• The compact SUV benchmark under forty grand
  • Less diesel clatter would be nice

8 / 10

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

Model tested:
Kia Sportage MY10 2.0 diesel SLi AWD, six-speed automatic transmission: $35,490 (Manufacturer’s List Price)

Warning: Kia or anyone associated with Kia does not pay me, but by the time you finish reading this review, it may seem that way.

The Compact SUV segment is the hottest game in town, and the standout player is the Kia Sportage CRDi.

The second-generation Sportage was a big improvement over the first-generation model, but the third-and latest-generation Sportage might just as well have come from another planet, such is the gap between these two cars.

Whatever Kia is paying Peter Schreyer to design its cars these days must seem like a bargain when you end up with the best looking vehicle in the most hotly contested automotive segment going.

While Hyundai’s hugely popular ix35 moved the compact SUV benchmark on by more than a few pegs, the latest Sportage changes the game completely. It’s not just the standout styling that draws you to this car – although that’s a huge attraction (if I could only recall just how many punters have come over for a closer look) – it’s the way this thing drives that’s even more compelling.

No wonder there’s a nine-month wait for one of these. Turns out that the folks in the US and Europe think the same as us, and the Sportage has exceeded sales forecasts by up to twenty-fold. I confirmed this with two large Kia dealerships in Sydney, and they tell me it’s a similar story with the ix35 diesel variants.

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Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

After designing the iconic Audi TT, Schreyer has clearly brought the same passion and enthusiasm to Kia’s design department with such clear winners as Sportage, and more recently, the Kia Optima.

As concepts go, there’s no mistaking the overall design as a product of the 2007 Kia Kue concept car shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Although different in so many ways, not the least of which has been the move from a coupe body to a more practical five-door design, all the major styling cues have been incorporated into the latest Sportage. It’s quite an achievement to produce a car that so successfully incorporates all the key design cues of the concept without compromising the ‘must-have’ practicality of an SUV and their inherent load carrying capacity.

It doesn’t seem to matter what point of view you look at the Sportage from, there are no bad angles. Every panel and every accent is pleasing to the eye. The high belt line and low profile glass around the car give way to an overall sporty look SUV, and that’s exactly what Schreyer had in mind when he said:

“We’ve created a car with a sports car-like ratio between sheet metal and glass. The side windows are very narrow which gives you an almost rally car feeling. Follow the shoulder and roof lines and they meet at the striking reverse angled C-pillar”.

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

While Sportage might be easy on the eye as far as compact SUVs go, features like the large door handles, plastic cladding along the bottom of the door panels and wheel arches, along with the roof rails and ride height suggest a certain ruggedness and off-the-beaten-track capability.

Photographing the Sportage from the rear gives the appearance of a smaller vehicle than Hyundai’s ix35 yet they’re built on the same platform, and without looking at the individual measurements of both cars, there seems to be little in it when it comes down to cabin space. It’s just that the low roofline of the Sportage makes it seem smaller than it really is. That said there’s a stack of room inside the cabin and excellent leg and headroom for a car in this class. There’s no problem with three adults in the rear seat row, especially with a completely flat floor for extra comfort.

Sportage is a milestone model for Kia, as it’s the first production vehicle that Peter Schreyer has put his name to (as in he oversees the design team), and it signifies the launch of the new global design DNA for the brand.

You won’t be disappointed with the interior in the Sportage either, as the same breakthrough design language has also been applied throughout the cabin. The dashboard is split into three distinct layers using three different plastics, which all have a semi-premium look and feel to them, but disappointingly, none of these are the soft touch kind. It’s probably the only criticism I can level at this car, and in the scheme of things, it’s just a blemish.

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

The switchgear layout and functionality is both uncluttered and dead easy to operate, so you won’t need to refer to the owner’s manual. The tone and base from the standard-fit six-speaker sound system is surprisingly good, although both the Si and SLi trim levels miss out on Bluetooth music streaming, which is a bit of a pain, but there is a direct connector lead for an iPhone or other MP3 players.

