Kia Sportage 2019 Exterior

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Arguably the car that has done the most to change Kia’s brand image, the third-generation Sportage (2010-2016) showed Kia could make attractive, stylish and great value cars all backed up by a seven-year warranty. The new, fourth-generation car takes these key strengths and improves on them in a number of ways, pushing the Sportage towards the top of the small SUV class.

It’s a rival for the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5, and it also squares up to its sister car – the Hyundai Tucson. It ranks as one of the better-made cars in its class, and while it may trail the Mazda CX-5 for outright space, the Sportage is one of the roomier small SUVs. It falls a little short of the Kuga and, once again, the CX-5 for handling, but the Sportage is by no means a boring car to drive. Its combination of quick steering, supple ride and decent body control means the Kia Sportage is one of the best all-rounders in its class.

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The impressive growth of the Kia brand over recent years can mostly be put down to the success of the Sportage. Now this, Kia’s fourth-generation of the Sportage mid-size SUV, is designed to carry on the progress of its admired predecessor. However, this Kia Sportage squares up against an ever-growing list of stylish SUVs and crossovers, which now include the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Renault Kadjar, Suzuki Vitara, Mitubishi ASX and Ssangyong Tivoli – to name but a few!

The biggest change over the outgoing Sportage is its new look that is perhaps not as sharp as its previous model’s but still looks stylish. The engines although carried over, have been tweaked for better emissions and economy too but when they’re compared to class rivals, things don’t look quite so good. For example, the 114bhp version of the 1.7 litre diesel CRD is capable of 61.4mpg with 119g/km of CO2 emissions, yet Nissan’s recently face-lifted Qashqai is capable of 74.3mpg and emissions of 99g/km in 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel form.

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