental, and recreational outcomes.

“I congratulate all the organisations that were successful in their applications and look forward to seeing how these projects make a real difference for people and the environment.”

The Member for Ballina has assisted more than 100 community organisations and delivered more than $3 million in grants through this program since she was first elected in 2015.

 

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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment.

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July Exhibitions Celebrating community, culture, and the environment

 

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) presents four new exhibitions this July. The 13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial exhibition by BACCI (Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre) will be on alongside the 2023 SCU Graduate Award and two exhibitions that celebrate and show concerns for our local flora and fauna. Gallery Coordinator, Imbi Davidson, said “This July we are very excited to be presenting exhibitions that showcase our continued relationships between Southern Cross University (SCU) and the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), giving emerging and local artists the opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery. The enduring creative call of our local environments will also be highlighted in two exhibitions that serve as a celebration and call to action.”

Scribbly Gums and Landforms | Dianne Ingram Dianne uses mixed media to describe and translate her love of Australian gum trees and bushlands. Often working plein-air and employing her distinctive mark-making techniques to create abstractions of the landscape. Dianne imbues her work with ambiguity and unconventional juxtapositions that invite the viewer to create their own interpretations and experiences of our shared environment.

Brainstorm | Thomas Hannah (2023 SCU Graduate Award) The recipient of the 2023 SCU Graduate Award, Thomas Hannah’s Brainstorm details his time spent within the medical system after a diagnosis of epilepsy. This work explores the physical and mental effects of health issues with poignancy and humour, highlighting shared experiences between the artist and viewers.

Fallen | Jenny Kitchener Working with printmaking, Jenny Kitchener presents a glimpse into what the future may hold for five Northern Rivers endangered or vulnerable animals. The focus is on five threatened local animals, selected from five major animal groups: the koala (marsupial); the jabiru (bird); Stephen’s banded snake (reptile); the green and golden bell frog (amphibian) and the birdwing butterfly (insect).

13th Annual Grace Cruice Memorial Exhibition | BACCI Presented by the members of the Ballina Arts & Crafts Centre Inc. (BACCI), this exhibition is a tribute to founding member Grace Cruice, showcasing works created by BACCI members over the past year. BACCI is celebrating 26 years of continued activity and continues to promote a friendly meeting place for artists and craft people from Ballina and surrounding districts.

All NRCG July exhibitions open Wednesday 26 June and continue until Sunday 18 August. The official exhibition launch will be held 5.30 – 7.30pm, Thursday 27 June.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 9am until 3pm and weekends from 9.30am until 1.00pm. For further information contact the Gallery on 02 6681 0530 or visit the website.

 

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Ballina Shire Celebrates Multiple Finalists in the 2024 North Coast Tourism Awards

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Ballina Shire Celebrates Multiple Finalists in the 2024 North Coast Tourism Awards

 

Ballina Shire Council is delighted to announce that several local tourism businesses and initiatives have been named finalists in the prestigious 2024 North Coast Tourism Awards.

These awards acknowledge growth, entrepreneurship, and commend the success of tourism businesses throughout the North Coast Destination Network region.

Ballina Visitor Information Centre has been nominated for Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Tourism Services, and Outstanding Young Tourism Business Leader, highlighting the centre’s innovative approaches, exemplary service standards, and the outstanding contributions to our local community.

Lennox Head Cultural Centre has been recognised for Event Venue of the Year, a category that celebrates venues excelling in business events, conferences, music events, and leisure events.

Ballina Contemporary Art Market (Northern Rivers Community Gallery) is a finalist for Festival/Event of the Year, a category honouring events that significantly enhance the visitor experience and contribute to the local cultural landscape.

We are equally proud to highlight the achievements of operators within our region. Sugar Beach Ranch in South Ballina has earned a nomination for Excellence in Wellness Tourism, recognising their unique and compelling visitor experiences focused on wellness. Bonito Peruvian Eatery in Wollongbar is a finalist for Excellence in Food Tourism, celebrating their outstanding culinary excellence and significant contribution to the region’s gastronomic appeal.

Taking part in these respected awards is a rewarding experience for businesses. It gives them a chance to think about what has made them successful—like their goals, strategies, and visions. Being nominated and shortlisted for these awards allows operators reflect on their journey, helping them gain valuable insights to continue their growth and secure their future.

“We are incredibly proud of our local finalists,” said Mayor Sharon Cadwallader. “Their hard work, dedication, and innovative spirit have not only elevated their own businesses but also enhanced the overall appeal of Ballina Shire as a premier tourist destination. We wish them all the best in the upcoming awards.”

The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 1 August 2024 at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges.

Tickets are available here.

 

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