New Kia Sportage SUV May Be Nissan’s Worst Nightmare

We don’t evade the big questions on these pages.

Qashqai and Sportage. Two giants in the crowded SUV market. But what should you spend your money on? Let’s jump right in.


The new Kia Sportage can compete with the famous Nissan QashqaiCredit: Simon Thompson

We loved the new Qashqai so much that we crowned it as the Sun Car of the Year for 2021.

luxury after operation. Strong and safe. Hybrid and high tech. family car.

But the new Kia could be Nissan’s worst nightmare.

The Sportage is just as good as the Qashqai in most departments – and it excels in two key areas.

The first is the engine options. You can have a Diesel Sportage if you like. To do big miles and pull things. Gasoline only.

Both brands offer plug-in petrol-electric hybrids to save you a bit of a bonus on fuel.

Plus, there’s a plug-in hybrid sports car on the road, promising 30 miles of pure electric driving.

You do not need to wake the engine on some flights.

Both companies also offer 4WD versions of their Champion cars, providing even more warranty in dodgy weather.

The second part of Kia’s cover is that the seven-year warranty, as well as used Sportages cars, always rank highly in terms of reliability.

Now we come to look. What do you think?

I prefer Qashqai’s no-fuss lines. You will age better. Sportage is a bit busy for me. More unique but less attractive.

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Both interiors are next-level compared to the cars they replaced.

Dual screens, more luxury, more space and the latest anti-collision and driver aid kit.

Operation is important to family SUVs and they both do a good job here, too.

The Qashqai’s rear doors open wider, up to 85 degrees, to make it easier to let out the sounds of little winks. The luggage compartment floor is reversible.

But the Sportage has a larger trunk 591 liters and 40/20/40 seats. We also like the USB-C ports for the rear passengers on the side of the two front seats.

Also, it’s worth noting that all the good stuff from the Kia EV6 has been transferred to the Sportage.

This includes a Merc-like curved screen and a separate touchpad that alternates between stereo and air conditioning at the push of a button.

It’s a clever use of space and a great design.

As for pricing, the Qashqai starts at £24,555. The top-spec 4WD Tekna+ is £38,855. The added bonus is that you support British jobs.

The Sportage starts at £26,745 and has more standard equipment. The German car we tried was the closest thing to a high-spec 4WD GT-Line S that costs £40,000. You don’t need that.

The Smart Buy is a mid-range ‘3’ priced at £31,000. It has all the luxuries you could want, including heated rear seats.

To answer the big question, then: Which is better, the Qashqai or the Sportage?

It depends on what you want out of the car, really. Or the team you support.

Both are thoroughly modern, size-appropriate family SUVs ahead of the rest. You will be confused which one.

But if I really had to choose? I’ll go BMW 3 Series Touring.

Kia Sportage GT-LINE S AWD

Key facts:

price: £40,245

engine: 1.6 liter hybrid gasoline

Energy: 226 hp, 400 N

0 to 62 mph: 8.3 seconds

maximum speed: 120 mph

Economie: 45 mpg

Carbon Dioxide: 140 g/km

Outside: February

Kia offers a seven-year warranty on the Sportage


Kia offers a seven-year warranty on the SportageCredit: Simon Thompson
The spacious rear seat is spacious and comfortable for passengers


The spacious rear seat is spacious and comfortable for passengersCredit: Simon Thompson
All the good stuff from the Kia EV6 to the Sportage


All the good stuff from the Kia EV6 to the SportageCredit: Simon Thompson
USB-C ports in the rear seats help make the Sportage a family-friendly vehicle


USB-C ports in the rear seats help make the Sportage a family-friendly vehicleCredit: Simon Thompson
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