Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

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

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17 reader reviews for Kia Sportage Crossover.
  • 2.0 CRDi 181 KX-4 4WD 5dr

    Peter Curry , . Date: 17/08/2015
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34

    My car

    We test drive the KX3-Sat Nav as there wasn't a KX4 available and were inpressed by the overall quality and feel of the vehicle so we ordered the KX4 thinking we'll have a more powerful engine with extra gadgets. Rear camera, keyless entry... When we pulled away from the dealer I questioned why my wife was keeping foot on the throttle when changing gear? I'm not she argues... Turns out she wasn't. Having owned many cars, the Sportage looks good and is put together well but Kia have taken what should be a great car and destroyed it. BE WARNED IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A KX4. After a couple of sessions at the dealers and a visit from a Kia specialist, Kia have confirmed that in order to meet emission regulations on the KX4 they have had to apply an electronic throttle damper which basically keeps the throttle down for a short while after you've lifted off. You no longer have full control of the engine and in doing so you will find the engine revs every time you change gear(as if you've left your foot on the throttle like a learner). It's most noticeable around town and drives us mad. My wife isn't normally bothered by this kind of thing but even she hates it. I've never owned a vehicle that I hate with a passion but is the first. We can't wait to get rid of it. Well done Kia. You've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory!

  • 2.0 KX-3 4WD SatNav 5dr

    RAY POOLE Date: 28/07/2015
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35.8

    My car

    I have had this car now for a week as a hire car, while its not a bad car its not one I would buy myself. When I picked the car up the average fuel read out was at 38.5 mpg, since I have used it on my normal commute its dropped to only 36 mpg, which considering its low power and torque is dire for a 15 plate car with 6K miles.

    Steering is ok, ride is ok, handling is ok, and it looks good with the side steps. plenty of boot space with a full size alloy spare, and cabin space is good for the size of the car, performance is also ok.

    That was the good, now the bad. The interior is frankly dated, cheap plastics just make the car feel cheap, which to buy it isn't. Rear seats don't lay flat, and rear view camera has a low resolution. The wife says the seats uncomfortable, I thought it was ok.

    But the thing that's really bad is the diesel engine, its so crude and has no place in a modern car, reminds me of my first Xtrail, similar power outputs but that car returned 38mpg back in 2004!

    I wouldn't recommend one myself as there are far better cars available, the only thing going for it is the 7 year warranty, I'd love a car with that warranty but not when it comes with such a poor package.

    In conclusion I would sum the Sportage up as a OK.

    Ps I couldn't enter my average MPG figure of 36.5 mpg.

  • 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr

    Rob Morgan , South Gloucestershire . Date: 12/05/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I bought my Sportage CRDi 2 last year and have racked up 6000miles in it. The car is a family car and is used on a variety of different trips from running my daughter to school, to cross country runs. The car itself is aesthetically very nice with handsome lines and nice proportions. I paid around £21,000 for CRDi 2 model and this is one up from the base model. Despite this its is well appointed and comes with plenty of toys. The nicest part of the 2 model is it gets the body styling of more expensive models and still comes with lovely features like the fantastic electrically opened glass roof which I personally love. The "2" comes with handsome 17" alloys as opposed to the larger 18" wheels and being an inch smaller definitely improve the ride quality. The interior is well laid out and nicely screwed together. Sure, the plastic quality isn't going to scare Audi but they are certainly good enough. The boot and cabin space is deceptively large snd the seats very comfortable. The driving experience is merely adequate with vague steering and wallowing handling. The 16v 1.7 litre diesel is gruff but worthy whilst being no ball of fire, the 6spd gearbox is light and precise. Braking is excellent. Economy is only average despite the optimistically titled "EcoDynamics" system (Kia marketing rubbish for stop/start). 45-50mpg seems to be the norm although the engine is still loosening up and the tank stays full for longer than the trip computer suggests. Overall very pleas

  • 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr

    Marcelle King , Dorset . Date: 22/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    I absolutely love my Sportage. It's a GDi 2 and for the money you can't beat the extras that come with it. Don't find the cabin noisy, and it drives beautifully, Grips the road as though hugging it, very smooth ride, excellent cornering, comfortable seats and feels like you've a lot of solid car around you in case of an accident. I've owned and driven zillions of cars, and the Sportage is about the best in its class. I can't understand what car.com review, as it doesn't seem to correlate to the same vehicle. I get about 39mpg which isn't bad. Very little noise on motorway driving. With its 7 year warranty it also holds its resale value. I'm due to upgrade to the KX-3 and can't wait.

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