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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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65 reader reviews for Kia Sportage Crossover.
  • 2.0 CRDi XE 5dr

    Andy the prof , asdfas . Date: 21/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Drove this car with a view to purchase but was not convinced. I could just about put up with the ride, which is firm, and the dull lifeless steering, which gives no feedback being too light, but I could not put up with the engine.

    The diesel is very noisy, unrefined, thirsty but worst of all seriously underpowered. This vehicle weighs almost 1.75 tons and, with only 111bhp and 181lb of torque, to say it is slow is an understatement. I wanted this car to replace my petrol-engined Passat to tow a heavy caravan, this engine would not pull the skin off a rice pudding.

    Ah well back to VW... a Touran I think!

  • 2.0 16v XS 5dr

    Andrew Marks , West Yorkshire . Date: 10/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Kia Sportage is a brilliant value for money 4x4. Since owning the car, heads have turned to look at it. After reading numerous reports before I purchased the car, I found it common that all that could be said about the car's faults was lack of speed and depreciation.

    The car is fast enough, no sports car but how fast do you want to go on our British roads? More to the point, how fast does traffic and the growing population of speed cameras allow us to go? Let me tell you, the car is by far quick enough and a very comfortable ride, plus it has low engine noise levels in the cabin.

    As for depreciation, I got a good deal and paid £15,400 for a 2.0-litre petrol in silver. In four years, What Car? values it at £6482 - a loss of £8918. Buy a Volvo XC90 2.5T S for £31,230 and in four years its value is estimated at £18,050 - a loss of £13,180. What does it matter?

    Being able to afford either car, all I can say is - KIA what a car. It's just without a badge like Volvo. But, unless you have to wear Armani Jeans, I suggest before spending big time take a look at this hot new motor. Well done KIA!

  • 2.0 CRDi XS 5dr

    Craig Curcher Date: 25/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After looking for a not to large SUV I had three in the line up: Freelander TD4, Rav 4 Diesel and the Suzuki Grand Vitara. The Suzuki was dropped as the boot is tiny. Didn't even consider the Kia till I saw one at a local car show. I was very impressed initially and completely sold on the test drive.

    Comparing it directly to my father-in-laws Freelander TD4 S it is just head and shoulders above in terms of equipment and general interior look and feel. To get the same spec/equipment level in the Landy' I would have been looking at paying over £24K.

    The drive is also very impressive with much less body roll and noise than I was expecting. I have now ordered the XS CRDI and am awaiting delivery for the 05 reg.

  • 2.0 16v XE 5dr

    Alan Grice , Greater Manchester . Date: 12/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Nothing came close within the price range. A good ride, excellent road holding no roll into corners, fuel consumrtion should improve with milage.

    The interior is by far the best of its class, seating is very comfortable and the rear seats fold flat to allow exellent load capacity. The paint finish is on a par with vehicles twice the cost.

    Kia has certainly got a very good balance of looks, refinment, comfort and practability with this excellent vehicle.

    Only one fault found so far - the luggage area floor needs to be stronger.

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