Kia Sportage SUV
Price £17,500 - £29,505
- Spacious interior
- Seven-year warranty
- Great value for money
- Some cheap-feeling trim
- Lifeless steering
- Bouncy ride
At a glance
"The Kia Sportage is a good value, practical and smart competitor in the crossover market."
It looks like a compact SUV – and indeed it is – but look beyond its chunky profile and high driving position and you’ll see the Kia Sportage is closer to a regular hatchback when it comes to usability and running costs.
If that isn’t tempting enough, there's also Kia's attractive support package designed to keep the costs of ownership down further still, including fixed-price servicing and a generous seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.
But the Sportage offers more than just reasonably low running costs in a trendy SUV body. It's also an attractive and distinctive-looking car that's packed with standard equipment. What's more, the four trim levels it comes in are called, simply, 1, 2, 3 and 4, with four-wheel-drive versions identified by a KX prefix.
Two-wheel-drive versions are powered by a choice of 1.6-litre petrol and 1.7-litre diesel engines. A more powerful 2.0-litre diesel, available in two power outputs, is reserved for models with four-wheel drive. This engine is also offered with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.
Sportage drivers want for very little, with alloy wheels, air-conditioning and LED daytime running lights all provided as standard from trim level 1 upwards. On top of these, there are also rain-sensing wipers and a USB connection for music players and mobile phones.
Just moving up to trim level 2 brings rear parking sensors and half-leather seats while level 4, the highest, has the kind of kit you’d expect to find in a car costing twice the price: xenon headlights, sat nav, heated seats and a panoramic sunroof.
Well equipped and easy to own, the Kia Sportage is also a safe car, receiving the maximum five-star rating from the crash-test experts at Euro NCAP to prove it. Look deeper and you’ll find a full set of airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, anti-whiplash headrests and ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
However, despite the Sportage's long list of attributes, its brilliant rival the Nissan Qashqai remains our favourite mid-size SUV. Even then, if you can do without an SUV's high seating position and occasional off-road ability, you might be better off looking at conventional hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Honda Civic.
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Fuel economy and CO2 emissions aren’t a match for rivals, but the Kia Sportage’s servicing costs will be low
The Kia Sportage’s road manners are a big improvement over Kias of old, but it still trails rivals for driving satisfaction
The Kia Sportage boasts an interior that’s quiet and well built, if not as stylish as the best that rivals can offer
The Kia Sportage has a large boot and the interior is spacious, but its rear window is small, making park sensors a must
An excellent seven-year warranty shows Kia has a lot of faith in the Sportage’s reliability. The car has a very good safety rating, too