Kia Sportage: only in diesel 115 or 136 hp
Among the 5 SUVs in the Kia range, the Sportage is the one that has to face the Peugeot 3008. This Sportage is in its 4th generation, launched in 2016, and which received a small restyling in 2018. Small because the design has not been upset: the biggest modification is at the front with now a kind of ring which joins the lower air intake to the fog lights. Not much at the aesthetic level therefore but there was more change at the mechanical level, especially in diesel with the abandonment of the 1.7 l CRDi for a new more modern 1.6 l available in 115 and 136 hp. And last year, at the end of 2019, this 1.6 l arrived in a version with a micro-hybridization which will eventually replace the normal 1.6 l, without hybridization. We keep the same powers: the goal is obviously to consume a little less. We see that at the end.
Kia Sportage: no automatic emergency braking as standard!
Inside, there was almost no change during restyling, nor for the arrival of micro-hybridization, except the arrival of an additional display mode with the energy flow. We therefore find a correct dashboard in presentation, without more, an 8-inch central screen on this high-end finish, a bit small in current standards. But on the lower finishes it comes down to 7 inches. On the other hand, the equipment is complete on this highest GT Line Premium finish, with standard leather upholstery, electric front seats, a glass roof and quite a few other comfort elements. But unexpectedly enough, automatic emergency braking is only an option: strange to the hour or smaller cars have it at the entry level. At the rear, there is room, a lot of room with a very generous legroom for the category, clearly superior to the 3008 but narrowly beaten by the Tiguan. On this version, the backs are adjustable in inclination, and the heated seats. The trunk, on the other hand, loses a little in capacity compared to the non-hybrid versions and falls below the 500 dm3 mark according to our measurements: it remains however in the average for the category.
Kia Sportage: versions with 17-inch wheels more consistent
Well, 115 horsepower in a machine that exceeds 1.6 tons according to our measurements, you can imagine, that does not move too much. It’s not too bad for the 0 to 100 km / h since we measured 11.7 seconds, but then it becomes a little more complicated since for the kilometer from a standing start, we are at more than 34 seconds: a little interminable … But it is of course not a machine made to drive sportily. We still have a few tenths better than the non-hybrid version since the alternator-starter, in the acceleration or recovery phases, provides an electric micro boost which makes this small difference of a few tenths. The other difference obviously comes from the really very soft, painless stop and start that you don’t feel. For the chassis part, we have a version with 19-inch wheels, a firm hair in comfort. It’s very good for the look, and we may gain a bit of dynamism, but can we speak of dynamism with such an engine? Not sure that this is appropriate … So take the versions with 17 inch wheels, that will be enough for the dynamism, and in comfort, it will be a little better.
Kia Sportage: disappointment in consumption
Now is the time to talk about consumption, and there it is the disappointment: we do not gain anything compared to versions without hybridization according to our measures, and even if the ecological penalty is slightly lower, it remains, while models 150 hp competitors escape it. In short, nothing at all to console the price for our test model which rises to more than € 36,000: it is very expensive for a 115 hp SUV, even well equipped. The best choice seems to come from the Active finish, already properly equipped and which is worth almost € 6,000 less. Note that since the arrival of the WLTP, the large diesel of 2 liters and 185 hp has disappeared from the catalog as well as the petrol version, and that there is no longer an all-wheel drive version.