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Honda CR-V vs Kia Sportage

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Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V

$44,500 - $59,900

2024 price

Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage

$32,995 - $55,420

2024 price


2024 Honda CR-V
2024 Kia Sportage
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Inline 4, 2.0L

Inline 4, 1.6L
Fuel Type

Fuel Efficiency
5.5L/100km (combined)

4.9L/100km (combined)

  • No full-sized spare wheel
  • No hybrid AWD availability
  • Firm ride

  • Pricey compared to petrol SX
  • Capped price servicing costs can be high
  • Blank panels for missing features in the cabin
2024 Honda CR-V Summary

In the distant future, automotive historians will look back at the Honda CR-V as one of the true SUV originals.

Sure, it and the conceptually-identical Subaru Forester, trailed the trendsetting Toyota RAV4 of 1994 by three years, but collectively all three Japanese brands broke and then reset the Australian family-car mould in lightning-quick time. Too much so for the floundering local car industry to ever catch up.

Today, they remain the blue-chip mid-sized SUV contenders.

Six generations in, how does the completely-redesigned CR-V in all-new e:HEV (petrol-electric hybrid) guise stack up? Let's find out!

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2024 Kia Sportage Summary

So, I accidentally climbed into the wrong Kia Sportage in the supermarket car park on Thursday. That’s never happened to me before. You know, actually opening the door of a completely random car and getting into it and putting my seat belt on.

But that’s how much the regular petrol version of the Sportage looks like this new hybrid version.

The owners had parked next to me in their Sportage, which was also silver, while I was in the supermarket. There are lots of questions: Why hadn’t they locked their doors? Why didn’t I notice their Sportage had big roof racks and a giant dent in the side of it? And, why am I telling you this?

As intriguing as those questions are, we’re not here to answer them right now because this investigation is centred on Kia’s first hybrid version of its Sportage.

Yep, finally after what seems like way too long Kia has a rival to Toyota’s RAV4 hybrid mid-sized SUV.

The Sportage Hybrid on test is the SX grade which sits lower in the range but still costs quite a lot, we think.

So, the questions we’re answering today are ones like, is the Sportage SX Hybrid worth the expensive price compared to its petrol twin?

I’ve even worked out how far you’d have to drive and how long you’d probably have to own the hybrid before you break even on the extra money you’ve spent.

And there are other questions, like how fuel efficient is it? And even others like how safe is it and how practical is it? Oh, and what it’s like to drive? That’s important, too.

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