It has been twenty-five years since Kia released the first generation of their Sportage model. Originally it was a bit of a mess of a car; too boxy for then-Western tastes, but over the years it has developed into an increasingly popular option with families seeking a crossover SUV.
The fourth generation of the vehicle was launched in 2015, and what we have now is a high-quality, versatile automobile that can go head-to-head with many of its competitors. But if you’re looking at buying one for yourself, then what can you expect? What are the pros and cons of the vehicle? We take a look at the latest Sportage model below.
Most people who are in the market for an SUV have a family, and so they’re generally focusing their energy on how much space the car has. On this front, the Sportage excels. There’s plenty of space in there, so you can load the family into the wagon and not feel claustrophobic. And what’s more is that it’s not just spacious; it’s comfortable too. So you won’t hear too many complaints as you go on a long family car journey.
Overall, the vehicle is about the same as other vehicles in this class. But the head-room is above average, which is always good. It’s not for large families, however – it’s a five-door and designed for five people, so no people carrier qualities. You’ll also find an impressive amount of boot space, too. It’ll hold a total of nearly 500 litres, which is towards the top of the scale when it comes to cars in this class.
The thing about SUVs is that no-one really buys them for their aesthetic appeal. They’re designed to be functional, not beautiful! But of course, no-one’s going to deny that looks aren’t a factor, no matter how much the functionality might be a priority.
Well, if everyone’s honest, we’d agree that the Sportage isn’t going to win any awards for innovative design and style. Yet, that’s not to say that people are going to be turning their head to get a look at the monstrosity that just drove past. It’s rather that it’s just one of those cars that don’t stand out on the roads at all. Nothing wrong with that, of course!
As always, the vehicle is available in a number of trim levels, which have corresponding features. The higher up the trim level you go, the more cool features – pretty simple really! There’s the LX, EX and SX Turbo. The most basic trim is the LX, but even that comes with plenty of fun features! You’ll get things like 17-inch alloy wheels; rear tinted glass, climate control, a touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity and a sweet sounding six-speaker sound system.
Go up to the EX trim, and you’ll get an extra inch on your allows, you’ll have leather upholstery, a roof rack for those fun adventure weekends away, smartphone integration, and more. If you want to go big, (and who doesn’t from time to time?), then you can go for the SX Turbo, which is the pumped version of the vehicle. You’re going to get a whole bunch of additional features if you get that car, too many to list here; let’s just say that the car is going to be pimped out. It’s got more or less every modern safety feature that you can think of! And talking about safety….
A car that’s designed with families in mind is going to take safety pretty seriously, and this is the case with the Kia Sportage. Overall, the safety features are very good, even at the most basic trim level. When it’s been tested in crash tests, all the results were above average. It’s a safe machine! There are also plenty of airbags, and stability control, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.
The Kia Sportage starts from around £16,670, which is about average for this type of vehicle. The higher up the trim levels that you go, the most pricey it becomes. If you don’t want to spend the high initial cost, then you can take a look at a company like Lease Car Deals and get the vehicle that way. As with every other new car on the road, depreciation is an issue. While SUVs generally hold their value better than other vehicles, if you don’t want to contend with this matter at all, then it’s better to go with a leasing option.
We’ve already said that there are some light issues with the cosmetic appeal of the vehicle, but, really, this isn’t what people looking to buy the Sportage have in mind anyway. One matter that will affect families are the running costs. The Sportage has a lower MPG than other similar vehicles. This doesn’t just affect the amount of fuel you need to put in the car; as it releases more emissions, the taxes are higher too. Still, this is only by comparison to other models in the same class – overall it’s generally efficient, and won’t hit the wallet too hard.
You know more or less what you’re going to get when you buy a Kia vehicle. It’s going to work well, it’s going to be comfortable, and you’ll have minimal issues with reliability. It’s also going to handle the roads well, a big plus when you never know what the weather is going to do next. The long-term warranty is a plus point, and helps put buyer’s minds at ease.
And if you want a reflection of a car’s worth, then you can always just look at the sales – the Honda Kia was a bit hit with families across the world. While it’s not going to change your world, you’re unlikely to be too disappointed with your purchase. You’re going to get just what you thought you were going to get – but luckily for you, your thoughts will mostly be positive to begin with!