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OK, I've done it!

 

I've put 17 years of Citroen loyalty behind me and bought a new Kia Sportage 2. 0 Diesel XS 4WD.

 

I'm getting the towbar fitted today and trying to get the 'van out ASAP.

 

Anyone got some experiences, good or bad, they want to share?

 

 

My first impressions, after a week and a half are generally positive, although I have to say it's not the quietest car I've owned. Road and wind noise is quite pronounced. Has anyone tried extra soundproofing with any success?

On the plus side, it's more spritely in the mid ranges than I'd anticipated but fuel consumption could be better. Hopefully that will improve as the engine looses up.

 

Here's hoping it works well for as a tow car.

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I too have looked at the Sportage but eventually discounted it as I too found it noisy and not that comfortable. Don't believe Kia fuel consumption reports. They definitely weren't right when we we owned a Sorento which was even more uncomfortable. I think it will make a good tow car but as only about 10-15% of our driving is with the van behind we went for comfort.

I have no problem with the Kia make as we have had 4, the best being a Picanto and the Carens. The not so good was the Sorento and the Rio.

Good Luck with yours but I wouldn't bother trying to quieten it or make it more comfortable. We tried that on the Sorento with no luck!!!!

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Mid 30's towing should be easily achievable - our Olds have just had their 1st tow of our Conqueror (MIRO 1210) with their 2009 Sportage Titan. it managed admirably well. (so i'm told)

 

I tow with a Sorento, over the 1200 miles we covered last week, we achieved 30. 38 mpg. (Around 200-250 of which were solo miles)

 

Hope you got a good deal on you XS! - who can forget the 7 year (100,000 mile) warranty too?!

Al.

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Mid 30's towing should be easily achievable - our Olds have just had their 1st tow of our Conqueror (MIRO 1210) with their 2009 Sportage Titan. it managed admirably well. (so i'm told)

 

I tow with a Sorento, over the 1200 miles we covered last week, we achieved 30. 38 mpg. (Around 200-250 of which were solo miles)

 

Hope you got a good deal on you XS! - who can forget the 7 year (100,000 mile) warranty too?!

 

I think I got a decent deal, about 5k below list. The dealer made a mistake with his stock list and priced it as a 2WD!

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I think I decent deal, about 5k below list. The dealer made a mistake with his stock list and priced it as a 2WD!

 

And that is as they say, a result! Enjoy your new Sportage - excellent car - had one for three years, an 05 petrol XS, and loved it.

 

Now got it's bigger Brother and I'm delighted with that too.

 

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And that is as they say, a result! Enjoy your new Sportage - excellent car - had one for three years, an 05 petrol XS, and loved it.

 

Now got it's bigger Brother and I'm delighted with that too.

 

M

 

Just bought one for my daughter pick it up Saturday, I to am hoping that I have made the right choice this time! But from what people are saying on this forum, it looks to be a good solid tow car and thats what I wanted. Will keep you informed of any thoughts/problems.

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Just back from my first weekend with the Sportage towing, and my first reactions are- can I have my C5 back?

 

OK the trip was not the easiest -Livingston to Oban (North Ledaig) via Stirling and Crianlarich, and the engine has less than 2k miles on it so is probably still tight.

 

The Sportage, although heavier than the C5 was nowhere near as composed with the 'van on the back, stable, but you always knew it was there. Difficult to hold 60 in 6th on anything approaching an incline, and for all conditions I was dropping a gear lower than I had to with the C5, having to work the gearbox much, much more.

 

Hopefully things will improve as the engine loosens off, and economy is not much worse than the C5 towing (around 27mpg for the round trip)- solo is unfortunately a different matter, struggling to make it out of the lower 30s so far.

 

Comfort is a strange one - it feels comfortable, but today is the first time I've experienced low back discomfort whilst driving, for many a long year.

 

 

Oh well, I can only hope for things to improve. Off to Chester in June - we'll see how the longer trip works out!

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Comfort is a strange one - it feels comfortable, but today is the first time I've experienced low back discomfort whilst driving, for many a long year.

Slightly off topic, but the most comfortable car seats I have ever sat in, were my 1994 Rover 820. Absolute heaven. I have always found car seats uncomfortable since, although my current Accords are slightly better than my previous two Mondeos'.

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Just back from my first weekend with the Sportage towing, and my first reactions are- can I have my C5 back?

 

OK the trip was not the easiest -Livingston to Oban (North Ledaig) via Stirling and Crianlarich, and the engine has less than 2k miles on it so is probably still tight.

 

The Sportage, although heavier than the C5 was nowhere near as composed with the 'van on the back, stable, but you always knew it was there. Difficult to hold 60 in 6th on anything approaching an incline, and for all conditions I was dropping a gear lower than I had to with the C5, having to work the gearbox much, much more.

