Kia Sportage SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Something for nearly everyone in the Sportage’s engine range
Every Kia Sportage features a 1.6-litre engine but there’s a full range of powertrain options except a purely electric one. On entry-level models, the 1.6-litre petrol engine doesn’t feature any electrification but move up the range and you can choose varying levels of hybrid power. The mild-hybrid has a starter-generator that collects a small amount of electricity when you brake and acts like an extended start-stop system.
Above that is a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The difference is the size of the battery (and the price), with the hybrid getting a small 1.49kWh battery compared to 13.8kWh for the plug-in hybrid. The latter needs to be recharged from a plug socket or charging point but the result is a 35-mile electric-only range; the normal hybrid won’t manage more than a mile or so at a time.
A 1.6-litre diesel engine from the previous model is also available and holds the most appeal for high-mileage drivers. However, it’s worth noting that this engine was also offered in the Hyundai Tucson at that car’s launch but was quickly discontinued.
Kia Sportage MPG & CO2
Unsurprisingly, the versions with a higher level of electrification offer the lowest running costs. The plug-in hybrid Sportage offers up to 35 miles of electric driving on a full charge, which should be enough for the average daily commute. If you can predominantly drive on the electric motor and recharge regularly, your fuel costs will be minimal.
Kia hasn’t yet published MPG and CO2 figures for the Sportage but these engines are all being used in the similarly sized Hyundai Tucson. The hybrid should manage nearly 50mpg, while its CO2 figure should mean a reasonable band for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax for company-car drivers. We expect the plug-in hybrid to offer the lowest BiK rates (the Tucson is in one of the lowest bands) but it also has a higher P11D price than the hybrid.
In the Tucson, the mild-hybrid petrol engine returns up to 42mpg. All hybrid versions get a slightly discounted rate of VED (road tax), but it's possible to spend over £40,000 on a Sportage. Tip over this threshold and you'll pay an extra tax surcharge, taking your annual bill to nearly £500 until the car is six years old.
The hybrid Sportage sits in group 25 out of 50, regardless of the trim level you choose. The cheapest to insure is the entry-level ‘2’ trim with the underpowered 114bhp diesel engine, as it sits in group 15. That’s roughly what you’d expect from a family SUV, although it is higher than the Nissan Qashqai, which sits in group 12 in mid-spec mild-hybrid guise.
Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty is no longer quite class-leading (the Toyota RAV4 and C-HR can be covered for up to 10 years) but it’s still far more generous than the three years of cover you get with a Volkswagen Tiguan or BMW X1. It can be transferred to the next owner too.
Taking out a Kia Care service plan sees your servicing covered for two, three or five years, and can be paid monthly or upfront. It’s likely to cost around £350 for three services for the basic petrol engine, but it’s not clear how much you’d need to pay for one of the hybrid models. Kia also offers a ‘Drive Now, Pay Later’ scheme that allows you to pay for maintenance work over three instalments interest-free.
The service interval for the petrol engine is 10,000 miles or once a year and it’s 20,000 miles for the diesel. Kia hasn’t published service intervals for the hybrids yet.