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Kia Sportage: Our Fleet Test Drive - 7th Report

Date: 23 June 2011   |   Author: Tony Rock

Side view
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
P11D price£20,300
Model price range£17,015-£25,745
CO2 (tax) 135g/km (19%)
BIK 20/40% per month£64/£129
Engine size/power1685cc/114PS
Top speed/0-60mph107mph/11.9secs
Why we’re running itCan it genuinely take
on Nissan’s Qashqai?
PositiveStill liking it despite
the tiny moans above
NegativeWind whistling
through the sunroof