Kia Sportage (2010 – 2016) At A Glance
2010 meant all change for the Kia Sportage. The rugged small 4x4 styling is out and in comes a sharp, modern look that's far more in keeping with the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai ix35. The last comparison is an important one, as, underneath, the ix35 and Sportage are essentially the same car and are built at the same factory in Slovakia.
There's a lot going for the new Sportage. Firstly, the engines are a massive improvement over what was previously available and are now among the cleanest you can buy in this type of vehicle. CO2 in the 2.0-litre diesel has come down by a whopping 31g/km to 156g/km and it now accelerates faster, too. The 1.7-litre diesel is even better, with an impressive CO2 figure of 134g/km, bringing road tax costs down. There's also the option of a 1.6-litre petrol with sensible running costs. Both the 1.6-litre and 1.7-litre engines are chain-cam.
The Sportage does a good enough job out on the road, too with decent steering and a well controlled body. Only the ride - which can be unsettled at times - lets it down. Inside, it looks smart and is functional to use. The materials that have been chosen for the dash and console are good quality and not far from what you'd expect to find in a Volkswagen or Ford.
As you'd expect from Kia, the Sportage delivers when it comes to value for money. It's comprehensively equipped, appears well screwed together and has one of the best warranties on the market (seven years/100,000 miles). It's an attractive option for any family looking for a roomy, economical and well equipped car.
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Should I swap my Vauxhall Corsa for a Kia Rio?
"I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some point, new brake pads. I had to have the timing chain replaced last year, which wasn't cheap and a few other things - so I was looking at a new car. A few people said to get a Kia and I've seen a 2017 Kia Rio for £8999 - but I don't know if that's a good price/good car. The Kia Sportage looks a good car but I don't really need such a big vehicle and would need to get an older model to afford one. What do you think? Thanks."
The Kia Rio's a good little car. It'll be a bit more spacious than your Corsa and, as you've said, will come with a lengthy amount of warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also consider the very similar Hyundai i20 or, if practicality's important, a Honda Jazz is also a good choice. The Kia Sportage is a great car but, as you say, quite a bit bigger than your Corsa or a Kia Rio. If a slightly bigger crossover vehicle appeals, consider a Suzuki Vitara. It's a bit smaller than a Sportage and will be very reliable and cheap to run.
What's the best family car under £8000?
"What's the best family car up to £8000 and under 100,000 miles?"
A Kia Sportage could be a good choice. Cheap to run, practical and you may find one with some of its original seven-year warranty remaining. A Skoda Octavia's worth a look, too – both the hatch and estate are very practical.
Why is my car drinking so much oil?
"I own a 2014 Kia Sportage 1. Mileage is 48,000 and it's regularly serviced by Kia. Last year, six months after its service, the oil light showed on the display so I topped it up. I checked just before the following service and the oil level was between the two dipstick markers. The oil light is on again today, 10 months after service. Is this normal? I’ve never had a car with this amount of oil consumption! Kia has said it’s normal."
We do get reports of Kia's with an oil drinking problem, but there could be a couple of variables here that are making it hard to get a clear reading. The first thing is to check that both you and the dealer are using the correct grade of oil. The second thing to do is ask the dealer to measure how much oil comes out of it, and how much they put it (and cross-reference it with the capacity of the oil sump and make a note of the mileage). Why is this important? Well, the dealer might not have filled it up all the way. You also don't mention the sort of mileage you're covering in between services, which will be a big factor in oil use. That said, Kia does have a 'generous' allowance for its oil tolerance - I think it's something like one litre every 1000 miles (whereas with other manufacturers it's 0.5 litres/1000). Once you've got a proper baseline established, you'll be able to assess the situation properly. It goes without saying that oil levels should be checked when the engine is cold and on a level surface, but you may also want to visually inspect for oil leaks.
What's the best used SUV for £10,000?
"I'm looking for advice on the best used SUV for under £10k. I currently have a Nissan Juke but require something bigger as I'm trying to get the kids outdoors more at weekends."
I'd look for a Kia Sportage. Your budget will get you one of the last of the last-generation (2010-16) models with the remainder of its Kia warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also look at the very similar Hyundai ix35. Alternatively, a Honda CR-V would be an excellent choice.