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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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11 reader reviews for Kia Sportage Crossover.
  • 2.0 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr

    Greg Morgan , RCT . Date: 27/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45.7

    My car

    ...if I can comment of David Macbeth's experience with his wheels, the same happened to the wheels on our car. This has less to do with perceived Kia poor quality parts and more to do with the diamond cut alloys which are becoming fashionable again (I had an AX GT in 1991 with them). However, they are prone to salt corrosion getting under the lacquer and after a few harsh winters many an Audi, BMW or Mercedes with these type of wheels will look much the same. The big difference is that when the Kia dealer replaced my set, so long as the corrosion wasn't down to obvious damage sustained they would continue to replace them until the car was 7 years old. I don't believe there is another manufacturer out there that would do that, quality or not. Even so, the lacquer on the new wheels appears thicker, and the "cut" part of the wheel is slightly further away from the edge of the rim, so I expect they will last well - but if not, back to Kia for another new set!

  • 1.7 CRDi 3 2WD ISG 5dr

    Greg Morgan , RCT . Date: 15/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45.7

    My car

    I must admit I totally disagree with your review and question whether you have driven the car or just read the spec sheet. I am fortunate to have a company VW Scirocco 2.0 TDi GT 170 and a Caterham 7 with 200bhp plus as my weekend toy. We also have a Sportage "3" 1.7CRDi as the family car. I have owned numerous private and company cars over the years, and after 2 plus years and 17,000 miles in the Kia it has been faultless. Unlike my E60 BMW 520d (jiggly ride, creaking dashboard, rattling passenger seat) the Kia has no rattles or squeaks at all. The ride is certainly not bouncy on 18" rims and while no car can compare to my 7 in terms of steering feel, it is certainly not "numb". For an SUV I would be happy to say the handling is on the sporty side yet it is also a relaxed and refined place to be on the motorway, with far less wind noise and tyre roar than my Scirocco. Sure the engine is noisy when stretched (it's a diesel - they all sound like this and is no different to my Scirocco) however revving to the red line is never the best way to make progress in a diesel, is it? I also thought the 1.7 would be underpowered but so long as you don't need a large towing capacity it is perfectly capable of keeping up with the traffic and I have never thought of it as slow.

    However, what I find most surprising is your suggestion the best model is a 1.6 petrol in "1" spec - have you ever seen one on the road? A "2" or "3" spec diesel offers better value new and at resale.

  • 2.0 CRDi KX-3 4WD 5dr

    DAVID MACBETH , . Date: 12/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39.6

    My car

    This is a great car to drive but a let down with finish. I had only had the car a few months when I noticed a small part of the trim was missing. The only way it could have come off if it had not been attached correctly. This was not the view taken by Kia customer services and dismissed my explanation. I ended up paying just over 16 pound for the part. It was shortly after this that I notced marks on my alloy wheels which looked like corrosion, something confirmed by my local tyre dealer. I took it to my local Kia dealer who took photographs and confirmed it was corrosion on a car just over a year old and on investigation it appears this is a widespread fault with Kia alloys. Apparently something to do with the laquer used. Surely this should have been addressed before sale.The dealer could not have been more helpful but Kia customer services need a lesson in how to talk to customers. A good car ruined by poor construction and materials used. I like to drive but will now look for something that has better quality construction and parts.

  • 1.7 CRDi 2 2WD ISG 5dr

    PHILIP MCRAE , . Date: 09/03/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    Being 52 and in Sales I have had many Company Cars over the years with my favourite brand being BMW I have had three 3 series - so I've now got a Kia Sportage and here is a very honest overview. The good points are: It's great to drive, excellent driving position, fantastic spec, roomy and yes it looks good. Now to the points where Kia need to focus on: It's noisy (not too bad under 60) but road noise does filer into the cabin, the screen for the Radio etc is hopeless - being red you can't see it in the sunlight (take a tip from the VW UP Kia), the seats could be a bit more supportive, the Radio / speakers are not great ie poor quality, it takes ages to warm up in the cold, the wing mirrors are also prone to getting dirty quite easily. So in summary Kia do have a good car here, I love driving it, the 1.7d is a bit underpowered but you get used to it - the 2.0ltr would I'm sure be better but you then sacrifice mpg. The main gripe though is the road noise, that does get to you a bit and if Kia sorted that out then they really will have a super car here, it's good but it could be great.

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