The mid-spec SLi Sportage also misses out on a start/stop button and the very cool LED Daytime Running Lights (they look sensational), but thankfully gets the reversing camera, which ingeniously appears in the left hand side of the rear vision mirror whenever you engage reverse gear.

Kia looks to have benchmarked Land Rover’s Freelander 2, when it comes to the driving position in the Sportage. It even refers to it as “the command drive position” in the original press kit, and it’s not far off it either. Although you don’t really need to climb up into the Sportage as is the requirement for many four-wheel drive vehicles, from behind the wheel it feels like you’re sitting high above the traffic in front, but at the same time, the impression is that you’re sitting deeper into the car rather than on top. It’s a unique driving position that inspires confidence and security for the driver, and was once the private domain of Land Rover but has since been replicated by other manufacturers in varying degrees.

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

Only the Platinum model gets the leather seats but there’s nothing wrong with the cloth-covered pews; they are incredibly comfortable and supportive with a clever design that provides side bolster from top to bottom.

In keeping with the skew towards sports styling, you’ll especially like the thick-rimmed small-diameter steering wheel, which is a treat when you marry it up to such adept handling as the Sportage possesses.

Despite the fact that Kia offers two perfectly good petrol engines (2.0L and 2.4L) with dual CVVT from $26,490, the nine-month wait is for the pricier 2.0-litre diesel, and for a few very good reasons. With 135kW and just under 400Nm, this Sportage is the pick of the model line up. There is oodles of grunt down low as you would expect, as well as plenty of mid-range torque for safe overtaking and hill climbing duties. That said, if you jump on the throttle quick enough, there’s still some turbo lag despite the addition of a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT). 0-100km/h in 9.6 seconds is a good effort for a 2.0-litre diesel, but where I’m not quite sold is the level of diesel clatter inside the cabin when accelerating. I’ve checked this with my colleagues and they have a different opinion, but from my perspective Kia can improve on that front by further suppressing engine noise in the diesel.

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

I suggest there is little if any improvement necessary in the handling department, Kia engineers have well and truly got that sorted. In fact, I’d be more than comfortable in saying that Sportage offers class-leading handling and ride. Put that down to five months of testing and evaluation by a product development team whose sole concern was to calibrate the ride and handling for Australian roads and drivers.

The hydraulic power steering provides superb feedback in all conditions, and there is plenty of weight from dead centre, making the Sportage a joy to drive around town or on the highway. Turn in is crisp and there is negligible body roll. This is a car you can enjoy driving with a little more spirit than your average compact SUV.

Ride comfort and suspension compliance are every bit as good as an equivalent product from the Volkswagen Group. That is to say there is a near perfect balance between suspension compliance and handling, so that Sportage offers a comfortable ride over all road surfaces, but with sedan-like (I’m tempted to say sports sedan) cornering ability.

For journeys off the beaten track, Sportage AWD variants are equipped with the new Dynamax on demand system. It’s a full-time and fully active system that apportions torque where it is needed during slippage, via an all-wheel drive coupling. In ‘lock’ mode, activated by a button on the right hand side of the steering wheel, torque is apportioned in a 50/50 ratio to the front and rear axles. Of course, in normal driving mode around town or on the freeway, the system reverts to front wheel drive for better fuel efficiency. It’s also worth noting that the Dynamax unit has a high thermal capacity, which reduces the risk of overheating when driving on sand or towing.

Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

Safety on board the Sportage has been well catered for too with six airbags and armed with a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Prospective buyers can take comfort in knowing that it also achieved the highest safety rating in its class in Europe.

Other safety features include rollover sensors in the Electronic Stability Control, which are linked to the side curtain airbags, active head restraints and the highly useful Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Brake Control.

I can’t say that I was too concerned with my fuel economy during the week we had the test car (far too much fun to drive for that), but even so, my worst fuel consumption reading was 10.1L/100km and my best was 7.6L/100km, which is what the ADR figure states as a combined reading with 15-inch rims. I should add that my figures included just 50 highway kilometres.

