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For The Kia Sportage looks great and is well priced and equipped. It also comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Against The ride is bouncy and the handling and refinement poor. Many rivals have stronger diesel engines and more practical cabins.

Kia Sportage Crossover
33 5stars

The Kia Sportage looks the part, but it’s off the pace in too many areas to threaten the class leaders.

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There are 13 Kia Sportage versions available

Crossover 1.6 GDi 1 2WD 5dr £17,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.7 CRDi 1 2WD ISG 5dr £19,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.6 GDi 2 2WD ISG 5dr £19,800
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.7 CRDi 2 2WD ISG 5dr £21,200
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-1 4WD 5dr £21,500
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.7 CRDi 3 2WD ISG 5dr £23,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr £23,600
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.7 CRDi 3 SatNav 4WD ISG 5dr £23,900
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 1.7 CRDi 4 2WD ISG 5dr £25,000
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-3 4WD 5dr £25,500
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-3 SatNav 4WD 5dr £26,300
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-3 SatNav 4WD Auto 5dr £27,605
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover 2.0 CRDi 181 KX-4 4WD 5dr £28,200
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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.

Reader test team says:

Kia Sportage Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-3 SatNav 4WD Auto 5dr

Would I recommend buying a Kia Sportage, 2.0, CRDI, KX3, Sat Nav, Auto, AWD = A BIG FAT YES!!! What a fantastic car! We bought one to use it as our…

John Reynolds

5 out of 5 stars

Kia Sportage Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr

I am so disappointed with this car and wished I had never seen it. The very pushy salesman insisted I would achieve 42mpg and I was looking for…

Sarah Ward

2 out of 5 stars

Kia Sportage Crossover 2.0 CRDi First Edition 4WD 5dr

I have had this car 3 years now and it still feels new. No creaks or rattles. The 2 ltr has all the go I need, however the economy wasn't as good as I…

Tony Rogers

3 out of 5 stars

Kia Sportage Crossover 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr

I ordered this car and have yet to take ownership. I just wanted to pick up on a point in What Car's review - They say the rear seat has a large…

Robert Goldie

4 out of 5 stars
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