Kia Sportage Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2007 Kia Sportage CRDI 2.0 diesel

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carIsuzu Bighorn

Summary:

Safe, modern, reliable and versatile - but probably boring

Faults:

Ignition immobiliser failed at about 42000 km.

General Comments:

Plenty of power, never feels laboured, but not a sprinter.

Versatile - big enough to carry a reasonable load - with good folding seats etc, but small enough to be a city car and park easily.

Tows my boat and climbs up snowy mountain roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2010

1999 Kia Sportage FX 4X4 2.0 DOHC

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance130000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Neon

Summary:

Nice enough vehicle, just needed too much TLC to keep it running

Faults:

Engine would turn over, but not start. After much research and frustration, this was traced to the fuel relay and ECI relay in the engine bay. Rather than replacing them, it was easier to carry a piece of 600grit wet+dry sand paper and clean the contact points on the relay. Then it would start straight away.

Front brake rotors became warped easily, only lasted about 5000km when replaced, got so bad the whole car shuddered, so had to replace again, just before selling.

Metal on metal banging noise on every bump you travel over, seems there was no rubber on a part of the front stabilizer bar, just got used to it.

Automatic locking front hubs would not work if the flimsy rubber vacuum hoses had any holes in them or had cracked, replaced them a few times.

General Comments:

Overall, it was an OK car with a few annoying things.

It could get going pretty quickly if the revs were kept up high from gear to gear.

The cabin was comfortable, and the rear seat folded down and forward, giving heaps of room in the back, nearly enough to lie down in.

Fuel economy was around 11.5 liters per 100 kilometres, but I didn't drive it gently.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2010

2002 Kia Sportage 4x4

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

OK small 4x4 around town, light sand, no good for heavier off road performance

Faults:

Electric window switches were replaced on the drivers and passenger door... Now faulty again... Cannot wind the passenger door down from the drivers door and intermittently won't go up.

Clutch burning smell for 18 months, dealer couldn't find a fault. Clutch went, was replaced and had ran out of warranty.

Noisy diff, bad bearings??? etc replaced 12 months ago. Same noise starting to come back... Advised may need complete diff assembly replacing, which will be expensive as diff needs to come from Korea.

Rear tailgate door lock rattles and doesn't close properly after the dealer decided to adjust, was working fine before hand.

Rear cab light blows glove as soon as replaced.

Brake transmission lines replaced as leaked fluid when vehicle was purchased in 2004. 2005 fan and fan assembly was replaced as had a crack in it.

Squeaky front drivers door, which has been adjusted oiled etc won't go away.

Radio/CD player has been replaced under warranty had very faded display and shuts off requiring reset and code to be re-entered. Replacement often shuts off, and requires reset and code to be entered also.

Front brakes recently replaced, rear ones also getting due for replacement too.

4x4 sometimes sticks when going back to 2x4, generally just reversing then going forward again disengages hubs.

General Comments:

For a small 4x4 it travels okay and has reasonable power.

For 4x4 side of things pretty average. Not much good in the sand, compared to other 4x4's I have owned.

For mechanical side, pretty poor with things that have gone wrong for a reasonably new car that has done less than 100 000 kms.

Have towed a small camper trailer approx 2000kms round trip, the vehicle handled and pulled it reasonable well, which was surprising. Was on a main highway.

I don't think I would buy another as I haven't been overly happy with this one. Really think the dealer should have repaired faults whilst the vehicle was under warranty, now out of warranty I am left to foot the bill.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th May, 2007

1999 Kia Sportage EX 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired68 kilometres
Most recent distance52000 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

Kia Sportage is rubbish

Faults:

Battery failed when 2 days old, new battery required, batteries are not covered by warranty.

Rear differential, total failure at 3500k's, new diff required, fixed under warranty, but off the road for about 5 weeks.

Transfer case, total failure at 36000k's, complete rebuild required, cost me a fortune.

Oxygen sensor failed at 40000k's, more expense.

Rear diff failed again at about 45000k's, another big repair bill.

Fuel tank always leaked when full, never did figure out why, I just hoped it would catch fire.

The idle valve constantly needed servicing every 3000k's, otherwise the engine would rev its brains out if it wasn't kept clean.

General Comments:

First new car I'd ever bought, but absolutely the worst thing I ever owned and I've had over 50 vehicles to date. Some of then were dogs, but even the worst of them was still heaps better than the Sportage, I'd rank it worse than a Lada Niva.

In the first 3 years (the warranty period) it did about 30000k's and only the rear diff failed, but after this the real fun started.

Over the next couple of years I spent so much on repairing the thing that it made my local mechanic wealthy.

My experience with Kia was so bad it has soured me from all Korean vehicles; forever and ever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2005

7th Nov 2005, 18:45

My KIA Sportage ran into problems which were found to be due to a rusty petrol tank. This necessitated replacement of the tank, the fuel filler neck, the fuel gauge sender unit, spark plugs and the fuel filter. Also the injectors had to be removed and cleaned. The car was 40 months old so not covered by warranty. BUT was the problem the tank or faulty fuel. KIA Australia were no help when approached. Shell is looking into it.

Malcolm Hughes 9 Bertha St Hill Top 2575 or 02 4998 8661.

5th Jun 2009, 06:45

I agree - Kias in general are total rubbish. Don't despair however, if you want a korean 4wd that actually works, buy a Ssangyong Musso - I have one and it is a brilliant machine, thanks to it's Mercedes DNA.

Average review marks: 5.1 / 10, based on 7 reviews