Kia Sportage Road Test (2014)

Kia Sportage (Interior View) (2014)

Kia Sportage Review

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We found the audio system pleasant to use and it offered good sound if not pushed too hard...

Safety and Security

The Kia Sportage was tested by Euro NCAP in 2010 and scored the maximum five stars, adult occupant 93%, child occupant 86%, pedestrian 49% and safety assist 86%. This compares to the Dacia Duster that was tested in 2011 which scored, three stars - adult occupant 74%, child occupant 78%, and pedestrian 28% and safety assist 29%.

The Sportage is equipped with ESC – Electronic Stability Control which is linked to Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and a Roll-Over Sensor.  DBC aka Hill Decent Control ensures that the car maintains a steady speed of 5mph when descending steep slopes.  HAC has the reverse effect, preventing slip-back when setting off uphill and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin.  The Roll-Over Sensor detects when the car might be in danger of tipping over and deploys the curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that the occupants are fully protected should the worst happen.

We would like to see the introduction of autonomous emergency braking and blind spot monitoring.


We tested the KX-4 model therefore our car was equipped with a 7-inch touch screen plus premium Infinity audio system with seven speakers, including a sub-woofer mounted in the right-hand rear of the cabin. There is Satellite Navigation with full postcode search and maps for 44 European countries plus traffic messaging with a detour function, motorway junction views, lane guidance, speed limit warnings and multi-route planning.

We found the audio system pleasant to use and it offered good sound if not pushed too hard – when it became a little harsh. It offers iPod integration – you can use your ordinary usb cable, rather than a bespoke cable that Kia’s of old used. The aux-in jack and 12v socket next to the usb port are located in front of the gear lever. The only issue is security, you need to unplug and hide your MP3 player every time you leave your car un-attended – we thought that the sockets would be better located in the glove compartment or central box.

The Satellite Navigation system is clear and easy to use, we liked the motorway junction views – and for once it could find our Devon post code, which most systems don’t - even when offering full post code entry.

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What We Liked
  • Level of standard equipment on the KX-4 model
  • Interior and exterior styling
  • Transferable Seven Year Warranty / 100,000 miles
What We Disliked
  • Driving Dynamics
  • The KX-4 model is expensive, there are cheaper competitors
  • Dashboard materials the same on the £17,500 entry level model
  • Only driver’s window – one shot up and down

We like the styling of the Kia Sportage, it is an attractive and purposeful SUV and an ideal family vehicle. But there are more dynamic competitors such as the new Nissan Qashqai which is a serious rival to the Sportage.

16 July 2014 Melanie Carter
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Kia Sportage Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Sportage KX-4 Auto
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourSirius Silver
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph9.5 Seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban46.3
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 16/07/14)£29,505

The information contained within this Kia Sportage review may have changed since publication on the 16 July 2014. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Kia dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018