Kia Sportage (2016) Review

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Kia Sportage (2016) At A Glance

One of the best crossovers on the market. Very refined and relaxed at motorway speeds. Handles well. Five star Euro NCAP rating.

Naturally-aspirated 1.6 petrol feels slow compared to turbocharged rivals. 48V mild hybrid starts at £32,545. Starting to feel dated alongside newer rivals.

New prices start from £18,795, brokers can source from £23,445
Contract hire deals from £205.44 per month
Insurance Groups are between 11–25
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

Remember a time when everyone who wanted a well-equipped and good value crossover bought a Nissan Qashqai? Now the family crossover buyer has a wide range of affordable SUVs to choose from: the SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Renault Kadjar and Ford Kuga to name a few. Oh, and the Kia Sportage.

Since the latest Kia Sportage came in 2016, it's become the firm's best-selling car in the UK. Yup, Kia sells more Sportages than it does Picantos and Ceeds. And for good reason.

It's an impressively comfortable car, offering decent refinement and excellent ride quality. 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.

If we're being picky, the Sportage's cabin is starting to look a little dated alongside newer rivals like the Skoda Karoq, but it still feels well built.

There's a big boot and access is easy, while dropping the rear seats is a simple process should you need more room.

All Sportage models with the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine are front-wheel drive, while the turbocharged T-GDi is available with front- or four-wheel drive - as is the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which replaced the 1.7 in 2018. A top-of-the-range 2.0-litre diesel with electrical assistance is all-wheel drive as standard and is paired with a DCT automatic gearbox.

The 1.6 CRDi diesel engine makes lots of sense in the Sportage, although petrol buyers are well catered for with the 1.6 T-GDi. The entry-level GDi feels fine around town, but offers slow progress on the open road. The 2.0-litre CRDi mild hybrid is excellent - but, starting at £32,545, will be hard to justify for most buyers.

There's little to fault with the Sportage. It's a really good, great value crossover that's very easy to recommend.

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Real MPG average for a Kia Sportage (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

23–54 mpg

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Should I let my car idle before switching it off?
My daughter is waiting to collect a used 2017 Kia Sportage from a Kia dealership. Your articles have often recommend drivers using Shell V power fuel. Will my daughter gain the same benefits from super unleaded fuel with this secondhand car with only 15,000 recorded miles? Also, I have read that some turbo engines need to idle after use before being switched off in order to protect the turbo. Does this apply only to high performance turbo engines or will she need to follow any driving procedures with this car? Your advice and comments will be much appreciated.
In short: no and no. Most modern engines will be absolutely fine using regular fuel. And there's no reason to let the engine idle before turning it off. Its engine management system will continue to run the cooling system to dissipate heat and prevent damage.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could you recommend a reliable, economical car that can fit a wheelchair in the back?
What would you suggest for my next car or SUV on a budget of £12,000? It needs to be easy to drive, cheap to tax, fuel efficient, high spec, high seating position, reliable and comfortable. I do 17,000 miles per year and it needs to be able to hold a powered wheelchair in its boot. An auto would nice but not sure if it would be able to cope with the mileage, as I'm worried about servicing costs. What should I look for? Thanks.
A Vauxhall Mokka could be a good option. It's a good value crossover SUV. Go for the 1.6 CDTi diesel engine, which is available with a manual or automatic gearbox. It should be fairly frugal and cheap to maintain. This should give you an idea of common issues: If you're happy with a manual gearbox, also consider a Kia Sportage or Hyundai Tucson. Both are very reliable SUVs with excellent 1.7-litre diesel engines.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best SUV under £20,000?
I'm looking for an SUV for under £20,000. I expect to have it for up to 10 years. Much of my driving is now short drives so it needs to be petrol. What's your advice?
The Kia Sportage has a very good reputation for reliability. A budget of £20,000 should get you a 2019 model with the majority of its seven-year/100,000 mile warranty still left to run:
Answered by Dan Powell
I'm looking for a small SUV that will last the next 10 years. Any advice?
I have a max of £11,000 to spend on a buying a family car. I currently have a Vauxhall Zafira but want to trade up to something newer and nicer. I like the look of the small SUVs like Kia Sportage or Hyundai Ix35 or Tucson, but don't really know enough about cars to feel confident about what is best to look for. I'm looking for a car for the next 10 years ideally, and will need room for two growing boys, 5 and 8, who are going to be tall. The car will be used mainly for school runs, visiting family around the UK and a family holiday like driving over to France in the summer. I'd like some nice touches like touchscreen multimedia systems or panoramic sun roof, but they're not deal breakers. Ideally, something that can shift a bit too. I think that's probably a tall order for the budget but really don't know and could do with some advice. Any help appreciated.
The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson are very good choices. Both are comfortable, easy to drive and backed by long manufacturer warranties. They are also well-equipped as standard, which means you can get a top spec car for a relatively modest outlay. Given your budget, you'll get: A 2016/17 Hyundai Tucson: Or a 2017 Sportage: Given its seven-year-warranty, I would go with the Kia. But test drive both and go with the one that suits your needs best.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Kia Sportage (2016) cost?

Buy new from £23,445 (list price from £25,585)
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