We quite liked the Sportage and although we preferred the V6 petrol model, the diesel model is a much better bet if you are on a budget.
We took the Kia Sportage along our next door neighbour’s farm tracks, although we did not venture too far off road the Sportage coped well with rough dry-ish tracks. The 4WD on demand system did not cope too well when the going got really tough, feeling as though we would get stuck. Saying that SUV’s such as the Honda CR-V would not have done any better. The Sportage’s off road vital statistics are: approach angle 28.8 degrees, departure angle 28.9 degree and wadding depth 500 mm, compared to the Freelander’s - approach angle 30.5 degrees, departure angle 33.9 degree and wadding depth 400 mm.
If we were going to spend a lot of time off road and sticking to smallish SUV's we would probably go down the Freelander route but if it really was for occasional light off road use then the Sportage would cope well.
Safety equipment on the Sportage includes six airbags (front, side and curtain airbags), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and on the XS models you benefit from traction control with electronic stability programme (ESP).
Accommodation wise if you are going to use your Sportage to cart around the family or carry cargo, you can accommodate with the seats in place 667 litres of luggage. If you lower the rear seats down (they work on a 60:40 split) to provide a level platform you can accommodate 1,887 litres of luggage. This is more spacious than a five door Land Rover Freelander, 546 litres and 1,319 litres with the seats down. The front seat will also fold down so you can internally accommodate longer items like skis or a surfboard. The Sportage also has roof rails as standard so, if it won’t fit inside there is always the roof. Another good feature was the split rear tailgate, you can keep the main tailgate firmly shut and open only the top glass half to access the boot. The boot has a large cargo net and is protected by a load cover. Privacy glass ensures just that, from the ‘B’ pillar back, including the tailgate the glass is tinted black. Although the privacy glass can hinder reversing at night, especially when there aren’t any street lights
We quite liked the Sportage and although we preferred the V6 petrol model, the diesel model is a much better bet if you are on a budget. It is a practical family car but don’t expect to venture too far off the beaten track.14 November 2006
Kia Sportage Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi XS|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||113 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Price (when tested on the 14/11/06)||£18,185 OTR|