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Kia SPORTAGE DIESEL ESTATE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]

Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
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Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
Kia SPORTAGE 1.6 CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG54.30
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02137 g/km
  • BHP134
  • Torque236 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

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 fourth generation car now delivers mild hybrid diesel technology for the first time, plus gets an all-new entry-level diesel engine too, along with smarter looks, more safety kit and extra media connectivity. The motto here seems to be 'If it aint broke, try even harder to fix it'.

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This improved fourth generation Kia's 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 £30,000. 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 a smarter look inside and out 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

This improved fourth generation model carries over many of the mechanicals of its predecessor, but adds some new technology too. As before, buyers get a choice of both front and four wheel drive models. And engines? Well the petrol range is made up of a normally aspirated 1.6-litre GDI 130bhp unit and a much pokier T-GDI turbo 174bhp powerplant. Go for the T-GDI variant and you get the option of the brand's seven-speed 7DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox, also offered elsewhere in the range. Most Sportage buyers though, want a diesel. For buyers wanting to fuel from the black pump, the range starts with a 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi variant, which uses the brands new 'U3'-series engine. The key news here though, lies with the 2.0-litre CRDi version, which now features Kia's first mild hybrid diesel powertrain. The system supplements acceleration with power from a compact 0.44 kWh 48-volt lithium-ion battery, and extends engine 'off time' with a new 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.

Design and Build

Kia has lightly updated this MK4 Sportage model's looks. At the front, there's a redesigned front bumper with smarter fog lamp housings, plus an evolved version of the brand's 'tiger-nose' grille. Sleeker full-LED headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights also feature. At the rear, the slim combination lamps feature a more distinctive C-shaped LED light signature. The reversing lamp is integrated into a restyled rear bumper with longer reflectors positioned below and is finished with a flash of chrome across its base. In profile, the upgraded model is available with more stylish 16, 17 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, and some versions have the sill trim finished in chrome. Inside, minor upgrades include a redesigned steering wheel, a revised driver instrument cluster and smarter ventilation controls. The infotainment systems in the Sportage have been upgraded. Depending on trim, there is either a 7.0-inch touchscreen or a new 'frameless' 8.0-inch system, each with DAB digital radio. All satellite navigation systems include Kia's Connected Services powered by TomTom as standard, offering a wide range of driving-oriented information. As before, the cabin is decently spacious, with plenty of headroom front and rear. At the back, the seats recline for greater long distance comfort. Out back, boot space is rated at 503-litres.

Market and Model

Prices are much as they were before, starting at around £20,500 and rising to around £35,000. There's a choice of '1', '2', '4', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S' trim levels. 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 '1' variants come with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth with voice recognition, automatic light control, a reversing camera system 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. All models from grade '2' spec have 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

The Sportage engine line-up now conforms to Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. In keeping with that, Kia's Gamma direct injection 1.6-litre petrol engine (offered in normally aspirated or turbo forms) now has an updated particulate filter. And the old 1.7-litre CRDi diesel has been replaced by a new 'U3' 1.6-litre diesel that delivers 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 130g/km. Which is a useful step up from the figures you get with the base 1.6-litre GDi petrol normally aspirated unit (39.8mpg and 162g/km). The big news with this facelifted Sportage though, is the introduction of an electrified 'mild hybrid' powertrain for the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel model. Here, 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 takes the Sportage's total output to 195bhp. 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%. All Sportage models, 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 auto up/down function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic defog system
Automatic headlights
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
Cornering light
Dark chrome front bumper insert
Dark chrome grille surround
Dual exhaust pipes
Electrically/adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
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 side windows and rear screen)
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Roof rails
Shark fin antenna
Silver painted front and rear skid plates
Speed sensitive front wipers
Tinted glass
Trailer stability assist
Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
Wide view Drivers Door Mirror
Windscreen wiper de-icer
Driver Convenience
4.2" supervision colour cluster display
7" touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and traffic messaging channel
Android auto with voice control
Apple car play with voice control
Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
Cruise control + speed limiter
Digital clock
Drive mode selector
Driver attention warning
Front parking sensor
Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
Lane keep assist
Rear parking sensor
Reversing camera
Speed limit information function
Speed sensitive power steering
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
Aluminium door scuff plates
Aluminium pedals
Black headlining
Centre cabin light
Centre console storage box
Chrome boot sill guard
D-Shaped sports leather steering wheel and perforated inserts with GT-Line logo
Door armrest in leather
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
Interior door lock/unlock function
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed gearshift
Leather upholstery
Luggage area light
Luggage area load cover
Luggage net hooks
Paddle shift controls
Perforated leather sports steering wheel
Rear centre armrest with cupholder
Rear coat hooks
Rear headrests
Satin chrome interior door handles
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Ventilation ducts to rear compartment
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
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
Emergency stop signal system
ESP + traction 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
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
Temporary spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.119
CO2 (g/km) 133
HC+NOx 0.071
Noise Level dB(A) 69
NOx 0.031
Particles 0.0003
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 169
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1598
Compression Ratio 16.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 77
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 85.8
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 56.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 56.6
EC Urban (mpg) 57.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 39.8
WLTP - MPG - High 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Low 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 134
Coin Description CRDi
Coin Series GT-Line
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 20000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 11.6
Engine Power - BHP 134
Engine Power - KW 100
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 236
Engine Torque - MKG 32.6
Engine Torque - NM 320
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 245/45 R19
Tyre Size Rear 245/45 R19
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1635
Height (including roof rails) 1645
Length 4495
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1855
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 62
Gross Vehicle Weight 2210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1456
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 467
Max. Loading Weight 542
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1668
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £413.99 p/m £12.99 p/m
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24 months 30,000 miles p/a £475.99 p/m £102.99 p/m
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48 months 10,000 miles p/a £305.99 p/m £40.99 p/m
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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £615.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Dark Penta Metal £615.00
Metallic - Flame blue £615.00
Metallic - Fusion white £615.00
Metallic - Infra Red £615.00
Metallic - Lunar silver £615.00
Metallic - Phantom black £615.00
Solid - Copper stone FOC
Trim
Leather - Black with red piping and stitching FOC
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