Which used Kia Sportage 4x4 should I buy?
On the road, the base 1.6-litre petrol engine feels a bit weedy, and while the turbocharged 1.6 gets along very nicely, it still doesn’t offer the low-down grunt of the diesels. These start with the 1.7-litre unit, which is a smooth and punchy and impressive unit, if let down a little by a hint of gruffness at lower speeds. Even the lower-powered of the two 2.0 diesels feels gutsy enough, and the higher-powered model is very lively. Both of the later 1.6-litre diesels are an improvement on the older 1.7, and their mild-hybrid tech is a useful addition because it helps improve fuel economy, but the additional expenditure needed to buy a newer version isn't worth it at the moment.
We’d seek out a Sportage in 2 trim, since this gives you some useful technology like reverse parking sensors and a back-up camera, along with some desirable safety features such as lane keeping assistance and road sign recognition software.
Our favourite Kia Sportage: 1.7 CRDi 2
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