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Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 4th Report

Date: 31 March 2011   |   Author: Tony Rock

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

At 4440mm in length and 1645mm high - that's longer than the rival Hyundai ix35 (4410mm) but not as tall (1670mm), and bigger in both directions than the Nissan Qashqai (4330x1615mm) - I'm thankful our Sportage has a reverse parking sensor.

The only thing is, it's a bit over-sensitive and begins beeping away like a pre-watershed Gordon Ramsay when there isn't an object anywhere within the vicinity of the car's backside. It does work as it's designed to when the Sportage nears an obstruction, but the flurry of sound before then can be unnerving and has undermined my trust in it.

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