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Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 5th Report

Date: 10 May 2011   |   Author: Tony Rock

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

Being an over-privileged long-term test writer, I'm used to driving cars that attract attention, usually by dint of their rarity on the road, but the looks directed at the Sportage aren't the typical inquisitive "what's that?" glances - these are admiring gazes of recognition.

How do I know? Several motorists have stopped to ask for my opinion on the car as they're seriously considering buying one, and have said one of the attributes catching their eye is the styling, which editor Barker "loves". Personally, while it's inarguable the appearance is distinctive and at least anecdotally seems to be working for Kia in the way the brand intended, it is a touch too bold for my taste.

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