What used Kia Sportage 4x4 will I get for my budget?
Around £10,000 will get you into a decent Sportage of this generation. This will buy a car in 1 or 2 trim with an average mileage for the year and a full history, from a trader of independent dealer. It is possible to buy a Sportage of this age for under £10,000, but it's likely to have a high mileage or to be a Cat D car. Up the wedge to between £10,000 and £12,000 and you’ll have your choice of trims on a 2016 car, while heading into £13,000 to £15,000 territory will net you a 2017 or early 2018 car, bought from an independent or franchised dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Kia Sportage 4x4?
Not surprisingly, the diesels are the most economical, with the 1.7 claiming average fuel consumption of 61.4mpg and corresponding CO2 emissions of 119g/km. The best-performing petrol in this respect is the base 1.6, with a claimed average of 44.8mpg.
Cars registered before the tax changes of April 2017 came into place will pay an amount based on their CO2 emissions, so most Sportages will be fairly cheap to tax. Beware of the four-wheel-drive versions, however, because they are more thirsty. Those cars registered after the tax changes will pay the basic flat rate, provided they don't cost more than £40,000 new, which is somewhat unlikely.
Insurance groups vary between 12 and 25, depending on the power of the engines. Servicing costs are reasonable, too, although Kia doesn’t offer any fixed-price servicing plans as yet for older vehicles. Buyers will be able to take advantage of the residual of Kia’s handsome seven-year warranty from new.