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New Kia Sportage vs used Volvo XC40 verdict

Around £30,000 will buy you a shiny new Kia Sportage family SUV, but is that money better spent on something with a prestige badge, like a used Volvo XC40?...

New Kia Sportage vs used Volvo XC40 driving sideview

Our verdict

It's a close one. The used Volvo XC40 almost takes the win here, because you're getting more performance, not to mention a more luxurious interior and a better driving experience. However, it's not terribly well equipped from new and its inferior fuel economy doesn't help its case. 

While it isn't quite as plush, a new Kia Sportage is the option we'd recommend. It still drives well and has a pleasant interior, yet it'll cost you less to run, should be more reliable and it's more practical, too. Add in its outstanding seven-year warranty and the Kia clinches it here. 

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1st – Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage front cornering

For Superior fuel economy; smaller finance payments; bigger boot; better equipped; long warranty
Against Not as quick; slightly noisier and less comfortable

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 2022 front cornering

For Impressive dynamics; more upmarket interior; slightly more spacious; slower predicted depreciation
Against Fiddly infotainment; not very frugal; vague steering

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi 2WD 3

Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, turbo, petrol
Power 148bhp
Torque 184Ib ft 
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 8.9sec
Top speed 113mph
Official economy 41.5mpg
Test economy 35.6mpg
CO2 emissions 154g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC40 B4 R-Design

Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol
Power 197bhp @ 4800-5400rpm
Torque 221lb ft @ 1500-4200rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 7.8sec
Top speed 112mph
Official economy 39.2mpg
Test economy 32.6mpg
CO2 emissions 163g/km

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