Compact SUVs are generally not that exciting, and certainly not aspirational, but the Sportage CRDi breaks the mould wide open in great looks, performance and economy.

Grade Engine Transmission Drive Price (RRP)
Si 2.0L Petrol 5-Speed Man 2WD $26490
2.0LPetrol 6-Speed Auto 2WD $28490
SLi 2.4L Petrol 6-Speed Auto AWD $32490
2.0L Diesel 6-Speed Auto AWD $35990
Platinum 2.4L Petrol 6-Speed Auto AWD $36490
2.0L Diesel 6-Speed Auto AWD $39490

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Body & Chassis
Five-door, five-seater compact SUV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.
Choice of three transversely-mounted diesel and petrol engines driving the front (2WD) or front and rear wheels (AWD) via a five-speed or six-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission depending on model.


2.0-litre / 122 kW Petrol
Name / Type ‘Theta II’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1998cc
Max power 122Kw @ 6200rpm
Max torque 197Nm @ 4600rpm
Fuel system Multi-point injection

2.4-litre / 130kW Petrol
Name / Type ‘Theta II’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 2.4-litres, 2359cc
Max power 130Kw @ 6000rpm
Max torque 227Nm @ 4000rpm
Fuel system Multi-point injection

2.0-litre / 135 Kw Diesel
Name / Type ‘R2.0’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1995cc
Max power 135kW @ 4000rpm
Max torque 393Nm @ 1800-2500rpm
Fuel system CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Turbo system Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)

2.0 G 2.4 G 2.0 D
Manual 5-sp —– —-
Automatic 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp

2.0 G MT/AT 2.4 G AT 2.0 D AT
2WD S / S —- —-
AWD —- S S
S = available as standard

2WD Delivers 100% of torque to the front wheels. Safety aided by ABS anti-lock braking and electronic Traction Control, plus ESC with Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist Control.

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Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review
Kia Sportage Review

AWD The first of several vehicles destined to feature Magna Powertrain’s innovative, continuous and fully active AWD coupling system called Dynamax which continuously monitors driving conditions and rapidly reacts to a change in driving conditions.

Suspension & Damping
Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Type Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion
Overall ratio 16.1:1
Gearing 2.99 turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 10.58 metres

Power Tandem 8+9 inch booster
Front 300 x 28mm ventilated discs
Rear 284 x 10mm solid discs
Parking brake Hand operated lever
ABS 4-channel anti-lock system with EBD
BAS Boosts braking power during emergency stops
DBC Downhill brake control maintains 8kph during descents
Braking 100-to-0 kph 43.5 metres

Wheels & Tyres
Si / SLi Alloy 17 in x 6.5J 225/60 R17 tyres
Platinum Alloy 18 in x 6.5J 235/55 R18 tyres
Spare Full size alloy wheel and tyre


Exterior (mm)
Overall length 4440 Overall width* 1855
Overall height 1635** Wheelbase 2640
Front track 1614 Rear track 1615
Front overhang 890 Rear overhang 910
Ground clearance 172
*excluding door mirrors / **excluding roof rack

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Kia Sportage Review
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Interior (mm) Front Rear
Headroom 992 977
Legroom 1051 963
Shoulder room 1440 1400
Hip room 1364 1246

Capacities (all models)
Fuel tank 55 litres
Luggage (SAE) 740 litres (behind rear seats)
1547 litres (behind front seats, rear seats folded)

Off-road Capabilities
Approach angle 28.1 degrees Departure angle 28.2 degrees
Ramp over angle 17.7 degrees Roll over angle 45.0 degrees
Max climb angle 44.2 degrees

Weights (kg)
2.0 G MT/AT 2.4 G AT 2.0 D AT
All-wheel drive
Kerb weight (min.) 1459 / 1479 1492 1609
Gross weight 2030 / 2030 2050 2140
Towing (max) kg* 2000 / 1600 1600 1600

2-wheel drive
Kerb weight (min.) 1385 / 1403
Gross weight 1980 / 1980
Towing (max) kg* 2000 / 1600

