The Kia Sportage is one of the most popular SUVs around. Priced from roughly £18,000, it offers spectacular value for money. There’s a decent range of engines and the interior is as well-built as many European and Japanese rivals. Thanks to Kia’s class-leading seven-year warranty, you shouldn’t have to worry about maintenance costs either.
If you don’t think the Sportage is for you, however, there are numerous reasonably-priced rivals for you to choose from. We’ve put together a list of 10 alternatives to help you make up your mind.
The Nissan Qashqai is arguably the class-leader in the SUV segment. Inside you’ll find a well built interior that’s full of cubby holes and a useful 430-litre boot. All trim-levels are well-equipped, with even the most basic featuring cruise control and LED headlights. Ride-quality is another area in which the Qashqai excels – critics say it’s one of the best-riding cars currently on sale.
Petrol engines come in the shape of a 1.2-litre unit along with a more powerful 1.6-litre unit. Diesel fans have a choice between a 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre engines – both of which are capable of more than 60mpg. The best all-rounder is the 1.5-litre diesel, offering reasonable power while being as frugal as possible.
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The Skoda Yeti’s boxy looks might not make it as appealing as other SUVs, but there’s no denying it offers something different. You can get one for less than a Sportage, with prices from £17,000 for the most basic trim. Being a Skoda will mean it’s impeccably well-made, but there hasn’t been much change since it was introduced back in 2009, so the interior looks a little dated compared to a Qashqai.
Mechanically, there’s a range of diesels and a singular petrol engine on offer. The 2.0-litre diesel makes a sensible choice for most, offering lots of torque while achieving around 55mpg. That’s impressive, but not as efficient as some engines rivals offer. All drive well though and, thanks to the lofty, cube-like styling, there’s tons of room inside. The boot isn’t as capacious as some rivals though, offering just 416 litres.
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The Ford Kuga offers everything you’ll need from an SUV – it’s fun to drive, while the four-wheel-drive system and torquey diesel make it an excellent choice for towing. Even basic models get decent kit levels – Bluetooth and cruise control come as standard. The capacious interior has enough room for four adults to travel in comfort and the boot is average for the class at 410 litres.
The 2.0-litre diesel will be the go-to choice for many, offering 60mpg and 138hp. For those that want more, a more powerful version offers with 178hp and four-wheel drive as standard. This’ll be great for occasional off-road excursions – the system has been complemented as one of the best among road-focused SUVs.
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There’s a new version just around the corner, but the current Volkswagen Tiguan can still very much hold its own against others on this list. Inside, you’ll find an interior befitting of any other Volkswagen – it’s well-made and uses quality materials. Mid-range models are well equipped too, with a sat-nav featuring on the standard kit list of all but the most basic models.
Power comes in the form of a 1.4-litre or 2.0-litre petrols, along with an economical 2.0-litre diesel. This 140hp diesel is a versatile unit and offers around 55mpg. The Tiguan is a very practical choice – 470 litres of boot space puts it top the class in terms of space. If you fancy waiting though, the new Tiguan will offer even more practicality with a rumoured 615 litres of space.
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The Honda CR-V is a great all-rounder thanks to its high build quality, generous passenger space and healthy standard specification. It’s a little pricier than some alternatives, but the Honda offers good looks and the brand’s legendary reputation for reliability.
Three engines are available with a 1.6-litre diesel kicking off proceedings – it isn’t the most powerful, but it’s capable of 65mpg and only costs £30 a year to tax – impressive for a car of this size. There’s a more powerful diesel that would make an excellent towing companion and a 2.0-litre petrol which is the smoothest unit in the range.
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Just like the Sportage, the Hyundai Tucson is an SUV that offers fantastic value for money. Costing around the same as the Sportage, you’ll get a similar level of build quality, but the Tucson feels like a slightly bigger car. In part, that’s because it is – a 513-litre boot is mightily impressive, and there’s plenty of room for five adults to be comfortable.
The most powerful diesel engine is a 2.0-litre unit producing 182hp – that should suffice for most people. A claimed 55mpg is on offer, although testers find this difficult to achieve in real-world conditions.
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Despite being a somewhat bulky SUV, the Mazda CX-5 has all the hallmarks that make Mazda’s smaller cars so popular – it handles well, looks fantastic and there’s a good amount of standard kit. Inside, there’s more space and gadgetry than many rivals and the boot can hold 503 litres.
Engines are all good with a 2.0-litre petrol and two 2.2-litre diesels making up the range. Although choice is limited, all engines perform admirably in most situations. The petrol offers 163hp and is capable of 55mpg on average. The two diesels are even better in the economy stakes although, if you opt for the four-wheel-drive model, fuel consumption will suffer.
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The Renault Kadjar shares a platform with the Qashqai, meaning you get all the Nissan’s many qualities in a funky French body. Interior quality is excellent, surpassing many others in its class. As you’d expect, interior space is similar to the Qashqai but, thanks to the higher roofline, passenger access is even better.
The engines aren’t the fastest or most fun, but they all deliver fantastic fuel economy – the 1.5-litre diesel is capable of 74mpg making it a frontrunner in terms of running costs. This is helped even more thanks to CO2 emissions under 100g/km, meaning you won’t have to pay any road tax.
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The Jeep Renegade is the American company’s attempt to tap in to the ever-growing crossover-SUV market in Europe. To a large extent it achieves this well, offering trendy upmarket looks with a well-screwed together, roomy interior. Thanks to its square footprint and upright body, passenger space is excellent. The boot falls short of others though – 351 litres is enough for many but can’t compete with the CX-5, for example.
One petrol and three diesel engines are offered and all return impressive economy figures. Fitted with the most powerful 2.0-lire diesel, you’ll also get a four-wheel-drive system. This is the Renegade’s party piece – it’s probably the most capable car on this list when you go off-road.
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The Audi Q3 is the most expensive car on this list but, for those wanting more cache than the Kia, it could be a good alternative. For the price of a top-of-the-range Sportage, you’d be able to buy a more basic Q3. Unsurprisingly, the Audi feels more like a premium product inside – not only is it well-made, but materials are top notch too. The Q3 is quite small by SUV standards so, while four adults will feel comfortable, a third rear passenger would struggle for space.
Unlike some rivals, it feels very composed on the move – some SUVs have the tendency to produce alarming amounts of body roll but the Q3 feels similar to the smaller Audi A3. Engines are all strong and refined, with the most popular choice being the 2.0-litre diesel. It has tons of mid-range torque and will easily manage 60mpg while getting from rest to 60mph in under 10 seconds.
If you think this premium SUV is the one for you, our Audi Q3 configurator will find you great deals from Audi dealers across the UK.
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