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For The 1.7 engine gives cracking fuel economy and emissions, while the Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2 version provides plenty of luxury kit.

Against The engine isn't very flexible, and it’s pretty noisy when you stick some revs on. We think the diesel’s pricing could be a little lower, too.

Kia Sportage Crossover

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

If you must have this engine then avoid the Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2, because 1 trim should suffice. However, we’d recommend you either settle for the thirstier and cheaper 1.6 petrol, or spend the extra on the more powerful diesel.

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Key facts

11.9 secs
Top speed
107 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
690 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Kia Sportage is aimed squarely at the likes of crossovers such as the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan. As with those cars, the front-wheel-drive diesel-engined versions are expected to be the most popular models.

However, our favourite is the 1.6-litre petrol. True, it isn't as economical as the diesels and it’s not exactly quick. However, it’s the cheapest Kia Sportage to buy, and it feels perkier than the 1.7 diesel.

The entry-level 1 trim is all you’ll need, too. It comes with plenty of kit, including alloys, air-con, four electric windows, a rain sensor, Bluetooth and cruise control. 2-trimmed models add parking sensors, a sunroof and part-leather seats, while 3 models have full leather, climate control and xenon headlamps.

Whichever of the four engines you go for, and whether you opt for two- or four-wheel drive, you’ll have the peace of mind of a seven-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

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