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Kia SPORTAGE ESTATE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr

Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
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Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG39.80
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed113 mph
  • C02162 g/km
  • BHP130
  • Torque119 lbs/f
  • P11D33%

Review

Kia's improved Sportage is stiff competition for both Qashqai-like Crossovers and RAV4-like compact SUVs. Even in entry-level front-driven 1.6-litre GDi form, it's a very complete - and surprisingly desirable - family car.

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Kia's improved fourth generation Sportage is at its most afforadable in base front-driven 1.6-litre Gdi petrol form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Family SUVs - Nissan Qashqai-like family hatches with car-like dynamics and running costs that belie their crossover-style looks and optional 4WD - are big business in Britain these days. From almost nowhere a few years ago, this class of car now accounts for over 15% of the UK market. Such a lucrative sector is it that today, we have all kinds of models claiming to be 'SUVs'. Some, like the Qashqai of course and Peugeot's 3008, clearly are more family hatch than 4x4. Others, like Ford's Kuga and Skoda's Karoq, look far more like the kind of model that until a few years ago, we would have classified as a soft-roading SUV. Visually, Kia's improved fourth generation Sportage falls somewhere in between these two extremes. The current enhanced version of this car is basically a development of a smart predecessor that transformed Kia's sales in this segment. All that car needed was a smarter interior and a bit more technology, things this redesigned version is well ready to deliver. Most of its buyers will be quite happy with the 2WD models that make up the majority of the range, variants like the most affordable 1.6-litre GDi petrol version we look at here.

Driving Experience

Behind the wheel, the feeling is far more RAV4 SUV-like than the more ordinary family hatch-like feel of the Nissan Qashqais and Peugeot 3008s that Kia says this car competes against. A lot of buyers will think that a very good thing. It's certainly impressive the way that the designers have managed to combine a commanding driving position with a seat that's easy to slide in and out of. High-sided flanks, a nose invisible from the driver's seat and a small rear window do make this a car that demands a little adjustment if you're trading up from something more conventional, but once you adapt, you should find the Sportage to be an easy thing to live with. Of course, the car isn't intended for those planning a jungle expedition. It'll be equally ineffective if you want to corner Lewis Hamilton-like on your door handles, a pastime far more suited in this sector to cars like Ford's Kuga or Nissan Qashqai. So what exactly does it offer? Well, something that's probably far better suited to the kind of driving that most potential family buyers will actually do: a softer, more relaxed approach that balances body control, handling response and ride comfort aided by hi-tech multi-link rear suspension in a very impressive fashion. If the Koreans could make the variable assistance power steering a little more feelsome, it'd be even better still. The 1.6-litre GDi variant's petrol engine isn't any ball of fire, but rest to 62mph in 11.1s en route to 113mph should be enough for most.

Design and Build

There are no further visual changes to this updated Sportage: there didn't need to be as the range was aesthetically updated as recently as Autumn 2018. Trademark Sportage touches include the windscreen's castellated top edge and the way that the raked-back C-pillar contrasts with the angled rear window. At the rear, top versions get full-LED tail lamps with a special illuminating 'C'-shaped signature. This Kia is a fraction larger than the SUV C-segment class norm. The standard version's 4,485mm-length makes it 91mm longer than a Nissan Qashqai and 122mm longer that a SEAT Ateca. The 'GT-Line' variants are 10mm lengthier still. There is an important change inside though. All versions in the Sportage range now feature the Korean maker's most sophisticated 'frameless' eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, which comes with the brand's latest UVO Connect telematics system, plus as before, there's 'Android Auto'/'Apple CarPlay' and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity. Otherwise, it's as before. The exterior dimensions lead you to expect a decently spacious cabin, which is what you get, with plenty of head and elbow room. And at the back? Well if you've previously owned or test driven a rival comparably-priced Qashqai or Ateca, you should notice how much extra leg room is freed up by that slightly lengthier body; it really is significant and aided by scalloped front seat backs. The rear bench backrest reclines and headroom's reasonable too, despite the sloping roofline. Out back, boot space is rated at 491-litres in petrol models, extendable to 1,480-litres if you fold the rear seat.

Market and Model

The Sportage 1.6-litre GDi petrol model is offered only with base '2'-level trim and pricing that sits respectively at either £23,500 for '2'-trim or around £26,500 for plusher '3'-spec. The asking figures represent a saving of around £1,600 on the equivalent 1.6-litre CRDi mild hybrid diesel version. This normally aspirated GDI petrol derivative, like most entry-level family SUVs, only comes in 2WD form and can only be had in front-driven manual guise. This improved fourth generation Sportage is looking to nick sales from the likes of Skoda's Karoq and maybe also its close cousin, the Hyundai Tucson - 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. Both models come well equipped. Even the grade '2' variants come with alloy wheels, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic air conditioning, privacy glass, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensing front wipers, automatic light control, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirror, cruise control with speed limiter and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. In addition, there's Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and cruise control. Plus lots of camera safety kit. This includes a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) to alert a tired driver who may be about to stray into the path of a vehicle approaching from behind. Plus High Beam Assist (HBA) to switch between full and dipped beam automatically when there are other vehicles in their vicinity on unlit roads. And a Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) within the instrument cluster.

