Kia Sportage SUV - Room for all the family

The Kia Sportage is a spacious SUV designed to accommodate all the family and their luggage. Not only is it roomy and practical, but it looks fantastic with sleek, sporty lines and sculptured body panels enhancing its modern-day stylings. The Kia Sportage is an SUV which is growing in popularity. In 2018 and 2019 it broke into the top ten best-selling cars in the UK list, a tremendous achievement.

The Kia Sportage has been around for a long time, probably longer than many people would realise. The Sportage was first released in 1993 and over the years has gone through various updates and modifications, with the current model being its fourth-generation model. The first couple of generational models were not the most appealing or inspiring, with basic, boxy styling and a pretty cheap low-quality interior. However, Kia persevered, and the third generation model saw a dramatic improvement in looks, build quality and technology.

The latest model, which was released in 2015 and went on sale in 2016, is by far the best yet. It has a stunning interior, heaps of standard equipment, no matter what trim level you choose and variety of engines with a visually appealing body.


There are four trim levels to choose from; Sportage 2, Sportage 3, Sportage GT-Line and Sportage GT-Line S, all of which come with impressive levels of technical features and assists as standard. There is a selection of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, with the diesel engines now featuring mild-hybrid technology.

The Kia Sportage finds itself competing in a competitive market, with strong rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca, Peugeot 3008 and Ford Kuga. A key selling point of the Kia Sportage, above its list of standard equipment and engine choice, is its phenomenal seven-year warranty.

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Engine, Power and Performance

When it comes to choosing an engine for the Sportage the options are pretty simple as there are two petrol and one diesel along with your preferred transmission (manual or automatic) as well as 2WD or AWD.

The single diesel option is a 1.6-litre 48V mild-hybrid engine, developing 134bhp and 320Nm of torque. It's available in either two or four-wheel-drive, with the 2WD models having the option of a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). If you opt for the AWD diesel, the engine is mated exclusively to the seven-speed auto transmission.

The 2WD manual diesel will hit 0-60mph in 10.8secs while the 2WD auto takes 11.4secs to achieve the same feat. The AWD diesel manages the sprint from 0-60mph a slightly slower 11.6secs. All diesel models will climb to a top speed of 112mph.


The petrol line up starts with a 1.6-litre non-turbocharged engine developing 130bhp and 161Nm of torque, which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is only available with 2WD. It can get from 0-60mph in 11.3secs and will go on to a top speed of 113mph.

The other available petrol engine uses the same 1.6-litre unit but with the addition of a turbocharger, increasing power to 174bhp and 265Nm of torque. It can be paired with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed auto transmission.

When paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the Sportage can be selected with 2WD or AWD. The 2WD version will get from 0-60mph in 8.9secs and on to a top speed of 127mph. The AWD version achieves the same feat in 9.2secs and 126mph respectively.

Matching the 174bhp petrol engine with the seven-speed automatic transmission means you get AWD as standard and a 0-60mph time of 8.8secs with a top speed of 125mph.

Interior Quality and Technology

The inside of the Sportage is where Kia has upped their game and focussed on creating a comfortable environment which is well built using high-quality materials. The Sportage, although it may not look as spectacular as a few of its closest rivals visually, it does tick all the boxes when it comes to technology, durability and comfort.


The seats are soft and supportive with various adjustments and power-assisted lumbar support on the driver's seat as standard. The dashboard is efficient and effective in design with all buttons, dials and knobs located within easy reach of the driver and all feel robust.

The Kia Sportage is one of the most equipped family SUVs you are likely to find which makes it an even more appealing option for those looking for there first or next family car. All Sportage models benefit from; an 8-inch colour touchscreen with built-in Satellite Navigation, DAB Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity with music streaming, smartphone integration with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well as a reversing camera and a 3.5-inch TFT cluster display along with many other impressive features.


Moving up the trim levels adds even more equipment such as; 10-way drivers and 8-way front passenger power-assisted seats, stop/start technology, a powered tailgate, and upgraded 8-speaker JBL Sound System with subwoofer and a wireless smartphone charge along with various others.

Space, Practicality and Safety

The new Sportage is larger than its predecessor, meaning more space inside for passengers and their luggage. There's plenty of legroom up front for satisfying the taller drivers. Headroom is good unless you have opted for a model fitted with the panoramic sunroof, as this eats into the overall headspace.


Moving to the rear of the Sportage and again you will find plenty of head and legroom along with a relatively low central transmission tunnel, allowing great foot space for the middle seat passenger. As with the front seats, if you have chosen a model with the panoramic sunroof, it does reduce the amount of headroom on offer.

There are various storage compartments throughout the cabin front and rear including generous door pockets, a pair of cupholders front and rear and a large cubby under the front centre armrest. The boot has a capacity of 491-litres in the petrol models and 439-litres in the diesel/hybrid models. Once you fold the rear seats down capacity rises to 1,480-litres and 1,428-litres respectively.


The Kia Sportage was awarded a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP when it was safety tested in 2015, scoring particularly high in the Adult Occupancy category. The Sportage comes with a variety of safety assists and features as standard including; Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC), lane keep assist, driver attention warning, multiple airbags and cruise control with speed limiter.

The Kia Sportage is a fantastic family SUV and should prove to be just as popular now has it as done in previous years. If you're after space, practicality, reliability and a wealth of technical features at an affordable price, then the Sportage could be the SUV for you.

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