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Kia Sportage 1.6 GDI 1: Test Drive Review

Date: 03 March 2011

Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £28,725
Key rival: BMW 3-series

After first launching the Kia Sportage in 1995, the latest model, born last year, is aiming to keep up with the extremely successful Nissan Qashqai.

The entry-level petrol Sportage, the 1, as tested, is well-specced with alloy wheels, cruise control, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth as standard, making this £16,835 1.6 GDi car a savvy option. Its equivalent Qashqai, the 1.6 Visia, is slightly cheaper at £15,815, but lacks touches like cruise control.

It does, however, outdo the Sportage on emissions at 130g/km compared with 149g/km. Still, where space is paramount, the Sportage has 564 litres compared with a meagre 410 litres in the Nissan. The latter's excellent reputation means good RVs of 36%, which results in a cost-per-mile figure of 42.8p, beating the Sportage at 44.9p. While the Qashqai remains the natural choice, fleet managers should still consider the Kia as a good value leftfield alternative.

Kia Sportage
P11D price£16,835
Model price range£16,645-£25,195
Fuel consumption44.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 149g/km/(18%)
BIK 20/40% per month£51/£101
Service interval20,000mls
Insurancegroup 10
Boot space (min/max)564/1353 litres
Engine size/power1591cc/131hp
Top speed/0-60mph111mph/10.7secs
On sale Month 2010
VerdictGood value
Qashqai alternative


Good value Qashqai alternative