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Kia Sportage

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

76
%
C

Running Costs:

65
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

72
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

76
%
C

Running Costs:

65
%
B

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 January 2024, the fifth-generation Kia Sportage holds an Expert Rating of A, with a score of 72%. This is a significant improvement on the score achieved by its predecessor.

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 £28,360 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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What Car?

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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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.6-litre T-GDI 48V Petrol AWD Automatic

Overall score: 2 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 5 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 3.2 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 1.5 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Kia Sportage has an average overall reliability rating of 61%, according to warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. However, this score covers both the current model as well as previous (pre-2021) models, and is also taken from a relatively small number of vehicles to date. As a result, we may see significant shifts over time as more data is added.

To date, the average repair cost for the Sportage is quite high at just under £800. That’s obviously a lot more than a used car warranty, which is worth keeping in mind if you own a Sportage or are considering a used car.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models42 mpgD40 – 44 mpgC – D
Diesel models53 mpgB50 – 54 mpgB – B
Hybrid models48 mpgC44 – 50 mpgB – C
Plug-in hybrid models252 mpgA252 – 252 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models151 g/kmB146 – 158 g/kmB – C
Diesel models138 g/kmB135 – 148 g/kmA – B
Hybrid models134 g/kmA129 – 146 g/kmA – B
Plug-in hybrid models25 g/kmA25 – 25 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models43 milesD43 – 43 milesD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models24B15 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£216B
Year 2£541B
Year 3£876B
Year 4£1,103B
Year 5£1,469B
Overall£4,205B

Running costs for the Kia Sportage would be quite good overall, but are let down by the biggest cost – fuel consumption.

Petrol models are poor, while the regular hybrids are only average. The diesel models were above average, but they’re no longer available. And while the plug-in hybrid models may look good on paper, that’s really just the result of the EU/UK government lab tests not being fit for purpose when it comes to measuring plug-in hybrids.

In terms of other costs, the Sportage rates very well. Servicing and insurance costs are above average, while road tax should be better than most cars as well.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Sportage has received

2024

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV

2023

  • Automotive Management Awards – Best Used Car
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Medium SUV
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Medium SUV
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV

2022

  • Automotive Management Awards – New Car of the Year
  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Family Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Medium SUV
  • News UK Motor Awards – Readers’ Choice + Best Family Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Family SUV + Best Full Hybrid

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