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 was entitled to a small facelift in 2018. Small because the design has not been upset: the biggest modification is at the front with now a kind of rod that 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 1.7 l CRDi for a new 1.6 l more modern declined in 115 and 136 hp. And last year, at the end of 2019, this 1.6 l arrived in 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 the restyling, or for the arrival of micro-hybridization, except for the arrival of an additional display mode with the energy flow. We therefore find a correct dashboard in presentation, no more, an 8-inch central screen on this high-end finish, a bit small in current standards. But on the lower finishes, it goes down to 7 inches. On the other hand, the equipment is complete on this highest GT Line Premium finish, with leather upholstery, electric front seats, a glass roof and many other elements of comfort as standard. But unexpectedly, automatic emergency braking is only an option: strange to hour or smaller cars have entry level. At the rear, there is room, plenty of room with a very generous legroom for the category, clearly superior to the 3008 but beaten by little by the Tiguan. On this version, the backrests are adjustable in inclination, and the heated seats. The trunk on the other hand loses a bit of capacity compared to the non-hybrid versions and goes under the 500 dm3 bar according to our measurements: it remains however in the average of the category.
Kia Sportage: more consistent 17-inch wheel versions
Well, 115 horses in a machine that exceeds 1.6 tonnes according to our measurements, you can imagine, it does not move too much. It is not too bad for 0 to 100 km / h since we measured 11.7 seconds, but it is then that it becomes a little more complicated since for the kilometer start stopped, we are at more than 34 seconds: a bit interminable … But it is of course not a machine made for sporty driving. We still have a few tenths better compared to 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 coat in comfort. It’s very good for the look, and we might gain a bit of dynamism, but can we speak of dynamism with such a motorization? Not sure if it’s appropriate … So take the 17 inch wheel versions, it will be enough for the dynamism, and in comfort, it will be a little better.
Kia Sportage: disappointment in consumption
It is time to talk about consumption, and there is disappointment: we gain nothing compared to versions without hybridization according to our measures, and even if the ecological penalty is slightly down, it remains, while models 150 hp competitors escape it. In short, not at all enough 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 worth almost € 6000 less. Note that since the arrival of 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 also no longer a version with all-wheel drive.