Kia Sportage Platinum new car review

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a car manufacturer reaches for the scalpel and to give one of its models a mid-life the results can range from different to barely noticeable.

And the latest update to the #160;Kia Sportage probably falls the latter category, there is one big between it and the car that#8217;s been since 2010. Instead of made in South Korea the model now comes from well, it is built in Kia’s plant which is a reasonable east of Paris, but makes the European nonetheless.

So what#8217;s it for Kia#8217;s smallest SUV and longest model name, in fact, one won its Drive COTY category in 2010? A slightly altered some differences in equipment but basically the same attractively and user-friendly SUV as before, provided size isn#8217;t an important decision.

What do you get?

We#8217;ve the top-of-the-range Platinum version of the with a 2.0-litre diesel six-speed automatic transmission and There#8217;s also a 2.0-litre (taking the place of the previous unit) but no other drivetrain

If you want to go cheaper than the fairly hefty $39,990 tag the range starts with the 2WD Si with a five-speed manual at and the SLi in-betweener starts at $31,990 for the version.

The Platinum gets a standard equipment list leather seats, a big sunroof, navigation with a seven-inch a rear view camera, and HID

They go with the general across the range that a distinctly European flavour, rear fog lights, a heated seat, de-icing wipers and an ECO mode on the diesel auto.


Other upgrades some pretty minor such as more soft-touch inside along with a glovebox and a re-jig of the air conditioning modes.

The main thing is while far from stylish #8211; there are simply of grey plastic, with piano-black trim around the controls #8211; the interior has a practicality about it. Instruments are legible white-on-black, the touchscreen is easy to use, there#8217;s of storage and it all seems well together.

The rear seat seems but with the doors curving at the top there#8217;s limited shoulder and head space is marginal. The compartment is as spacious as could be from a 4.4-metre long SUV but the height is some way off the ground, partly to a massive, full-sized alloy wheel under the

Under the bonnet

The Sportage its platform and mechanicals with#160; the blingy Hyundai ix35 . so no surprise to find the excellent turbo-diesel engine doing as a job as ever.

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With a peak of power on tap and a grinding 392Nm of (or pulling power) from as low as it does a commendable job of whisking the away from the traffic despite the Platinum version no lightweight for its size at just 1700kg.

There#8217;s a degree of gruff engine noise but it#8217;s a price to pay for the Sportage Platinum#8217;s ability to accelerate from low around town and demolish terrain out on the open road.

because of its weight you can#8217;t the same low levels of fuel from a similarly sized car, however. The official is 7.2 L/100km, but expect something to 8.7 L/100km in the real world.

On the

Time and again, SUV owners a high driving position as one of the attractions of the ilk and the Sportage is no exception. You get a view of the road and in city that equates to more being able to see what#8217;s The somewhat stylised rear however, makes rear vision pretty poor and no blind-spot-assist to help out.

Otherwise, the driving experience is on-par for the genre. The 4WD system mainly in front-drive mode, a degree of torque steer of the steering wheel during acceleration), and the handling tends towards a nose-heavy balance.

The big are grippy even in the wet and the steering weighted and communicative, so even if the is less than inspiring is it at any time less than

The ride is comfortable enough towards a niggling sharpness on bumps but if the plan is to mount a and park the Sportage outside a school without damaging or bodywork, it#8217;s amply up to the


Apart from its diesel performance and unassuming looks there#8217;s nothing the Sportage that makes it out from the crowd which, perversely, is a charm in itself. Any SUV is acquired for its utility, and the Sportage everything of which it is asked

The Platinum version adds but lacks a lot in the way of luxury #8211; the interior and average ride see to that. The latest upgrades are but far from comprehensive and truth be the Sportage was likeable enough in the place and Kia#8217;s unwillingness to with the formula isn#8217;t a bad thing.


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