Kia Sportage review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Buyers will be tempted by the low running costs of the Sportage hybrid models, although they are more expensive to buy than standard petrol cars
With petrol and diesel power on offer, along with mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid technology, both family buyers and business users should be able to find the right Sportage model to suit their driving needs (although it's worth noting that Kia has temporarily removed diesel versions from the current price list).
The 148bhp 1.6 T-GDi petrol, in front-wheel drive form, returns up to 42.2mpg under WLTP testing and emits 152g/km, while choosing the 48V mild-hybrid version helps overall economy to 44.1mpg and reduces CO2 emissions to 146g/km. Although these figures seem reasonable in isolation, they can’t compete with the more economical hybrid cars. It’s worth bearing in mind that improved overall efficiency comes at a price, and the cheapest PHEV model (in GT-Line trim) is around £8,000 more expensive to buy than the 148bhp petrol GT-Line variant.
Diesel power is becoming increasingly unpopular, yet it still provides excellent returns – particularly if you frequently undertake longer journeys. The entry 113bhp 1.6 CRDi achieves an average of 53.3mpg and produces 138g/km of CO2, while the more powerful 134bhp mild-hybrid version manages 54.3mpg and 135g/km. Adding all-wheel drive means economy drops to 50.4mpg, with CO2 rising to 148g/km.
The full-hybrid starts from around £34,000 in GT-Line trim and, depending on specification, manages 48-49mpg and emits 129-132g/km of CO2. The extra power of the 226bhp full hybrid may be tempting, as it’s only around £2,000 more than the equivalent 148bhp petrol model.
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Company car drivers will find the plug-in hybrid appealing due to its low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate. CO2 emissions of 25g/km mean that the PHEV will fall into the 8 per cent BiK bracket for 2022/23, while its ability to travel up to 43 miles solely on electric power should help to cut fuel bills.
Insurance premiums for the Sportage shouldn’t be too expensive, although you might find you’ll pay more than the equivalent Hyundai Tucson model. The Sportage 113bhp diesel versions start in group 16, while the Tucson range kicks off in group 12.
Moving onto the petrol variants sees an increase to groups 17-20, with the all-wheel drive cars costing more to cover. The full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are in groups 24-26, which is relatively high when you consider a top-spec Tucson PHEV sits in group 21.
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Our data suggests that the Sportage should hold onto a healthy chunk of its value over a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period. On average, you should see around a 59 per cent return on the original list price after this time, with the plug-in hybrid models performing slightly better at 60-63 per cent. In comparison, the Hyundai Tucson is just behind the Sportage in terms of residual values, with the Nissan Qashqai expected to retain around 51 per cent of its showroom price after three years of motoring.
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In this review
- 1Kia Sportage reviewFeaturing plenty of space, the latest on-board technology and a comfortable ride, the Kia Sportage is a first-rate family SUV
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Sportage is well set-up for town driving, while hybrid models provide decent pace
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingBuyers will be tempted by the low running costs of the Sportage hybrid models, although they are more expensive to buy than standard petrol cars
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe sharp, modern-looking exterior of the Sportage may not appeal to everyone, but the new onboard technology is a standout feature
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceFamily buyers looking for a practical, spacious SUV must consider the Kia Sportage
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Kia Sportage boasts superb levels of standard safety kit, a generous seven-year warranty and there’s reassuring customer feedback from our Driver Power survey, too