Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi ISG 3 5dr Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
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: 3

Compared with 2, 3 gives you a few more luxuries, such as leather upholstery, powered front seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and start, a rear USB charging port and a panoramic sunroof. Usefully, you also get bright LED light front and rear, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors and a front wiper de-icer, but the price jump from 2 makes it harder to justify.

Engine: 1.6 GDi ISG

The entry-level petrol engine needs working hard and isn’t very efficient. There are better petrol options available from its rivals, such as the Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH11.1 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

42.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

491

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

184

g/km

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