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Kia Sportage Platinum petrol vs diesel review

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    If money is no object, we'd suggest the diesel Kia Sportage.

Like a fine wine, the Kia Sportage keeps getting better with age.

We'd forgotten just how good this car is, a real standout in one of the fastest growing segments of the market. What's more, the Sportage is now available with satellite navigation and it includes speed camera warnings. Really the biggest decision you have to make is not whether to buy the car (that's a given) but whether to get the petrol or the turbodiesel model  -- they're both very good.


The 2.4-litre four cylinder petrol engine delivers 130kW of power and 227Nm of torque and uses fuel at the rate of 9.2 litres/100km. There's also a smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine in the entry Si model but for the purposes of this test we're looking at only the two top of the line Platinum models.


The 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo diesel is cracker, good for 135kW of power and 392Nm of torque, with fuel consumption of the 7.5 litres/100km. It gives nothing away to the petrol engine in terms of power and walks all over it in the torque department. It's the torque figure that's important because this is the stuff that makes V8s so effortless to drive.


Both the 2.4-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines come with a six-speed automatic. The driver can change gears manually or simply leave the thing in D (but there's no change paddles) We found the petrol model at bit busy for our liking.


The petrol model is really toey. At times it feels like a dog straining at the leash and this can be annoying. In contrast the diesel is smoother and more relaxed, with more linear power delivery. The only time you hear it rattle is at idle with the windows wound down.

The new 7 inch touch screen satnav unit is a breeze to use, with bright easy to read graphics and a host of other features. For those interested both the petrol and diesel models can tow a 1.6 tonne, braked van or trailer.


Both cars are identically equipped, with leather and climate air conditioning, a full array of airbags and safety systems, plus rear parking sensors and revesing camera as part of the satnav unit. Both front seats are heated and the driver's seat can also be cooled as well as being power adjustable.

Bluetooth with audio streaming is standard along with a 7-speaker audio system that includes a separate amp and subwoofer. Full iPod connectivity is offered along with two power outlets in the front console. The car feature LED running lights and rides on 18-inch alloys and 235/55 rubber with a full sized alloy spare.  The killer techno orange paint job by the way is $520 extra.


If money is no object, we'd suggest the diesel model. It offers a great combination of power and economy. And diesels are noted for their longetivity so it's the gift that's going to keep on giving  year after year.

But it is $3000 more and for some people this could be a deal breaker. Do the sums and you'll discover it takes many thousands of kilometres before they break even. Like we said however they're both very good and we're sure you won't find the petrol engine disappointing.

This reporter is on Twitter: @IamChrisRiley‎

Rebeccah Elley road tests and reviews the new Kia Sportage Platinum.

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  • By the way, the issue is not the car [car is best I have owned in 40 years], the issue is the dealers service dept.  You need somone with a good integrity filter to screen service departments to find a good one.  This also applies to other brands no doubt but we had some issues of being charged for service and parts not rendered in the Kia ranks.

    Stephen William of Melb Posted on 08 March 2014 4:18pm
  • we have had a platinum diesel for 2 and a bit years now.  love it .
    took 5 of us to snow with roof racks plenty of cabin room.  Boot sace is tight,  you neen to buy the barrier and stack vertically like a Landrover.  ONLY ANNOYING THING IS THE SMALL FUEL TANK [45 litres]. You will fill it every 450km.  Yes it sucks fuel but that is the cost of best in class grunt.  I miss my 130 litle tank. 50000km and tyres all good for another 50000.  high beam indicator light tooooo bright just cover it.

    Stephen William of Melb Posted on 08 March 2014 2:37pm
  • Just bought one -Platinum turbo-Diesel-pick it up Friday. Took one for a good test drive-very impressive. 2013 model runout models are amazing value. All it needs is a micro-wave in the back. If it is half as good as my Mitsubishi 380 I am trading in, I will be very happy!!

    Mario Fonovic of Port Lincoln SA Posted on 19 February 2014 10:30am
  • I purchased a turbo diesel recently and am very impressed with performance and consumption. City driving consumption is 10 ltrs/per 100 k whereas long trips rated 7ltrs per 100k. The vehicle has only travelled 2112klms at this time, perhaps consumption will improve when run in completely.

    Robert Mattinson of Melbourne Posted on 17 January 2014 12:45pm
  • How many seats does it have?  Not even the dealer site says.——————————————————————————————-All Sportage models have 5 seats. -Ed

    GBV of Perth Posted on 29 December 2013 12:01am
  • Bought a Kia Sportage in nov 2013. 2.4L petrol. Drove to Melbourne about 345k’s averaged 6.9litres to a 100k. Absolutly rapped , great car to drive.

    John of Nyah West Vic Posted on 15 December 2013 5:23pm
  • Think twice before you buy this car. Be prepared to be shocked by the fuel consumption of a battletank. I bought a brand new Sportage 2.4l in July this year and I am averaging 13 - 13.5l/100km. I took it for a long 700km drive to the countryside and the best I could do is 10.5L/100kms.

    Dennis of Perth Posted on 30 October 2013 11:49pm
  • What are ‘decisons’?

    Mathew Grane of Liverpool Posted on 17 October 2013 8:24pm
  • I would take any fuel consumption figures by Kia with a grain of salt. My 2011 petrol sportage platinum gives a 13 L / 100 for suburban driving, no where near the advertised figure. Yes we got it checked for any tuning issues but was told by the dealer that no one gets the consumption figures printed on the brochure. Not sure about the consumption figures on diesel version though.

    Martin Posted on 04 July 2013 2:14am
  • “Towey”? “‘brake’ even”? Was this written by a journalist or a primary school student? What a waste of 2 minutes of my life (4, including the comment); the article contains nothing of any substance, particularly how the two versions drive. Really phoned this one in, didn’t you, Chris?

    antman of freo Posted on 07 June 2013 7:20pm
  • How did the real world fuel consumption compare? People buy diesels for their driveability and reduced fuel consumption, yet no mention of real world data. Rather pointless to compare the two identical cars, if you can’t identify key real world differences (acceleration times, fuel consumption and servicing costs etc).

    James of Gold Coast Posted on 07 June 2013 3:04pm
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