2018 Kia Sportage

Meticulously looked after Sportage, a great value proposition.

Charl Wilken
Used Car
Kia
Sportage

Specifications:

Model: 2018 Kia Sportage Ignite GDI (A)

Pre-Owned Price: R 299 900

Mileage: 30 600km

Warranty: Remainder of 5-year/unlimited mileage

Service Plan: Remainder of 5-year/90 000km

Fuel Consumption (combined): 7.7-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 12.1 seconds

Contact: Bethuel Mathiane from Centurion Nissan

 

With attractive styling, modern looks, as well as offering high levels of value it is clear to see why the Kia Sportage has remained a popular choice amongst buyers in South Africa. Our used vehicle on test is the entry-level version of the Kia Sportage model line-up, which arguably also offers the best value for money in the range.

 

Background and condition of vehicle:

  • For a vehicle with 30 600km on the clock the overall condition of the Sportage certainly impressed.
  • Quality materials and good all-round build quality ensured that our Sportage virtually looked and even drove like a new vehicle.
  • We could not notice any flaws inside or out. Even the boot area was still very tidy, except for a few small scratches on the plastic trim.
  • Our test vehicle was also equipped with four new 215/70R16 rubber boots.

 

Performance and Economy:

  • The entry level model on test here features a 1.6-litre 16-valve power unit that produces 97 Kilowatts of maximum power and a 161Nm of torque.
  • Although these figures proved decent enough for a normally aspirated 1600cc engine, I do feel that you expect a bit more power at this price point.
  • The Sportage Ignite does perform admirably with a 0-100km/h dash of 12.1 seconds.
  • In city traffic the Sportage also seemed to just about boast enough power to cruise along effortlessly.
  • To get the best out of this power plant though, you will have to drive it reasonably hard, which does allow some engine noise to enter the cabin.
  • Overall the engine and gearbox are well refined for a vehicle in this sector of the market.
  • Fuel economy compared well with most of its normally aspirated rivals at 7.7-litres per 100km.

 

How does it drive?

  • Due to reasonably high-profile tyres the ride was comfortable with the Sportage soaking up even the worst bumps in the road with ease.
  • Another advantage the high-profile rubber is the fact that you could tackle some rough gravel roads without the danger of picking up a puncture.
  • The steering proved precise for a medium sized SUV, while still light enough to ensure that it is effortless to negotiate those tight parking spaces.
  • For safety purposes the Sportage comes equipped with stability control, ABS braking with EBD, as well as front and side airbags.

 

Inside the vehicle:

  • The Sportage’s interior looks quite smart, thanks to plenty of squishy plastics and some leather inserts.
  • Due to decent build quality and plenty of high quality materials the interior seems to age well, especially looking at the immaculate condition of this vehicle on test.
  • Although an entry level version of the range, our Ignite did seem to come reasonably well equipped.
  • Standard Features included the following:

 

  • Air-conditioning                              
  • 6 x airbags
  • Remote Central Locking
  • ABS braking with EBD                             
  • Electric windows                                                            
  • Aux and USB port                    
  • Basic Multimedia Infotainment system               
  • 12V socket
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Cupholders in central console and doors
  • Trip computer
  • Auto headlights on                                             
  • Power steering
  • Blue tooth phone connectivity
  • Cruise Control
  • CD-Player
  • Isofix
  • Daytime running lights
  • Various cupholders
  • Rear PDC
  • Towbar

 

Space and Practicality:

  • Regarding space the Sportage is on par with most of its rivals, with enough leg, elbow and head room for the front as well as rear occupants.
  • The rear seats also boast a reclining feature offering increased comfort for rear passengers.
  • Boot space proved generous with 466-litres on offer, which increases to 1 455-litres with the seats folded down.
  • Another practical feature is that the Sportage’s floor lies flush with the boot opening, making loading bulky, heavy items easier.

 

The Verdict:

  • This used Kia Sportage Ignite is most certainly a solid buy in the medium sized SUV sector of the market, offering good value at under R 300 000.
  • Our vehicle was really well cared for and the fact that it still looks like new further sweetens this deal.
  • Throw in Kia’s 5-year warranty and 5-year service plan and its clear why the Sportage remains one of top SUV buys at this price point.

 

  • Quality materials at price point
  • Comfortable
  • Fantastic warranty and service plan

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