Kia Sportage

5/5
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Verdict

Kia will be launched their new Kia Sportage in Ireland at the beginning of 2016. The first Sportage was built during 1993 and took many of its components from Mazda. The second generation was released in 2005 and this time it used the same platform as the Hyundai Tucson. The third generation of Sportage proved popular in Ireland and lasted between 2010 and 2016. One thing that drove many people in the direction of Kia was their brilliant seven year warranty. We are now entering the fourth generation of the Kia Sportage.

Performance

Kia offers a 1.6 litre GDI engine which is in use in European markets and a 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine has been significantly upgraded. Both of these engines are Euro 6 compliant and according to Kia the upgrades result in cleaner exhaust emissions. The 1.6 GDI engine offers 132 PS and 161 Nm of torque. The older 1.7 litre 115 PS CRDi engine has been carried over from the outgoing model too. The upgraded 2.0 litre turbodiesel has been upgraded to become more efficient and it offers two power outputs, 136 PS with 373Nm of torque and 184 PS offering 400NM of torque.

Ride & Handling

Like the outgoing model Kia continues to use the fully independent front suspensions. However, this has been modified to better control the new body shell. These tweaks result in sharper handling and better ride quality. The rear suspension is also fully-independent and two-wheel drive models get dual lower-arm multi-link suspensions

Refinement

The engines of the new Sportage are more refined than before. This is on account of a new heat-resistant engine block cover and a new timing chain cover that has an integrated acoustic shield. The diesel particulate filter also has a cover that apparently mutes its sound. Sound proofing around the interior is also said to be improved to mute outside noises. The 1.7 engine is still a bit noisy though.

Quality & Reliability

The new Sportage comes with a seven or eight inch human-machine interface in the dashboard. This area has been designed to be more driver-focused than before. The new Sportage has more soft-touch materials than ever before and the seats are more comfortable.

Safety & Security

The shell of the body has been made stronger than before and Kia used a lot of ultra-high tensile steel in its build. Airbags are available for the driver and front passenger and they also include side airbags and curtain airbags for both the front and rear rows.

Space & Practicality

This is the most practical Sportage yet. The wheelbase of this vehicle has increased by 30mm which means more space in the interior. The car itself is a total of 40mm longer. The width and height of the vehicle remains the same. Head room to the front has increased by 5 mm and the rear has increased by 166 mm. Legroom has increased by 19 mm to the front and 7 mm to the rear.

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Key Facts

Make

Kia

Model
Sportage
Variant
1.6 4x2 Petrol Lx
Trim
LX
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2016
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€25,695
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€390
Tax Band
C
L/100km Combined
6.7
Average km/L
14.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
62
Fuel Tank Range
925 km
Cost of filling a tank
€81.47
Average Cost Per 200 km
€17.61
CO2 emmissions
147 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
130 bhp
Max Power kW
97
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1591
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
182 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.5 s
L/100km Urban
8.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
6.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
503 L

Warranty

All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year paint warranty
Mileage
150000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
503 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
215/70 R16 mm
Tyre size back
215/70 R16 mm
Length
4440 mm
Width
1855 mm
Height
1685 mm
Wheel Base
2640 mm
Front Track (mm)
1685
Kerb weight
1350 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1830
Turning circle (m)
10.58

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
130 bhp
7 Variants
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SUV
€25,695
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 130 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €25,695
SUV
€27,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 1.7 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €27,995
SUV
€29,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 1.7 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €29,995
SUV
€31,095
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 1.7 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €31,095
SUV
€34,495
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 1.7 L
  • Power 132 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.5 s
  • New Price €34,495
SUV
€36,095
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 181 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €36,095
SUV
€37,595
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  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 6 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 503 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 181 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.0 s
  • New Price €37,595