Review

Kia Sportage SUV

Price  £17,500 - £29,505

Kia Sportage SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Great value for money
  • Spacious interior
  • Seven-year warranty
Cons
  • Some cheap-feeling trim
  • Lifeless steering
  • Bouncy ride

The Kia Sportage is a crossover SUV like the Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi ASX, Skoda Yeti, and Hyundai ix35 and it's an extremely good one, too. It was the first car to win the CarBuyer Car of the Year award, back in 2011. And we named it Best 4x4 in 2012. It looks fantastic – far more stylish than you’d expect from a budget brand and a lot slicker than rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti. But a pretty face is not is the extent of the Sportage's talents, its equipment levels are outstanding. Even entry-level models get alloy wheels, tinted glass, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing front windscreen wipers, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connection as standard, which is remarkable given its price. The interior is great, too, it looks stylish and is well laid out. The engine range is excellent and it comes with a seven-year warranty. It's not all good news tough, as the Sportage does have its problems; some of the materials in the interior feel a bit cheap, and it isn’t the best car to drive – the steering feels a bit lifeless and it bounces around a bit. Despite these gripes, the Sportage is still a superbly accomplished car.