TEST Kia Sportage PHEV GT-Line (2022): our opinion at the wheel

Recently redesigned, the Kia Sportage range now offers rechargeable hybridization. What is it worth compared to the competition?

TEST Kia Sportage PHEV GT-Line (2022) – At the top of a wide hybrid range is located a rechargeable variant especially well located in terms of prices, power and 100% electric range, in relation to competition. Does this new Sportage tick all the boxes to make it the king of PHEVs in the segment?

Plug-in hybrid compact SUVs abound among carmakers. But on paper, the latest from South Korea already surpasses its rivals in many points, with the exception of the Hyundai Tucson PHEV which benefits from the same drive train. When the rechargeable crossovers segment announces an average of 50 to 60 km of 100% electric range, depending on the WLTP certification mode, the Sportage promises to rally up to 70 km. Happiness never comes alone, for an equivalent price or even lower, it combines a power of 265 hp higher than those observed in its competitors which generally range from 225 to 245 hp.

Efficient regeneration

In real driving conditions, the Kia Sportage PHEV confirms these best features, with a range of “zero emissions” equivalent to the WLTP measurements of its rivals, approaching 50 km on average. In terms of performance, she is also more alert through its 180 hp 4-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 91 hp electric motor, despite a vacuum weight of more than 1.9 t. An imposing mass that does not prevent its consumption. During our test, after running out of battery in an urban setting, our round trip between Paris and Lyon with five passengers and their luggage gave us a measure of 6.5 l / 100 km on average equivalent to a half-powerful diesel SUV. If the level of unleaded consumption tends to rise well beyond 12l / 100 km when the terrain becomes more mountainous, the level of regeneration downhill allows the average to drop rapidly whenever hybridization management is exemplary.

Internal competition

Despite this, opting for this rechargeable variant does not necessarily make sense. It is clearly preferable if its use is mainly on short daily journeys that allow you to travel exclusively with electricity, during the week, in order toapproaching the 1.1 l / 100 km average imagined by the WLTP certification measure. As long as you lend yourself to the game of daily recharging, or rather every two days given its generous autonomy. For large wheels, it is best to opt for the non-rechargeable hybrid version of 230 hp, more affordable, and with equivalent average consumption, or even slightly lower than PHEV when it is running on an empty battery. However, the 4-wheel drive argument may appeal to all-wheel drive enthusiasts looking for a relatively sober vehicle.

GT for plumage

If the Sportage PHEV enjoys a good technical data sheet, don’t forget to take care of its design, especially in this GT-Line variant, which is more sporty. But, flying in hand, despite appreciable control of the roll, its dynamic inclinations quickly fade as its management advocates a rather fluid conduct, far from being a precision model. As a result, we would have appreciated a more suitable suspension comfort. Unfortunately, the percussions are too presenteven at high speed, slightly obscuring the image of this family-oriented model. For smoother, it is better to resort to a lower finish level. If there are a lot of driving aids, they often require you to use the touch screen menu to disconnect them.

High flight deck

However, the Kia Sportage PHEV remains an excellent road companion, witha cozy interior, very well finished, and high-tech state-of-the-art. Its double curved screen has nothing to envy to recent BMW productions and its multimedia content is complete. Of great flight in terms of graphics, however, it takes some time to adapt, sometimes lacking intuition. Ergonomics suffers almost no criticism and storage areas are legion in the center console, with no shift lever, while the seats offer good support in the absence of a sufficient seat length.

Generous space

Habitability is the norm, in terms of space reserved for travelers. Those at the rear benefit from relatively flat ground in the absence of a central tunnel despite the presence of mechanical all-wheel drive. The trunk has a good volume (540 l), despite the presence of battery. Here again the Korean SUV better optimizes space on board compared to its PHEV competitors. In comparison, a Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid, less powerful and with less autonomy 100% electric, has only 476 l of buckets, despite its size identical to that of the Sportage.

As standard, it offers the Kia Sportage PHEV a 7.2 kW charger enough for daily home connections. The installation of a reinforced plug, at home, costs € 515 more when, to benefit from a T2 cable capable of connecting to public terminals, you have to pay an additional € 237. With the latter, the manufacturer offers a Kia Charge Easy card that allows you to benefit from advantageous rates.

Test Kia Sportage PHEV GT-Line (2022): our opinion:

For those who consider plug-in hybridization to be the most suitable propulsion system for their type of use, the Kia Sportage turns out to be theone of the best, if not the best, options in this compact SUV segment. More powerful, more autonomous and best located financially speaking (from 43,290 €) that its competitors, while benefiting from all-wheel drive, he only fears his close cousin, the Hyundai Tucson PHEV, with an almost identical data sheet. If both are decided by the field of exterior style, the new Kia Sportage makes the difference on board thanks to a more modern environment.

We love

  • Hybridization efficiency
  • Performance
  • Tax

We love each other less

  • Clumsy behavior
  • The direction is inaccurate
  • Too intrusive driving aids

Specifications (Kia Sportage PHEV GT-Line)

  • Internal combustion engine: front, transverse, 4 cylinders, petrol, turbo, 1,598 cc3180 hp (chain distribution)
  • Electric motor: 91 hp
  • Transmission: all-wheel drive, automatic, 6-speed
  • Cumulative power (hp): 265
  • Cumulative torque (Nm): 350
  • Empty weight (kg): 1,905
  • Length. (m): 4.52 × 1.87 × 1.65
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.68
  • Top speed (km / h): 191
  • 0 to 100 km / h (s): 8.2
  • Standard tires: 235/50 R 19
  • Test tires: 235/50 R 19 / Michelin Premacy 4
  • Cons. Mixed WLTP (l / 100 km): 1.1
  • Cons. during the test (l / 100 km): 6.5
  • 100% electric range WLTP: 70 km
  • CO2 (g / km): 25
  • 2022 bonus: € 0
  • 5/2 pit (l): 540 / 1.715
  • Front / rear elbow width (cm): 153/152
  • Deposit (l): 42
  • Country of manufacture: Slovakia
  • Warranty: 7 years / 150,000 km
  • Fiscal power: 10 hp
  • Base price: € 43,290 (PHEV BVA6 4 × 4)
  • Price of the tested version: 50,290 € (GT-line Premium finish)

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