KIA Sportage Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Absolute worst car and company

Model Year:

2011

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

They recall your engine and send you a pamphlet saying it has a lifetime warranty and when it fails a couple days later they will deny your claim and hang up on you every time you question it.

Review submitted by:Emily K

Cons:Engine recall

Two recalls, faulty oxygen sensors, gas guzzler

Model Year:

2018

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Bought in late 2017. Two significant recalls. Faulty oxygen sensors. Columbia, SC dealership repair is a minimum of 2.5 months wait for repair requiring driving an hour away to another dealership. Incredibly disappointed with this purchase, so many problems and only at 49,000 miles.

Review submitted by:Louis N

Pros:Good acceleration

Cons:Two recalls

Would be great if it had more hp

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The Sportage is not made for short people. I have a very hard time looking over the hood or to the left due to the hood design it's way too high for me. I'm 4' 11". It is also bad on gas which I wouldn't mind if it had the

Review submitted by:Shortgirl

Pros:Has a lot of options on the S model. Great in snow

Cons:Gas guzzler, no power to get out of the way.

Awful blind spots

Model Year:

2011

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

After purchasing this vehicle and starting to drive it to work every day, I noticed that the blind spots are the worst I've seen. Entire vehicles and pedestrians are not visible and I have to rock all over the car in order to make sure it is clear to go.

Review submitted by:Beth C

Pros:It always started when I needed.

Cons:Awful blind spots, short lasting bulbs, slow to go

Engine dies buyer beware

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This car is having engine problems where the engine dies and you are left without a car. The sales department told me I would have to jump through bells and whistles to prove it’s still under warranty please Google Kia engine class action law suite before purchasing any used Kia.

Review submitted by:Isabel J

Never again

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Purchased a brand new 2017 Kia Sportage.....before 80,000 had to have transmission replaced and a new engine put in it. After new engine put in it, the engine light starts coming on. According to the Code reading...catalytic converter. What is the typical cause of this...oil issues. UMMM same reason why

Review submitted by:Kepi

Pros:Rides nice

Cons:Terrible customer service

Good Vehicle Poor Support

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

It's a great vehicle but the Kia customer service is extremely poor on all levels.

Review submitted by:Kristin P

Pros:Styling, power

Cons:The warranty support is very poor

Bad air conditioning!

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Just now driving in summer head and realizing that the AC does not come on for fully 5 to 10 minutes when started from hot. Took it to dealership and they said everything is fine, no problem. Yet the problem persists. Five or 10 minutes of a 100° cabin blowing

Review submitted by:B

Pros:Engine, style

Cons:AC, blind spot monitor, seat comfort

Problems; window regulator failure on 3 windows

Model Year:

2017

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by an independent shop

Window regulator failure on 3 of the 4 windows in 6 weeks $445 to fix each; the A/C is poor; radio is wimpy; road noise is loud; large blind spots.

Review submitted by:Pud

Bad air conditioning!

Model Year:

2020

Manufacturer:

KIA

Model:

Sportage

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Just now driving in summer head and realizing that the AC does not come on for fully 5 to 10 minutes when started from hot. Took it to dealership and they said everything is fine, no problem. Yet the problem persists. Five or 10 minutes of a 100° cabin blowing

Review submitted by:B

Pros:Engine, style

Cons:AC, blind spot monitor, seat comfort

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