Have only had the car 2 days, but it is fantastic !!. Traded in a Jeep Cherokee 2.8 Diesel which we only had for a year, but cost an arm and a leg to run with 27 mpg at best, and service costs at £300+ !!.Have already done 300 miles, and although cannot be specific about mpg, the first refill suggests slightly better than 40 mpg, although driving steadily during running in. The car looks absolutely brilliant in Black Cherry complete with sidesteps, and have already had two people ask me about it. I agree with the other reviewers in defying anyone to show me a better buy for the money which handles like a dream and has so many features. Our two grown up sons and their wives cannot believe that their middle aged parents are driving something so cool looking !!. We are having a tow bar fitted this weekend to tow our caravan, and will submit an updated review later. Lastly, we compliment North Yorkshie Kia at Kirby Moorside for such professional and efficient service.
my wife and I have just taken delivery of this car and have been amazed that you can get all this kit for a brand new 4x4 for less than £18k. we traded in our pug 307sw for it,I have driven other 4x4's in the past tuscon,freelander,x-trail all decent car's but not a patch on the KIA. listen folk's forget all the rubbish you hear about it's only a KIA, this car will outstrip all the other model's on show for quality,kit,reliability and handling and will definatley be up there with the best for residual value as well. I read that some review's have had some problem's with the car's cd system the one in mine is without a doubt the best standard system fitted in any of my previous cars it sounds fantastic, as this car is brand new it's to soon to tell the people out there how the mpg is going but so far so good I will write another review about this car in 6 months time to let you know how it's going so if you are still wondering what 4x4 to buy forget the badge snobbery and let your common sense prevail and buy a great reliable and cheap 4x4 that will still hold a excellent retained value after 3 years
After owning my Sportage for nearly three months, I still get excited when leaving my house in a morning and see it sitting there waiting for me to drive! My fiance and I argue at weekends as to who will be driving and the kids just love the space, height and comfort they have.
I too have a niggle with the CD player - it's just too sensitive - jumping at the slightest chink in tarmac is very frustrating for a 4x4 that is designed for more rugged terrain, but the speaker quality is excellent and more than adequate for all you music lovers. Just save your favourite CDs for smooth roads and motorways...
We are yet to stop marvelling at all the equipment we got for our money. The only things I miss are the stereo remote stick (I do like my music!) and rear parking sensors. We got sat-nav thrown in, so we didn't even need to worry about that!
We've had no fuel consumption worries - a full tank is lasting us a fortnight which we see as pretty good going for the miles we are doing, and we found the dealer to be most professional, but are yet to experience our local garage.
I am proud not to be a badge snob and take great delight in knowing that the Sportage I chose was such fantastic value for money and is a fantastic vehicle to drive!
We took delivery of the car in mid-December 2006 after hesitation on several fronts. We were taking a big step having come from driving the spacious and economical Picasso 1.6HDI.
However with a new model on the way and likely mega-depreciation on our own car, we took the plunge. My teenage sons had been really urging me on anyway. I could see why. The Sportage is pure luxury in the back compared to the hard seats of the Picasso and the heating/ventilation is streets better.
I discovered that as long as I change promptly into as higher gear as the car would take, consumption was perfectly acceptable. A journey from Worthing to Saffron Walden and back, mostly motorway, returned just about 40mpg and we didn't dawdle. I wasn't tired and had no stiffness getting out of the car.
One thing I have learned is that fuel filling takes ages, because the diesel foams up the filler pipe so much that patience is required. I suspect reviewers who were getting poor fuel returns were simply not filling the car full.
As to loading - well, a shopping trip to France proved me wrong, albeit packing some softer items in the spare wheel compartement.
One slightly amusing thing is the handbook. It's huge and filled with so many yellow warnings, it's quite hard to get around. Frankly if you heeded them all, I don't think you would venture to drive the car at all!
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