Kia Sportage Review and Prices

The Kia Sportage is a practical family SUV with plenty of tech and bold styling – however the ride is slightly firmer than on some alternatives.

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What's good

  • Plenty of tech on board
  • Smooth hybrid system
  • Nice cabin quality

What's not so good

  • Fiddly climate controls
  • Slightly firm ride
  • Front-end styling is divisive

Find out more about the Kia Sportage

Is the Kia Sportage a good car?

The Kia Sportage is a bit like a Smeg fridge, in the way that it’s an essential part of a family home that has been styled to make it seem more trendy. You may be considering the Sportage if you’re also looking at family SUVs, such as the Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai.

You’re certainly not likely to lose the Sportage in a supermarket car park. The boomerang-style LED running lights up front and the big “tiger nose” grille give it presence that is only really matched by the Hyundai Tucson. The rear of the car also gets some funky-looking LED lights and the whole car is covered in bold creases and angles. It certainly stands out, but we’ll let you draw your own conclusions on the styling.

The interior is slightly more subdued, but not in a bad way. The materials in your direct eyeline are soft touch and there are plenty of metallic details around the place to liven it up, although it’s not quite as snazzy as a Peugeot 3008’s cabin. If you look lower down you’ll find some harder plastics, but this isn’t uncommon for cars in this class and overall the build quality is solid.

Hidden in the huge panel on the dash you’ll find two 12.3-inch screens for the infotainment and drivers display. Both are easy to use and customise as you’d like, however the climate control can be fiddly. There are touch sensitive shortcut buttons below the main display, but these can be tricky to figure out on the move.

At least space is plentiful. Up front, both the driver and passenger will have plenty of room. Rear seat passengers shouldn’t have any complaints either, as there is adequate knee and head room. Fitting a child seat won’t throw up any challenges as the rear doors open nice and wide and it has impressive space in the boot, with it only lagging behind the Hyundai Tucson.

The Kia Sportage may not be the most comfortable family SUV on the market, but it’s spacious, well-equipped and makes a great all-rounder.

Mat Watson
Mat Watson
carwow expert

Out on the road, the Sportage is easy to drive. The forward visibility is good and the light steering makes low-speed manoeuvres a breeze. It feels secure on a twisty road and it doesn’t roll too much in the bends, but if it’s fun you’re looking for then check out the Ford Kuga. It’s relaxing on the motorway, even though the ride is a little on the firm side and it can feel a little unsettled over bumps.

The Kia Sportage is available with a range of engines including petrol, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. The petrol and diesel models can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic, while the hybrids are automatic only. If you go for the standard hybrid model, it has plenty of punch for overtaking and the petrol engine cuts in and out smoothly as it switches to and from electric power. The pricier plug-in hybrid, meanwhile, can manage an impressive real-world electric range of about 40 miles – which is fantastic if you want to save a bit of money at the fuel pumps and on company car tax.

There’s plenty of safety kit on board, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. There is also something called Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, which can detect if you’re turning into the path of a car and automatically steer to try and avoid an incident. All this makes it very safe, however sometimes the systems can be a little bit sensitive and unnecessarily cut in too readily.

This aside however, the Kia Sportage would make a great addition to any family’s driveway thanks to its practicality, technology and unique styling. It’s just a shame that the ride is a bit firmer than some would like.

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How much is the Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage has a RRP range of £27,250 to £41,000. However, on carwow prices for a new Kia Sportage start at £25,292 if paying cash or £285 if paying monthly - saving on average £1,539. The price of a used Kia Sportage on carwow starts at £19,990.

The most popular versions of the Kia Sportage are:

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1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line 5dr Auto £32,112 Compare offers
1.6T GDi ISG 2 5dr £25,769 Compare offers
1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line S 5dr Auto £37,206 Compare offers

How practical is it?

The Sportage has plenty of passenger space and enough cubbies for your knick-knacks, however a Hyundai Tucson has a bigger boot.

Boot (seats up)
526 - 591 litres
Boot (seats down)
1,715 - 1,780 litres

Up front in the Sportage, there is plenty of space on offer. You definitely won’t be bumping shoulders with your passenger and legroom is impressive. There is loads of headroom as well, even with the optional panoramic sunroof.

There’s a lot of movement in the driving position as well, both in the seat and the steering wheel, so getting comfortable won’t be a problem. Mid spec cars get power adjustment for the front seats, while top of the range cars get a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat.

