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10 reasons to buy a Kia Sportage

Looking for great value for money and interior space? The Kia Sportage could be your next car - here are 10 reasons to buy one

Words By Darren Moss

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Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a five-seat small SUV and a rival for the likes of the Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sorento and our current Small SUV of the Year, the Nissan Qashqai.

With the Sportage range starting from Β£18,000, this is an SUV which represents real value for money. It's also designed to have striking looks and comes with a spacious and practical interior.

Read on to find out why the Kia Sportage deserves a place on your shopping list.

10 reasons to buy a Kia Sportage

10. Comprehensive seven-year warranty

Kia's outstanding seven-year warranty is famous in the car industry. No other manufacturer comes close to offering the same deal when it comes to taking care of your car and the parts it uses.

9. Good visibility

Like most SUVs, the Sportage's raised driving position gives you a good view of the road ahead, and most models come with rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard to aid tricky manoeuvres.

8. Strong diesel engine

The 1.7-litre diesel we recommend here is cheap to buy and is the most economical in the range, and is more than gutsy enough to satisfy most drivers. If you want more power, there's a 2.0-litre diesel on offer, too.

7. Great value for money

At Β£18,000, the Sportage represents real value for money. The majority of its rivals cost significantly more, and only the Seat Ateca's Β£17,990 asking price beats it. In fact, our favourite 1.7-litre CRDi diesel model in '2' specification is thousands of pounds cheaper than the equivalent Qashqai. There are plenty of PCP and finance offers available, too.

6. Plenty of kit

Granted, the entry-level Sportage is pretty sparse, but from there up all models come with plenty of equipment, including a 7.0in colour touchscreen infotainment system, which is easy to use and looks smart.

5. Cabin quality

Despite its price, the interior of the Sportage uses plenty of quality materials, and it doesn't feel cheap. It all feels solidly put together, and all models get a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

4. Big space inside

Both front and rear passengers get plenty of space in the Sportage, with enough head, leg and elbow room to keep even tall adults comfortable. The rear seats are fairly flexible, too, folding to increase the available boot space.

3. Good resale values

The Sportage is known for holding on to its value, so even if you splash out on a high-end model, chances are you'll get most of your money back when it comes to selling the car on.

2. Strong looks

The Sportage has always been a looker in the SUV market, and this latest version continues the trend. Its aggressive front end includes a large grille and side vents to house the fog lights.

1. Clever tech

The Sportage range features all of the latest technology, including a smart tailgate which opens as you stand in front of it, and a self-parking function.

What about buying used?

The last generation of Kia's Sportage was launched in 2010 and received a mild facelift in 2013. The old car wasn't as well loved as the current model, securing a fairly average three-star rating on our road test. Still, like other generations before it, it majored on being great value for money.

While not as fun to drive as some rivals, this Sportage has plenty of space inside, whether it be for passengers or luggage. Our favourite version is the 1.6 GDi, which is good for 44.1mpg. A budget of around Β£9500 will get you a post-facelift model.

When buying, watch out for leather seats with rips or tears - it's a common problem. Also look for faults with the ISG stop/start system during your test drive. If your diesel Sportage suffers a complete loss of power, a new fuel filter could be needed.

What next?

Click here to find out more about the Kia Sportage, and if you want to see the used cars for sale through What Car? Classifieds, click here.

Our recommendation: 1.7 CRDi ISG 2


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