Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The starting price for the Sportage just undercuts its equivalents from Skoda (the Karoq) and Seat (the Ateca), but, by the time you get farther up the range, the Sportage loses its ultra-competitive edge. Its resale values are relatively strong, but if you're after PCP finance, the Karoq still tends to cost less per month.
If you're a company car driver and keen to keep your benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax payments low, you'll find the petrol engines' CO2 emissions are uncompetitive compared with the Karoq's and Ateca's. Our recommended engine, the 1.6 CRDi 48v 134, has similar emissions to the Karoq 1.6 TDI 115, but it does attract the 4% benefit-in-kind diesel surcharge because it's not compliant with the latest RDE2 emissions standards.
If you want a breakdown of what each trim level gets, have a look at our versions and specs page.
Kia as a brand came an impressive sixth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey for cars aged one to four years old. The Sportage came top in the family SUV class, so there’s a very good chance that Sportage ownership will be trouble-free.