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Kia Sportage SUV - Reliability & safety

The Kia Sportage is too new to confirm reliability and safety but the initial signs are good

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4.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

Kia’s huge seven-year warranty has gained plenty of praise since its introduction but it’s likely that you won’t need to use it very often. Both the brand and the outgoing Sportage are loved by owners, so the new Sportage will need to keep up the good work.

Kia Sportage reliability

In our 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey the Kia Sportage finished 19th in our list of the top 75 cars, with owners praising its interior, practicality and infotainment system. 

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Kia as a brand came an impressive sixth out of 32 manufacturers, ahead of its main rivals, Nissan (19th), Toyota (12th) and sister brand Hyundai (17th). While a slightly higher-than-average proportion of owners reported a fault in the first year (25%), Kia’s impressive warranty offers peace of mind.

Safety

When crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the Kia Sportage also received an impressive five-star score. The larger Kia Sorento scored the maximum five-star rating in 2020, while the Sportage’s closely related Hyundai Tucson cousin also scored five stars in 2021. Autonomous emergency braking and lane-follow assist are among the safety features fitted as standard, along with intelligent speed-limit assistance and hill-hold.

For ‘3’ models equipped with an automatic gearbox, adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist are also fitted, while top-spec cars increase the tech count with blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera and parking collision avoidance.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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