2005 Kia Sportage Reviews

2005 Kia Sportage LX 1.7 6 cylinder gas from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.7 6 cylinder gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48800 miles
Most recent distance52500 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

This is a good choice

General Comments:

Purchased this car 3 months ago. It runs great and is a very comfortable ride. Very well designed and engineered.

Am able to achieve about 23.5 mpg average, based on over 1000 miles of driving, mostly city miles.

I emphasize again what a smooth ride this is. Glad I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2011

2005 Kia Sportage SX CRDi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission CRDi turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Freelander

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

Engine does make a diesel rattle at around 2000 rpm.

General Comments:

Bought this car to replace my TD4 Freelander.

I love it, and so far can't fault it.

The 2005 model I have is only 111 BHP, as opposed to the more powerful newer models, but it tows my caravan and does a good job of it too; 1300 Kgs, no problem.

It does however only have a 75 Kgs nose weight, a bit disappointing to be honest, you have to be careful with that.

The car is comfortable, reliable and good on fuel. The engine though, is a little noisy at around 2000 RPM, and has a diesel knock or rattle under pressure. This though is not a mechanical problem, it's just the way these motors are.

So far in my first year of ownership, no problems, and I love the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2010

2005 Kia Sportage LX 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired136 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Avalanche

Summary:

Great little SUV for the money!

Faults:

The back door pistons went out at about 45,000 miles but the dealer was quick to fix them. Although they did have to special order them.

General Comments:

This is a great little on demand 4 wheel drive SUV. I have driven it from LA, CA to Chicago, IL several times. Including in the snow. I also take it up to my cabin in the mountains frequently.

The car is comfortable and well appointed. The air conditioning is ice cold.

The car may be a little slow on pickup but it sure handles well on the mountain roads.

The seats fold down flat for those much needed trips to the local hardware store.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2008

2005 Kia Sportage EX 2.7L V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carMercury Villager

Summary:

Good value for a hard working little SUV

Faults:

Two complaints:

Standard tires need replacing already.

Gas mileage is less than stated. (About 18.8 average in not too difficult conditions - flat farmland)

General Comments:

I tried the CR-V, Saturn Vue, Subaru Forester and Rav4 before choosing this car. I actually liked it best, and the price couldn't be beat. I'm glad I got the luxury package (even with this, it was less than all the others standard models) And check the warranty! (70,000/100,000)

Very comfortable ride. Five standard air bags plus sturdy feel and easy maneuvering make it feel safe. Feels and sounds like good quality.

A little slow on pick up, and that's the way I like it with a couple of teenagers. A very good car for young drivers - safe, easy to handle, and goes where they want to. (Snowboarding, beaching, soccer etc.)

AWD works great in mountains. The manual 'help' gears are somewhat useful.

Holds lots of stuff. The 60/40 back seat is fabulous for hauling equipment and gear. Plus the comfortable back seat has plenty of leg and head room for 3 adults. All seats recline - good for long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

2005 Kia Sportage EX 2.7 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired179 miles
Most recent distance44000 miles
Previous carKia Caravan

Faults:

First pair of Tires were worn bald at 23,000 miles!

Dealer says "I didn't rotate them often enough"

Second pair of Tires worn bald by 35,000 miles!

Dealer says "I didn't rotate them often enough"

Cruise Control doesn't work at all anymore. Dealer replaced "module" under warranty but it still doesn't work. Originally it worked very intermittently. I complained again but still no call back from KIA dealer.

(It's been over six months now since they said they'll check into it further and call me back) (Yes, I have an answering machine)

Gas mileage 3-4 miles per gallon less than advertised.

General Comments:

High maintenance vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th April, 2008

20th Feb 2009, 15:10

1. What kind and rating of tires are you buying?

2. What is your driving style? The estimates are just that, estimates, how you drive greatly influences that number.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 10 reviews