2007 Kia Sportage Review
This review was written when the 2007 Kia Sportage was new.
The Sportage looks, feels, and drives like a more upscale SUV, making it a good bargain in its class, but falls short on engine power. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you should also consider the similar Hyundai Tucson and the highly-rated Honda Element, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The 2007 Kia Sportage is noted for its quality materials, driving dynamics and styling that rivals the class-leading CR-V and RAV4, along with a base price that is $5,000 less. In fact, most experts agree that the Sportage is a great value in its class.
Similar to Hyundai, Kia has surprised auto experts with its quality improvements in recent years. USA TODAY considers the Sportage a "huge and mainly pleasant surprise from Kia." Edmunds considers the Sportage a "competent SUV overall" and a "strong value" for its standard safety features, impressive Kia warranty, and comfortable ride and interior.
Kelley Blue Book notes, "If you're on a modest budget but don't want to give up comfort and/or convenience options, you'll appreciate Kia's approach to the compact SUV segment." Despite auto writers' consensus that it's a good deal, IntelliChoice gives the Kia Sportage a rating of "worse than average" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared with other cars in its class.
The base Sportage LX comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with optional four-wheel drive (4WD). Higher-end versions come with a 2.7-liter V6 engine.