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 staining, scuffing 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.
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-navs, 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.
The latest Sportage didn’t feature in our most recent reliability survey, but the previous model finished in sixth place in the small SUV class. Kia as a brand finished in 11th place out of 32 manufacturers.