FREE SERVICING - Purchase this vehicle and we will carry out your first service FREE of charge (serviceable items on production of written authorisation) The Kia Sportage is a family SUV you'll want to consider if you're looking for something with a spacious cabin and a wide range of engines and want something that'll stand out from the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson and Skoda Karoq. Arguably the car that has done the most to change Kia's brand image, the third-generation Sportage showed Kia could make attractive, stylish and great value cars all backed up by a seven-year warranty. The fourth-generation car takes these key strengths and improves on them in a number of ways, pushing the Sportage towards the top of the small SUV class.
Petrol 37.7 combined MPG
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Automatic defog system, Automatic front rain sensing wipers, Electric windows, Front drivers side windows/one touch up/down, Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen), Rear wiper, Speed sensitive front wipers, Tinted glass
ABS/EBD, Emergency stop signal system, ESP + traction control, Hill start assist control (HAC)
Apple car play/Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
Cruise control + speed limiter, Drive mode selector, Front and rear parking sensors, Lane keep assist, Speed sensitive power steering
7" touch screen, Colour information display, Digital clock, Kia connected services, Satellite navigation with rear view parking camera, Speed limit display, Trip computer
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors, Electric folding door mirrors, Heated door mirrors, Wide angle drivers door mirror
High gloss black centre fascia
6 speakers, Bluetooth audio streaming, DAB Radio with MP3, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections
Exterior Body Features
Black side sill moulding, Body colour bumpers, Dual exhaust pipes, Rear spoiler, Roof rails, Shark fin roof aerial
Automatic headlights, Cornering light, Follow me home headlights, Headlamp levelling, High beam assist, LED daytime running lights, LED indicators in door mirrors, LED rear lights, Welcome home function
Air filter, Dual zone automatic air conditioning, Ventilation ducts to rear compartment
12V power in rear centre console, 12V power point front, 3 passenger grab handles, Centre console storage box/armrest, Door armrest in leather, Front and rear door pockets, Illuminated glovebox, Leather trimmed gearshift, Leather upholstery, Luggage compartment cover, Luggage net hooks, Paddle shift controls, Rear centre armrest with cupholder, Rear coat hooks, Satin chrome interior door handles, Stainless Steel Scuff Plates, Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Centre room lamp, Door courtesy lamps, Front map lights, Luggage area lamp
Exterior Styling Pack - GT-Line, Interior Styling Pack - Sportage GT-Line/GT-Line S
3 point front seat belts, 3x3 point rear seatbelts, Active front headrests, Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact, Dual front airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters, Front side airbags, Full size curtain airbags, Height adjustable front seatbelts, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Rear child proof door locks, Tyre pressure monitoring system
60/40 split folding rear seat, Driver's lumbar support, Driver's seat height adjuster, Front seatback pockets, Heated front and outer rear seats, Height adjustable headrests, Isofix child seat preparation, Rear headrests
Anti theft alarm, Deadlocks, Immobiliser, Locking wheel nuts, Smart keyless entry, Speed sensitive auto door locking
Trailer stability assist
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders, Illuminated vanity mirrors
Wheels - Alloy
19" alloy Wheels B-type
Wheels - Spare
Temporary spare wheel
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|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||90|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||83|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||66|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||71|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||10000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||999999|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||7|
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|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||73|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||37.7|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||43.5|
|EC Urban (mpg):||30.7|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.8|
|Engine Power - BHP:||174|
|Engine Power - KW:||130|
|Engine Power - RPM:||5500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||196|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||27|
|Engine Torque - NM:||265|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1500|
|Tyre Size Front:||245/45 R19|
|Tyre Size Rear:||245/45 R19|
|Tyre Size Spare:||SPACE SAVER|
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|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||62|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2190|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1480|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||491|
|Max. Loading Weight:||581|
|Max. Roof Load:||100|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1600|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
This improved fourth generation Kia's Sportage is an affordable mid-sized SUV that delivers even more of what buyers are looking for in this segment. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.
How did the Kia Sportage quietly develop from also-ran to front runner in the budget SUV stakes? By offering more of what people want, that's how. This improved fourth generation car now delivers mild hybrid diesel technology for the first time, plus gets an all-new entry-level diesel engine too, along with smarter looks, more safety kit and extra media connectivity. The motto here seems to be 'If it aint broke, try even harder to fix it'.
