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Kia Sportage SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Running costs for the Kia Sportage are about on par with rivals’

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It’s vital for this sort of car to have running costs similar to those of a family hatchback like the Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus, as despite the Sportage’s SUV styling, it’s meant to offer practical and cheap-to-run family transport.

Kia Sportage MPG & CO2

While this Sportage can’t quite match the Nissan Qashqai for economy and emissions, it’s not far behind. The most fuel-efficient version – the two-wheel-drive 134bhp mild-hybrid 1.6-litre diesel – emits 141g/km of CO2 and returns an average of up to 52.3mpg regardless of whether you pick the manual or automatic gearbox. Go for the four-wheel-drive version of the same engine with 17-inch alloy wheels (standard on ‘2’ trim), and fuel economy falls to 46.3mpg and 159g/km of CO2. This means no Sportage will appeal to company-car drivers, as all are in the top Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bracket.

Its mild-hybrid hardware recoups energy as the car slows down, storing it in a 0.44kWh battery for use later to take the strain off the diesel engine. This should give the engine more 'off time', but during our test drive it didn't engage as often as we expected.

The more powerful 182bhp diesel engine was discontinued from the Sportage in the 2020 range update.

Alternatively, you can go for one of two petrol engines. Both displace 1.6 litres and have four cylinders, but one is turbocharged and the other naturally aspirated. The entry-level, non-turbocharged model produces 130bhp, will return 36.2mpg on average and emits 184g/km of CO2 when fitted with Kia’s ISG stop-start technology. This again results in a place in the top Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band. 

The more powerful turbocharged petrol engine is now available with two- and four-wheel drive, but the latter does affect its fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Only offered with a manual gearbox, the front-wheel-drive version manages 34.9mpg, while choosing between the six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox on the four-wheel-drive one makes a difference, too. The former means 33.2mpg and 192g/km of CO2 emissions, while the latter is 32.5mpg and 197g/km.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the new Kia Sportage start at 13 for the most basic 1.6-litre petrol version, climbing to 22 for the GT-Line trim equipped with the same engine. The diesel Sportage starts at group 15 in ‘2’ trim, ranging up to group 20 for the GT-Line S model.

Warranty

This is a major selling point for Kia in the UK. All its models come with an industry-leading seven-year/100,000-mile manufacturer warranty. This is more than you get from any other brand and it’s completely transferable, which means if you sell the car before you’ve racked up either of those milestones, the new owner will be covered for the remainder. This makes Kias attractive on the used market.

Servicing

The previous Sportage needed servicing every 20,000 miles or 12 months (whichever comes first) and this is unlikely to change for this generation. You can also specify either a three or five-year fixed-price service plan. Like the warranty, this is transferable, too – another boon for used buyers.

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