Being 52 and in Sales I have had many Company Cars over the years with my favourite brand being BMW I have had three 3 series - so I've now got a Kia Sportage and here is a very honest overview. The good points are: It's great to drive, excellent driving position, fantastic spec, roomy and yes it looks good. Now to the points where Kia need to focus on: It's noisy (not too bad under 60) but road noise does filer into the cabin, the screen for the Radio etc is hopeless - being red you can't see it in the sunlight (take a tip from the VW UP Kia), the seats could be a bit more supportive, the Radio / speakers are not great ie poor quality, it takes ages to warm up in the cold, the wing mirrors are also prone to getting dirty quite easily. So in summary Kia do have a good car here, I love driving it, the 1.7d is a bit underpowered but you get used to it - the 2.0ltr would I'm sure be better but you then sacrifice mpg. The main gripe though is the road noise, that does get to you a bit and if Kia sorted that out then they really will have a super car here, it's good but it could be great.
Excellent car. I love it.
Owned a Kia Sportage kx-3 1.7 diesel since Jan 2011, wanted to give it a good run in before leaving any review. We now at 10k miles on the clock, and so far so good. Few little niggles with electrics from time to time nothing major - faulty heated seat. Other than that, its been a star. we opted for the KX-3 with Sat-Nav, as we wanted all the toys and they've came in very useful. Particularly like the media center (radio), usb dongle can be plugged in upto 16gb, I know easily pleased. The drive itself is very good, I always write a review based on what I paid for the item. Its no BMW x5 3.0d xdrive setup, but its a joy to drive and guilt free with the strong mpg. We live urban, very urban and we return 43mpg easily and that's with a lead foot. I tow a jet ski all over the county with it, jet ski weighs in around 400kg, and it pulls a dream. I personally bought this car for my growing family. We have the car full of people all the time, it manages very well with weight (roof box, 4 adults, boot full and jet ski). The stop start technology in the car, I'm still on the fence about. It's identical to most others, and behaves the same. Cuts the engine out at traffics lights etc, for a brief period and then re-starts itself but benefits me very little. Save the planet it wont. Like I say owned this car for a year, and its normally about the time I start to look around for something new, Am I going to change it. I think not, love it, friends, family, passers by - all love it.
I bought this car after looking at several very different options from many different manufactures. As I receive the cash allowance in place of a company car I required something that offered good value and high standard specification… optional extras add large sums to the lease payments.
The Sportage offered much more than most as standard, it is cheap to buy, tax & fuel. It is better looking than the other crossover cars & it is less expensive than most. It is much better to drive than I expected, after the Lexus and the BMW I previously owned, and after 5 months I still like driving it. I was concerned that the 1.7d would not be enough, it is, it's no sports car but I can get 48mpg around town!
It offers much more space than the Lexus IS that it replaced, the quality of the plastics is not as good as BMW or Lexus but it is at least as good as VW group/Ford/GM/Renault/etc. and less expensive than all of them. If you try to spec up the competition to anything close to the Kia (stop/start, hill decent, voice control, Bluetooth, USB, iPod connection (cable included), 17'' alloy wheels(x5!), aircon, half leather, glass roof with tilt/slide sunroof, front fog lights etc.) you will find that it adds a great deal to the overall cost.
To sum up I would say that if you want a good looking car with a top specification, good to drive, cheap to run, space for four adults & room for the dog or luggage, then you should try one of these.
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