It might be easy to believe that the market for compact and mid-sized SUVs hasn't essentially changed all that much in the last ten years, but it's now radically different and the biggest beneficiary of these changes has been Kia, and more specifically its Sportage. Consider this. Just over ten years ago, you could pick up a brand new entry level Land Rover Freelander for under £16,000. Even as I'm typing this, I'm double checking to see if that's correct. It is. Nowadays the Freelander's Discovery Sport replacement would probably set you back well over £30,000. That's a massive increase. Yet the Office of National Statistics tells us that the average annual wage over the same period rose by 37%. What it all means is that a huge amount of buyers are being priced out of the SUV market. That's something that Kia not only recognised, but also put itself in prime position to capitalise on with its impressive fourth generation Sportage. This revised version of that car gets a smarter look inside and out and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. If you're buying a mid-sized SUV or a Qashqai-like Crossover model in this segment, it's well worth a look.
This improved fourth generation model carries over many of the mechanicals of its predecessor, but adds some new technology too. As before, buyers get a choice of both front and four wheel drive models. And engines? Well the petrol range is made up of a normally aspirated 1.6-litre GDI 130bhp unit and a much pokier T-GDI turbo 174bhp powerplant. Go for the T-GDI variant and you get the option of the brand's seven-speed 7DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox, also offered elsewhere in the range. Most Sportage buyers though, want a diesel. For buyers wanting to fuel from the black pump, the range starts with a 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi variant, which uses the brands new 'U3'-series engine. The key news here though, lies with the 2.0-litre CRDi version, which now features Kia's first mild hybrid diesel powertrain. The system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery, and extends engine 'off time' with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine's crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between 'motor' and 'generator' modes. In 'motor' mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration - when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill - the MHSG switches to 'generator' mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go.
Kia has lightly updated this MK4 Sportage model's looks. At the front, there's a redesigned front bumper with smarter fog lamp housings, plus an evolved version of the brand's 'tiger-nose' grille. Sleeker full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights also feature. At the rear, the slim combination lamps feature a more distinctive C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp is integrated into a restyled rear bumper with longer reflectors positioned below and is finished with a flash of chrome across its base. In profile, the upgraded model is available with more stylish 16, 17 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Inside, minor upgrades include a redesigned steering wheel, a revised driver instrument cluster and smarter ventilation controls. The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded. Depending on trim, there is either a 7.0-inch touchscreen or a new 'frameless' 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio. All satellite navigation systems include Kia's Connected Services powered by TomTom as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. As before, the cabin is decently spacious, with plenty of headroom front and rear. At the back, the seats recline for greater long distance comfort. Out back, boot space is rated at 503-litres.
Prices are much as they were before, starting at around £20,500 and rising to around £35,000. There's a choice of '1', '2', '4', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S' trim levels. An AWD 4x4 system is either optional or standard on most models, as is Kia's 7-speed 7DCT auto transmission. All models come well equipped. Even the grade '1' variants come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth with voice recognition, automatic light control, a reversing camera system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. In addition, there's Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and cruise control. All models from grade '2' spec have a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind. Plus High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads. And a Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.
The Sportage engine line-up now conforms to Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. In keeping with that, Kia's Gamma direct injection 1.6-litre petrol engine (offered in normally aspirated or turbo forms) now has an updated particulate filter. And the old 1.7-litre CRDi diesel has been replaced by a new 'U3' 1.6-litre diesel that delivers 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 130g/km. Which is a useful step up from the figures you get with the base 1.6-litre GDi petrol normally aspirated unit (39.8mpg and 162g/km). The big news with this facelifted Sportage though, is the introduction of an electrified 'mild hybrid' powertrain for the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel model. Here, the engine is assisted by a compact starter-generator unit belt-connected to the crankshaft. Power for the 48V Ecodynamics+ system comes from a small lithium ion battery mounted beneath the boot floor and the 13bhp electrical boost it facilitates takes the Sportage's total output to 195bhp. When you lift off the throttle to coast, or use the brakes, the starter becomes a generator, recharging the battery with energy that you'd otherwise lose in the form of heat. Kia claims that this technology improves efficiency by up to 4%. All Sportage models, like all Kias, get the brand's impressive 7-year warranty.
Have the updates made to this improved fourth generation Kia Sportage been sufficient to keep buyers loyal? It's true that they could have been more far-reaching, but there's just enough here to keep existing customers happy, we think. That's important as Kia is fortunate enough to have quite a few of these people in the UK, thanks to the impressive sales success achieved by earlier generation versions of this car. This enhanced MK4 model offers these folk a little more technology and, as before, they'll like the generous equipment levels and long warranty. Ultimately, it's a car you sit in and wonder just how so many rivals can really be worth around £5,000 more. That says it all really.
The improved fourth generation Kia Sportage would make a value-orientated alternative for buyers interested in family crossover models like Nissan's Qashqai or Peugeot's 3008. June Neary tries it.
