It’s a double whammy for Kia in our 2016 used car awards. Not only has its Approved Used scheme topped our charts, the Kia Sportage has been named as our Used Car of the Year.
With its rakish looks, spacious cabin and low running costs, the third-generation SUV ticks all the boxes for buyers wanting a family car bargain. Plus, the brand’s industry-leading seven-year warranty brings new car peace of mind to the used market.
The Mk3 Kia Sportage is attractively priced, too; £8,000 is enough to get you behind the wheel of an early car. It’s likely to have high miles, but there shouldn’t be any mechanical worries, with owners placing the SUV well inside the top 50 for reliability in our Driver Power 2016 satisfaction survey. However, this is arguably the first Kia that’s as desirable as it is sensible.
For instance, the bold looks give the car bags of kerb appeal, while there’s a real premium feel to the interior. You’ll struggle to tell the difference between an example that’s done 2,000 miles and one that’s travelled 10 times that distance.
There’s loads of room inside, too, while the cavernous boot will accommodate an estate car-rivaling 564 litres of luggage. Plus, as you’d expect from Kia, it features all the equipment you’ll need. All versions get air-conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth, while 2, 3 and 4 models add everything from sat-nav to powered, leather-trimmed seats.