If you’re in the market for a SUV, the 2012 Kia Sportage is worth consideration. With a sleek exterior and stylish cabin that can comfortably fit the whole family, the Sportage ranks high amongst other SUV’s for comfort. It’s reasonably priced, well-equipped and has a great unlimited-mile, seven-year warranty, making it an excellent value for the money.
While the car’s controls are quite light and the manual transmission relatively streamline, the Sportage isn’t designed specifically for off-road exploring, but has a more urban feel to it instead. The suspension handles well and like most Kia vehicles it has an exceptional crash test rating. Consumer reviews have noted the visibility was satisfactory throughout, but that the compact back window jeopardized the rear visibility.
The Kia Sportage manages to maintain its road presence despite its compact size and relatively low position. It has a defined shoulder-line that continues around the perimeter of the car, visually joining the headlights with the tail lamps. The distinct grill, shapely hood and stylish wheel wells are sure to get you a roadside nod.
Not only does the Sportage care about quantity, with generous capacity for passengers and cargo, but its insides also make room for some good quality, with full leather trim, soft touch materials and further sophistications such as heated seats and rear parking cameras. On top of all these features, normally available in black, Kia also offers custom orange and blue interior packages.
The Kia comes with the option of four different engines: a 1.6 litre petrol and 1.7 litre diesel as well as a 2.0 litre petrol or diesel. Four wheel drive comes as standard in both of the larger engines, along with the option of an automatic transmission. The two smaller engines are equipped with a six speed manual ‘box and front-wheel drive. Users tend to opt for the diesel engines as they provide the most kick while staying fuel efficient.
While the Kia brand might be working towards a classier, higher-end image, the Sportage, which starts at just £17,300, remains one of the most affordable cars on the market. Also, you can find inexpensive automobile insurance rates to keep the running cost of the Sportage low. The car’s standard accessories include Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, cruise control and hill start system. The numerous upgrades available for gadgets and horsepower round out the vehicle as a comfortable and pleasing crossover, making the Kia Sportage one of the company’s best cars to date.