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Kia Sportage review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Sportage ranks as average for running costs and is predicted to hold its value well

Despite price rises of between £400 and £1,200 the new Sportage offers good value for money in the class thanks to strong equipment levels. Its seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is not only the best in its segment but also in the industry. Kia dealers also offer fixed-price servicing packs for three and five years allowing owners to manage their budgets.

For perspective owners aiming to keep costs down, the front-wheel drive models are the better bets – and in particular the models fitted with the 1.6-litre diesel – steer clear of the all-wheel drive models as their economy is naturally worse and their CO2 emissions higher.

Despite fuel economy and CO2 emissions being tweaked for the current Sportage to comply with the latest WLTP regulations, most of the car’s nearest rivals are more frugal and cleaner – and, consequently, cost less to run and tax. The 1.6 CRDi leads the Sportage range for efficiency, offering (depending on spec) 49.6mpg and 150g/km.

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The mild hybrid, all-wheel drive 2.0 CRDi 48v returns 40.4mpg and 183g/km. The 1.6 petrol (35.3mpg/182g/km), 1.6 turbo petrol (34.4mpg/187g/km), and the 134bhp CRDi auto (47.1mpg/158g/km) round out the rest of the range.

Insurance Groups

The Kia Sportage occupies insurance groups 11 to 25 – more or less on a level with rivals like the Mazda CX-5 (groups 15 to 23), Peugeot 3008 (11 to 24) and Nissan Qashqai (13 to 21).


Our experts predict that the Sportage will retain around 40 to 53 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time. This compares favourably to more expensive rivals like the Peugeot 3008, which is expected to hold on to 39 to 45 per cent over the same period.


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