Is the Kia Sportage efficient?
The 1.6-litre turbo mill is officially rated at 6.2 litres/100km or 8.8 litres/100km on the urban cycle.
Expect the latter, or more if your daily duties are primarily stop-start. We saw a best of 7.0 and a worst of 11.2, based on right-foot usage and prevailing road conditions.
Given the Sportage does have a diesel option, it is well woth considering if you travel decent kilometres (and it comes with the added benefit of more power and torque than the petrol equivalent).
How does the Kia Sportage drive?
The Sportage is the most impressive Kia this side of a Stinger. Despite the added heft from the previous generation of the mid-sized SUV, the Sportage is a capable and competent cruiser.
There’s a touch of front-weight bias but you have to be piloting the Sportage at a serious speed to note it.
The dual-clutch auto is the one downside: it’s not horrible by DCT-standards, but doesn’t do justice to the rest of the drivetrain in stop-start situations.
The suspension travel and body roll suppression is impressive. The Sportage is more taut than soggy, but not to the point that owners are going to complain that it bounces around the bends. Load a couple of passengers in the back and it actually improves the ride.
Should I buy one?
This iteration of the Sportage is the most convincing Kia yet in terms of quality and quantity.
The compromises are compensated by a fit and finish that aligns the brand with its Japanese contemporaries. It's not going to outsell the Toyota RAV4 just yet but this is a major update for the brand reinforces its reputation as a serous contender in one of the toughest segments in the Australian automotive market.