Step into the back, and you’ll find space is just as generous as in the front. Two adults can sit back there comfortably with loads of room for their knees and headroom is fine as well. Three people may be a bit of a squeeze, but kids will be fine.

Fitting a child seat isn’t much of a faff in the Sportage. The rear doors open nice and wide and the isofix points are pretty easy to find, although it would be even easier if they had flip up covers. The front seat may need to move forward slightly to accommodate a bulky rear-facing seat as well.

There are plenty of places in the Sportage to put bits and pieces to stop them rattling around. There’s a tray in front of the gear selector for your phone that has all your USB connectors in it, and some useful cupholders behind that flip out holders for smaller cans.

There’s a decent size area under the centre armrest, and an average sized glove box. The door bins are ok as well, with enough space for a big bottle. The boot is devoid of many clever storage areas, aside from some space under the floor.

The boot in the Sportage is one of the biggest in this class, and is only really out done by the Hyundai Tucson. There is 591-litres of space on offer, easily enough for the whole family’s luggage. There isn’t any load lip either, so sliding suitcases in and out is easy.

The seats fold down easily from a lever in the boot and they lay flat as well, making it less hassle to push bulky items to the front. With the seats folded there’s 1,780-litres of space. You’ll find some more storage under the floor, but it would be nice to see some nets or pockets to stop smaller items rolling around.

What's it like to drive?

The Kia Sportage is easy to drive in town and it’s good on the motorway, however the ride is a bit firmer than some alternatives.

The Kia Sportage is available with a variety of petrol, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. The hybrid model is smooth enough and the engine cuts in and out pretty seamlessly. It has 227hp, so there’s plenty of punch for overtaking. The engine is quite noisy when you work it hard though.

The hybrid models are available with an automatic gearbox only, while the petrol and diesels can be had with a six-speed manual. The automatic changes gears quickly and takes the strain out of day-to-day driving.

Both petrol and diesel models are available with a mild-hybrid system, which uses a battery to boost efficiency. The diesel engine should return around 45mpg, while the petrol models will be closer to 35mpg.

If you tackle long journeys on a regular basis, you’ll be better off with the hybrid model for its increased fuel economy. However, if you don’t do high mileage, the petrol and diesel engines are quite a bit cheaper.

The more expensive plug-in hybrid could be a good shout if you’re looking to run a Kia Sportage as a company car. Its super low CO2 emissions means you’ll pay far less benefit-in-kind tax, and its real-world electric range of 40 miles will set you up for some impressive savings at the fuel pump too (provided you charge its battery up regularly).

Around town, the Kia Sportage is easy to drive thanks to the light steering and good all-around visibility. The camera systems make parking a doddle as well. Its stiff suspension does make it feel slightly unsettled over bumps though – particularly in the heavier plug-in hybrid model. Alternatives such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota RAV4 are a bit comfier in this respect.

Out on a twisty road, the Sportage feels secure enough and the steering is accurate. It’s not going to make your hair stand up with excitement, but that’s not really what these cars are about. That said, if you want an SUV that’s a bit more engaging to drive, have a look at a Ford Kuga. At least it doesn’t lean too much in the corners, but the trade off for that is the firm ride. On the whole, it isn’t as comfortable as a Volkswagen Tiguan.

Out on the motorway, the Sportage is refined enough to make long journeys not feel like a chore. There’s a bit of tyre noise in the cabin, but this may be due to the winter tyres fitted to our test car, which won’t be fitted to UK models. The hybrid system has enough grunt for overtaking, but when you do plant your right foot the engine noise can become intrusive.

What's it like inside?

The Kia Sportage has an eye-catching cabin that is solidly built, it’s just a shame that some of the controls can be fiddly.

Kia Sportage colours

Metallic - Lemon splash
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Metallic - Lemon splash with black roof
From £150
Premium paint - Blue flame
From £650
Premium paint - Dark penta metal
From £650
Premium paint - Experience green
From £650
Premium paint - Fusion white
From £650
Premium paint - Infra red
From £650
Premium paint - Lunar silver
From £650
Premium paint - Phantom black
From £650
Premium paint - Yuka steel grey
From £650
Premium two tone paint - Blue flame with black roof
From £800
Premium two tone paint - Dark penta metal with black roof
From £800
Premium two tone paint - Experience green with black roof
From £800
Premium two tone paint - Fusion white with black roof
From £800
Premium two tone paint - Infra red with black roof
From £800
Premium two tone paint - Lunar silver with black roof
From £800
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