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Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDI GT-Line Test Drive Review

Date: 01 July 2016   |   Author:

Kia's new version of the Sportage SUV, driven here in four-wheel drive petrol form and in the sportier-looking GT-line spec.

Why is it interesting?

The Sportage has driven much of Kia's growth in reputation and sales, and while some think this model isn't as good-looking as its predecessor, CO2, kit, quality and practicality are all improved.

How are the running costs?

It's rare to find 4WD higher-powered petrol SUVs these days, and the Kia loses out on whole-life costs to the pricier Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 2WD models because of CO2 nearly 40g/km higher - a penalty so hefty that even the Kia's better RVs (a huge 41.0% on this model) can't haul it back.

Any other business?

Unless you really want a petrol 4x4, this Sportage doesn't make enough sense, and doesn't feel fast enough to warrant the huge efficiency penalty. The 2WD diesel model is a much more sensible and very competitive package.



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