KIA

KIA SPORTAGE ESTATE 1.6T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2183 g/km

MORE SPORTAGE THAN SPORT

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The fourth generation Kia Sportage mid-sized SUV enhanced its offering in this improved post-2018 form, an enhanced version of the MK4 'QL'-series model which sold until 2021. This revised model offered two fresh approaches to diesel power, smarter looks and more sophisticated media connectivity. But the reasons why so many people like this car remained much the same.

Models

5dr SUV (1.6 GDi, 1.6 T-GDi / 1.6 CRDi, 2.0 CRDi, 2.0 CRDi 48V)

History

How did the Kia Sportage quietly develop from an also-ran to a front runner in the mid-sized SUV segment? By offering more of what people want, that's how. This improved post-2018 version of the brand's fourth generation 'QL'-series model was affordably priced, got an all-new entry-level diesel engine and even delivered mild hybrid diesel technology for the first time. Plus there were smarter looks, more safety kit and extra media connectivity. The Sportage model line dates back to the launch of the MK 'NB'-series design in 1993, but it wasn't until the launch of the third generation 'SL'-series version in 2010 that buyers really began taking it seriously. More than any other car that Kia has made, that MK3 design was the one most influential in turning around the fortunes of the brand - to the point where by the time of the launch of its fourth generation successor in early 2016, the Sportage was accounting for nearly a third of the brand's total sales volume in this country. From launch, this MK4 'QL'-series design's immediate goal was quite simply to be our market's favourite mid-sized SUV. What really helped in this regard was the way that Kia kept prices affordable; the only mainstream rivals that could match the entry-level price of a Sportage when new - not much more than £20,000 - were slightly smaller designs. All of which was crucial at a time when a significant number of buyers were being priced out of the SUV market. This is something Kia not only recognised, but also put itself in prime position to capitalise on with the much improved version of that fourth generation model, launched in mid 2018 and the car we look at here, which sold until the introduction of the fifth generation 'NQ5'-series model in late 2021.

What You Get

Looks have always been high on the list of reasons why customers have bought themselves a Sportage. Should you be already familiar with this design, you probably won't notice too many changes to this improved version of the MK4 model - unless you're able to stretch to one of the upper-spec variants. If you can do that though, you'll get yourself a car that in this updated form made a little more of a driveway statement, thanks to an evolved version of the brand's familiar 'Tiger nose' grille, which on 'GT-Line' models featured a black 'Blade' mesh finish. Inside, Kia didn't make too many changes for this update. The design of the ventilation controls was a bit smarter, plus the three-spoke wheel was re-styled and the instruments you viewed through were more clearly designated. It's probably more significant though, to note the improvements made to infotainment provision. A larger 'fameless'-style 8-inch screen now featured with top trim levels, but even on the cheapest variants, a clear, effective improved 7.0-inch screen with 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring was provided as standard. And in the rear? Well, if you've previously owned or test driven a rival comparably-priced Qashqai or Ateca from this period, you should notice how much extra leg room was freed up by this Kia's slightly lengthier body; it really is significant and was aided by scalloped front seat backs. Headroom's reasonable too, despite the sloping roofline. Out back, petrol models offer 491-litres of cargo space, while the 1.6-litre diesel has 467-litres and this mild hybrid 2.0-litre diesel offers 439-litres.

What You Pay

Prices for this facelifted MK4 model start at around £19,000 for a typical 1.6 GDi petrol variant on a '19-plate (around £21,500 retail). For a faster turbocharged 1.6 T-GDi petrol version CRDi diesel on a '19-plate, think around £21,600 for a clean model (around £23,750 retail) - add around £2,500 more for top 'GT-Line S' trim. For a base-spec 1.6 CRDi diesel on a '19-plate, think around £20,750 for a clean model (around £23,000 retail). For the top 2.0 CRDi 48V mild hybrid diesel on a '19-plate with 'GT-Line' trim, think around £23,750 for a clean model (around £26,000 retail). All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

Almost all the owners in our MK4 Sportage survey seemed very happy with their cars, but inevitably, there were a few issues. One buyer complained of a clutch judder (which apparently is a known issue) and an engine misfire. One owner said the steering wandered on the highway, guided by the tyres (check on your test drive). And we had issues reported concerning the central locking and the infotainment screen. One owner had his car stall and revert to 'limp home' mode. And another reported rattles in the rear cabin and an auto gearbox that tended to hang on to 4th & 5th for too long. Otherwise, check for the usual things - interior child damage for instance. And insist on a fully stamped-up service history. It's extremely unlikely that the Sportage you're looking at will have been seriously used off road (particularly if it has a higher-spec trim level), but just in case, check the underside of the car for dents and scrapes. It's more likely that you'll find scratches on the alloy wheels caused through ham-fisted parking.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2019 Sportage 1.6 CRDi - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £18 bracket. An air filter is in the £25 bracket and a pollen filter costs typically between £13 and £16. A tail lamp is in the £127 bracket and a wiper blade is around £11-£28. Front brake pads sit in the £122 bracket; rears will sit in the £39-£85 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £45-£111 bracket. A fuel filter is around £53.