2.0 G MT/AT 2.4 G AT 2.0 D AT
All-wheel drive
Top speed / kph 182 / 180 185 195
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.7 / 11.2 10.0 9.9

2-wheel drive
Top speed / kph 184 / 182 —–196
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.4 / 10.6—–9.6

Fuel Economy (litres/100 km)**
2.0 G MT/AT 2.4 G AT 2.0 D AT
All-wheel drive
Combined cycle 8.9 / 9.0 9.2 7.5
CO2 g/km 214 / 215 219 198

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2-wheel drive
Combined cycle 8.7 / 8.7 —– —–
CO2 g/km 208 / 207 —– —–

*trailer with brakes
**fuel consumption and CO2 data, manufacture’s estimated figures

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  • Naughtyius Maximus

    Great review…..shame Caradvice skewed it a tad by stating this was designed by Schreyer. It was designed by that Italian guy with name starting with ‘G’ in California is my clear understanding!!!! Please get the story correct!

    • Benjie


      He seems to disagree. Search for the interview CarADvice did with Schreyer where there are quotes regarding the Sportage’s design.

      • Naughtyius Maximus

        I DO WISH THE REPORTING WAS ACCURATE…….elsewhere it states very clearly ‘A product of Kia’s US design studios from the pen of Italian designer Massimo Frascella, this is one sharp looking car’.

        Someone has info wrong and its the salesmen journos who need to sharpen their skills!

        • Sumpguard

          “Sportage is a milestone model for Kia, as it’s the first production vehicle that Peter Schreyer has put his name to (as in he oversees the design team), and it signifies the launch of the new global design DNA for the brand.”

          Read it again. It says he “OVERSEES” the design team. Nothing about him penning it. Learn to read!!

    • Get it right

      The guy’s name is Massimo Frascella and while he was lead designer on Sportage (and the new Rio for that matter) Peter Schreyer is the head of design and as such responsible for Kia’s design direction.

      • Naughtyius Maximus

        The way the comment in review is about its design is Schreyer penned it and designed it……reality is it was the other guy and its irrelevant that Schreyer is head designer.

        • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

          When a sports team wins a game. Do you say it was just because of the coach? Or was it a team effort?

  • davie

    I haven’t seen or driven one of these yet but on paper they appear to be a very strong contender for class leader.

    The specs are reviews I’m seeing Certainly makes some of the Kia’s slow moving competitors seem very silly.

    I can’t help but feel that some of Kia’s competitors who were leaders in the late 90’s decided to to take a complacent nap which then became a 10 year coma.

    And no, I’m not saying that Kia have finally caught up, they have simply leap-frogged their competitors with this one.

    The only potential question I have is its size. It looks to have a smaller interior than Forester, Rav4. Is that the case or just the styling?

  • Homer

    Agree. Small but significant stat is a turning circle of 10.58 metres. That’s a metre less than a Commodore. With what look like decent size mirrors, and the camera this should be easy to park and maneuver in day to day use. Once had a Civic VTI-R, the thing had a huge turning circle for such a small car, requiring a three point turn most times when trying to do a “U” turn. Some of these characteristics we never find out on a test drive and only discover once we own the thing.

  • Baddass

    Funny how you had to reassure us that Kia wasn’t paying you for the review.

    • Martin

      Yeah, because every other time they have done a positive Kia review, people accuse them of being paid.

  • andronicus

    I went in to a Kia dealership on the weekend and test drove the Cerato Koup. While it looked fantastic the drive and finish quality was still unfortunately a bit hit and miss. The window glass was audibly rattling when half way down and the Bluetooth system was ill equipped to really be of any use, seemed more like an after thought.
    Also the drive was less than spectacular as well which really dissapointed me. Lacklustre 2.0L engine in manual.
    Was really heartbroken to be honest as I like Kia, I like their current design trend, I like that they are proving people wrong about the brand and I am always one to go for the underdog and I am wanting them to succeed….but at the end of the day the quality and drive just stopped me from parting with my dollars.

