Kia Sportage 2017: Family Compact Crossover
Kia have produced this wonderfully eye-catching, stylish and great value car all backed up by a seven-year warranty.
The new, fourth-generation Sportage takes their key strengths and improves on them in a number of ways, pushing this model towards the top of the very competitive small SUV class. It’s facing competition from cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson, Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5, and Suzuki Vitara.
The Sportage comes with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive, and a relatively broad spread of petrol and diesel engines. There are also options for six-speed manual, auto, and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.
The Sportage also comes in a range of trims handily numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the two-wheel-drive versions. Four-wheel-drivers get an additional prefix, so equivalent trim levels become the KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4. Whichever drivetrain you choose, the 1s get DAB radio, cruise control and air-con, the 2s add touchscreen sat-nav, the 3s give you reversing cameras and a premium sound system, while 4s add electronic safety features like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert. There’s also a sporty looking GT line, which has 19-inch alloys, ‘ice-cube’ style fog lights and a black leather interior.
The interior doesn’t look too bad either:
The Sportage has an averagely-sized boot for its class. It’s a good shape, with a low load lip and it’s flat (making it easy to slide items in). At 491 litres, the Sportage boot is comfortably larger than that of the Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai.
Here’s a closer look at all the fantastic features: