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Kia Sportage Review 2023

The Kia Sportage is an SUV that's been an essential part of family motoring in the UK for some time now. With plenty of tech and a good hybrid system, it's clear why Sportage is so popular. 

Rivals to the Sportage include the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-5, and the Volvo XC40

Our Kia Sportage review covers:

Kia Sportage Key Features

  • Modern exterior with boomerang-style headlights and creases in the bodywork 
  • Stylish interior that's well-built 
  • 591-litre boot, slightly decreases with hybrid engines 
  • Petrol, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains 
  • Four trim levels 

Kia Sportage Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Stylish interior 
  • Plenty of space throughout the cabin 
  • Good hybrid options 

Cons:

  • Infotainment system is fiddly to use 
  • Noticeable wind and road noise at higher speeds 
  • Rivals are slightly more fun to drive 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Kia has reinvented its exterior design in recent years, transitioning from relatively boring cars to cutting-edge design. This is the case for the new Sportage. It's a fine-looking SUV featuring boomerang-style LED lights, a wide front grille, and creases from front to back. 

The Sportage has loads of space throughout the cabin. Up front, there's loads of leg and headroom for two adults, and in the rear, there's more than enough space to fit three teenagers. Storage is also generous, with large door pockets, a tray under the dash for your keys and wallet, and a good-sized centre cubby. 

Kia Sportage exterior

Boot space comes in at a generous 591 litres for the standard Sportage but decreases to 562 litres on the mild-hybrid version and even further to 540 litres on the plug-in. Regardless of your configuration, the boot is on par with rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Honda ZR-V

Interior and Trims

The Sportage's interior follows a practical design and features a good range of materials. The dashboard has plenty of soft-touch plastics and metal-effect finishes that look good, and all touchpoints feel solidly built. Although there are a few more cheaper materials as you move down, it's better than the Hyundai Tucson's cabin. 

Coming as standard is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, smartphone mirroring, and Bluetooth. From GT-Line and above, you get a 12.3-inch screen with a built-in sat-nav. A strange feature is that from mid-range trims, the buttons below the infotainment system are replaced by a touch-sensitive panel, making it more difficult to use than the systems in the Mazda CX-5 and BMW X1

Behind the steering wheel, you get a 4.3-inch digital instrument display as standard. Like the infotainment system, upgrade trim levels, and it increases to a 12.3-inch screen. 

Four trim levels are available: 2, GT-Line, 3, and GT-Line S. 

2 has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, parking sensors, a 4.2-inch colour cluster display, an eight-inch display, auto temperature control, rain sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and forward collision-avoidance assist.

GT-Line has 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch display with navigation, quilt leather suede seats, driver lumbar support, engine start/stop button, rear privacy windows, smart cruise control, and lane follow assist.  

3 has cloth and leather seats, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and highway drive assist. 

GT-Line S has a Harman Kardon premium audio system, suede upholstery, a driver memory seat, ventilated seats, an optional two-tone roof, a smart power tailgate, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, blind-spot view monitor, surround view monitor. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, you can choose from a 1.6-litre petrol engine, two self-charging hybrids, and a plug-in hybrid. 

Kicking off the range is the 1.6-litre 148bhp petrol engine that has three variants. The entry-level unit is a manual with front-wheel drive, the mid-range unit adds an automatic transmission, while the range-topper has an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. For all units, you'll do 0-62mph in around nine seconds and get a fuel economy of around 40mpg. 

If you're looking for a more sustainable setup in your Sportage, two self-charging hybrids are available. Both come with a power output of 226bhp, and the only difference is that one has front-wheel drive, and the other has four-wheel drive. Both are perfect for urban driving and increase fuel economy to around 50mpg. 

The range-topper is a plug-in hybrid that pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to get 265bhp. Perfect for those looking for a good all-rounder, it can run on all-electric power for around 43 miles and charge using an AC charger in five and a half hours or an hour and 45 minutes using a type 2 7.2kW charger. 

Kia Sportage interior

The Sportage is really good when driving around town, and if you go for the plug-in hybrid version, you can even reach up to 40mph solely using electric power. Regardless of the powertrain, the Sportage has light steering and tackles bumps in the road well. 

Increase to motorway speeds, and the Sportage is an accomplished cruiser. You'll reach 70mph with ease on all engines, however, there is quite a bit of road noise in the mild-hybrid and petrol, more than you'd get in the Hyundai Tucson and Volvo XC40

On a country road, the Sportage controls itself well and has a good road grip and a firm suspension, especially in Sport mode. The only criticism is that it lacks steering feedback when cornering, which makes it less engaging than the Seat Ateca

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Kia Sportage start from £25,140.00 OTR* or to lease from £191.12 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Kia Sportage? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest car leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Kia Sportage
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4.3 out of 5

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David Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV 3 Auto *Incl. Premium Paint*

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3.8 out of 5
Andrew Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi ISG 2 MY20

Lacks power, but I knew the engine would probably mean it had less power than I was used to.

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4.8 out of 5
Andrew Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line S Auto AWD

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Kelvin Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV 3 Auto *Incl. Premium Paint*

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4.7 out of 5
Claire Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi GT-Line S DCT Auto (AWD) MY20

We weren’t provided with mats which in my opinion should be included to keep the car immaculate

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4.0 out of 5
James Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi ISG 2 MY20

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4.1 out of 5
Fiona Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line

Petrol car yet needed a manual regen by garage with only 3200 miles on clock. Prior to this I wasted 120 miles of petrol following advice going up and down motorway which did not trigger auto regen. Time wasted also attending garage appt. My driving patterns have not changed and never had this with previousl vehicle which was diesel. Disappointed.

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4.4 out of 5
Michael Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line Auto

High gloss finish scratches, not good. Would not have low profile wheels this model is much better

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4.7 out of 5
Robert Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line *Incl. Premium Paint*

This vehicle has plenty of room and you feel safe driving it.It is extremely comfortable and has excellent boot space.The dashboard is a good size, as is the infotainment screen.

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5.0 out of 5
John Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line Auto

It's a pleasure to drive and economical considering the price of fuel

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4.4 out of 5
Paul Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi HEV GT-Line S Auto

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3.9 out of 5
Chris Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line MY20

Inexpensive, reliable

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4.1 out of 5
David Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi PHEV GT-Line S Auto AWD

Lovely Car, very nice to drive and loads of features and extras. For Me I would have a larger car in future but only because of what I do in and out of work. I imagined the fuel economy would be better for such a modern car but it's manageable. The Service centres are a lot further away than I anticipated despite there being one in my home town, I have to travel 25-30 miles to get it serviced which is far from ideal.

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4.9 out of 5
Jonathan Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line MY20

A top quality vehicle all around 👍

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4.3 out of 5
Stuart Kia Sportage 1.6T GDi ISG 4

Don’t like having to turn parking sensors on, should be automatic. Not keen on keyless entry, feels more secure using a traditional key fob.

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