My family would rather like one of those family-sized Qashqai-style crossover models, but I was a little shocked to find that they often tend to be a tad pricey. Kia's Sportage claims to offer customers like me more of a value proposition, so I thought I'd check out the much improved fourth generation version.
Is this Sportage quite as smart as its third generation predecessor? Having seen the car in pictures, I had my doubts but it doesn't look a badly proportioned thing in the metal. At the front, there's a redesigned front bumper with smarter fog lamp housings, plus an evolved version of the brand's 'tiger-nose' grille. Sleeker full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights also feature. At the rear, the slim combination lamps feature a more distinctive C-shaped LED light signature. The interior too has clearly had some attention spent on it above and beyond what you'd normally expect at this price point. Minor upgrades include a redesigned steering wheel, a revised driver instrument cluster and smarter ventilation controls. The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded. Depending on trim, there is either a 7.0-inch touchscreen or a new 'frameless' 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio. All satellite navigation systems include Kia's Connected Services powered by TomTom as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. As you'll find if you look hard enough, the designers have clearly had some cost restraints to work to but on first acquaintance with the cabin, you really don't notice the fact, the over-riding impression instead being of crisp, clean quality, with everything seemingly very nicely screwed together by the Czech factory. The cowled instrument cluster with its big centrally-mounted speedometer is clear and effective and there's tonnes of adjustment for both the driver's seat and the steering wheel. Storage space includes a deep centre console bin, large door pockets and a glovebox that's air-conditioned. A relatively lengthy wheelbase means that the cabin is quite spacious too, with decent headroom front and rear. At the back, the seats recline for greater long distance comfort. Out back, boot space is rated at 503-litres. Easily enough to fit in a couple of pushchairs then.
Behind the wheel, the feeling is far more RAV4 and Honda CR-V-style SUV-like than the more ordinary family hatch-like feel of the Nissan Qashqais and Peugeot 3008s that Kia says this car competes against. A lot of buyers will think that a very good thing. It's certainly impressive the way that the designers have managed to combine a commanding driving position with a seat that's easy to slide in and out of. High-sided flanks, a nose invisible from the driver's seat and a small rear window do make this a car that demands a little adjustment if you're trading up from something more conventional, but once you adapt, you should find this Sportage to be an easy thing to live with. The petrol range is made up of a normally aspirated 1.6-litre GDI 132PS unit and a much pokier T-GDI turbo 177PS powerplant. Go for the T-GDI variant and you get the option of the brand's latest seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Most Sportage buyers though, want a diesel. For buyers wanting to fuel from the black pump, the range starts with a 114PS 1.6-litre CRDi variant. Above that, there's a 2.0-litre CRDi option, which now features Kia's first mild hybrid diesel powertrain. The system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery, and extends engine 'off time' with a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. Whatever engine you decide upon, you should find that refinement levels are quite impressive for this class of car. As before, buyers get a choice of both front and four wheel drive models, with changes to steering and suspension promising a slightly more involving on-tarmac experience. If that's a priority for you, then you might want to look at one of the GT Line variants, which are supposed to feature sharper, more athletic handling and deliver a slightly firmer ride.
Further evidence for my conclusion that this fourth generation Kia Sportage is neither Qashqai-like Crossover or RAV4-like SUV but actually a bit of both comes with the pricing chosen by the UK importers. Most Sportages straddle both categories, with pricing in the £21,000 to £35,000 bracket. Equipment levels have been boosted across the range. Even the grade '1' variants come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth with voice recognition, automatic light control, a reversing camera system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. In addition, there's Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and cruise control. All models from grade '2' spec have a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind. Plus High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads. And a Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster. Efficiency levels are much as before, not surprising given that the mainstream engines are little different from those supplied with the previous generation version of this car. This means that the best-performing mainstream Sportage from an economy and emissions perspective remains the front-wheel drive 1.6 CRDi diesel which manages 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 130g/km of CO2. Like the rest of the Kia range, the Sportage is sold with the excellent seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. Fixed cost servicing also brings additional peace of mind via the Kia Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing package, offering retail customers inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years.
Provided that you're not expecting a really sporty SUV or an off-roader in the traditional sense of the word, it's hard to see how this Kia Sportage would disappoint. It's well built, it rides well, there's a strong range of engines, a choice of front or four-wheel drive and - the clincher for many - it looks smart. This South Korean brand has made huge strides in terms of design sophistication, engine efficiency and marketing savvy in recent years, all of which is reflected in this car. It's worth checking out.
Mr Ivor West - 09/04/2015, owner of a Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi XS 5dr 2WD Auto
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