New Kia Sportage models available from an approved Kia dealership, Charles Hurst Kia, located in Belfast Northern Ireland. The new Kia Sportage is one fully loaded crossover that always makes an impression. A bold design and solid build quality combine with highly competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions to make the Kia Sportage one of the most sort-after compact crossovers on the market.
The crossover Sportage brings a new standard of drive quality for Kia. The ride is soft, but on normal roads and under regular circumstances the Sportage presents a successful compromise between responsive handling and ride comfort than any other current Kia in the UK. Take on an average B-road with enthusiasm, and the Sportage will repay you with excellent grip and swift steering response. It is a stable, predictable car, inspiring confidence. There may be some pronounced body roll at speed, with bumps causing the car to rock for some moments, but that is only one small flaw against the quality, cushioned ride. The four-wheel drive versions are a cinch to operate, having a simple 4x4-lock switch to assist traction when required.
The Sportage transmits very little road or wind noise, producing a relaxing long-distance driving experience. The seats provide comfort yet are relatively flat, and the back has ample head- and leg-room for adults. The driver is provided with plenty of seat adjustments, plus reach and rake options for the steering wheel.
The interior reflects the leap Kia have taken in recent years and is well up to par. The high boot is offset by a well-designed shape and some additional storage under the floor. Rear 60/40 split seat backs have push-button folding to make a handy load bay. The centre console includes a lidded storage box, which combine with a deep glove box and door bins including bottle-sized cut-outs to produce a good deal of practical interior storage space.
The Sportage comes with Kia's seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty, indicating their confidence and the promise of impressive reliability. Kia have a solid reputation for customer satisfaction, too. Safety features include electronic stability control, front, side and curtain air bags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, whiplash-preventing headrests and a roll-over sensor.
The Kia Sportage has been filled with equipment, and all versions come replete with air conditioning, remote central locking, and alloy wheels. The pricier range-topping models can have heated leather seats, a rear-view parking camera and privacy glass. The most economical choices are the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.7-litre turbo diesel engine with stop-start technology, producing 44mpg and 54mpg respectively. Emissions are low for an SUV at 149g/km and 135g/km. The top of the range 2.0-litre turbo diesel returns 47.1mpg and emits 156g/km, and so costs £155 a year to tax. Kia's prices and servicing undercut European and Japanese rivals, making the Sportage an attractive value choice.
Inside the Kia Sportage, feel at home in the practical but stylish cabin and enjoy a reassuringly grippy ride whether you choose the two wheel drive or intelligent all -wheel drive option.