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Kia Sportage

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Kia Sportage

(2022 - present)

    Summary


    One of Kia’s best-selling models since it first launched in 1993, the mid-sized Sportage SUV has reached its fifth generation with this model, which arrived in the UK in early 2022.

    With a comprehensive model range consisting of petrol, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, the Sportage is closely related to the Hyundai Tucson. Both mid-sized SUVs have received plenty of praise from the UK media for their well-equipped and high-quality interior trims and their boot space. The Telegraph is also impressed by the generous seven-year warranty standard on all new Kia models, while Driving Electric admires the Sportage bold exterior styling.

    Where the Sportage begins to slightly falter is when analysing the price list, which reviewers generally agree could be more competitive. Car explains: “You can get a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for less than a Sportage HEV, and the PHEV makes the Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan equivalents look cheap.”

    While entry-level models of the Kia Sportage are praised for their value-for-money, the top-spec plug-in hybrid models are much more expensive, and many reviews conclude that, while it has less overall polish than the Sportage, the very similar Hyundai Tucson is the more affordable route into hybrid SUV ownership.

    As of July 2022, the fifth generation Kia Sportage holds an Expert Rating of 73% based on 17 UK reviews, which is a significant improvement on the score achieved by its predecessor.

    This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see a large number of UK-based reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    Sportage highlights

    • Value-for-money entry-level models
    • Spacious cabin and boot
    • Economical plug-in hybrid variants
    • Impressive interior trim and tech
    • Seven-year new car warranty

    Sportage lowlights

    • Expensive top-end models
    • Pricier than a Hyundai Tucson
    • Lack of ride comfort compared to rivals
    • Petrol engines are not very economical
    • Not as fun to drive as some alternatives

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £26,745 on-road

    Launched: Winter 2021/22
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2022
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 87%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 66%
    Safety assist: 72%

    The Kia Sportage shares its foundations and safety tech with the Hyundai Tucson, tested last year. Where necessary, Euro NCAP has carried out tests on the Sportage but, for others, the results of the Tucson are used.

    Therefore, the Sportage acheived a full five-star rating after its crash tests like the Tucson, with both SUVs being awarded the exact same adult and child occupant crash safety scores. That said, the Sportage received a slightly better safety assistance technology score, indicating that it is slightly better at preventing an accident in the first place.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the Kia Sportage has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Sportage has received

    2022

    • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Medium SUV

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