On the Road

On the move, you'll find that this Sportage is among the more firm-riding SUVs in this segment, which keeps body roll in check round the bends but isn't enough to give this car class-leading driving dynamics. A huge amount of work went into improving the engineering of the improved version of this fourth generation model, some of which paid off immediately. Into that category fell the new 'U3'-series 1.6-litre CRDi diesel powerplant, which was quieter and more flexible than the rumbly 1.7-litre unit it replaced. It's the engine we'd recommend for this car, offered in 114 and 134bhp guises and in its perkier form available with 7-speed auto transmission and AWD, should you require these things. There are two alternative petrol options - a base 130bhp 1.6-litre GDi normally aspirated unit that's a bit lacking in pulling power and refinement. And a preferable 174bhp 1.6 T-GDi turbo powerplant that represents your most affordable route to AWD if you want it with this car. Further up the range was a 2.0-litre CRDi mild hybrid diesel model, which used a lightly electrified 48-volt 'EcoDynamics+' powertrain to try and silence the diesel doubters. Here, a 'Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator' (or 'MHSG') unit was linked up to a compact little 48-volt lithium-ion battery. This could store energy generated when decelerating, under braking or when coasting, then deploy it to give a 16bhp boost to the 184bhp combustion unit when needed, reducing the load on the engine and improving economy; Kia quoted figures of 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and 154g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). The battery and the 'MHSG' also supported a 'Moving Stop & Start' function which automatically turned off the engine during in-gear deceleration and braking. And the whole thing was mated with a super-smooth 8-speed auto gearbox specifically developed for this variant.

Overall

This fourth generation Sportage model epitomised many of the reasons why buyers like this car so much, particularly in this facelifted 2018-2021-era form. You get more space for less money than almost any other mid-sized SUV in the class from this period. Yet the looks have the suggestion of a pricier premium model. It's better equipped than most rivals and the Slovakian factory builds it better too. A segment-leading seven year warranty was the icing on the cake. And in summary? Well yes, you could pay much more for an apparently more sophisticated family SUV of this kind. But after trying a Sportage, you might well end up questioning the need to. Which says it all really.

  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted glass
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • All round electric windows with drivers auto up/down function
  • Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
  • Automatic window defogger

  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic stability control with downhill brake control
  • Traction control

  • Apple car play with voice control
  • Android auto with voice control

  • Driver attention warning
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Reversing camera
  • Speed limit information
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Front parking sensor
  • Lane keep assist

  • Windscreen washer level indicator
  • Trip computer
  • 4.2" supervision colour cluster display
  • Telematics system with UVO connect services
  • 8" touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and traffic messaging channel
  • Kia connected services featuring TomTom live

  • Wide view drivers door mirror
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • High gloss black centre fascia

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections
  • Rear USB port
  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • 6 speaker audio system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Chrome window surround
  • Roof rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Black wheel arch body mouldings and side sills with dark chrome insert
  • Dark chrome front bumper insert
  • High gloss black blade mesh radiator grille
  • Silver painted front and rear skid plates
  • Dark chrome front grille surround

  • LED Bi-Function headlights
  • LED ice cube front fog lights
  • Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Automatic lighting control

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Air filter
  • Ventilation ducts to rear compartment

  • Luggage net hooks
  • Two tone leather upholstery
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Black headlining
  • Centre console storage box
  • Front/rear centre armrests
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholder
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Leather trimmed gearshift
  • Leather trimmed door armrests
  • 3 x passenger assist grips
  • 12V power in front and rear centre console
  • Chrome boot sill guard
  • D-Shaped sports leather steering wheel and perforated inserts with GT-Line logo
  • Luggage area load cover
  • Aluminium door scuff plates
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Interior door lock/unlock function

  • Luggage area light
  • Front door courtesy reflectors
  • Front cabin LED map light with sunglasses case
  • Centre cabin light
  • Glovebox illumination

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Active front headrests
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • All round 3-point seatbelts
  • Twin front airbags
  • Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Twin curtain airbags with roll over sensor
  • Impact sensing auto door unlocking

  • Drivers seat power lumbar support
  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Driver's seat manual height adjustment
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Heated front and outer rear seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Door deadlocks
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Advanced anti-theft system including immobiliser and alarm
  • Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Driver and front passenger side sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" alloy Wheels B-type

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 72
  • CO: 0.308
  • HC: 0.027
  • NOx: 0.008
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • CO2 (g/km): 168
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 183

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.4
  • CC: 1591

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 29.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.1

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GT-Line
  • Coin Description: T GDi
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21A
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 71
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 174
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - KW: 130
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 196
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 174
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.9
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1635
  • Height (including roof rails): 1645
  • Length: 4495
  • Width: 1855
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1545
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2110
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 491
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 565
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1480
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Premium paint: £615
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Solid - Copper stone: £0

  • Premium paint - Dark penta metal: £615
  • Premium paint - Infra red: £615
  • Premium paint - Lunar silver: £615
  • Premium paint - Phantom black: £615
  • Premium paint - Blue flame: £615
  • Premium paint - Fusion white: £615

  • Two tone leather - Black/grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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