Review: KIA Sportage (1995 – 2003)


Handy off-road ability, lively enough performance on the road and cheap to buy.

Short on room and sophistication. Heavily criticised by owners in JD Power Customer Satisfaction surveys.

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5 June 2018

Report of rear suspension lateral Panhard rod repeatedly snapping on 2001 KIA Sportage. Possible due to too much movelent in the suspension trailing arm bushes Read more

20 October 2003

On 1,230 Sportages steering intermediate saft securing bolts may have been incorrectly torques. Re-torque affected bolts. Read more

24 July 2003

On 6,244 cars front seat belt buckles may not latch properly. New seatbelts with improved buckles to be fitted. Read more

KIA Sportage (1995 – 2003): At A Glance

What does a KIA Sportage (1995 – 2003) cost?

List Price from £20,655
Buy new from £16,737
Contract hire from £196.33 per month
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KIA Sportage won't change gears in the cold

My 2005 KIA Sportage doesn't go into gear when the engine us cold, especially during the mornings. Please can you tell me the cause of this?
Probably contaminated gearbox oil. Change the transmission oil and add a molybednum disulphide additive. Meanwhile try starting in 2nd until the gearbox oil has heated up.
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