Kia Sportage (2016 -) Safety & Reliability

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



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The level of safety kit on-board depends largely upon trim level, but it’s fair to say the Kia Sportage is a strong offering in this respect. It scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing.

Even base-spec cars come with cornering headlights, heated door mirrors, Trailer Stability Assist (which uses the stability control system to keep trailers pointing the right way), hill-start assist (which holds the parking brake on momentarily to prevent rolling backwards when setting off on a hill), downhill brake control (to keep the car stable when descending steep hills) and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Moving up to 2 trim builds upon this with rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic windscreen de-fogging, lane-keep assist (which prevents drifting from your lane if you haven’t indicated), automatic high beam headlights and a speed limit recognition system.

3-grade models come with a front windscreen wiper de-icer, while 4s gets bi-xenon headlights, front parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection (warns of cars in your blind spot) and rear cross traffic alert – a system which warns you if a car is about to cross behind you.

5 out of 5


Over the years, Kia has built up an enviable reputation for reliability and we’re expecting no different with the 2016 Sportage.

In fact, the reason the firm is able to offer such long warranties on all its products is a direct result of confidence in its build quality and use of materials, and they’re better than ever in the fouth-generation Sportage.

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