Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" touch screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
  • Colour information display
  • Cruise control
  • Flex Steer variable steering settings
  • Reversing Aid Sensors
  • Satellite navigation with rear view parking camera
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Infinity premium sound system with 7 speakers and subwoofer
  • RDS radio CD with MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Touch screen audio system
  • USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Chrome exterior door handles
  • Chrome front grille
  • Chrome side moulding trim
  • Cornering light
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • Front drivers side windows/one touch up/down
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED indicators in door mirrors
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Silver roof rails
  • Speed sensitive front wipers
  • Tinted glass
  • Welcome home function
  • Windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Xenon headlights + headlight washers

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front
  • 12V power point in luggage area
  • 3 passenger grab handles
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Air filter
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Centre room lamp
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Door armrest in leather
  • Door courtesy lamps
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front map lights
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Grey headlining
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Height adjustable headrests
  • Ignition key lock illumination
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage net
  • Luggage net hooks
  • Metallic finish inner door handles
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholder
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear headrests
  • Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel

Safety

  • 3 point front seat belts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active front headrests
  • Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
  • Dual front airbags
  • ESP + traction control
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Front side airbags
  • Full size curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • Deluxe instrument cluster
  • Metallic grain dashboard

Wheels

  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Full size alloy spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.168

CO2 (g/km)

135

HC

HC+NOx

0.083

Noise Level dB(A)

73

NOx

0.031

Particles

0.0004

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1685

Compression Ratio

17.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

77.2

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

55.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

60.1

EC Urban (mpg)

49.6

General

Badge Engine CC

1.7

Badge Power

114

Based On ID

Coin Description

CRDi

Coin Series

3 [Sat Nav]

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

13E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

93

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

86

NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09

0

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09

0

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

49

NCAP Safety Assist %

86

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

7

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.9

Engine Power - BHP

114

Engine Power - KW

85

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

192

Engine Torque - MKG

27

Engine Torque - NM

260

Engine Torque - RPM

1250

Top Speed

107

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/55 R18

Tyre Size Rear

235/55 R18

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1630

Height (including roof rails)

1640

Length

4440

Wheelbase

2640

Width

1855

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

58

Gross Vehicle Weight

1940

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1353

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

564

Max. Loading Weight

450

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1490

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.6

Summary

As long as you're not expecting an off-roader in the traditional sense of the word, it's hard to see how the Kia Sportage would disappoint. It's well built, rides smoothly, now offers a much nicer interior and - the clincher for many - it still looks good. Ultimately, this fouth generation version merely builds on the strong foundation its predecessor established - but then that's no bad thing. That car was just right for its intended market - as this one is, especially in this frugal 1.7-litre CRDi diesel 2WD guise. With Kias of the past you used to need a spreadsheet to explain the rationale behind your buying decision. Now all you need is a photo.

Background

Kia's Sportage was once a bit player in the SUV Crossover market. The first generation car was the sort of thing you might have bought if you lived on a remote smallholding where nobody would see what you drove. The second generation model was a rebadged Hyundai Tucson that moved things on significantly but wasn't in any way polished. Then though, we got the MK3 Sportage, a car which had the glitz to mix it with the best crossover SUVs out there while selling at prices they found hard to match. This fourth generation model picks up where that car left off and one of the few things that hasn't been changed about it is the engine most buyers choose, the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel unit on test here. It's only offered with front wheel drive, but that's what most customers want anyway. In this form, the idea of a stylish Cossover that is capable of regularly delivering over 60mpg, while returning a tax-friendly CO2 reading of under 120g/km might well be tempting to plenty of people in this segment. Let's put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

Mindful of market requirements, let's ignore how this Sportage fares in the mud because it's just not relevant. Just how not relevant is supported by the fact that Kia offers the Sportage with this engine in two-wheel drive guise only. These cars are usually used as suburban school run specials that have enough about them to take in the odd family holiday to Disneyland Paris or similar. This Sportage is a little different to the class norm. Whereas cars like the Ford Kuga or the Nissan Qashqai have been engineered to offer a very taut, car-like driving experience, this is an altogether softer-sprung thing. OK, so it's not as 'flingable', but for the sort of urban driving and motorway cruises its target customers will use it for, the Sportage feels a more relaxed comfortable thing. The 1.7 CRDi variant we look at here is powered by a 114bhp 1.7-litre turbodiesel that will get it to 62mph in a reasonable enough 11.1 seconds, but the engine does its best work between 1250 and 2750rpm, where it feels lazily elastic and more muscular than the peak power figure would suggest thanks to the meaty 280Nm of torque. It's deceptively brisk if you can keep the engine in the heart of the torque range, the languid throttle response belying how much shove there really is. As well as this 1.7-litre diesel, Kia also offers a 2.0-litre diesel, plus 1.6 normally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines.

Design and Build

The front end of this MK4 model Sportage is the biggest change over the outgoing model, thanks to smarter headlamps that sit just above a bolder, lower, wider version of Kia's hallmark 'tiger-nose' grille. These lights are now positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply-detailed bonnet. The result is a more imposing appearance and a more stable-looking stance, despite this model retaining the same 1,855mm width as its predecessor. It's 40mm longer though - and more aerodynamic. At the rear, this fourth generation Sportage features more horizontal forms and clearly defined feature lines, with smooth bodywork on the tailgate, emphasising the car's width and giving this compact SUV a more stable appearance. Inside, there's a completely new interior, with higher quality materials and a central console that cascades downwards and is tilted 10 degrees towards the driver. The 30mm increase in this model's wheelbase means that the cabin is more spacious too, with greater headroom front and rear. At the back, the seats recline further than before for greater long distance comfort. Out back, bootspace is up from the previous model's 465-litre total to 503-litres here.

Market and Model

Though Sportage prices start at around £18,000, you have to stretch to nearly £20,000 to get a diesel variant, this 1.7-litre CRDi model being the least expensive back pump-fuelled version you can have. This fourth generation Sportage is looking to nick sales from the likes of Skoda's Yeti and Suzuki's SX4 S-Cross - and if early data is anything to go by, it can also attract buyers looking at slightly pricier cars like Ford's Kuga, Mazda's CX-5 and even Toyota's RAV4. Equipment levels have been subtly boosted across the range. All versions now have 16-inch alloy wheels and all-round disc brakes, a black diamond-mesh grille with chromed surround, front foglights, LED daytime running lamps, cornering lights and chrome-coated belt-line mouldings. Inside, there's smart black cloth upholstery with a grey headlining, electrically adjustable door mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, all-round electric windows, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth with music streaming, USB and AUX ports and 12-volt power outlets in the front and rear. Driving stuff runs to Trailer Stability Assist, Hill-start Assist, Downhill Brake Control and cruise control with speed limiter.

Cost of Ownership

If you're looking to save a bob or two - as most Kia owners traditionally have been - front-wheel-drive Sportage models like this 1.7-litre CRDi variant are the ones most likely to appeal. For an up-front spend of around £1,750 over the entry-level 1.6-litre petrol model, this 1.7-litre diesel improves your combined cycle fuel consumption figure from 42.2mpg to over 61mpg and your CO2 figure from 156g/km to 119g/km. The previous generation Sportage 1.7 CRDi managed 54m,pg and 135g/km, so that's a decent improvement. One useful change is that this MK4 version offers greater fuel capacity than the third-generation model, with the fuel tank increasing in size from 58-litres to 62-litres, cutting the number of fuel pump visits that owners of the new car will have to make. Like the rest of the Kia range, the Sportage is sold with the excellent seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached. Fixed cost servicing also brings additional peace of mind via the Kia Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing package, offering retail customers inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years.