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Fri, 03 Jul 2015




  • High-value model on sale at a mid range price
  • Only 1,200 special edition vehicles to be manufactured
  • On sale from July 1 from £20,995


Marsh Kia Taunton has taken stock of the super luxe, Kia Sportage ‘Axis Edition’ model, available from July 1. With only 1,200 of these models on sale in the UK, the Axis Edition is a must-have for fleet and retail customers looking for a taste of luxury, without the hefty price tag.


Starting from just £20,995, the Axis Edition comes with a choice of two efficient powertrains. Both the 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol engine and the 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine offer a smooth drive, whilst the in-built Intelligent Stop & Go engine stop-start system keeps fuel loss and emissions low when stuck in traffic – great for those looking for a reliable and cost effective car.


The Axis Edition’s practicality doesn’t compromise style. Sitting between trim grades ‘2’ and ‘3’, the Axis Edition specification boasts 17 inch alloy wheels, electric folding door mirrors, rail roofs as standard and a premium style ‘shark fin’ antenna. The plush interior is upholstered in unique black leather, with Dinamica® microfiber inserts, complimented by light grey door inserts, unique to the Axis Edition model. The black headlining and pillar coverings, as well as privacy glass and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror further enhance the premium style of the model.


Add to this the seven-speaker Infinity®sound system, with Bluetooth music streaming and hands-free phone operation, and the Axis’ lavish specification is clear to see. The bonus of touchscreen sat-nav technology is ideal for keeping you on-course when driving, with minimal effort. The European mapping and TMC traffic messaging allows the driver to efficiently calculate both quick and economic routes.


“The Axis Edition is the ultimate in luxury driving, perfect for those who want a high end feel, whilst keeping costs down,” said  Paul Moorhouse of Marsh Kia Taunton. “With such a limited amount of models available, the Axis oozes exclusivity, and is sure to be a hit with our customers!”


As with all Kia models, the special edition Axis comes with Kia’s outstanding seven-year warranty.



Europe-focused powertrains

The 1.6-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) engine is from the Gamma family. GDi makes it possible to increase power and torque levels while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Typically, a GDi engine will deliver seven per cent more torque at low engine revolutions and 12 per cent more torque at high rpm than a conventional engine of similar capacity – and with a fuel economy improvement of around ten per cent.


It develops 133bhp at 6,300rpm and 165Nm of torque (122lb/ft) at 4,850rpm.  It is an aluminium 1,591cc 16-valve twin-cam unit with variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust valves, and featuring a high 11.0:1 compression ratio. 


A fine mist of petrol is injected directly into each of the four cylinders at up to 135 bar in minutely precise quantities and with millisecond timing to ensure the Sportage uses only as much fuel as it needs, exactly when it needs it.  The result is highly efficient combustion that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption and emissions – the 1.6-litre GDi Sportage with ISG has a combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of only 149g/km.  It accelerates from 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds and has a maximum speed of 111mph


The 1.7-litre turbodiesel is part of the U2 family engineered and designed at Kia's research and development facility in Germany.  Developing 114bhp at 4,000rpm and 260Nm (192lb/ft) of torque at 1,250 - 2,750rpm, it has been crafted for optimum driveability in European conditions. More than 90 per cent of maximum torque is available from just 2,000rpm. Performance is similar to that of the 1.6-litre petrol version, with a maximum speed of 107mph and 0-60mph acceleration in 11.9 seconds, while combined fuel economy is 54.4mpg and CO2 emissions are a remarkably low 135g/km.


As with every Kia, the Sportage Axis Edition models come with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.


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Sportage Axis Edition – pricing



OTR price

1.6 GDi ISG


1.7 CRDi ISG


Metallic paint





Sportage Axis Edition – performance, economy and emissions



Power bhp

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Average mpg

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1.6 GDi  ISG







1.7 CRDi ISG