Kia Sportage 2.0

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Kia Sportage 2.0

Kia present the Sportage 2.0 XE 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Unleaded Petrol

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Review of "Kia Sportage 2.0"

published 13/09/2006 | eggman2
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Pro Good Turning Circle, economy, reliability
Cons Low torque engine, short weelbase gives choppy ride
Road Handling
Fuel consumption

"100,000 miles in a Kia Sportage"

My Sportage has just clocked over 100,000 miles and in that time it has gone all over Great Britain, across France, over the mountains and into Spain mostly hauling my 5 berth caravan (an Abbey Alliance). During that time, apart from the usual oil, plugs and filter all that it has needed was a cam belt (replaced at 70K), tyres and exhaust, not bad for a cheap 4x4.

It has been used in all weathers and has towed the caravan through muddy conditions that saw a Land Rover Discovery get stuck (I had to tow him out!). Snow is no problem, floods, mud, gravel, steep hills, rivers, nothing has stopped this little machine.

It gives me 29mpg solo and 20-25 towing and it will haul my van at 60mph all day. It doesn't use any oil and it runs as sweetly now as it did when I first drove it out of the dealers yard.

As a tow car it is fine although you need to stir up the gearbox when the hills get steep (not a problem solo). On the way back from Spain there is a very long, very steep climb over the French Border, the speed dropped to 30mph but the car dug in its heels and made it up with no hint of over heating.

The only thing I would change if I could would be the petrol engine, a turbo-diesel would have been nicer for towing, it is revvy and not full of torque but it is reliable.

I am now looking to buy a Kia Sedona 2.9TD as this will make towing easier but I am hanging on to the Sportage and hope to write another review at 200,000 miles!

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  • brereton66 published 13/09/2006
    Nice, positive review. Bet you had a smile towing the Landy.
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Product Information : Kia Sportage 2.0

Manufacturer's product description

Kia present the Sportage 2.0 XE 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed Manual Gearbox, Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Unleaded Petrol

Product Details

Body Type: 4 X 4; Crossover SUV

Available Trims: XE; XS

Fuel Type: Petrol

Range: Kia Sportage

Range + Engine Type: Sportage 2.0

Manufacturer: Kia

Insurance Group: 10

Engine Size (cc): 1975

Towing Limit (kg): 1600

Boot Capacity (litres): 1887

Height: 1730

Width: 1840

Length: 4350

Weight: 1696

Power: 140

Type: Car

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Transmission type: 5 Speed Manual Gearbox

Country of Origin: South Korea

CO2 Emissions: 194 g/km - (Man)

Emissions Class: EU3

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 11.3 seconds - (Man)

Maximum Speed (mph): 108

Warranty: 3 years / Unlimited miles

Fuel Capacity (litres): 58

Torque: 136@4500 lb/ft

Driven Wheels: Four Wheel Drive (4x4)

Cylinders: 4

Number of Doors: 5

Classification: SUV


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