The Kia Sportage has been upgraded for the 2012 model year, bringing with it minor specification changes and small price rises.

The 2012 Kia Sportage update comes just 10 months after Kia launched the all-new compact SUV in Australia last August.

Prices have increased $230 across the board, with the entry-level Si model (2.0-litre petrol, five-speed manual, front-wheel drive) now $26,720 and the range-topping Platinum (2.0-litre diesel, six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive) starting at $39,720.

All models now come with a light dimmer for the instrument panel and a more masculine sounding horn.

The Si gets comes standard with rubber floor mats and the Si and SLi both get a folding key, bringing them into line with the Platinum.

The SLi is upgraded to stain-resistant cloth seats, while both the SLi and Platinum models score larger front disc brakes (up from 279mm to 305mm).

Kia Motors Australia’s Kevin Hepworth said Australian availability of Sportage had improved significantly from earlier this year, when waiting times for some models ballooned out to around six months.

“We had a bit of boost in supply last month and we’ve just about cleared all of our back orders,” Mr Hepworth said.

He said customers should expect to wait between six to eight months for the most popular model in the range (Sportage SLi CRDi) as well as specific orders, but said there were many vehicles currently at dealerships for those not fussy about colours and specific options.

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2012 Kia Sportage manufacturer’s list prices:

  • Si 2.0 manual – $26,720
  • Si 2.0 automatic – $28,720
  • SLi 2.4 AWD automatic – $32,720
  • SLi 2.0 CRDi AWD automatic – $35,720
  • Platinum 2.4 AWD automatic – $36,720
  • Platinum 2.0 CRDi AWD automatic – $39,720