Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage Motability car sideThe Kia Sportage has received a 2018 freshen up, the external changes are limited to  a new front bumper and a revised rear with a full-width light bar and the internal changes are limited to a new, frameless 8-inch screen on the upper trim models. The major change is the addiction of a mild hybrid option to the range, and we mean mild, a battery under the floor that that stores energy and uses it to assist the engine during moderate acceleration. You do get a Hybrid badge but the downside the engine it’s attached to is one of those dreadful polluting diesel types. The Sportage remains Kia’s best selling model, accounting for 40% of sales but 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 a comfortable and reassuring drive and has a good amount of kerb appeal, it’s a car that is difficult not to like without ever becoming over excited. There’s plenty of space inside while all the materials used are of a good quality but if its a flash dash you are after you need to go French, the Peugeot 3008 to be precise. The driving position 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 Sportage range is now 1, 2, 4, and Gt Line trims. Entry level ‘1’ trim cars come with 16-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, air-con, DAB radio, cruise control, air conditioning, 7 inch touchscreen, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a number of driver safety systems including Trailer Stability Assist, Hill-Start Assist Control, Downhill Brake Control. ‘2’ cars add a sat nav, 17 inch alloys, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, privacy glass,  Lane-Keep Assist, High-Beam Assist, and a Speed Limit Information Function. ‘4’ trim has the 8 inch touchscreen, panoramic glass roof, heated steering wheel and outer rear seats, electric leather seats and keyless entry and 19 inch alloy wheels. The two GT line trims have 19 inch sports alloy’s, ice cube LED’s and red stitching to the leather seats.

 

Kia Sportage Motability car dashThe revamped engine line-up sees the 1.6 litre petrol receive a few tweaks to help pass the emission targets but the performance is the same, the naturally aspirated puts out 130bhp and the turbocharged version 174bhp, only really of use to low mileage customers as the fuel economy is 39.8 mpg and 37.2 for the 4wd 174bhp car. The old 1.7 litre diesel is replaced with a cleaner and quieter 1.6 that has 114bhp of power in ‘1’ trim but move up to trim ‘2. and you can choose the better 134bhp unit that can be paired to the seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, economy is an excellent 57.6 miles per gallon. The Mild Hybrid is paired to a 2.0 litre 8 speed automatic and sees a 48-volt lithium-ion battery added to the car that pushes you along a little, the system recovers kinetic energy during deceleration phases and provides torque assistance when accelerating. We are not big fans of mild hybrids as a rule but if you have deep pockets it’s probably the best choice.

Autumn Best Buy – Kia Sportage “2” 1.6 litre petrol 134bhp 2 wheel drive manual  – £299 Advance Payment (£63.05 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Kia Sportage “GT-Line” 1.6 litre petrol 174bhp 2 wheel drive manual  – £999 Advance Payment (£66.74 + £144 wpms)

Autumn Best Buy – Kia Sportage “GT Line S” 2.0 Litre Diesel with 48v mild hybrid 182bhp 4 wheel drive 8 speed auto  – £3749 Advance Payment (£2664 wpms)