A mate had the old style and never let her down once other than a broken aerial in 7 years. Some of the parts were expensive compared to main manufacturers. It wasn’t the best car on the road and the all the controls felt plasticy.Posted 4 years ago
I test drove the previous shape it was much better handling and although still not a great road car. The interior was much better quality with softer touch materials that felt more positive. I would have rated it as an equal to the X-Trail we test drove at the same time.
Not driven the latest Sportage but I’d imagine it much better again with solid mechanicals.
Personally I’d rather have an estate than a softroader as they are still more practical.
“Personally I’d rather have an estate than a softroader as they are still more practical. “
guessing you live in the south of england then?
If have a sportage as a family car any day – several colleagues have them from all generations and no one has a bad word to say about them – if you accept they will never return great MPG or set the world alight handling wise but for towing caravans and getting the family about in the snow – they are grand.Posted 4 years agoCaptainSlowMember
I have a relative with one. It’s the top of the range one. Inside the interior is good quality and similar to VAG/BMW.
I’ve not driven it but as a passenger it was a nice place to be. They also look nice now. If I was looking for a soft roader, it’d be on my list (along with the CRV and a couple of others).Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
We’ve had a couple (OH works for Kia). Really nice to drive, was very impressed with the 4×4 mode, we got up ‘The Struggle’ in the Lakes on normal summer tyres when it had thick ice / snow on it (sort of thing I’d only try in a company car).
They do them in a wide range of specs from FWD to 4×4 with all the gadgets (reversing camera etc). We’ve had a top of the range 4×4 Diesel and a basic FWD Diesel model, both of which were fine. Bike wise, we put bikes on the back seat, with both wheels in wheel bags – works in pretty much any sized car and leaves the boot free for other stuff.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Brother in law has one. Feels well built and lots of toys. Was comfy for an hours trip a couple of weeks back.Posted 4 years ago
I just don’t get it when a Focus etc would be cheaper, roomier, more mpg, nicer to drive etc.
Unless you live rural, cold and snowy I don’t get needing 4wd either.statsSubscriber
My folks have one, really nice and unmatched for the money. Spec on the £22k Sportage 3 is so good you’d have to spec a Q5 to 37k just to match it. Other owners seem to think are good also JD Power overall winner 2012
EDIT: they have the 1.7 crdi and it returns over 50mpg comfortably.Posted 4 years ago
Saw one when out riding stuck in the snow where he had pulled up on a verge. Went to help push it out. There wasn’t a lot of snow, you could still see the grass through it but it was stuck. The front wheels had no grip and rears didn’t seem to have enough oomph to push it out.Posted 4 years ago
we tried for a while to free it (totally unprepared driver, who goes out in the snow with no shovel? Or tow rope. No pump either so we couldn’t let his tyres down either) Anyway, after a while a couple in a Renault Megane pulled up behind him, on the same verge, and got out. Between us we managed to get it free. They just got back into the Renault and drove off!
Anyway, it seems rubbish in (not much) snow. However, this may be down to tyres. A normal estate with winter tyres would be better, it’s more about tyres than the car.
LOL – i should have charged a 5er every time i pulled out estate cars(and non estates) with winter tires out of the side of the road this year WHERE bruneep lives – ill give you a clue it aint surrey
id be able to buy a new car ….. my frontera which got laughed at often – but never failed and never got stuck – although as said that might have been the driver – i doubt it though
the estate car arguement often touted by folk that live down south where it snows for about 5 minutes. It got pretty tiresome walking 3 miles to my car for 3 months when i lived in auchenblae.
the land rover on the otherhand made short work of that(both up and down) by being able to utilise the ditch.Posted 4 years agomarko75Subscriber
we bought a 2 year old one last month as a family car after researching like crazy for 4 months and going on a number of test drives. We got the 1.6TD – very economical, lots of room, surprising amount of pull on the motorway and quite nice drive.
If you can get past the badge its a very good car…. oh and £30 road tax!Posted 4 years agorsMember
had one for 2 years, base model here, 2.4 Petrol with 4WD, 6 Speed AT, good options, hauls 4 guys and 4 dh bikes to whistler a lot, I have no complaints. mileage is decent, better than the old jeep I had before by a mile. Interior is clean, simple and straight forward, doesn’t look like a spaceship (good thing).
Posted 4 years agoSaccadesMember
I struggle to see why anyone would buy a softroader – especially one that doesn’t have 4×4.
You appear to get all the disadvantages of an off road car when driving normally (lower mpg, poorer road handling, less space) at an extra cost and not particularly good off road unless you stick some tyres on that make the driving on the road a lot worse.
Is it all about the fact your higher up?
Mate has a Kuga (2wd) and the only benefit I can see over my mondeo is that he flips the back down and it’s a handy height to be able to change the nippers nappy, oh and a bit shorter so easier to park (but you need the sensors/camera otherwise you have no idea where another car’s nose is).Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Loads of reasons.
For most people, doing town runs eg kids to school, the mileage is so low that the mpg is pretty much irrelevant.
You get the appeal of the high up driving position, generally they seem to handle pot holes and speed bumps better, having slightly longer travel / softer suspension. Plus the whole large car status symbol thing.
No more pointless than 99.99% of 4x4s which never leave the road!
Also less to go wrong, I scrapped my AWD Golf as the Haldex was dieing and it was an uneconomic fix for a 12 year old car.Posted 4 years ago
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