Overall, very pleased with the car as it's excellent value for the money. A lot of mini SUV for the $15,999 I paid for it, plus an excellent industry leading warranty. I now have 25,000 miles on it, and not one mechanical defect. The car is very reliable and reasonably comfortable.
This is a good cheap car that I think is on par with Toyotas and Hondas of the 1970s - excellent value for the money. A good basic vehicle, but not much more. I got it during maximum rebates/incentive season and haggled a bit. The list price was about $22,000 (US), and I got it for $15,999 with a $4,000 rebate and a good deal off the dealer's mark-up. I used Consumer Reports to get the actual dealer cost, and I think that helped me a lot in getting a low price.
Interior quality and features are good. Handling is good. Interior space is good. Performance is fair - OK for an unsophisticated V6. The transmission is also fine, but clearly as unsophisticated as the engine, but not bad for under $16,000 new.
Stock tires are, in my view poor and will only last 25 - 30,000 miles with good care and routine rotations. I think they perform "fair", and my stopping distances are a bit long, but nothing to rise to a safety concern. Again, about what I expected for the money - I will replace them with much better tires.
The center arm rest is annoying - it is much too low for even a short person like myself. A very nice feature is the rear hatch window lifts up while the "hatch" stays closed, so you can reach through it fairly easily.
I will buy another Sportage (2009) for my daughter.