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What is it?
The Sportage is a medium size five-door family crossover available with one body style. The main range offers 10 trim levels and three engine choices. There are also automatic and four-wheel drive options. This third Sportage generation was introduced in 2010.
What is the Kia Sportage like to drive?
High style and a high seating position are key appeals of the Sportage, along with a generous complement of equipment. The driving position is good, too. Of the engine range it’s the two 2.0 litre diesels that are the best all-rounders, mixing good economy with brisk performance. They are also relaxed motorway cruisers. The two smaller engines are well-suited to shorter trips. The Sportage’s parking sensors, and the reversing camera on pricier models, are useful assets in town. The Kia handles bends neatly enough, rides adequately and is quiet unless worked hard.
What engines are available?
There are three diesels and one petrol engine. The petrol is a 133hp 1.6, the diesels come as a 1.7 of 85hp and two 2.0 litres of 134hp and 181hp. All are four cylinders, and all come with six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. A six-speed automatic is available with both the 2.0 diesels. Four-wheel drive is standard on the 2.0 diesels, and can be combined with manual or automatic transmissions. Most versions come with fuel-saving engine stop-start.
What are the key standard features of the Kia Sportage?
The entry-level Sportage ‘1’ comes with air conditioning, radio/CD/MP3, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth with voice recognition, trip computer, auto wipers, remote central locking, four electric windows, cruise control, hill-holder, electric heated door mirrors, height-adjustable driver’s seat, four-way adjustable steering column, leather covering for wheel and gearknob, cornering lights, front foglights, 60:40 split folding second row, 12V socket and 16in alloy wheels.
KX-1 (over ‘1’): all-wheel drive.
‘2’ (over ‘1’): dual-zone climate control, part-leather seats, driver’s lumbar adjuster, panoramic electric glass roof, air conditioned glovebox, luggage net, roof-rails, privacy glass, 17in alloy wheels.
KX-2 (over ‘2’): all-wheel drive.
‘3’ (over ‘2’): 4.2in touchscreen, reversing camera, leather seats, heated front and outer rear seats, stereo upgrade, auto xenon headlights, headlight washers, selectable steering assistance, 18in alloy wheels.
‘3’ sat nav (over ‘3’): sat nav with 7in touchscreen
KX-3 (over ‘3’): all-wheel drive, eco mode with automatic.
KX-3 sat nav (over KX-3): sat nav with 7in touchscreen
‘4’ (over ‘3’): parallel parking assist system, 6-way power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, keyless go, LED taillights.
KX-4 (over ‘4’): all-wheel drive, eco mode with automatic.
What are the key options?
Metallic paint, and various dealer-fitted accessories.
How spacious is the Kia Sportage?
The Sportage will comfortably seat four adults - a fifth must sit astride the transmission tunnel. In-cabin storage is good. The boot is a competitively sized, and the rear seats have a split-fold facility.
What will it cost to run?
CO2 emissions range from 135g/km for the two-wheel drive 1.7 diesel manual to 189g/km for the four-wheel drive 181hp diesel automatic. The 1.6 petrol emits 149g/km. Official combined fuel consumption ranges from 55.4mpg to 39.2mpg combined; the 1.6 petrol returns 44.1mpg. Benefit in kind exposure ranges from 22% for the 1.6 petrol to 33% for the 181bhp 2.0 diesel. For the 1.7 diesel it’s 23%.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags, anti-whiplash front headrests, antilock brakes and ESP anti-skid control are standard. The Sportage achieved a full five star EuroNCAP safety rating. A smart vision pack (see options) includes several safety features. An alarm and immobiliser are standard, and there are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.