Cost of Ownership

Customers have much higher expectations of family SUVs these days when it comes to running costs - but this Sportage struggles a bit here. This GDI unit is one of Kia's older engines and that shows when it comes to the WLTP stats. The next powerplant up in the line-up, the 174bhp 1.6 T-Gdi petrol turbo engine, is actually hardly any dirtier than the 130bhp 1.6 GDI normally aspirated unit (183g/km as opposed to 177g/km). The base 130hp powerplant manages an unremarkable 36.2mpg on the combined cycle. 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.

Summary

Kia hasn't made a huge step forward with this enhanced fourth generation Sportage model, but the improvements are certainly welcome. The 7-inch infotainment screen of the earlier version has been updated and there's certainly a greater dose of the kind of technology that modern buyers tend to want nowadays. Best of all is this car's value proposition. The fuel and CO2 returns aren't anything to write home about in this 1.6-litre Gdi petrol guise but the major drawcard of this entry-level model is its affordable price. Around £24,000 gets you a quite lot of car.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
All round electric windows with drivers auto up/down function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic lighting control
Automatic window defogger
Bi-Function halogen headlights
Black side sill and wheel arch body mouldings
Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome front bumper insert
Chrome grille surround
Chrome window surround
Electrically adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
High beam assist
High gloss black diamond mesh radiator grille
LED daytime running lights
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
Projection front fog lights with matt black surround
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Roof rails
Shark fin antenna
Tinted glass
Trailer stability assist
Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
Wide view drivers door mirror
Driver Convenience
3.5" supervision cluster display
8" touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and traffic messaging channel
Android auto with voice control
Apple car play with voice control
Cruise control + speed limiter
Driver attention warning
Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
Lane keep assist
Rear parking sensor
Reversing camera
Speed limit information function
Speed sensitive power steering
Telematics system with UVO connect services
Trip computer
Windscreen washer level indicator
Entertainment
6 speaker audio system
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio with MP3
Rear USB port
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections
Interior Features
12V power in front and rear centre console
3 x passenger assist grips
60/40 split folding rear seat
Air filter
All-round height adjustable headrests
Centre cabin light
Centre console storage box
Driver and front passenger side sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Driver's seat manual height adjust
Drivers seat power lumbar support
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Front and rear door storage
Front cabin LED map light with sunglasses case
Front door courtesy reflectors
Front seatback pockets
Front/rear centre armrests
Gear shift indicator
Glovebox illumination
Heated front and outer rear seats
Ignition key lock illumination
Interior door lock/unlock function
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather steering wheel
Leather trimmed door armrests
Leather trimmed gearshift
Light grey headlining
Luggage area light
Luggage area load cover
Luggage net hooks
Premium cloth upholstery
Rear centre armrest with cupholder
Rear coat hooks
Satin chrome interior door handles
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Ventilation ducts to rear compartment
Safety
Active front headrests
All round 3-point seatbelts
Anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution
Dual front side airbags
Electronic stability control with downhill brake control
Emergency stop signalling system
Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Impact sensing auto door unlocking
Rear door child safety locks
Traction control
Twin curtain airbags with roll over sensor
Twin front airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Advanced anti-theft system including immobiliser and alarm
Door deadlocks
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central door locking with fold away key
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Technical
Intelligent Stop and Go
Trim
Metallic finish centre fascia
Wheels
17" alloy wheels
Tyre mobility kit
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.383
CO2 (g/km) 153
HC 0.016
Noise Level dB(A) 71
NOx 0.034
Particles 0.0015
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 177
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1591
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 77
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 85.4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 42.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 47.1
EC Urban (mpg) 35.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 34
WLTP - MPG - High 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Low 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 38.2
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 130
Coin Description GDi
Coin Series 2
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 13E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 90
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 66
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 20000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 11.1
Engine Power - BHP 130
Engine Power - KW 97
Engine Power - RPM 6300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 119
Engine Torque - MKG 16.4
Engine Torque - NM 161
Engine Torque - RPM 4850
Top Speed 113
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/60 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/60 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1635
Height (including roof rails) 1645
Length 4485
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1855
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 62
Gross Vehicle Weight 2000
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1480
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 491
Max. Loading Weight 510
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1400
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 650
Minimum Kerbweight 1490
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

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Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £264.26 p/m £18.60 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £234.85 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £233.61 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £234.14 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £251.27 p/m Call Us
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £211.79 p/m £18.84 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £308.04 p/m £16.80 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £317.11 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £317.66 p/m £16.80 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £324.07 p/m £16.80 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £276.97 p/m £18.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £281.82 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £285.75 p/m £22.32 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £291.60 p/m £25.20 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £250.69 p/m £21.60 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £254.15 p/m £22.61 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £258.51 p/m £27.36 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £263.73 p/m £31.20 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Premium paint £615.00
Paintwork
Premium paint - Dark penta metal £615.00
Premium paint - Fusion white £615.00
Premium paint - Infra red £615.00
Premium paint - Phantom black £615.00
Premium paint - Silver frost £615.00
Solid - Copper stone FOC
Trim
Premium cloth - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated