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Kia SPORTAGE ESTATE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]

Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
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Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi GT-Line S 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG37.20
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed125 mph
  • C02174 g/km
  • BHP174
  • Torque196 lbs/f
  • P11D35%

Review

How did the Kia Sportage quietly develop from also-ran to front runner in the budget SUV stakes? By offering more of what people want, that's how. This improved version of the fourth generation car now delivers mild hybrid technology in an affordable 1.6-litre CRDi diesel powerplant, plus gets a high standard of infotainment across the range. Along with smart looks, plenty of safety kit and decent media connectivity. The motto here seems to be 'If it aint broke, try even harder to fix it'.

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This improved version of the fourth generation Kia Sportage is an affordable mid-sized SUV that delivers even more of what buyers are looking for in this segment. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Background

It might be easy to believe that the market for compact and mid-sized SUVs hasn't essentially changed all that much in the last ten years, but it's now radically different and the biggest beneficiary of these changes has been Kia, and more specifically its Sportage. Consider this. Just over ten years ago, you could pick up a brand new entry level Land Rover Freelander for under £16,000. Even as I'm typing this, I'm double checking to see if that's correct. It is. Nowadays the Freelander's Discovery Sport replacement would probably set you back well over £35,000. That's a massive increase. Yet the Office of National Statistics tells us that the average annual wage over the same period rose by 37%. What it all means is that a huge amount of buyers are being priced out of the SUV market. That's something that Kia not only recognised, but also put itself in prime position to capitalise on with its impressive fourth generation Sportage. This revised version of that car gets mild hybrid engine tech and a range of technologies to improve comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety. If you're buying a mid-sized SUV or a Qashqai-like Crossover model in this segment, it's well worth a look.

Driving Experience

On the move, you'll find that as before, this Sportage is among the more firm-riding SUVs in this segment, which keeps body roll in check round the bends but isn't enough to give this car class-leading driving dynamics. But Kia's certainly getting there. With this improved fourth generation model, the key change is the addition of Kia's 48-volt mild hybrid tech for the volume 1.6-litre CRDi 134bhp diesel unit. Opt for the brand's 7-speed 7DCT auto gearbox and you can also have this engine with AWD. The mild hybrid system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery, and extends engine 'off time' with a Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator (MHSG) unit. The MHSG is connected by belt to the engine's crankshaft, and switches seamlessly between 'motor' and 'generator' modes. In 'motor' mode the battery is discharged under acceleration, providing power assistance to the engine, to reduce engine load and emissions. Under deceleration - when braking, or coasting towards a junction or downhill - the MHSG switches to 'generator' mode, recuperating energy from the crankshaft to recharge the battery on-the-go. All well and good, but what if your preference is for petrol power in your Sportage? Those seeking to fuel from the green pump aren't favoured with any kind of electrified tech and as before, the entry-level point to the range remains the (now rather elderly) 1.6-litre GDI 130bhp normally aspirated petrol unit, which only comes with a manual gearbox and front wheel drive. If funds permit, you'd be better stretching to the petrol alternative, a 1.6 T-Gdi turbo 174bhp powerplant which can be had with manual or automatic transmission and front or AWD.

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

Sportage prices are a little higher these days, kicking off at around £23,500 and rising to around £33,500. There's a choice of '2', '3', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S' trim levels. Basically, the 'GT-Line' is a sportier-looking version of a '2'-spec model and a 'GT-Line S' derivative is a sportier-looking version of a '3'-spec derivative. An AWD 4x4 system is either optional or standard on most models, as is Kia's 7-speed 7DCT auto transmission. All 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

Let's look at the WLTP-rated efficiency figures. The big news here is in the extension of 48V mild hybrid technology to the base 1.6 CRDi diesel. That's meant a 2WD manual or auto front driven variant with that engine can return up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 reading of 131g/km. For the AWD auto version, the figures are 46.3mpg and 159g/km. The mild hybrid technology in use with this unit is certainly clever. The engine is assisted by a compact starter-generator unit belt-connected to the crankshaft. Power for the 48V Ecodynamics+ system comes from a small lithium ion battery mounted beneath the boot floor and the 13bhp electrical boost it facilitates boosts the Sportage's total output under acceleration. When you lift off the throttle to coast, or use the brakes, the starter becomes a generator, recharging the battery with energy that you'd otherwise lose in the form of heat. Kia claims that this technology improves efficiency by up to 4%. With the conventional petrol models, you'll find that the 174bhp 1.6 T-Gdi petrol turbo engine is 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. All Sportage variants, like all Kias, get the brand's impressive 7-year warranty.

