Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 7th Report
23 June 2011
Author: Tony Rock
|Category:|| Small 4x4|
|P11D price:|| £20,300|
|Key rival:|| Nissan Qashqai|
I, along with other members of the BusinessCar team, have noticed some build quality and design quirks on the Sportage, some of which are less noticeable now than when I first took delivery of the car.
For example, it took me a little while to work out how to engage reverse at the first attempt, and while it seems that I was alone in having this difficulty, other drivers have commented that the gearbox in general isn't as slick as it could be. Other initial minor - and it appears, personal - issues I've become accustomed to are rear doors that need a bit of extra momentum to shut, and a rear seat that requires a wrench to click into place after it has been folded down.
One thing I haven't become used to is the wind whistling through gaps around the sunroof's seal on the motorway, which sounds terrible on breezy days - in fact it's so noisy it might necessitate a visit to a dealer to see if there's a problem. Similarly, I'm still not keen on the size of the pedestrian-blocking A-pillars (mentioned in a previous report), although I don't think a trip to the dealer will solve that particular issue.
|Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi 2|
|Claimed combined |
|Our average |
|Model price range||£17,015-£25,745|
|CO2 (tax) ||135g/km (19%)|
|BIK 20/40% per month||£64/£129|
|Why we’re running it||Can it genuinely take |
on Nissan’s Qashqai?
|Positive||Still liking it despite |
the tiny moans above
|Negative||Wind whistling |
through the sunroof