ON TEST WITH
Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi ‘2’
Standard car price from £22,405
For me, the Kia Sportage is one of the best compact SUV/crossovers on the market that you can buy right now and is currently selling really well in the UK thanks to Kia getting everything right.
The new updated Sportage has been given a makeover which has led to loads of changes such as: upgraded infotainment system, active driver aids, cutting-edge EcoDynamics, an efficient new 1.6L U3 diesel powerplant, along with all petrol engines now featuring particulate filters. T his is just a quick summary of what’s new.
Power and Efficiency: The grade 2 version I had on test looks sportier than the previous model and all models now benefit from a more premium look and feel to the interior.
Add in a 1.6 GDi petrol engine with 130bhp and 161Nm of torque and it all begins to make sense. I also happen to like this engine a lot and the fuel economy figures are even better than most coming in at around 39.8mpg (combined) and with a top speed of around the 113mph. My only gripe really is I wish it had a little bit more torque, that for me would help the new Sportage feel that little bit more urgent on the road.
On the road: As with the previous model, the Sportage rides our roads in all its glory while feeling very planted and managing all the bumps and potholes with ease. It feels well settled into the corners. The Kia engineers have done a great job getting the new Sportage to handle well and you can feel exactly what the road is doing beneath you. Kia’s onboard safety features keep it all present and correct. This is a big plus point for me and where Kia always gets it right by giving more active driver aids which is a big plus point for the Sportage.
Design and Technology: The grade 2 trim level is good and you can see where Kia has gone and done one better than most in the form of a sporty theme on the outside, which also continues inside with good quality upholstery and decent cabin materials that you would only expect to see in some higher priced models.
You also get a decent amount of equipment such as; 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, automatic light control, high gloss black diamond mesh radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, rain sensing front wipers, cruise control and speed limiter, remote central door locking, all-round electric windows, six speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB port, seven-inch touchscreen satellite navigation, reversing camera system and rear parking sensors.
Plus; lane keep assist system, tyre pressure monitoring system, driver attention warning, electronic stability control, ABS & EBD, high beam assist, hill-start assist control, intelligent stop-and-go, twin front and side air bags and twin curtain air bags with roll-over sensor.
To sum up: Go out right now and see for yourself what the new Sportage has to offer. A great compact SUV/crossover.