    I’m sure the Sportage is (sounding from the review) a great vehicle and hope it is a success for them but as yet I just couldnt buy the Kia.

    And if you’re wondering I ended up getting a great deal on a Mazda3 SP25 instead. Shame…..was hoping to have a coupe.

    • notoc

      In NSW

      Mazda3 SP25 sedan – $35,127 Recommended delivered price
      Kia Cerato Koup – $24,990 Drive away

      How much did you paid for Mazda3 SP25 ? Is it kia Optima price you paid??? I feel Sorry for you some reason.

      • Andronicus

        Mazda3 SP25 hatch – $27140 after trading in a 14 year old Toyota Starlet. 😉

        No need to feel sorry for me mate. Under 2.5K more for the SP25….

        Not sure who is paying $35K for an SP25….maybe they are the one’s you need to feel sorry for. Maybe I just drove a hard bargain…

        • Andronicus

          That 27k was delivered btw…..

  • Naughtyius Maximus

    LOOK AT PIC OF REAR INSIDE OF CAR: Why is right rear wheel arch really low and other one on left really high? Seems tad odd finish wise!

    • Homer

      THAT is a very interesting and good question. Must be a logical reason but what is kept/hidden behind that l.h. trim?

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Maybe the fuel filler is just above the arch on the right side and they decided to use the fairing like that to make it look a little smoother? Just a thought and can’t think of any other reason at this stage…

      • Devil’s Advocate

        Sorry, I meant LEFT side! :-)

    • Reidy

      The sub woofer goes there on the right side on the Platinum model, that is why they look different

  • MattW

    I wish there wasn’t such a supply shortage, I like seeing these driving around. Shame you can’t magically turn the Craptivas and CR-Vs into these overnight.

  • Homer

    The fuel tank filler is over that side so maybe that’s it?

  • Jer

    Anyone have driven 2.0 petrol manual? Is the engine strong enough to pull the chassis or sluggish?

    • Sumpguard

      I have. It’s fairly gutless and asthmetic. The diesel by comparison is miles ahead.

      • alex

        Every article i read i hear the same thing… ‘get the diesel’. I have driven all 3 models. And the diesel is terrible. Very unresponsive, slow through the gears and jittery compared to the petrols.

        There is very little real world difference b/w the 2 and 2.4L. Neither are significantly slower that the diesel.

        • Sumpguard

          There is no way on earth you drove the diesel based on that rubbish!

  • darkone

    wheels magazine reviewed this car and said it was good but the tyre grip was lousy,tend to agree,the mrs has a last gen 08 model and the kumho solus tyres on it have all been punctured and are deadly in the wet,there is literally no grip,dont even know how they can sell cars with these dangerous tyres.we will be replacing them with something un life threatening in the future

    • Ken

      That’s funny because I have the Platinum Sorento with the Kumho Solus tyres (235x60x18) and I find them good. The grip is good in both the wet and dry. To date, haven’t had a puncture (Touch Wood) and the ride comfort and grip is acceptable for a OEM tyre.

    • Milk Was A Bad Choice

      -1 for taking Wheels seriously.

  • GTI_Mr

    Granted it’s a good car with all the grunts and bells too. However, Kia still has to prove what we call ‘long term build quality’. How the car would be in 3 or 5 years time. Unfortunately, the posh brands like VW have also failed in this area (with their Tiguan falling apart when the warranty finishes).
    Perhaps, the trend is to produce a ‘disposable’ car which is sexy, powerful, safe to start with. And with the plan of ditching on the date when the warranty ends.

    • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

      Kia/Hyundai motors are now the 5th highest car manufacture…….in the world. You don’t get to that position without repeat/referral customers. Old Kia owners from 5 and 10 years ago are buying the product again and again. No one does that unless they like and trust the product.

      • JEKYL & HYDE

        does it make them “new generation holden buyers” blind to what else is out there…lolol

    • banger

      GTI do yourself a favor and walk into any major metro mult-franchise car dealer that has Kia and ask him what the warranty return rate is versus his other brands. I know the answer will be a favourable one for kia, this is why they back their cars with a five year warranty.

