Kia Sportage 2022 Review< Back to blog
For around £26,745, you get can get everything you need from the Sportage, without having to stretch to the pricier GT-Line trim and above. However, you may want to step up to these models if you want some perks, such as suede leather upholstery, a sports steering wheel and more powerful engines if you want an extra boost of performance.
Inside, the Sportage feels like a premium car. There’s a lot to like about the car’s tech-savvy, uncluttered design. Even when you go for the entry-level ‘2’ spec, there’s a lot to like, such as the premium cloth upholstery draping the seats and the dash. There’s even a leather steering wheel, plus metallic finishing for the centre fascia and door covers. This puts it in the same class as the Nissan Qashqai, which has consistently been the UK’s favourite SUV.
Kia has also increased the length of the Sportage from the older model. A longer wheelbase means that your passengers in the back have more legroom and headroom to work with.
If you really want to throw in some luxury comfort for your new family car’s interior, check out the GT-Line spec and above. Along with lumbar support for the driver, you’ll get suede leather upholstery. Step up to mid-range ‘3’, or higher-spec ‘4’ models and there are even more plush features onboard the Sportage. Heated front and rear outer seats. plus a heated steering wheel are the standout additions here, coming in handy particularly during the colder UK months.
All Kia Sportage models come with a wider and longer body, meaning you get more space than in cars such as the Hyundai Tucson and Peugeot 3008. A wider middle seat in the back makes it possible to carry three adults without needing to draw straws over who gets squashed between the others. It’s a subtle design choice, but something manufacturer’s often neglect – so much so that it’s become the SUV’s Achilles heel.
If a car full of grown-ups wasn’t enough of an achievement, Kia has taken it one step further by gifting each seat in the rear cabin a reclining function. So, you can kick back in true style and make them monotonous motorway journeys bearable.
Infotainment and tech
The standard infotainment system is well-equipped, even on stock Sportage models. An 8in touchscreen display is the centrepiece of the unit, which is integrated into the dashboard subtly and smartly. The minimalist design removes the need for lots of buttons and focuses solely on slick, responsive touchscreen control.
It’s worth upgrading to the GT-Line or above if you want more from your car in the tech department. These models get an even bigger 12.3in central display, that even includes a sat nav. Top-spec ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models get a premium Harman Kardon sound system that gives you crisp audio for your Sportage. On top of this, you’ll get more advanced driver convenience features, including a 360-degree around view monitor, a blind-spot monitor and wireless phone charging.
All models get a rear-view camera, which is handy for parking this larger car. There’s even Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration which lets you sync your smartphone’s interface to the car’s display. The system comes with voice conrol for safe use while on the move.
Boot space is one of the biggest selling points of the Kia Sportage. It’s even increased from 503 litres in the previous generation to a whopping 591 litres, beating the reigning champion of SUV space, the Skoda Karoq. There’s slightly less room on the more powerful diesel models (526 litres), hybrid (HEV) model (587 litres) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) (540 litres).
An adjustable boot floor as standard means you can reduce the impact of the load lip when lifting heavier items into the boot. Another handy feature Kia thought of was making the parcel shelf so that it could be stowed underneath the boot floor. This way, you don’t have to faff about trying to find a place to store it at home.
One of the many perks of the new Kia Sportage is its seating arrangement. As standard, it comes with 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, which makes it very easy to prioritise luggage and passenger space. That’s because they all fold individually.
On the road
The driving experience the Sportage offers hasn’t really differed from older models. Despite Kia claiming that the car has now lived up to its sport name, where the vehicle gains its merits from is in its simplicity and refined comfort that score points when you’re cruising.
Active driving features such as cruise control and lend themselves to the vehicle’s abilities at keeping a near-silent cabin on A-roads. It’s probably for the best that Kia didn’t pursue high performance here, as it may have led to an overpowered, clunky experience behind the wheel.
When comparing it to the Mazda CX5 – or even the Renault Kadjar – is when its true colours show. It lacks the punchy, agile feel associated with most sports cars, even ones of this size. For the asking price, Kia should have invested more into the suspension and handling of the car to give it that competitive edge on the road.
In better news, the Sportage comes with a great range of petrol and diesel engines, including a flagship PHEV model with an electric range of more than 30 miles.
If you’re on a budget, then the 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol model is likely to be the go-to spec for most buyers. It has a healthy 148bhp and is available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic gearbox.
For the best performance, the 261bhp 1.6-litre petrol plug-in hybrid engine is the best option. This unit comes with all-wheel drive and assistance from an electric motor which makes it punchier than the rest of the range.
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