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Our Fleet: Kia Sportage - October

Kia
BIK List Price
£20,300
Kia Sportage BIK list price
BIK Percentage
19%
Kia Sportage BIK Percent
CO2
135g/km
Kia Sportage CO2
Combined MPG
54.3
Kia Sportage MPG

Review

The Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi has continued to impress during its stay on the Fleet News test fleet over the past few months.

User-choosers will be persuaded by its good looks thanks to the handy work of German designer Peter Schreyer, who designed the original Audi TT coupe.

However, great design has been backed up with impressive fuel economy and emissions, despite its SUV credentials.

As part of Kia’s EcoDynamics label the car is equipped with stop/start technology, boasts emissions of 135g/km and has been achieving between 41-46mpg against a claimed combined of 54.3mpg.

This compares well to one of its closest rivals, the Nissan Qashqai, which has a claimed combined of 57.6mpg and emissions of 130g/km on its entry-level 1.5 dCi 2WD Pure Drive.

Nevertheless, what has continued to impress me throughout its time on our test fleet is how much the Sportage drives like a much smaller car, with plenty of grip and a composed ride, while easily seating five people in comfort.

However, ample seating has not been detrimental to boot space, which at 564 litres compares extremely favourably to the Nissan Qashqai’s 410-litre boot.

Entry-level features also stack up well against its competitors considering LED daytime running lights, heated door mirrors, Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), cruise control, leather-covered steering wheel and gearlever knob, USB/aux ports with iPod cable and Bluetooth all come as standard.

In our ‘2’ trim version these are complemented by roof rails and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate, panoramic sunroof, reversing sensors and part-leather upholstery.

If you want full leather then you’ll need to choose trim ‘3’, which also throws in heated front and rear seats, xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control and 18in wheels.

But whichever trim you choose, it all adds up to a vehicle which offers highly competitive running costs giving it strong appeal for both drivers and fleets.

Driver Notes

CO2 emissions
Emissions of 135g/km put it in the 20% BiK band for 2011/12, equating to £817 for a 20% taxpayer and £1,634 for an employee in the 40% bracket.
Driver appeal
Given its high riding stance, it’s surprising to see how it actually drives like a much smaller car with plenty of grip and a composed ride.
Fuel costs
Fuel consumption has averaged 45mpg against the official 54.3mpg figure.
FN Verdict
It turns out that the Kia Sportage isn’t just a pretty face. Its respectable running costs bolstered by good RVs make it a strong competitor against the likes of the Nissan Qashqai.
Top Speed
N/A
Kia Sportage Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Kia Sportage Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Kia Sportage Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £6,775
4 Year 80k : £5,175
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 37.04
4 Year 80k : 33.96

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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