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2007 Kia Sportage

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2007 Kia Sportage Review

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Those who remember the original Sportage SUV probably won't recognize the current model. Gone are the body-on-frame architecture, harsh ride and weak engine—not to mention the questionable reliability. The newest Sportage derives its underpinnings from a car chassis to give it a smooth ride, improved handling and better crash test results. The trade-off is an inability to tackle true off-road terrain (the Sportage lacks a proper high/low transfer case and locking differentials), but heavy snow and mud are still easily managed. And, while the humble Sportage must contend with flashy newcomers such as the Honda CR-V and Dodge Nitro, many people will find its low price and long list of standard features preferable to just another pretty face.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're on a modest budget but don't want to give up comfort or convenience, you'll appreciate Kia's approach to the compact SUV segment. And, while its V6 engine produces little more power than Honda's in-line four, you'll appreciate the V6's smoothness with every tip of the accelerator.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're an individual who cherishes an established nameplate, Kia (despite dramatic sales growth) lacks the long history of some other brands. And though Kia has definitely made strides versus segment leaders from Toyota and Honda, the Sportage might be a shade down from them in product refinement.

What's Significant About This Car?

No Major Changes for 2007.

Driving the Sportage

Driving Impressions Kia's product team has hit the sweet spot in achieving a ride/handling balance completely appropriate to the target consumer. With a curb weight of some 3,400 pounds, the Sportage is...

no lightweight. That fairly substantial heft is reflected in a feeling of solidity from the unit body structure. Suspension settings are biased toward comfort, and while the steering provides some feedback, it seems almost artificially induced. The V6 engine, while offering two more cylinders than the 2007 Honda CR-V (Toyota now offers a V6 with its RAV4), doesn't seem any more responsive than the Honda when connected to the standard four-speed automatic. We'd view the Sportage's on-road demeanor as creditable, although not entertaining.

Distinctive Design
We come away most impressed by the Sportage's distinctive design. In an era of generic styling emanating from many Asian studios, it's refreshing to see something truly distinctive without the carmaker resorting to "shock and awe."

Quality Interior Appointments
Five years ago, one peek at an interior in a Hyundai or Kia was all you needed to know to determine its origin or price point. That's certainly not the case today, with Kia employing improved plastics and upholstery throughout the lineup. On top of improved quality is true utility, with easy ingress and egress, in combination with a fold-flat rear seat that provides real stowage capability.

2007 Kia Sportage Details
2007 Kia Sportage photo Interior

Most Sportage prospects will be pleased by its interior, combining real functionality with a number of upscale touches. Thankfully, the Korean car industry has finally embraced quality plastics, with an almost quantum improvement in both appearance and texture. Our test EX offered attractive cloth upholstery, which felt comfortable and appeared durable. The instrument panel, while not overly informative, offered easy-to-read gauges, while the center-mounted cluster employed controls easily identified and appropriately ergonomic. Adding to its upscale appeal were aluminized accents on both the instrument and door panels. Seating position is appropriately upright and, while the standard sunroof encroaches slightly on rear-seat headroom, most adults will find either front or rear seating to be generous. As with most compact SUVs, the fifth passenger's area is marginal, albeit available.

Exterior
2007 Kia Sportage photo

The Sportage represents a dramatic departure for the Kia design palette. As opposed to the original, discontinued in 2002, the newest Sportage replaced the curvaceous, almost organic look with something more akin to Origami. While not, to many eyes, beautiful, today's Sportage certainly has spunk, with a get-up-and-go attitude accentuated by short overhangs, a relatively wide track, ample tires (235/60-16 all-season radials) and generous headroom. The hatch features an opening window for convenience. A dual exhaust system with chrome tips accentuates the Sportage's not-quite-cute Sport-Ute pretensions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Kia's tagline, "The Power to Surprise," is abundantly evident when viewing the Sportage's window sticker. A high level of standard equipment is part of Kia's core strategy. Available in either LX or EX variants, the Sportage enjoys an almost opulent level of equipment, even at its $16,495 base price. Young families will appreciate the safety benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), traction control (TCS) and, at the EX level, a tire pressure monitoring system. Audiophiles will enjoy an AM/FM/CD system with six speakers—EX models enjoy MP3-compatibility. Privacy side glass is standard across the board, while a sunroof is included on the EX at no additional charge. Finally, while we wish the roof rails offered more than the stated 100-pound capacity, they are included in the base window sticker price for both versions.

