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Kia Sportage v bazarech láká, z dostupných generací ale svou spolehlivostí prochází jen jedna

The Kia Sportage is attracting the markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability

The Kia Sportage is attracting the markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability

yesterday | Peter Prokopeck

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Photo: Kia

Her story has been written since 1993, when it was almost immediately available as a novelty in the then young Czech Republic. There’s nothing to talk about in the SL generation, but if you want to buy well, don’t go for used cars other than QL.

Today, the Kia Sportage is one of the best sellers in Europe for the Korean automaker. In the previous year, its sales were down, but only the coronavirus was behind it. This was clearly illustrated in last year’s recordings, as the whole of 2020 was overtaken at the end of September. However, even then, the SUV did not get off the road and continued to attract its mass customers, despite the lack of chips. In addition, there has been an intergenerational change of guards, with the fifth generation, called NQ5, revealed in September. However, their prices were published only a few days ago and start at 600,000 CZK.

Compared to the recently completed QL version, this is a significant increase, since the 2016 Sportage was available from 460 thousand kroner. So even if you get to the 2-liter turbodiesel, automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, the best GT Line gear and all the possible extra fees, you won’t go over a million bars. However, today, you wouldn’t even buy a 2.0 CRDi engine, and instead the Koreans are pushing extra hybrids to the fore. However, you can suddenly pay more than 1.2 million CZK for the top design.

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In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if a number of customers have already given showrooms a lot and head instead to used car dealerships. The previous generation Sportage QL, which was already the fourth in a row, is available from about 300,000, even with a relatively lower range and better equipment and power unit. Its predecessor SL, which was on sale from 2010 to 2016, may be more attractive, and even 100,000 crowns may be enough for this. However, in this case it is no longer a quick tip and in the case of previous versions (KM and JA) there is nothing to talk about.

So what to check with the newer two versions? Both are mainly disturbed by the headlights, which is a common problem for Korean cars. In addition, criticism also falls on the parking brake, as well as on the brake discs, which are considered less durable than competitors. The engine compartment is not to be underestimated, as oil leaks can occur, especially for cars over seven years old. Then TÜV experts explicitly recommend avoiding diesel models manufactured before April 2012, otherwise expensive repairs are waiting for you.

In the case of the third generation, it is also worth checking the axles, as well as the steering knuckles. But the springs or shock absorbers are already there, and a lot of the praise goes to the exhaust. In addition, the Koreans seem to have done a very good job with the older and newer piece. However, what they did not really succeed in with the new versions equipped with adaptive cruise control was the calibration of the ABS and ESC units. As a result of overload, there is a risk of self-ignition, so Kia participated in the meeting last year. We can also mention clutches that are more susceptible to rapid wear in the old model.

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In terms of reliability, only the newly used version passes through the sieve, which is also considered the most attractive in appearance, when slightly reminiscent of the Porsche Macan. In his case, the 2-liter diesel could produce 185 horsepower. But you have to pay extra for such a release – even after five years, you can easily give it to a completely new organization, just as it was in 2016.

Kia Sportage attracts the markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability - 1 - Kia Sportage or used ilustracni foto 01Kia Sportage attracts markets, but only one generation available passes through its reliability - 2 - Kia Sportage o usedina ilustracni foto 02Kia Sportage attracts markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability - 3 - Kia Sportage or used ilustracni foto 03
The fourth generation of Kia Sportage received a successful design that combines high quality. Pay attention to the headlights or brakes, as well as the engine compartment, but the problems are not serious. Photo: Kia

Kia Sportage seizes the markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability - 4 - Kia Sportage or used ilustracni foto 04Kia Sportage attracts markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability - 5 - Kia Sportage or used ilustracni foto 05Kia Sportage attracts markets, but only one of the available generations passes through its reliability - 6 - Kia Sportage or used ilustracni foto 06
Be very careful with your predecessor, it is better to forget about diesel engines made before 2012. Previous iterations of the Sportage no longer stand in the way of the Germans at all. Photo: Kia

resources: car picture, TÜV

Peter Prokopeck

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