Kia Sportage SUV - Reliability & safety (2016-2021)

Plenty of standard safety kit makes the Kia Sportage a very safe car

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Kia has an excellent reputation for reliability – backed up by its now-familiar seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. We'd expect this Sportage to uphold the brand's record.

Kia Sportage reliability

The Kia Sportage finished in a creditable ninth place out of 75 cars featured in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It was rated highly for reliability with owners scoring it well above average for build quality and reliability. There were also high scores for practicality, ride and handling and the infotainment system, which is easy to use and responsive.

Safety

The Sportage is a very safe car, too: Euro NCAP crash-tested it before it went on sale and awarded it five stars out of five, with an excellent 90% adult occupant protection score and 83% child protection score.

This is largely thanks to the generous amount of standard safety equipment. Alongside the legally required traction control, stability control and anti-lock brakes, there’s also an electronic brake force distribution system – which sends the most brake power to the wheel with the most grip – and a braking assistance system, which ensures maximum braking force is used in an emergency, no matter how much force you put through the brake pedal.

If you like to tow – be it a caravan or horsebox – all models also come with trailer stability assistance, while hill-start assistance and downhill braking control are also offered. Step up to higher trim levels and you get additional safety kit like blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. This lets you know if there’s a car in your blind spot on the motorway and also if there’s a car approaching as you prepare to reverse out of a parking space or driveway.

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