2010 Kia Sportage User Reviews
LX I4 MT 2WD shown
- $12,313 - $15,394
- No trim specified for this review
- Good price, Practical, Connectivity to mobile devices via USB or 3.5mm Headphone jack
- Steering is a little heavy, steering wheel isn't grippy enough, brakes and accelerator are squishy
Purchased As New
This review is based on my personal experience with this vehicle and is not meant to sway anyone's decision to buy it in either direction. It is just to offer information from a new owner's perspective. Also I am writing this review as a new Sportage owner that is used to a car that I have had for 2 years, and I will do my best to avoid drawing comparisons to my other car, which I am very used to (except in the small section I have added at the end about a few amenities that don't really add or detract from the overall rating of the Sportage).
The 2010 Kia Sportage is a decent value and it is practical for a daily commute to and from work, hauling groceries, or taking friends and family out.
Overall, I like it, but first, I have a few personal issues with it:
- The steering wheel is not the ideal thickness or "grippiness" for me; I find it slides a little too easy in my hands. The shape is a little weird too; when turning out of a parking space to pull off, I sometimes accidentally beep the horn.
- The steering itself is a little heavy.
- (Biggest issue) The brake pedal seems "squishy"; it travels too far before I feel any feedback or response from the vehicle and can trick you into laying on it too hard or ending up late braking.
- The gas pedal exhibits similar behavior when taking off, but not as bad. My foot travels a little before I begin to feel a response from the Sportage, then the engine surges a little.
- The transmission revs up very high into first gear and then gives a noticeble jerk when it shifts into second, the remaining shifts seem smoother.
-Gas milage is a little high, but that's to be expected from a vehicle of this weight being pulled along by a 4 cylinder engine. I'm certian it will improve over time as the drivetrain is broken in.
- Ride quality is pretty smooth, it can take bumps and undulations in the road better than a car, but don't expect a far superior ride quality. Today (May 5th), a pothole actually tugged the wheel from my hands a bit.
Now to the good points:
- This is not meant to be a luxury ride, but for what it's worth, the interior comfort level is actually pretty good, even though the seats do look a *little* cheap. The space is good and there is ample room up front (I am 5' 7 1/2", that's comfortable for me!) and a taller adult (5'10"-6') can comfortably sit in any of the passenger seats.
- I like the privacy of having the rearward windows tinted.
- Like I said, ride quality is good, but it's no pothole warrior.
- I like the connectivity with mobile devices via USB or 3.5mm headphone jack. If your Media Player isn't supported by the Sportage via USB, the 3.5mm jack will do.
- Even though the design is a little old now, it still has nice clean lines and curves. I like the black/charcoal interior of mine as well.
- The price is very reasonable and the warrantee is great, plus the included scheduled maintenance.
- You can push this thing out when you have to, and it has (in my opinion) earned the moniker "SPORTage".
- Its nice to have the semi automatic shifting option there when I want it.
- This vehicle has been very reliable and I can see it serving my family for a number of years.
- Sirius Satellite radio included with the first three months!
I don't know if these are options not available on my trim level or if they were left out altogether, but I'd like to see:
- Engine Temperature Gague, I'm sure it'll let you know when it's running hot, but I like to know how hot the engine is at any given time.
- Outside/Inside temperature gague.
- Radio controls on the steering wheel (that was the wife's nitpick, heh!)
My other car is an '06 Chevy Malibu at base LT trim and it has all of those features included, so it's kind of what we're used to.
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