Which used Kia Sportage 4x4 should I buy?
You're still most likely to find this version of the Sportage at a Kia dealer, and you're best off with a diesel model.
Naturally, this is the most frugal engine - although not by as much as you might expect - but its real advantage is the stronger low-down pull, which is ideal for towing or off-roading. It makes the car much easier in everyday driving, too.
Mind you, the 2.0-litre petrol engine is good, too, and not far off the diesel's fuel economy. The flagship V6 is best avoided - not only does the standard automatic gearbox do its best to sap all its extra power, it's also too expensive to buy and run.
With all models very well equipped, there's no need to pick anything any more expensive than the basic XE trim. XS (standard on the V6) brings climate control rather than air-con, leather upholstery and a sunroof, but it's not worth the extra cash.