Optional Equipment

With all that is standard the customer is left with little to add. Of course, the less expensive LX gives the customer more variables, although many of those would be dealer-installed. On the EX, a luxury package includes body-colored bumpers, leather seats and trim, heated front seats, automatic headlamps and a six-disc CD changer.

Under the Hood

The base LX utilizes a fairly conventional (for the category) 2.0 liter in-line four, while the EX benefits from the 2.7 liter DOHC V6. It, along with the Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape, were among the first to offer six-cylinder power in the compact utility category. As noted above, we were not blown away by the responsiveness of the V6. It will meet consumer expectations, but we don't believe it will exceed them. The four-cylinder should be reserved for light duty only—no full loads, light towing and little exposure to work at high altitudes.

2.0-liter in-line 4
140 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
136 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (2WD manual), 22/27 (2WD automatic), 22/26 (4WD manual)

2.7-liter V6
173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
178 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/25 (2WD automatic), 19/23 (4WD automatic)

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2007 Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 320 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Reliable and No Problems Whatsoever

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable even without maintenance."

Cons: "No complaints whatsoever."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We purchased this car new from a dealer and have had it for almost 9 years now. Great car that has performed flawlessly for us, even though we have not done any of the recommended maintenance except for oil changes. The only things we replaced so far were the alternator belt (because it squeaked), the brakes (once) and the tires several times. We've driven it on long trips on a regular basis and it has never let us down. The AC and heat work super fast. No problems with anything inside or out. It all still works like the day we bought it. Highly amazed and satisfied with this vehicle."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Excellent combo of quality, utility and comfort.

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price per mile and enjoyable ride."

Cons: "MPG only in 21 - 24 range."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Would keep this vehicle until the wheels fell off if my wife and I were not dealing with senior health problems. The built in navigation, rear view cameras and various safety sensor equipment of the current vehicles are driving assists we feel will make our driving safer and more enjoyable."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great commuter SUV and big dog hauler!

By on Thursday, January 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Small, roomy, sporty, econmomical, easy to work on"

Cons: "No rearview camera 2007, roof racks noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought mine used from a leasing agency at 20K miles, use it as a daily commuter putting 100+ miles per day on it. Great fit for me (6'2" 250 lbs) plus two big dogs. Best inside feature is that the inside folds completely flat. Only ever had one problem (not counting 2 sets of brakes and 4 sets of tires over the years)with setting rear wheel alignment- had to go to specialty shop when the "usual" places couldn't get it into specs (since brand new). EXTREMELY dependable vehicle and would buy another in a second. With the 4 cyl engine, I added a 2" towbar, towed a 15 ft boat with no problem (flatland in Florida) with only problem being lack of vehicle weight for stopping, not guts (due to gearing). Not an extremely luxurious auto but don't have to worry about dog fur and occasional errant french fry either. EXCELLENT student car, easy to park and nimble with decent looks and style. AWESOME warranty- tho I went to full synthetic oils and changes every 10K after it expired. Normal routine maintenance costs about what you'd expect at any dealership- a kick in the pants for the MANDATORY timing belt/water pump etc. service. No surprise, just a super dependable vehicle that is fun to drive- the smallest SUV I could find that would fit FOUR 6'2" guys for the hour trip to the airport without trash compacting them; and getting 26 MPG at the same time. Great crash ratings- so what's not to like?"

15 people out of 21 found this review helpful

A VERY RELIABLE AND QUALITY SMALL SUV

By on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fantastic value and holds it's value."

Cons: "Center arm rest is a little too far rearward."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have found my Sportage to be fantastic in handling in rain or snow. It rides like a much larger SUV and above all still feels like it did when it was new. No loose feel or loss of performance motor or trans. Also the KIA company has stood behind their product 100%! The quality fit and finish is remarkable for the value. I have the EX with the 2.7 V6 and get about 27 MPG on the highway and consistently over 20 MPG around town. Bottom line I will keep this SUV until the wheels fall off but I know this will never happen."

15 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Excellent Automobile

By on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Excellent auto for price and reliability"

Cons: "vision obstruction(s) no inside/outside thermomete"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Five years old - 50000 miles - no problems - have followed recommended service intervals Dealership service department excellent"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Saturday, December 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "smooth and fun to drive"

Cons: "No COns..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have all of this as a highway miles, I drove 250 miles every 2 weeks , great on highway. Giving me 25 to 27 miles per gallon on highway and 22miles in city. Lot more then the Car expect to give. Using AMSoil changing oil every 25kmiles. Great driving. Smooth as brand new SUV's."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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