  • Hung Low

    How does the Mitsubishi ASX compare for over $5000 less with a diesel??
    The dash, buttons and door plastics of the Sportage is nasty, but overall a very attractive complete package which could be a little cheaper!

  • Mani

    Had the opportunity to take the diesel sportage for a test drive & I loved it. Ended up buing a Sorento instead as I needed the extra space for the family but trust me on this, the diesel sportage was a great drive and well worth the money. As for GTI-Mr comment that Kia still has to prove what we call “long term build quality” can I refute that by saying that KIA give a 5 year unlimted warranty on their cars, much better then most other manufacturers including the prestigious German manufacturers!!! Being the owner of a Sorento and now fully realising just how well put together that car is, my guess is that Kia will have no trouble whatsoever in proving it’s logn term reliability of its vehicles.

  • Eureka

    Looks like a great car but the only thing stopping me from buying the platinum model is that it doesn’t come with sat nav. Pity.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Buy yourself a superior tomtom/garmin/navman and save yourself a few bucks considering the average factory sat nav is a $2-2.5k option….

      • Eureka

        I already have a TomTom. In my opinion an integrated satnav is a much better option and if it came standard on the platinum model (as it does on the top-level Captiva 7) then it wouldn’t cost $2-2.5k extra…

        • http://CarAdvice The Salesman

          How often do you use sat nav? Do you often drive to places you dont know?

          • Homer

            I’ve had the Professional sat nav system in a current BMW, the Command sat nav in my current Merc and a Garman that I use when I travel and use hire cars. Guess which one is miles in front for feature, accuracy and usability – Garman.The $2 – 3+K they charge for in dash units is a rip.

  • stifler

    does this come with smart keyless entry and push button start with the top spec or at least as an option?

    • Eureka

      I already have a TomTom. In my opinion an integrated satnav is a much better option and if it came standard on the platinum model (as it does on the top-level Captiva 7) then it wouldn’t cost $2-2.5k extra…

      • Eureka

        Sorry, replied to the wrong comment! But in answer to your question I believe the platinum model does come with push button start.

  • terri6

    We are looking at potential replacements for our much loved 2004 Ford Territory Ghia, which we’ve had for 6 years.
    We would like to get something a bit smaller, but still able to carry things, and with the higher seat height. So an SUV.
    Only the VW Tiguan has impressed us so far, but luggage is small and there are undercurrents of problems with them, so I am far from convinced.
    The Sportage seems to fit the bill very well.Rear styling is awkward, and visibility too apparently, but it is a real contender for us.
    We don’t really want to lose any of the best features of the Territory, so need to be very careful.
    Simple things like memory seat adjustment are very important to us.

    • LongJohn

      As someone who downsized and regretted it, I’l give you a tip. Look at the new model disel Territory, it will be one of the best driving SUVs on the market under $100k.

      I went from a Prado to a Rav4 and really really miss the space, power and comfort. Im looking at getting something like a Territory or Sportwagon next time round.

      • Geodan

        The Ford Territory TS Diesel comes in at $62,817. Bit of a price hike compared with the Kia. Regardless, I’m still going to have a look at the new Territory on its launch day on 11th of May. I just don’t think it will be worth the extra $20000 more though.

  • terri6

    I\’m going to be very cautious, as it has to last us. I\’m over 65 so not many more cars to get.
    We love the power, space and comfort of the Territory, so will definitely look at the diesel. Wife wants a smaller car though, for parking etc.
    The T has done about 86000ks, and only just on its second set of tyres.It\’s running faultlessly and still has everything we want, so no rush to lose it.
    A lot of other SUVs have very poor tyre mileage, and the pokey Forester still has 6m services.
    The Sportage we sat in didn\’t have the T\’s large storage areas for map books, drink bottles etc, and it was overpoweringly dark.
    The Forester feels tinny and cramped. We had a 2000 model for 3 years-wife loved it but I was never comfortable, and it was underpowered.

