Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG 3 5dr [AWD] Review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Kia Sportage front - 20-plate car
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  • Kia Sportage front - 20-plate car
  • Kia Sportage 2019 rear cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD rear left cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD front right cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD boot open
  • Kia Sportage front - 20-plate car
  • Kia Sportage 2019 rear cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD rear left cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD front right cornering
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Sportage 2019 RHD boot open
RRP £28,905What Car? Target Price£27,019
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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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.

Adding a turbo to the 1.6-litre petrol gives it a lot more punch, plus it has the option of four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. It doesn’t feel as strong as similarly powerful engines in rivals, proves juicy and emits an awful lot of CO2, though.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH9.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

31.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

491

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

202

g/km

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