We went to the dealer intending to buy a soul but after a test drive of the sportage, we were sold (space, trunk and power were pluses over the soul).
Though it was more than we wanted to spend, it has proven to be a reasonably good choice with our limited budget. After 3 years, the only issues we have is the ignition switch which doesn't always sense the key is out and continues to beep as you're leaving the vehicle and the wide "A" pillars which can make a fairly large blind spot when you want to turn. The blue tooth phone's voice recognition is spotty but is great when it works. Night visibility is mediocre without fogs (a must have). Original Tires lasted 52k miles.
Exterior styling: designed by former Audi designer
Traction control: makes for steady driving
Seating position: good view out and comfort on long drives
gas mileage: usually see 26+mpg in mixed driving and 30+ mpg on the highway
-Fog lights standard on all trim
-Improve A pillar visibility
-Bigger rear brake lights
-Better gas mileage
Tough, reliable, fun, great mileage, roomy. Have had people bang doors into us hard, no dents and a little rub and the mark came out. Ran over a piece of steel on I-5, thought itd rip its belly open.
Nope just a little dent.
Did great in the snow. Our tires have 33,000 miles and doing great!!
My friend has a crv and their tires are wore out at 30,00.
Fun to drive and cool looking..my friend bought one just like mine because i love it so.
Keep up the good work Kia!1
2012 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Submitted review back on 08/27/12 12:30 PM which I still stick by. As for the turbo issue I was having it got fixed, pressure switch needed calibrated for the hot gas bypass, I've not had any issues since. Got 56,000 on the car now. At this car's price point, you won't find another SUV with this kind of power and gas mileage.
Acceleration. Gas mileage. Stereo. Traction control works well, had the car hung up in deep snow (using car to mash down +20 inches of snow). The traction control helped a lot getting it free (took 20 minutes or so but got loose).
This winter has been cold, if it's under 5 Deg F, the defrosters don't work. Left on high temp and fan speed they aren't effective. The car takes for ever to warm up, and in extreme cold conditions, barely does. Suspension still needs tuned, seats
still aren't comfortable.
1 year & over 18k miles into ownership of EX w/ AWD: paid the premium for navigation & phone handsfree; 6 wks after purchase it stopped uploading phone contacts (so now it's NOT "handsfree"); 9 months later it wiped out navigation address book for no apparent reason. Kia service claims compatibility issue w/world's most popular phone (iPhone)--but my hubby's 10 yr old Audi can link up to it! & they can't explain/fix the nav address book problem.
Initial mpg was ABYSMAL, improved steadily after break-in period. Great on highway: smooth, firm ride, 26 mpg on a long trip @ consistent speeds; 17-19 mpg city. Feels unstable on curves at moderate speeds, like car's not heavy enough to grip road.
Navigation is about 96% accurate and very handy. Cooled driver seat is a God-send! Audio bluetooth streaming from ipod is consistent.
Visibility is poor, so the backup camera is a must, and works well-- great wide-angle field of view.
Auto lights staying on for a while after I exit the vehicle is helpful at night.
And the highway ride is a pleasure: smooth, with great acceleration.
Kia needs to hire a couple of people to keep up with popular smartphones' updates to ensure handsfree compatibility beyond the first few weeks after purchase of vehicle-- like, at least every 3 months.
At the EX level of trim, the PASSENGER seat should also have cooling & electric adjustments (the owner of the car is not always the one driving on long trips!!).
Finally, better quality control on electronic components (phone, navigation), and better education of service personnel so owners don't have to hear "We don't know! We don't understand why!" so often.
I saw the design change for 2011, and waited. 2012, read reviews, test drove it and a few others, and decided to buy.
A year and a half, 31000 miles and no issues what so ever.
I've driven it from El Paso, TX to Jacksonville, FL four times. This is my first new car, i absolutely love it. i took alot of heat for buying a KIA, even I had my doubts, but I do not regret it one bit.