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      keep the terry then,it will save you the heart attack when the salesman tells you what it’s really worth now…

      • terri6

        The redbook shows approximate values, so no surprises there.
        Cars aren’t investments and you pay for the annual usage.

    • LongJohn

      yeah the Territorys are great cars, I have been a Toyota man all my life but after driving a rental Territory its like I went 40 years into the future, they just drive fantastic, they make you want to hit the road and drive unlike my Rav4 which feels a bit bleh.

      My brother in law has a Territory with 220,000km on it and it has flawless, still feels like new. If yours only has 86,000km you have a lot more life left in her, and unlike imported cars as the Territory gets older the cheap parts and maintenance will make the car much more economically viable compared to a Euro or Japanese car.

  • Golfschwein

    Good design, this. I’d go for one of these long before considering one of those ridiculous Lexus RX jobs.

  • Dazzler

    Is the sportage coming with factory bluetooth handsfree yet? I thought there was going to be an update to include this

    • Dazzler

      Also, is there any kind of ventilation to the rear seats or do they rely on getting cool air from the front vents?

  • http://www.youngkia.com/ Mark David

    This is the beauty I was looking for. I just wonder how I have been unknown of such a wonderful car. Lovely car.. I am deadly eager to have it.

  • cichy

    kia-new.blogspot.com/ super !!!

  • Kat

    Looks pretty good! Would 3 carseats fit across the back though?

  • Pattty

    Agree it’s a lovely car, but that is all it is – the GEN1 Sportage was a true 4X4 This is not

  • Christian

    went to see this car on the weekend and it just impressed me… however this is a second time I go to a dealer and the salesman starts with the same story about that I’d need to wait for a couple of months in order to get it because is the most sold car all over Australia, etc,etc… The thing is that on the streets you hardly see one…In fact, you hardly see a kia (no matter the model), how is that possible? I mean if this is the most requested car… how come you don’t see one on the road?

    • Mat

      As a dealer… we are lucky to be able to deliver 3-4 a month.. If supply was there trust me youd see heaps.. with the back orders we have you will be seeing them everywhere by 2012.

      • Sumpguard

        Poor choice of words by the dealer Christian. He should have said “one of the most sort after”. There are indeed plenty of people waiting for one. I was lucky enough to walk in and get one out of the showroom.

        The car is worth waiting for. You’ll love it.

  • Elizabeth Schuit

    Hi, I’m a recent widow, own a Hyundi FX Coupe, live with 2 huge Mastiff dogs, so need transport (Vet) for them. Presently looking at the Kia Koup or the Sportage. Don’t know whether to look at petrol or diesel. Any advice? Does anyone know when the new models will be out? I’m willing to wait. Any other useful advice anyone can give please would be greatly appreciated prior to a visit to a dealer. I’m a nutter for the look of a car along with its speed and handling. Presently have a 5 speed manual, would appreciate advice on auto versus manual on both vehicles. Just need some general advice, preferably from owners. Ta.

  • Rusty

    l just purchased a Spotage 2days ago. I live in Bali.Very happy with the Kia, first time Ka buyer, last 3cars were Honda.looked at CRV but just too much more. Will post again later when i have done s few more Klm’s

  • Bgr7

    Brought a Sportage platinum 10 months ago and wow, what a great car. I had to wait 5.5 months for delivery but it was worth the wait. I can’t find any faults with it…..yet but I do wish it had a larger fuel tank. As for the warranty I purchased another 3 years for $800 upon deliver so now have an 8 year warranty

Kia Sportage Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$20,900 - $23,750
Dealer Retail
$22,290 - $26,510
Dealer Trade
$16,400 - $19,000
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
392Nm @  1800rpm
Max. Power
135kW @  4000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.5L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1600  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
235/55 R18
Rear Tyres
235/55 R18
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Reversing Camera, Trip Computer
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Rear Spoiler
Power Windows
Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Optional Features
Metallic Paint
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
60 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Under Driver Seat On Floor
Country of Origin