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Kia Sportage Estate review

2005 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £13,790 - £20,620
Used prices £432 - £2,676
Road tax cost £335 - £710
Insurance group 18 - 23
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 400 - 510 miles
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Pros & cons


Neatly styled, long warranty, well equipped, good diesel engine, easy to drive, good rear space


Lacks image, some cheap-feeling interior trim, poor handling on early models

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The Kia Sportage is a stylish small off-roader that majors on value for money. It comes extremely well equipped and there’s a lengthy warranty as standard on new cars – something which used buyers can also take advantage of. Although it’s unlikely the Sportage will often be taken off road, it’s actually quiet capable on tricky terrain. But it’s on road where it will spend most of its time and here the Kia is comfortable.

However it’s not very composed through corners and the handling is especially poor on early models. The Sportage was facelifted in late 2007 with retuned suspension and less bodyroll – and newer cars are a vast improvement.