Used Kia Sportage (2005 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 30 Aug 2013
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The Kia Sportage is a stylish small off-roader that majors on value for money. It comes extremely well equipped and there's a lengthy warranty as standard on new cars - something which used buyers can also take advantage of.
Kia Sportage (05-10)
Neatly styled, long warranty, well equipped, good diesel engine, easy to drive, good rear space
Lacks image, some cheap-feeling interior trim, poor handling on early models

New price range:

£13,790 - £20,620

Used price range:

£582 - £4,101

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The Kia Sportage is a stylish small off-roader that majors on value for money. It comes extremely well equipped and there's a lengthy warranty as standard on new cars - something which used buyers can also take advantage of. Although it's unlikely the Sportage will often be taken off road, it's actually quiet capable on tricky terrain. But it's on road where it will spend most of its time and here the Kia is comfortable.

However it's not very composed through corners and the handling is especially poor on early models. The Sportage was facelifted in late 2007 with retuned suspension and less bodyroll - and newer cars are a vast improvement.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 We live in a rural area, so having a vehicle that's good on the backroads as well as the main roads is important. The 4 wheel drive is very useful in winter during snow and ice. The 'XS' spec is also...  

4 out of 5

PL ,   17 Aug 2012    ... read more

 For a spacious real 4x4 with plenty of leg room for front and rear passengers and a huge boot compared to smaller Ford Kuga or VW Tiguan, it has good driving characteristics with 35 mpg achievable on...  

5 out of 5

Nigel Spencer ,   17 Feb 2012    ... read more

 High off ground makes getting in and out easy and provides good view.  

4 out of 5

John Hitt ,   24 Nov 2011    ... read more

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