The good: great looking eye catching vehicle. I have heard complaints about the interior hard plastics, but I think its all fine. I never would have thought about it had I not read it. Awd system works exceptionally, I live where it snows a lot and handling is great. The bad: road noise, punishing stiff suspension, at 30k miles dash fan squeaks, radio led flickers, tires wearing poorly, steering is atrocious on long straight stretches seems like a half inch dead spot on center, requiring constant minor correction. Design flaw causes debris kicked up by front tires to ding up lower rear door badly. I like the car a lot, especially for the price, but some design change needed.
awd system, radio system is great, steering wheel and controls are excellent. External design is outstanding, internal also good. good brakes, storage tray under hatch area is useful. USB plug in and dual outlets helpful. Bluetooth is useful.
rear seat room is good for kids and adults. handling is good low body roll but you pay for it with suspension. no backup camera, but the backup bee sensor works wonders. no camera needed. winter handling is great. fuel economy on highway up to 35 mpg.
OEM tires will be dead by 35k miles. ride is too stiff, and I traded in a 07 Audi A4 for this which had sporty stiff suspension. road noise is loud, hopefully next tires improve this. faulty brake switch and flickering radio
led will be warranty repairs.
hopefully the rumor about electronic steering reprogramming is true. minor, but door entry is a tad low. Im 6'1" and I've bumped my head a few times. a bit underpowered for passing but shifting the auto tranny down works and I don't notice it otherwise. if awd and looks don't matter, you'd be better off with a more tame ride like the CTV or rav 4. fuel economy in city 16-17 mpg.
Traded in my 10 Soul for the 11 Sportage. I wanted something with AWD and the reliability of the Soul was awesome. Nothing besides oil changes at 78,000 on the Soul! The sportage has be extremely reliable as well. at almost 30,000, it has needed nothing except a switch replaced (covered under warranty). I am short at 5', and it was hard finding a car I fit in comfortably, I drive 70+ miles a day for work, and my butt never goes numb like on past cars.
Comfort, Size, Awd, Gas Mileage (avg: 28 to 31), the dealership is Awesome.
Is roomier than what it looks, and has been extremely reliable.
I really love this car.
I hate the 'upgraded' cloth seats.
They are impossible to clean, and the drivers seat puckers where my butt goes.
I weigh 137lbs, I don't think it should be puckering like that!
The steering wheel is cheap, and peeling. I also dislike the stereo placement, its positioned awkward for my short arms.
And I wish I had opted for the premium package (heated leather seats and sunroof) on my EX.
The lack of sunroof makes it feel like a cave in there, and the seats are extremely hard to clean with dogs.
I am seriously considering trading it in on a new EX with those options.
Love the car, enjoying it then just had to have the transmission totally replaced at 14,750. The warranty covered this. My beef is with Kia Roadside- the rep was clueless, I waited forever for a tow (not a flatbed) and the tow truck driver was not careful (to say the least).
I have been driving this car for a year now and have put on 11K miles. Not a single thing has gone wrong, it is very reliable. All the small suv's are somewhat disappointing with their gas mileage. I average around 25 mpg in mixed driving without a heavy foot.
I make several long trips (650 miles) a year and have to say the seats are incredibly comfortable and I'm 6'1. My mileage was about 30 mpg going about 75 on these trips.
The EX gives you a lot a extra goodies - better seats, leather steering wheel, led lights in front, alloys etc. I could not be happier with my decision to buy this car.
Looks are the best. Led lights, roof rails allow me to carry my kayak. Radio, bluetooth, usb, mp3 are fantastic.
Larger gas tank 13 gals is too small. Back up camera would be very welcome.
I liked this SUV but the window sticker MPG is way off! I am a conservitave driver. On paved roads getting 17-22 best, but mostly worse. This AWD is a mountain goat as far as the AWD goes. I only got stuck going up one mining road in NV and it was not able to continue climbing the gravel road without slipping backward and sideways. It was a scary drive backward down a narrow road with a canyon on one side and embankment on the other. It was great in the sandy soil of my NW NV property but didn't quite clear the middle of the pasture roads. I sold it with only 5K because of the MPG being so misrepresented. Sorry to see it go but too much difference in MPG way below sticker. Not nice!
Interior and Exterior design is so great.
Pretty good AWD capabilities.
Horrible gas mileage and not even inside the range of the sticker.
Needs higher clearance.
It was dragging the bottom on simple pasture roads.
If you are going to call it a SUV and an AWD, it needs to do those jobs.