2000 Kia Sportage 4 cylinder from North America
It's OK when you're not looking for luxury or speed
Hmmm, let's see. So far, just this winter, the 4x4 mode did not work; not sure if it was bought like that. As I am a college student, my father bought it for me.
One snowing night, I shifted to 4x4, I think it was fine. Days after, my dad says not to shift it because it does not work, and has not been working (maybe I had the last run :/..)
Bad if the 4x4 does not work; the vehicle is light and high; bad handling.. The worst situation happened when driving on the highway; it was not snowing bad, and my father, sister and baby were in the car! The car literally did 360's all over the highway, even crossing lanes into opposite direction. Luckily no traffic was coming.
Rims get dirty so quick; from the brakes I'm guessing.
Seats are alright; not the best to sleep in.
Windows, mostly in the back, sound like they are still open when fully closed at high speeds.
Cup holder is in a bad spot... right in front of the A/C. The drink will either melt or get a little cold, not to mention it's blocking your A/C.
People get surprised when told it's a 4 cylinder. Getting on highway can be a headache, as it's slow getting up to speed, especially on a hill... Best it has done on the highway hill is 65-70 top, with the pedal to the metal, almost killing itself to go faster with traffic going around me, although the fastest I've gone is about 105 in it.
Handling is bad especially when turning; can hear the tires rubbing for nothing.
Brakes are good, never had problems with them.
Gas... not sure, I seem to waste it like nothing, in even one day. My dad says it is good on gas, but only when he drives it...
Hate the exposure of the trunk, everything you have on your trunk can be seen like if it were in your front seats, assuming they aren't tinted.
I don't like the fact that I have to slam the trunk lid for it to close.
Other than all this, it has satisfied me as a vehicle to get me where I want to go, so it's not bad.
Speakers are great; I think they are loud. I would not have expected this from this little SUV.
Have not had any engine problems ever, or transmission shifting, other than the 4x4.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th May, 2010