Summary

Have the updates made to this improved fourth generation Kia Sportage been sufficient to keep buyers loyal? It's true that they could have been more far-reaching, but there's just enough here to keep existing customers happy, we think. That's important as Kia is fortunate enough to have quite a few of these people in the UK, thanks to the impressive sales success achieved by earlier generation versions of this car. This enhanced MK4 model offers these folk a little more technology and, as before, they'll like the generous equipment levels and long warranty. Ultimately, it's a car you sit in and wonder just how so many rivals can really be worth around £5,000 more. That says it all really.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
All round electric windows with drivers and front passenger auto up/down function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic lighting control
Automatic window defogger
Black wheel arch body mouldings and side sills with dark chrome insert
Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome window surround
Dark chrome front bumper insert
Dark chrome front grille surround
Electric panoramic glass sunroof (Electric one touch with safety function)
Electrically adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
Front wiper de-icer
High beam assist
High gloss black blade mesh radiator grille
LED Bi-Function headlights
LED daytime running lights
LED ice cube front fog lights
LED rear lights
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Roof rails
Shark fin antenna
Silver painted front and rear skid plates
Tinted glass
Trailer stability assist
Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
Wide view drivers door mirror
Driver Convenience
360 degree around view monitor
4.2" supervision colour cluster display
8" touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and traffic messaging channel
Android auto with voice control
Apple car play with voice control
Blind spot collision warning
Drive mode selector
Driver attention warning
Emergency stop signalling system
Forward collision avoidance assist
Front parking sensor
Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
Lane keep assist
Rear parking sensor
Reversing camera
Smart cruise control with stop and go functionality
Smart power tailgate
Speed limit information function
Speed sensitive power steering
Telematics system with UVO connect services
Trip computer
Windscreen washer level indicator
Wireless Smartphone charger
Entertainment
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio with MP3
JBL Premium sound system with 8 speakers, external amp, subwoofer and front centre speaker
Rear USB port
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections
Interior Features
10 way driver/8 way passenger electrically power adjustable seats
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
Aluminium door scuff plates
Aluminium pedals
Black headlining
Centre console storage box
Chrome boot sill guard
D-Shaped sports leather steering wheel and perforated inserts with GT-Line logo
Driver and front passenger side sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
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
Heated steering wheel
Interior door lock/unlock function
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed door armrests
Leather trimmed gearshift
Leather upholstery with red piping and stitching
Luggage area LED light
Luggage area load cover
Luggage net hooks
Paddle shift controls
Rear centre armrest with cupholder
Rear coat hooks
Satin chrome interior door handles
Side cabin LED lights
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Ventilated front seats
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 parking brake
Electronic stability control with downhill brake control
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
Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
Locking wheel nuts
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Technical
Intelligent Stop and Go
Trim
High gloss black centre fascia
Wheels
19" alloy Wheels B-type
Tyre mobility kit
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.677
CO2 (g/km) 169
HC 0.042
Noise Level dB(A) 73
NOx 0.011
Particles 0.0003
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 200
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1591
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 77
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 85.4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 38.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 42.2
EC Urban (mpg) 33.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 8.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 32.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 30.1
WLTP - MPG - High 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 28.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium 33.2
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 174
Coin Description T GDi
Coin Series GT-Line S
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20A
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 10000
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) 8.8
Engine Power - BHP 174
Engine Power - KW 130
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 196
Engine Torque - MKG 27
Engine Torque - NM 265
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 125
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/45 R19
Tyre Size Rear 245/45 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 19" 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 2200
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1480
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 491
Max. Loading Weight 563
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1637
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

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24 months 30,000 miles p/a £468.83 p/m £81.68 p/m
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36 months 30,000 miles p/a £402.37 p/m £95.69 p/m
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48 months 20,000 miles p/a £339.88 p/m £74.15 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £352.96 p/m £93.66 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £363.86 p/m £101.10 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £454.02 p/m £22.32 p/m
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24 months 30,000 miles p/a £562.60 p/m £98.02 p/m
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36 months 8,000 miles p/a £402.89 p/m £25.69 p/m
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36 months 15,000 miles p/a £429.30 p/m £43.21 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £450.46 p/m £71.86 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £467.10 p/m £99.94 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £482.85 p/m £114.82 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £355.79 p/m £30.28 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £371.08 p/m £28.32 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £376.10 p/m £35.58 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £391.31 p/m £58.02 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £407.85 p/m £88.98 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £423.55 p/m £112.39 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £436.63 p/m £121.32 p/m
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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Premium paint £615.00
Paintwork
Premium paint - Blue flame £615.00
Premium paint - Dark penta metal £615.00
Premium paint - Fusion white £615.00
Premium paint - Infra red £615.00
Premium paint - Lunar silver £615.00
Premium paint - Phantom black £615.00
Solid - Copper stone FOC
Trim
Leather - Black with red piping and stitching FOC
* option prices shown are estimated