Kia Sportage (2016 -) Costs

Review by Gareth Evans on
The Kia Sportage is rapidly becoming a household name. The Korean firm sold a massive 90,000 units of the popular third-generation car since its introduction in 2010, but it’s fair to say it was beginning to feel its age.

4 out of 5

Running costs

If you’re looking for the lowest running costs, pick a Kia Sportage with the 1.7-litre diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Not only will it emit 119g/km for low VED and benefit-in-kind tax for fleet drivers, but it returns the best claimed combined fuel economy of 61.4mpg.

At the other end of the scale, the worst performer in this regard is the 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol, which emits at least 175g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 37mpg, regardless of which gearbox you pick.

With insurance groups starting at 11, it’s one of the cheaper cars in its class to cover, and the strong residual values mean it’s a great leasing proposition as well.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,064 - £1,377 *


£729 - £1,126 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Every one year or 20,000 miles for most models, and one year or 10,000 miles for the T-GDi petrol engine. Kia’s Care-3 fixed-price servicing pack available at extra cost, but thrown in for free for early orders.


Seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. Fully transferrable, and topped back up to seven years if car is sold by an approved used Kia dealership within 18 months of initial purchase.

Road tax (12 months)

£30.00 - £265.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

3.5 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Unfortunately there isn’t a Kia Sportage that can match the best in the sector for CO2 emissions, with a number of rivals dipping below 100g/km. The lowest-possible in the entire range are 119g/km, which comes courtesy of the 1.7-litre CRDi front-wheel drive diesel.

Probably the best compromise between power and emissions is the lower-powered 2-litre, with its 139g/km, but that’s only with the manual gearbox. The automatic emits far higher CO2 levels, at 154g/km.

Steer clear of the non-turbo petrol 1.6-litre GDi engine if CO2 is a concern, because it emits 147g/km minimum. The higher-powered 2-litre diesel is around the same, with manual cars emitting 154g/km and automatics pumping out 166g/km.

Finally, the worst offenders are the turbocharged T-GDi petrols, with CO2 output between 175g/km for the automatic or 177g/km for the manual.

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