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Kia Sportage review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Buyers will be tempted by the low running costs of the plug-in hybrid, although it is the most expensive Sportage model to buy

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 model to suit their driving needs. 

The Sportage 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 standard 148bhp petrol 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 £33,000 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. 

Company car drivers will find the plug-in hybrid appealing due to its low Benefit-in-Kind 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 groups

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 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.

Depreciation 

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 54 per cent return on the original list price after this time, with the plug-in hybrid models performing slightly better at 56-57 per cent. In comparison, the Hyundai Tucson is a point or two behind, with the Nissan Qashqai lagging on 49-50 per cent.

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  • Name
    1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
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Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
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