I have now owned my Sportage for just over a year, with just over 10,000 miles on the clock. I changed from a Rava4 to the Sportage as the Sportage was better value for money. The heated seats are a dream and the overall apperance very good. I now have a problem with the ignition which just stops working, I have had a new switch fitted but the problem is still happening. The car has been into the dealership on three occasions and will be back there tomorrow as it has happened again. The car will not start but all the lights on the dash and all the electrics work. I am not at all confident that the problem will be fixed and will be looking for a new car very soon. I would be interested to find out if any other owners have had this problem as Kia asure me that it is not a problem and have not been very helpful regarding this.
I have now owned my sportage for 6 months and I am very pleased with the vehicle. My original choice was between a Freelander, a RAV4 and the Kia. The Freelander was soon discounted due to poor road handling and body roll. The RAV is a nice vehicle but didn't match the KIA for finish quality and for practicality ( fully reclining seats, boot space etc ).I did notice a difference in road performance between the Sportage XE,XS models and the Titan which I think professional testers fail to spot. The Titan has superior cornering and damped body roll which may be a function of the different tyres/wheel sizes. Now that the engine has run in I achieve well over 40mpg on a run ( from full tank to full tank )which is reasonable. A very comfortable and well made vehicle. The only negative is the reverse parking sensors which don't work with a tow bar fitted!
I purchased my Kia Sportage in Jan 2008 and i have been delighted with my choice. I find the Kia XS 2WD a delight to drive and the build quality exellent my only gripe would be that the suspension is a little on the hard side. My wife is a gardner and the space in the rear with the easy fold down seats is great. Having owned Mercedes and Fords in the past that costed about 10K more,i think the new Sportage reprisents value for money. The audio system with MP3 is exellent and after looking at the x trail and new freelander i think that the KIA with its 7year warranty is a sound purchase especially if you intend to keep it for a few years,the KIA is good value.
Our 3+ year old X5 diesel started giving us endless problems with injectors, battery, electronics. So we decided to trade it in for a brand new Kia Sportage for my wife. We checked out the Rav4, Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan X-Trail, but were most impressed with what the Kia Sportage offered. At first we were a bit worried about opting for an untested brand, but the Kia has been a dream to own. We have the 2.0 petrol 4WD and having owned it for 18 months now, with not a stitch of trouble. It's a great family car that comfortably takes 2 prams, 2 baby-seats and luggage for long trips. Despite being a soft-roader, we've taken it through some very rough and rocky mountain terrain and have coped effortlessly. Fuel consumption averages 9 litres/100km on the open road, and can go up to 11 litres/100km in city traffic or with above normal use of aircon. I can definitely recommend this vehicle and will probably trade in my aged E-class for a Sorrento!
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