Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Kia Sportage 4x4?
Most Sportages will have been used as family cars, so it’s important to check through the interior for stained carpets, and scuffed or broken pieces of plastic. A car that has been used and abused by a family might not have had the best attention paid to its upkeep elsewhere.
Check the extremities of the car for any damage picked up in tight car parks or on school runs; any scuffs or dents should be obvious. Check the wheels, too, because alloy wheel repairs can be expensive. Plus, there could be suspension damage as well, if the car has hit a kerb particularly hard.
What are the most common problems with a used Kia Sportage 4x4?
The Sportage is a well-made car that has had very few reported faults in this generation. There have been some issues with non-engine electrics, mostly relating to the sat-nav system (where fitted), and the starting procedure. Keep in mind that the diesel models, like all of its contemporaries these days, is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This requires a high-speed run every now and then to allow it to self-clean, otherwise it becomes clogged up, requiring it to be replaced – and DPFs don’t come cheap.
Is a used Kia Sportage 4x4 reliable?
The latest Sportage finished in eighth place out of 25 cars in the family SUV class in our most recent reliability survey, with an impressive score of 98.6%. Kia as a brand finished in sixth place out of 31 manufacturers
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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