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Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 3rd Report

Date: 22 March 2011   |   Author: Tony Rock

Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £20,300
Key rival: Nissan Qashqai

It's official - the Kia Sportage has passed the partner test.

Ever since our Nissan Qashqai+2 was returned around springtime last year to Nissan, my partner has been pining for a vehicle with similar qualities.

In particular she has missed the high-up driving position - which, the Sportage replicates - presumably because it provides a better view of road conditions and makes her feel 'safer'.

Unfortunately, though, the better view of the road is partially compromised by chunky A-pillars that can block sightlines when turning at a junction, and can make looking out for cyclists/pedestrians problematic.

As well as being high up, the seats are also comfortable, and haven't caused any 'numb bum' on extended journeys. They are also black, the colour that dominates the cabin, with only odd patches of chrome-effect details - door handles, on the steering wheel - to brighten up appearances. However, with the huge amount of glass around, including the panoramic sunroof, that lets in natural light, one really can't moan about the interior feeling gloomy.

Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2
Claimed combined
Our average
P11D price£20,300
Model price range£17,015-£25,745
CO2 (tax) 135g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month£64/£129
Engine size/power1685cc/114PS
Top speed/0-60mph107mph/11.9secs
Why we’re running itCan it genuinely take
on Nissan’s Qashqai?
PositiveHigh-up driving
position helps visibility
NegativeChunky A-pillars
hamper visibility