2015 Kia Sportage Platinum Review
Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2015 Kia Sportage Platinum.
The small SUV market in 2015 is jammed with different options for buyers, but one of the models that should definitely be on your test drive list is the Kia Sportage.
The Kia Sportage is an excellent all-rounder, its well-priced, has a bit of personality and is just the right size for most applications.
You can get into a new Kia Sportage from just $25,990. At this end of the range you’re talking 2WD, petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission. An auto transmission version costs from $28,190.
The 2015 Kia Sportage Platinum is the flagship model and is available only with AWD and auto transmission, the petrol version starts from $38,590, the diesel variant kicks off from $41,590.
My test vehicle this time around was a petrol-powered Sportage and the question is - are you better off paying the extra and going for the diesel version? The answer, simply, is yes.
The stats show that the 2.0 litre petrol engine produces 122kW and 205Nm, fuel consumption coming in at a combined 8.6L/100kms, around town usage is as much as 11.6L/100kms (which is pretty much exactly what I managed to achieve).
The diesel Kia Sportage though gives you a significant power and torque advantage – 135kW and 392Nm! Fuel consumption is a claimed combined 7.2L/100kms and you can expect to use just over 9.0L/100kms in town (check out our most recent Kia Sportage diesel review).
So, even if taking the initial higher purchase price into account and the consistently more expensive cost of diesel, it’s very hard to see why you wouldn’t find the extra dollars and grab the diesel version.
In saying that, the petrol engine does a respectable job of moving the Sportage around, it’s not the quickest thing on the road but it gets along respectably and doesn’t have too much trouble with hills (this may differ with a full load of adults though).
The Sportage is an easy vehicle to drive. It has a nice high seating position, relatively good visibility all-round (A-pillars are a little chunky), steering is a touch heavier than you might expect but the ride and handling are both excellent.
Good legroom front and back, nicely sized storage areas, generous cargo area and a feel of fun and fresh in the cabin are some of the highlights. The clear and simple gauges, modern driver info screen, simple air-conditioning controls and well-placed switches and knobs help finish off the cabin.
The seats are firm but comfortable and the fit and finish throughout is more than passable.
The Platinum grade of the 2015 Kia Sportage comes with a very extensive list of features, including; large electric sunroof, heated seats front and back, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, parking sensors front and back, sat-nav and a reverse camera.
Key in pocket central locking, push button ignition, follow-me-home headlights and auto headlights and wipers finish off this sporty and luxurious model.
There’s no compromise on safety in the Kia Sportage – all grades come with a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up; as I said at the top, make sure the Kia Sportage is on your test drive list.
The entry-level Si looks like great value if you can live without some extras and don’t mind a manual transmission, another option is the Premium grade which comes with an auto and starts just under $30,000.
If you want to go all-out and get a Kia Sportage Platinum then I would recommend you closely consider the diesel version. But, overall, the 2015 Kia Sportage is a quality vehicle that is adaptable, easy to drive and live with and has a bit of personality.
Oh, and don’t forget it also boasts a HUGE seven year warranty!
NUTS and BOLTS – Kia Sportage Platinum (petrol)
Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 122kW and 205Nm
Transmission: Six-speed auto (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Seven years
Price: From $38,590