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The Top Gear car review:Kia Sportage
Running costs and reliability
All Sportages comes with buckets of standard kit, but as with most Kias, it’s the middle ground one that makes most sense. GT-Line cars are laden, but Grade 4 is the one we’d have. You get the 8-inch screen, leather, electric seats, upgraded sound system and a couple of handy safety features like blind-spot warning and forward-collision-avoidance Assist. It’s all you’ll need.
If you’re after the ultimate in fuel economy (at least in a Sportage sense), then the twin-clutch 1.6-litre diesel is the one to get. Its 57.6mpg and 129g/km under the new WLTP testing procedure aren’t to be sniffed at. The petrols don’t make quite as much sense – even if you do very few miles every year, the 1.6 petrol can’t manage more than 39.8mpg so the diesel is the better option.
As ever with Kia, the Sportage comes with a seven-year warranty. And now ‘Kia Care’ has been extended, so you can pay for the first seven years of servicing and get a bit more cost certainty. Previously, you could only do the first five years of servicing.