Having traded in an MG ZT-T Diesel for the Kia and owned Saab and Volkswagen cars, this is perhaps a change in style for me but I needed a 4 x 4 type vehicle for a variety of reasons.
Having studied your Rav 4’s, Freelanders, X-trail Columbia and Qashqai, to name but a few, I settled on the Kia Sportage XS Diesel in black and have no regrets. I’m impressed with the build quality, the specification, the practicality of everything, and the looks, inside and out. Those twin exhaust pipes are finished off so neatly too giving the Sportage a classy rear end! OK it ain’t no beamer but the X5 has two bent tail pipes for its exhaust!
Interest free finance over three years with Kia, RAC cover 3 years, 6 years warranty, sound economics. Just do your homework I say.
I bought the limited-edition Titan last month, based on the XS but with bigger alloy wheels.
It has been an excellent purchase, and I am really pleased with this car. Like the other reviews, the staff at the dealership (Gary at Finchley) were just brilliant. The back seat has enough room to comfortably fit three child seats, which is what I wanted.
Initially I was going for a RAV4 but the value for money on this was a lot better, saving me about £5000 on the purchase price. It came with metallic black paint with black leather interior, black tinted windows, heated seats, sunroof, alloy wheels, proper spare wheel (rather than a puncture repair kit that was on offer with the RAV4 XTR) - everything I was looking for.
Only had this ex-demo car for a week, but I'm seriously impressed.
It is quiet and refined, fairly economical (37mpg) and well equipped. Inside, some of the plastics are a little hard and easily scratched, but of good fit and rattle-free.
The rear suspension can be a little hard down single-track roads when unladen,but put some weight in and its fine. Mine has the MS4400 GPS radio, and I would like it to have an iPod connection, but it has super sound quality and sat-nav.
In black with tinted glass, it looks superb. Power delivery is immediate, strong and quiet, with easy gear changes.
I have had this car nearly one year, and have been very impressed. The interior is roomy, well equipped and well designed. The seats are comfy both in front and back. Driving position is good.
I was worried that build quality would be an issue over time, but to date I've been proved wrong. In fact I've been very pleased with how everything has worked.
The diesel engine is smooth with loads of torque & power. Low-end acceleration is acceptable, top end is good. My previous car had far harder suspension, so I don't find the ride hard. Its been great on long journeys, and certainly eats motorways.
I was expecting fuel consumption to be high 30s to 40mpg, but I seem to get 30 to 32mpg on local trips and a bit more on longer runs. It's improved as it has run in but not to 40mpg. This may be down to my driving, but it's a big car with reasonable performance.
The Kia dealer/garage service (I'm reluctant to admit) was best I've experienced in 20 years. The good experience was due to the individuals but I did come away with positive feeling about Kia.
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