Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage Motability car sideThe fourth generation and all new for 2016 Kia Sportage motability car retains the delightful styling of the previous model with the addition of the Kia tiger nosed grille and the front lights now sit higher on the bonnet. The Sportage is Kia’s best selling model and expectations are high with projected sales of 25 000 units before the end of the year which pays testament to the projected demand of the car and the booming small SUV sector in which it operates. Competition is tough and comes in the form of the Kia’s sister car the Hyundai Tucson the Nissan Qashqai, which is the top selling small SUV, the sporty Ford Kuga and the best value Renault Kadjar.


Kia Sportage Motability car bootThe new Sportage is bigger in every way than its predecessor, so there’s plenty more space inside while all the materials used are of a much higher quality than those in the previous model, the driving position is commanding and comfort is good for driver and passengers alike, in the rear you can fit three people comfortably – even though the middle seat passenger has to position their feet either side of the transmission tunnel. There’s excellent knee room and decent headroom despite the sloping roof-line. The Sportage has a good shape boot, the load lip is low and flat and at 491 litres, the Sportage boot is comfortably larger than that of the Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai.


Kia Sportage Motability car GT Line

The Kia range is 1, 2, 3 and 4 levels (if it is prefixed with a KX it has all wheel drive). Entry-level ‘1’ has 16″alloy wheels, front fog lights with a cornering function, electric and heated door mirrors, leather-trimmed steering wheel, air conditioning and Bluetooth. ‘2’ trim adds 17″ alloys, a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system with rear-view camera, roof rails, privacy glass, powered lumbar support on the driver’s seat, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, dual zone automatic air conditioning and a cooled glovebox. ‘3’ adds heated front and rear black leather seats and a TFT display between the dials, while ‘4’, which is presently not available as a Motability car, adds bi-xenon headlights, front parking sensors, keyless entry and start, a panoramic roof, LED rear lights, 10-way adjustable electric driver’s seat and eight-way electric passenger seat and a heated steering wheel. The Sporty GT line has the distinctive LED ‘Ice-Cube’ Front Fog Lights and 19″ alloy wheels.


Kia Sportage Motability car dashThere are three diesels one 1.7-litre and two 2.0-litres, putting out 114 (139 as auto), 134 and 182bhp respectively. There are two 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrols. The naturally aspirated puts out 130bhp and the turbocharged version 174bhp, only really of use to low mileage customers as the fuel economy is 40.4 mpg and 37.2 for the 4wd 174bhp car. The 1.7 CRDi leads the Sportage range for efficiency and will be the best seller, offering 61.4 mpg and a 0-60 time of 11.1 seconds and a top speed of 109 mph or with a pumped up 139bhp as a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic which can reach 60 mph in the same 11.1 seconds but has 60 more newton metres of torque, economy is a claimed 57.6 miles per gallon. The 2.0 litre diesel is all wheel drive only and increases the braked tow weight from 1400kg to a very impressive 2200kg, this extra power sees the 134bhp model reach 60 mph in 10.1 seconds and offering economy of 54.3 mpg combined. The 2.0-litre diesel and petrol have a six-speed automatic gearbox, Automatics start at a lofty £1799 AP.

New Facelifted Sportage released, review pending, prices are for new car.

Autumn Best Buy – Kia Sportage “2” 1.o Litre petrol 118bhp 2 wheel drive manual  – £299 Advance Payment (£63.05 wpms)

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