2005 Kia Sportage Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

When first it arrived in theU.S., Kia carved out its niche doing passable knock-offs of Japanese vehicles. The Sportage SUV was one of the Korean company’s first models, on sale in 1995, and was one of its dependable sellers until the whole company was swallowed by Hyundai earlier this decade. It wasn’t the best vehicle in its class, but it was among the least expensive — and that won over plenty of buyers.

In the interim, a lot happened to Kia. Their cars got bigger, plusher, and a lot better. The same happened for its SUVs: the Sorento arrived with all the goods found in an Explorer. But for two years, the Sportage went incognito.

What was happening? The Sportage was busy transforming itself from a tiny trucklet into the more sophisticated, semi-crossover SUV you see here today. It’s made the move to front-wheel drive (or four-wheel drive), and now shares an architecture with the similar but not identicalTucsonfrom Kia’s corporate cousins. Both are derived from the current Kia Spectra’s floorpan; theTucsonhas been on sale since late last year, while the Sportage is just arriving in showrooms, delayed mostly because it’s so popular inSouth Korea.

In the process, it’s become a far more formidable competitor for the likes of the Honda CR-V, Jeep Liberty, and Ford Escape. Not only does it outsize them in many ways and underprice them, too, the Sportage outclasses them in terms of interior sophistication. It seems odd to write at first, but the Kia is clearly the ritziest vehicle in its class, and one of the best all around.

Growing up

The mission of the new Sportage, according to Kia, was to be smooth on the road, capable off-road, and roomy enough to take stuff to both places.

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April 18, 2016
2017 Kia Sportage LX FWD

Sporty yet comfortable

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Helped my son buy this ute. Drove and looked at many competitors utes. This ute is hands down the best. Both my son and I agree. Smooth powerful 4 cylinder. Beautiful interior. My son is a big kid. Lot of room... + More »
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April 24, 2016
For 2016 Kia Sportage

very poor fuel consumsion

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i have recently bought a new sportage and was assured by salesman the milage would be over 60mpg.i traded in a crv doing 50mpg in the 4 weeks i have not had more than 35mpg have been told this is not... + More »
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November 23, 2015
2016 Kia Sportage AWD 4-Door SX

A perfect car!

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My commute to work requires I drive a twisty road that I share with other high speed commuters. So I need (and want) a car with pickup and handling. Also a car with extra space because I'm a do it your selfer... + More »
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October 1, 2015
2016 Kia Sportage AWD 4-Door EX

Comfortable, perky, head-turning crossover that's also fuel efficient!

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I love my 2016 Kia Sportage EX with premium package! The heated (cooling) seats feel fantastic! Love the panaramic sunroof as well as the push start and keyless entry! The built-in navigation system along with... + More »
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October 1, 2015
2016 Kia Sportage AWD 4-Door SX

At the price, there's nothing like this car

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I owned a Nissan Juke before the Sportage, the Juke was quick and handled well but the range, without the low fuel ( 22 mpg ) warning system going off was about 200 - 225 miles. I spent more time filling the... + More »
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February 18, 2016
2015 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-Door LX

awesome suv

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I researched cars and suvs for 3 months before buying this kia..for the price its great..i took it out to ca. from tulsa and it averaged 29.7 mpg there and back..thats higher than what they say it gets..at... + More »
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November 14, 2015
For 2015 Kia Sportage

We looked at them all .

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Being a one make car owner I usually head out to our local dealer . Well that didn't happen this time , We decided to take a look at all makes and models . After considering all our options we decided on the... + More »
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October 14, 2015
2015 Kia Sportage AWD 4-Door LX

Everything about this car is cheap!

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Terrible car. Too much plastic and the quality of the seats is terrible. Worst most uncomfortable car i have ever owned.
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August 1, 2015
2015 Kia Sportage 2WD 4-Door SX

A style setter but currently a bit under the radar for badge snob types.

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You do not need to pay a mint to get a comprehensively equipped, comfortable and safe SUV with unmatchable style. Well done Kia.
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May 28, 2015
2015 Kia Sportage AWD 4-Door EX

Love this car

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Would like to say this is a good car for me.Drives very good have not had a problem with it yet got this car in nov of 2014. Do have to say you have to be very careful when you look out the windows there seems... + More »
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