Quick twin test: Kia Sportage vs Nissan Qashqai
It might smack of a slight lack of imagination, but the people have spoken. In , the Sportage accounted for more than a quarter of Kia's.2017
One such model is the Kia Sportage. When it was introduced in , it caused quite a stir thanks to its cutting-edge styling, practical interior and decent amount of standard kit. Yet Kia has now decided the Sportage needs an update, and has introduced a subtly revised version. But is it enough to keep Kia in class contention? We try both cars in efficient front-wheel-drive guise. The Acenta Premium-spec Nissan Qashqai and above get a fixed glass roof that stretches uninterrupted from the top of the windscreen to just above the C-pillars. It gives the interior a bright, airy feel, while a powered blind keeps the cabin cool when the car is parked in sunlight.
One of our class favourites, but you have to stick with front-wheel drive to keep the price competitive. The Ateca has the most powerful engine, and the version here we've lined here up has four-wheel drive. The Nissan Qashqai is a former What Car? Car of the Year and still one of our favourite small SUVs. It's the benchmark to beat for any new competitor entering this market. So, this attempt from Seat seems wildly optimistic, not least because the Spanish brand has about as much experience of building SUVs as it does making spaceships.
Can Korea's latest crossover see off the car that kickstarted an entire family car trend? It might smack of a slight lack of imagination, but the people have spoken. What irritates us is the ride, which is just firm enough to be… irritating. Might be the big wheels. Not as smooth as the best hatches, but close enough. The seats are excellent and the satnav quick-reacting, even if it looks a bit last-gen.
Many modern families pick SUVs to ferry them around thanks to their excellent practicality, lofty driving positions and road-car-like driving experiences. The Kia Sportage has earned a spot outside many family homes thanks to its eye-catching looks, broad range of talents and its reassuring seven-year warranty. The chromed V shape around the badge is now wider and the headlights have been made thinner, while rounded shapes in the lower front bumper are now replaced by more angular features. Subtle enhancements to the brakelights and rear bumper round off the upgrades. The upper portion of the dashboard houses the touchscreen infotainment system and physical controls for the heating and air con, while the layout is fairly straightforward. Space is also a little more impressive than the Qashqai, with more room in the back for three passengers and better overall headroom.
Kia Sportage vs Nissan Qashqai
Sign up to the Carbuyer newsletter. The compact SUV has never been more popular, and it's easy to see why., The battle of the SUVs is on. At first glance, these two cars are very similar, though there are a few key differences that will help you determine which one is better for your lifestyle.