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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Popular Sportage is packed with kit for the price

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PROS

  • Well-equipped across the range
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of engines and trims to choose from
  • Well-equipped across the range
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of engines and trims to choose from

CONS

  • Boot space not as good as in rivals
  • Competitors better on fuel and tax
  • Automatic gearbox can be ponderous
  • Top-spec models are pricey

PROS

  • Well-equipped across the range
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of engines and trims to choose from
  • Well-equipped across the range
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of engines and trims to choose from

CONS

  • Boot space not as good as in rivals
  • Competitors better on fuel and tax
  • Automatic gearbox can be ponderous
  • Top-spec models are pricey

Kia Sportage rivals

The Kia Sportage is one of the UK's most popular models, with thousands finding homes on UK driveways since the first generation arrived back in 1994. However, it's this latest version that's really proved popular with buyers, successfully stealing sales from many family-friendly SUVs and crossovers such as the mechanically-similar Hyundai Tucson and the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai, as well as good-value Renault Kadjar and SEAT Ateca, the stylish Peugeot 3008, practical Skoda Karoq and spacious Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V.

What makes the Sportage such a good choice for family buyers - or even those just looking for something high-riding and practical - is the promise of a seven-year warranty, reliable engines and a spacious interior that's packed with equipment no matter the model you go for. It's just an added benefit that the Kia Sportage engines and trim level choices are varied and appealing to a wide variety of buyers.

Kia Sportage engines: wide range of T-GDi petrol and CRDi diesel options

The Sportage comes with a good selection of engines to suit all tastes, with two petrols and two diesels available, as well as a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes (badged DCT) and the option of all-wheel drive on some models. Petrols available consist of a 1.6-litre with 132hp, or a turbocharged 1.6-litre with 176hp. The former is manual only and front-wheel drive, while the T-GDI with 176hp is much more flexible with a choice of manual or DCT automatic gearboxes. The DCT comes with all-wheel drive. If you prefer diesel, there’s a frugal 1.6 CRDi with 136hp – again with a choice of manual and auto transmissions and the availability of all-wheel drive, while the top-spec powertrain is a 2.0-litre CRDi with 185hp, all-wheel drive and a mild-hybrid system to recuperate and conserve energy to boost efficiency and performance.

Kia Sportage interior

Kia Sportage trim levels: lots of standard kit

The Sportage line-up is made of familiar Kia trim levels, kicking off with the Sportage 1, moving up to 2, 4 (we’re not sure what happened to the 3), and on to GT-Line and GT-Line S trims. When the car was launched back in 2015, there was a high-spec First Edition, and in 2018 an Edition 25 special edition was introduced to celebrate 25 years of the Sportage. As ever with Kia, there’s a huge amount of equipment built into most trims. In fact, the entry-level 1 comes with more kit than you might expect with DAB, Bluetooth, auto lights and wipers and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Moving up to 2 means you get a bit more comfort and a few more convenient features to make life a little easier, while the GT-Line and GT-Line S trims offer more kerb appeal with sportier looks and some nicer touches to the trim inside.

Long seven-year Kia warranty, great build quality

Of course, every Kia also gets the company's seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. Not only is this transferable to a second owner if you choose to sell the car, but if you buy a car from an official used Kia dealership that is less than 18 months old, the seven-year warranty period is reset. But that isn’t an indication of unreliability – far from it – because Kia has built a fantastic reputation for build quality over recent years and the Sportage feels better in this respect than any previous car from the company.

One of our only major issues with the new Sportage is the boot, which is shy of the space on offer in the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq, which are slightly smaller in terms of exterior dimensions. Still, higher-spec cars with electric tailgates do make life a little easier.

Kia Sportage rivals