Kia Sportage Leasing Guide | Car Leasing Guru

Kia Sportage Leasing Guide (2018-)

Kia might not be recognised as a brand that commands the allegiance and loyalty of other brands, like BMW or Audi.

However, what they do have is a 7 year / 100,000-mile warranty, great looking vehicles, lots of standard specification and reasonable prices compared with alternatives like the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq.

This means that when you combine their low retail price and decent residual values they become a very good, cost-effective option.

The problem? With a variety of trim levels and engine types, it’s difficult to know which model gives you the best bang for buck! That’s where we come in, so join us as we share which the best Kia Sportage to lease is, and how we decided.

Scroll down to Total Lease Costs and you’ll find a handy chart that will show you how much you’ll pay for a Kia Sportage lease over multiple years and mileages.

Analysis – The best overall choice

Our analysis has determined that the 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto is the best overall choice, with a 9.2/10 Car Leasing Guru score. How we score vehicles

It has the lowest percentage of list at 2 years (25.3%) Click here to learn what the percent of list is.

It also has the 2nd lowest overall cost over the course of a 2-year lease (£6,588).

Price: £26,035

Analysis – The best overall value

Alternatively, for pure value, we think the 1.6 CRDi ISG 2 5dr is an excellent option, itself landing a 9.2/10 Car Leasing Guru Score.

This particular model, being the best value, would cost you around £6,454 over the course of 24 months if you are doing 10,000 miles per year.

Price: £24,085

What’s the difference between these models?

The main difference between these models is the automatic gearbox and mild-hybrid technology (48v). They both have the exact same interior and exterior specification.


There are four specifications to choose from in the Kia Sportage range. The base model ‘Sportage 2’ up to the ‘GT-Line S’. The ‘Sportage 2’ model easily offer the best value for money when looking at the entire range.

The ‘Sportage 2‘ model gets:

  • 17″ alloys
  • reversing camera
  • Android auto and apple car play
  • lane keep assist
  • 7″ touchscreen sat nav
  • dual automatic air-con
  • heated front and rear seats
  • high beam assist

The ‘Sportage 3‘ model everything the Sportage 2 gets, PLUS:

  • 19″ alloys
  • LED front and rear lights
  • 10-way driver / 8-way passenger adjustable seats
  • 8″ touchscreen sat nav
  • black leather upholstery
  • panoramic sunroof
  • blind-spot collision warning

The ‘Sportage GT-Line‘ gets everything the Sportage 3 gets, PLUS:

  • 19″ alloys (different style to the Sportage 3)
  • LED Bi-Functional headlights with auto levelling/adaptive lighting
  • Start/stop  button w/keyless entry
  • reversing camera
  • LED front fog lights
  • dual exhaust
  • black headlining

The ‘Sportage GT-Line S‘ gets everything the GT-Line gets, PLUS:

  • 19″ alloys (different style to the GT-Line)
  • panoramic sunroof
  • 360-degree camera
  • power tailgate
  • wireless phone charger
  • 8-speaker JBL sound system

Total Lease Costs

We don’t want to bury you in numbers, so please use this handy graph to help you understand the total cost of a Kia Sportage lease over the course of 24, 36 and 48 months. We’ve included some generic mileages so that you can get a good understanding of the cost for every 10,000 miles. If you need more information, please use our pricing system on the homepage and we will tell you exactly what you should be paying per month.

We’ve selected the 4 best diesel models and the 2 best petrol models that we would actually recommend in this analysis, hence the limited number of options we’ve provided you. There are many more Kia Sportage models to pick from, but those are less favourable in terms of their overall value at the end of a lease…

The Total Lease Cost graph below is a nice visual indicator to help you understand what you will generally be paying to lease a Kia Sportage over 24, 36 or 48 months, with example mileages of 10,20 and 30,000 per annum.

Mileage is calculated per annum. 36m 20k = 36-month lease, with a total end mileage of 60,000.

Kia Sportage Total Lease Cost

On the Road Prices (OTR)

Kia Sportage Prices

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Working Example

Example models:

On The Road Price

1.6 CRDi ISG 2 5dr                                     | £24,085

1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto            | £26,035

The difference in On The Road Price     | £1,950

Next, we’ll look at how much you would pay over a 2-year lease, doing 10,000 miles a year. (use ‘Total Lease Cost’ graph as a reference)

Total Lease Costs

The 1.6 CRDi ISG 2 5dr                                               | £6,454

1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto                             | £6,588

The difference in Total Lease Cost (over 2 years) | £134

Monthly payment: £134 / 24 months =                  | £5.58

Lots of different numbers going on there, so let me explain.

What this tells us is that there is an OTR price difference of £1,950 between the two vehicles, but you would actually be spending an additional £134 over the course of a 2-year lease.

It actually looks like the Mild-Hybrid (1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto) gets quite a significant Residual Value benefit.

There could be many reasons for the benefit, but the most obvious one is that hybrid models are seen as the bridge between fully electric and the petrol/diesel equivalents, and therefore get a premium in the 2nd hand market. This, therefore, makes the manual (non-hybrid) model less desirable.

You can apply this methodology to any other Kia model in this analysis which should help you to understand how much you will pay per month.

Car Leasing Guru Ethos

Generally, we will always look for the smallest amount you would pay over the course of the lease, at the same time we will also look at how much value the cheapest lease actually offers you.

We won’t suggest the cheapest possible lease if all you get is a steering wheel and a windscreen, especially when you might be able to pay £5 per month extra and get a significant increase in the specification, exterior design, engine performance or economy.

In this instance, that’s why we’ve picked the 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto model. It offers the most ‘value for money’ in our opinion.

Thank You!

This is just some basic analysis that will hopefully help you understand the value of a 2020 Kia Sportage lease a little better. If you are searching for Kia Sportage car lease deals, cheap car leasing, or just general car lease comparisons, the 1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr DCT Auto is the best one to go for in terms of overall value for money in our opinion.

2020 Kia Sportage Car Lease Comparison | Leasing Guide

The Car Leasing Guru Team