Don't deal with Kia, they'll do anything to try to cop out of a warranty repair apparently
Detonation on uphill driving - 3000 miles.
Destroyed spark plugs - 5,500 miles.
More destroyed spark plugs and engine failure - 6,500 miles.
I loved this car. It was extremely quick, the AWD worked great, quiet cabin, more luxury features than an Escape Titanium, good ride.
I bought this as an upgrade to my 2011 Sportage LX. The LX's 2.4L engine wasn't quite up to the task of pulling my 1,100lb camper. It would struggle up hills while the A/C was running. I figured I would get the 270hp turbo one, and alleviate that issue. Well, I was VERY wrong.
At 3000 miles, I kept hearing a metallic rattle from the engine. The dealer told me this was "normal, and don't worry about it". The first time I put a trailer behind it, the engine gave out after 10 miles. I had to have Uhaul come get the trailer (1,700lbs), and had the car towed to my Kia dealer. 2 of the 4 spark plugs had the electrodes blown off. Their solution? Change the spark plugs. I asked them to look into why that happened. They told me "It's fine now, we drove it for 5 miles". It drove OK, but I could still hear detonation when driving uphill.
A month later, we hooked our 1,100lb pop up camper to it. We made it less than 10 miles this time. The engine gave out again. Had to have everything towed back to the dealer again. We waited there for 4 hours, and then they said the engine had no compression, and they're denying the warranty. Apparently, my camper was "too heavy". The car is rated for 2,000lbs... They then told me "It's only rated for 1,000lbs without a trailer brake". The manual states the 2.4L needs one, but no mention for the 2.0 turbo.
So, according to Kia, the engine failed, because the camper was 100lbs too heavy to haul without a trailer brake... Come on Kia. If I hurt the brakes, you'd have a valid point, but the engine failure has nothing to do with trailer brakes. My car has been sitting for over a month now, and I had to file a lemon law suit against Kia. They refuse to repair it.
If they would have fixed the detonation problem when I first brought it in, the engine wouldn't have eaten itself when I put a camper behind it. I suspect a bad knock sensor, or lack of proper testing and programming when they were developing the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd August, 2012