Years constructed: 2005 to 2010
The second-generation Kia Sportage tends to get a bit misplaced within the mists of motoring historical past, principally as a result of its successor, the third-generation mannequin, grew to become such an enormous vendor. The second-gen Sportage was not such an enormous vendor, however as we enter what appears to be like like a chilly, shivery winter, its mixture of optionally available four-wheel drive, rugged reliability, and rock-bottom costs make it a compelling buy for these on the lookout for an SUV that’s not going to value them the Earth.
The primary order of enterprise is to just be sure you truly get a four-wheel drive one. The Sportage got here in each front-drive and four-wheel drive kinds, so be sure to store round and don’t find yourself with one which solely has two pushed wheels. Not solely is the four-wheel drive one clearly much more useable in inclement, snowy, and icy situations, it was additionally nicer to drive due to a barely extra subtle suspension structure.
Engines provided had been a 2.Zero-litre petrol 4 cylinder and a 2.Zero-litre diesel. Now, when you’re shopping for psot-2008, simply keep in mind that the petrol mannequin, with 194g/km of Co2 emissions, goes to be fairly dear to tax yearly. The diesel isn’t a lot better, however a €750 a yr motor tax value is no less than a contact extra bearable, and it’s a superb diesel too — not too unrefined, with respectable energy and torque, and superb gas economic system for its day.
The Sportage can also be truly surprisingly good at critical off-roading. It’s not a significant requirement for many patrons, true sufficient, nevertheless it’s all the time good to know that some correct mud-plugging capability is there.
Of most likely fairly larger significance are issues like the large, helpful 667-litre boot, the 1,600kg most towing weight (braked), and the truth that the youngest variations have solely simply run out of their authentic manufacturing unit seven-year guarantee.
How a lot ought to I spend? As little as €5,000 will get you right into a 2009-2010 Sportage diesel four×four.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2009 Kia Sportage 2.Zero CRDI Titanium, two homeowners, 154,000km, €four,950 from an impartial supplier.
Not lots truly, though with the very youngest fashions now being no less than seven years previous, be sure to examine any potential buy very rigorously. Ensure that it comes with two keys, too, as for some cause substitute Sportage keys are stupidly costly.
Diesel fashions want an (costly) cam-belt change and repair at between 130,000 and 160,000km, whereas a petroleum one will want it at 100,000km. Radiator coolant leaks are widespread, however normally simply right down to perished, and simply changed, hoses. Examine the service historical past and guarantee that the advisable oil has been used every time, as in any other case there could possibly be harm to the diesel particulate filter.
A rattling sound from the engine could possibly be a problem with the dual-mass flywheel, whereas ‘blowing’ exhausts are additionally widespread, however not costly to repair.
The interiors are plain and easy however search for indicators of extreme put on and tear, and examine the entrance carpets for damp — the bulkheads usually leak in rainwater.
Clunking suspension normally means bushes want changing, whereas slipping clutches want an costly substitute. Examine that the brakes don’t pull to 1 aspect or the opposite when braking, and examine the tyres — Sportages might be fairly heavy on their rubber.
As all the time with any second-hand SUV, examine very rigorously beneath the automotive to see if any earlier proprietor has gotten a bit too cocky with the off-roading stuff. The Sportage is succesful off-road, nevertheless it’s nonetheless susceptible to wreck beneath when you get carried away.
And while you’ve discovered your excellent Kia Sportage don’t neglect to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.