Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 2nd Report
10 March 2011
Author: Tony Rock
|Category:|| Small 4x4|
|P11D price:|| £20,300|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
I drove an entry-level petrol Sportage just before our diesel model arrived.
Maybe it's down to a desire for life-enhancing features brought on by advancing years, but my first reaction was to turn my nose up sniffily at the lack of an auto-headlight setting, an indication, I felt, of a lack of spec. It turns out the base model has plenty of standard kit (see previous report), while any snobby misgivings I had have been alleviated by the '2' spec's privacy glass, reversing sensors and panoramic sunroof - although there still isn't an auto-headlight setting.
|Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Model price range||£17,015-£25,745|
|CO2 (tax) ||135g/km (19%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£64/£129|
|Why we’re running it||Can it genuinely take |
on Nissan’s Qashqai?
|Positive||Front-end looks, high-up |
|Negative||Rear-end looks, |
fit and finish issues