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Kia Sportage SUV - Reliability & safety

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

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 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 13th place out of 75 cars featured in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. It was rated highly for reliability, too – of the owners who responded, only 12.5% reported experiencing a problem with their Sportage during the first year of ownership.


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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