Kia Sportage review - Reliability and safety
The 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
The previous Kia Sportage was awarded a five-star safety score from Euro NCAP back in 2015, and the fifth-generation model achieved the same top rating when tested in July 2022 – an even more impressive score considering the stringent assessment criteria Euro NCAP now has in place.
Standard safety kit is excellent; cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are included, along with various camera and radar-based systems that are designed to help prevent an accident. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) which monitors for pedestrians, cyclists and other cars, initially providing a warning of a potential collision and automatically braking if required.
The Lane Following Assist system is able to safely track the vehicle in front through heavier motorway traffic and identify appropriate spaces in other lanes in which to move in to. With Lane Keep Assist engaged, you will receive an alert if you drift to the edge of your lane, while the technology is even capable of steering you gently back into place.
If you upgrade to either the 4 or GT-Line S trim-levels you’ll benefit from further safety systems, such as Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA) and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA).
It would appear that Kia is held in high regard by customers, as the brand finished in third place out of 29 brands in our 2022 Driver Power best manufacturer ratings. The previous generation Sportage was also voted into sixth position overall in the customer satisfaction poll, with practicality, styling and comfort highly rated.
Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty beats most of its close rivals, although Toyota offers the opportunity to extend its standard three-year cover for up to ten years, with a year’s warranty included every time you book a service at a main dealer.
Kia offers service plans that can cover the Sportage from two to five years. You can pay up front, over monthly instalments, or even combine it into any monthly finance repayments. The cost for two services is around £400, with intervals of 12-months, or 10,000-miles - whichever comes first.
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 costsBuyers 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 safety - currently readingThe 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