Hyundai ix35 versus Kia Sportage

February 19, 2015

We’ve come up with a great comparison between the two South Korean SUVs – Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.

Hyundai and Kia are sister companies, so both vehicles are fundamentally the same and developed under the same set of engines and transmissions. The main major difference is the vehicles appearance. There are a few styling and other detail tweaks are unique to each car.

DESIGN AND STYLING 

Hyundai ix35 vs sportage - front lookBoth cars look pretty similar, apart from a few design tweaks. The Sportage looks more stylish and sharp with its tiger nose grille and slim, long fog lights. Whilst the iX35 has a more refined look and features round fog lights.

Hyundai ix35 vs sportage - Alloy wheelsThe alloy wheels are the same size with a slightly different shape. The Sportage is slightly longer, wider and lower than the ix35.

INTERIOR

Hyundai ix35 vs sportage - interior differenceBehind the wheel in both models, you will get similar feelings. Depending on the model they will have identical 7.0 inch touch screens. The combination of leather and fabric in the interior is very practical., and the space offered is pretty good.

PRACTICALITY

Hyundai ix35 vs sportage - passenger seatsBoth models are relatively similar with a good number of cubbies and cup holders. They have the same wheelbase size of 2,640mm (millimetres) meaning the passenger space is the same.

Hyundai ix35 vs sportage - cabin  bootHowever, the Hyundai ix35 has a larger boot by 25 litres. A 591 litre capacity of Hyundai ix35 is up from the 564 litres capacity offered by the Sportage.

EQUIPMENT AND SPECIFICATIONS

The Kia Sportage is available in 4 specification trim levels with the low level engines while the KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4 trims comes with powerful 2.0 litre diesel engines. Both 1 and KX-1 trim models come with 16 inch alloy wheels, LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights, tinted glass, front fog lights, rain sensing wipers, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear-knob, air conditioning, cruise control, anti lock braking assist (ABS), stability control, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, multiple airbags and metallic paint – all very generous.

The Hyundai ix35 is offered with a choice of five trims : S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium Panorama. The entry level S model comes with 16 inch alloy wheels, driver seat adjustment, air conditioning, LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights, follow-me-home headlight function, six speakers, trip computer, eco drive indicator, brake assist, hill start assist and electronic stability control.

The entry level 1.6 GDI petrol Hyundai ix35 costs £17,000 as a basic list price whilst the 1.6 GDI petrol Sportage costs £17,500 as a basic list price. Whilst there is a £500 difference and you will get a very well-equipped Sportage.

ENGINES

Both Sportage and ix35 models are available in one petrol and two diesel engines. The 1.6 litre petrol engine delivers 41.5mpg (miles per gallon) fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 158 g/km (grams per kilometre).

The 1.7 litre diesel engine offers 53-54 miles per gallon fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions of 135-139g/km (grams per kilometre). The powerful 2.0 litre diesel engine returns 49-55 miles per gallon fuel economy with CO2 emissions of 145-149 grams per kilometre.

There is not much difference between both models in terms of driving and handling, however Hyundai ix35 drives a little more pleasantly than the Sportage.

The Hyundai ix35 holds a better residual value in the industry than Kia. But, it is down to personal choice.

Key specs Hyundai ix35 1.7 CRDi S Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi S
Insurance group 16E 13E
Engine Power 113 bhp (brake horsepower) 114 bhp (brake horsepower)
Fuel Consumption 53.3 mpg (miles per gallon) 54.3 mpg (miles per gallon)
CO2 emissions 139 g/km (grams per kilometre) 135 g/km (grams per kilometre)
0 to 60 mph 12.4 seconds 11.9 seconds
Top Speed 108 mpg (miles per gallon) 107 mpg (miles per gallon)
Max. Occupancy 5 seats 5 seats
Manufacturer’s warranty 999999 miles / 5 years 999999 miles / 7 years
Height 1665 mm 1640 mm
Length 4410 mm 4440 mm
Width 1820 mm 1855 mm
Wheelbase 2640 mm 2640 mm
Boot Space (with seats up) 591 litres 564 litres
Boot Space (with seats down) 1436 litres 1353 litres
Fuel tank capacity 58 litres 58 litres