Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.8 - 9.1 mpp
Diesel engines 8.1 - 10.8 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 31.7 - 42.8 mpg
Diesel engines 39.9 - 53.3 mpg
  • Go for the diesel if you're after economy
  • No plug-in hybrid or EV versions
  • Servicing and running costs competitive

The Sportage may well offer a wide range of engines, but there are some slightly disappointing fuel economy figures from some of the engines. If you want the entry-level 1.6-litre GDi, claimed fuel economy sits between 34.9mpg and 35.7mpg depending on the model you choose. Go for the more powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi and economy figures lie between 31.7mpg for an AWD automatic and 34.9mpg for a front-wheel drive manual version. Since both engines require working hard in order to make progress, we suspect it’ll be quite difficult to match those figures on a regular basis.

The diesels fare better for fuel economy. The lower-powered 1.6-litre CRDi with 116hp claims to average 53.3mpg, while the higher powered 136hp versions claims between 46.4mpg and 49.6mpg with the manual gearbox. Choose the automatic version and this ranges between 47.9-50.4mpg, and the all-wheel drive version see this drop to 45.6-46.3mpg.

The bigger 2.0-litre CRDi returns 42.2mpg in with a  manual gearbox and 39.0-42.2mpg with the automatic gearbox. The 1.6-litre CRDi mild-hybrid averaged 44.2mpg with ease during our time of testing and we suspect this would be marginally higher on longer motorway journeys.

The CO2 emissions for the Sportage are comparatively high when listed alongside rivals like the Renault Kadjar and SEAT Ateca. The best performer for CO2 emissions is the lower-powered 1.6 CRDi, emitting 108g/km in ‘1’ spec. The higher powered 1.6-litre CRDI rises up to 114g/km in trim level ‘2’ with the automatic gearbox version creeping up slightly to 116g/km. The higher-output 2.0 CRDi produces a minimum CO2 output of 147g/km on mid-spec ‘4’.

All diesels come with an 18-litre AdBlue tank, with the ability to check the how full it is by scrolling through the trip computer.

The petrols generally emit more CO2 emissions. The entry-level 1.6 GDi produces 152g/km in ‘1’ spec, while the T-GDi engine has a minimum of 178g/km in ‘2’ trim level.

Is it reliable?

Over the years, Kia has built up an enviable reputation for reliability, and the Sportage has lived up to it so far, with no official recalls for this model since it was launched in 2016.

In fact, the reason the firm is able to offer such long warranties on all its products is a direct result of confidence in its build quality and use of materials, and they’re better than ever in the fourth-generation Sportage. Everything feels solid and like it will last, while the mechanical components have been around long enough to now be proven.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £265
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 11 - 25
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