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KIA Sportage (2016–)

Last updated 5 November 2017

Excellent new Sportage with better steering and handling than before. Very refined and relaxed at motorway speeds. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Good economy from 1.7 CRDi.
Top diesel engine with automatic gearbox is expensive new at £30,000.
Updated 5 November 2017

Slight judder reported from engine/transmission of new 2017 KIA Sportage 2.0CRDI KX4 automatic at 9,700 mies.

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Introduction

The Sportage is Kia's most popular model in the UK, selling even more than the Picanto and Cee'd. It's a real success story but perhaps not a surprising one. The Sportage has built up a strong reputation, particularly when it comes to value for money. This latest Sportage sticks with those core strengths but adds improved refinement and an extra dash of quality throughout.

It's still a practical and affordable family car though. Plus of course it comes with Kia's seven-year 100,000 mile warranty - something no other manufacturer can match.

It may look similar in profile to the previous Sportage but Kia assures us this car is all-new with the styling a case of evolution rather than a radical redesign. The interior is a step up in terms of quality and finish but it's the refinement of the Sportage which has really improved.

It's a much quieter car on the move, it rides better than before and is impressively comfortable on the motorway. As a way of transporting the family on long motorway journeys, this Sportage is pretty much ideal. The interior has plenty of room and those in the back are treated to good leg and knee room, so even fast growing teenagers won't have room for complaint.

All Sportage models with the 1.6-litre GDi and 1.7-litre CRDi engines are front-wheel drive, while those powered by the 1.6-litre T-GDi unit and the two 2.0-litre CRDi diesels have all-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive versions get a KX prefix in the model designation.

It's the 1.7 CRDi engine which makes the most sense in the Sportage, particularly if you're going to be covering long distances, thanks to claimed economy of 61.4mpg. However, it's manual only so if you want a diesel automatic you have to move up to the more expensive 2.0 CRDi. 

There's little to fault with the Sportage, especially given how impressive it is from a value for money perspective. It's a really good, really high quality crossover that's very easy to recommend.

Kia Sportage 2016 Range Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
Nice to drive & be in
Jaja
2
Many small problems and not all it's cracked up to be.
5
My second favourite behind a Cortina 2000E of my youth
4
Thirsty, but ace
3
Complicated.
 

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