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Kia Sportage review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Family buyers looking for a practical, spacious SUV must consider the Kia Sportage

With the Sportage needing to fulfil its daily brief of providing practical, family transport, Kia has included lots of useful touches to help smooth things along. The electric parking brake is located to the right of the steering wheel, which has freed up more storage space, while there are large hooks integrated into the front headrests for hanging items. The extra cubby space under the boot floor is particularly useful for stowing oddments on longer journeys.

USB-C sockets are fitted in the side of the front seats (on all but the entry-level 2 models), so rear seat passengers should be able to easily charge any portable devices, and standard three-zone climate control means occupants in the back can also specify their own temperature setting.

Size

At 4,515mm long and 1,865mm wide, the fifth-generation Sportage is a fraction bigger allround than the previous model, which makes it larger than the Skoda Karoq, but a touch smaller than the Ford Kuga.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

The Sportage offers plenty of room up front, as you’d expect from a family SUV, and buyers will also appreciate that the rear is spacious enough to accommodate three adult passengers. In our three-way test between the Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and the SEAT Ateca, we found the Kia to have the roomiest cabin.

Boot

Mid-size SUVs can sometimes sacrifice a little luggage space for more passenger room in the cabin, but the Sportage provides a decent 591-litre boot, which can be super-sized up to 1,780 litres if you fold the rear seats. Kia has also included extra tray space underneath the boot floor. 

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models have a slightly reduced loadspace of 587 litres and 540 litres, respectively, while in comparison, the Mazda CX-5 provides a 506-litre boot, and the Nissan Qashqai 504 litres.

Towing

All standard and mild-hybrid petrol and diesel models have the same 1,650kg maximum braked trailer rating, although Kia has yet to publish data for the full and plug-in hybrid versions.

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Cheapest

  • Name
    1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £23,530

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 GDi ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £23,530

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  • Name
    1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr DCT Auto [AWD]
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £28,800

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