Kia Sportage 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG GT-Line S 5dr Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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Review

Stick to the lower trim levels, which offer the best value for money, and the Sportage is worth a look, with decent rear space and a sensible boot. However, we think other Family SUVs, such as the Skoda Karoq, are better options – the Karoq is even more practical and better to drive. That’s because the Sportage isn't that comfortable, its engines are noisy and limited in range, and it lacks an essential piece of safety kit (AEB) on all but the top trim.

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Trim: GT-Line S

This top of the range trim adds plenty of equipment to GT Line trim. You get a panoramic sunroof, electric front seats, black leather seats with red detailing, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an eight-speaker JBL stereo, wireless phone charging, a surround view camera system, rear USB charging port, a gesture controlled powered tailgate and adaptive cruise control. You also get blindspot monitoring and crucially, automatic emergency braking. Sadly it’s far too pricey to recommend.

Engine: 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG

With 134bhp it offers solid, flexible performance that will pull you up to motorways speeds perfectly easily, even with a fully loaded car. It's our choice, and comes with a 48v mild-hybrid system. That help it achieve competitive CO2 emissions but it’s not RDE2 emissions compliant, which means there's a 4% diesel surcharge if you pay company car tax. We managed a healthy 45mpg with a mix of driving — but it's noisier than its rivals' equivalent engines and not as muscular as larger 2.0-litre rivals.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.8 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

47.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

439

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

155

g/km

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