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Kia Sportage

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Kia Sportage

£19,735£33,660

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Facelifted Sportage gains mild hybrid diesel tech, but it’s not enough to radically alter the class landscape

The Sportage wasn’t a class leader before this facelift and the surgery hasn’t been dramatic enough to fundamentally alter the crossover landscape: it’s a good car, this, but it isn’t ready to take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai.

But at least the diesel engines are now competitive with rivals, and the refinement has been measurably improved as a result. You never hear much clatter in the cabin and the spacious interior with the smart dash is perfectly acceptable to look at, if a little cheap to the touch.

It’s just a pity the ride quality lets it down. Something to fix for the next gen, all-new Sportage.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Kia

1.6 CRDi ISG 4 5dr DCT Auto

£28,985
N/A
58mpg
11.40s
134bhp
130g/km
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