Kia Sportage review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Sportage 2019 RHD infotainment
  • 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 front 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 front 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
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

Reliability

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.

Overview

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.

  • Great value – in the right spec
  • Good resale values
  • Decent rear seat space and boot
  • Diesel engines are very noisy
  • Lumpy ride
  • No AEB on the most recommendable versions