 

Hopefully things will improve as the engine loosens off, and economy is not much worse than the C5 towing (around 27mpg for the round trip)- solo is unfortunately a different matter, struggling to make it out of the lower 30s so far.

 

Comfort is a strange one - it feels comfortable, but today is the first time I've experienced low back discomfort whilst driving, for many a long year.

 

 

Oh well, I can only hope for things to improve. Off to Chester in June - we'll see how the longer trip works out!

Oh dear! Iam sorry to hear that. Was seriously considering one but did have some doubts about comfort as the Sorento was so uncomfortable. I think this must apply to most 4x4s. Back to the drawing board I think!

Sticking with the Carens for now as it is the most comfortable car we have had except for the old Rover 75!!!!

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Strange I traded in a C5 for my Sportage and I have found the Sportage to be a far superior tug. I towed 1300kg with both the C5 and the Sportage and mpg was not much different 350 miles on a tank with the Kia. I have found the Kia to be much more stable, pulling from 40 to 60 plus in 6th gear and maintaining speed even going up hill. (M62 only changing to 5th once). The only negatives. 75kg nose weight limit, and Citroens clever self leveling suspension.

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Sandy

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Strange I traded in a C5 for my Sportage and I have found the Sportage to be a far superior tug. I towed 1300kg with both the C5 and the Sportage and mpg was not much different 350 miles on a tank with the Kia. I have found the Kia to be much more stable, pulling from 40 to 60 plus in 6th gear and maintaining speed even going up hill. (M62 only changing to 5th once). The only negatives. 75kg nose weight limit, and Citroens clever self leveling suspension.

Regards

Sandy

 

Mine isn't even happy doing that solo! :huh:

 

Have you had your's from new and has it been as good as that from day one?

 

(I'm towing much about the same weight, two up and no awning being lugged around)

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OK, I've done it!

 

I've put 17 years of Citroen loyalty behind me and bought a new Kia Sportage 2. 0 Diesel XS 4WD.

 

I'm getting the towbar fitted today and trying to get the 'van out ASAP.

 

Anyone got some experiences, good or bad, they want to share?

 

 

My first impressions, after a week and a half are generally positive, although I have to say it's not the quietest car I've owned. Road and wind noise is quite pronounced. Has anyone tried extra soundproofing with any success?

On the plus side, it's more spritely in the mid ranges than I'd anticipated but fuel consumption could be better. Hopefully that will improve as the engine looses up.

 

Here's hoping it works well for as a tow car.

 

Hi Livi. ..

Bought same late 2008 and just returned from first pull up Scotland (750 miles round trip) Towing mpg returned about 25mpg but everything is a bit tight yet.

Pulls great and would hope to get nearer 30 on most pulls, solo returns are 39mpg which ties up wiyh KIA recs.

 

I do find the reverse gear a bit high mind so need to watch the clutch.

 

I dont have a problem with the noise levels, AC/DC on volume 9 usualy covers it ;-)

 

Enjoy your Kia.

 

Malc

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Any true 4X4 will be noisier than an 'ordinary' car especially road noise. BUT comfort wise the 4X4 should not make any difference.

 

Can't speak for the Sportage BUT the Sorento is extremely comfortable with infinitely adjustable driving seat plus steering column rake getting the 'correct' (for you/me) driving position is easy - some people confuse comfort for ride and of course a large 4X4 is always going to be beaten by a good standard car where roll and such are concerned. If extreme comfort is your concern then stick to a good car or estate, we had the Peugeot 406 before the Sorento and yes that was very comfortable and before that we had a succession of Jaguar XJ6 cars and they were REAL comfort.

 

For towing our present van (1700KG) we need something with muscle and, weight so that it can stop the van and as we go away for long periods on the continent, plenty of 'boot' space plus we love off road driving and here the Sorento excels and I can see no reason why the Sportage should not also be a good tug as well as fun car.

 

Again you can not compare MPG of a 'brick built shed' with the sleekness of a car BUT with the big KIA we get 22 towing and 28 solo - not brilliant but acceptable - with 2. 2 406 we got 30 towing and 38 solo and on a long run taking it steady as much as 45 solo could be achieved.

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Hi Livi

I bought my Sportage new three years ago and I was concerned as it was one of the first with the 138bhp engine and 6 gears. However after some initial tightness the car has turned out to be the best tug I have owned. Previous cars include a C5, two Xantias, a Cavalier, and a Carlton. I was also chuffed with the service costs the first service was less than £130. The only thing that has failed in the time I have owned the car is a brake light bulb

Sandy

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Hi Livi

I bought my Sportage new three years ago and I was concerned as it was one of the first with the 138bhp engine and 6 gears. However after some initial tightness the car has turned out to be the best tug I have owned. Previous cars include a C5, two Xantias, a Cavalier, and a Carlton. I was also chuffed with the service costs the first service was less than £130. The only thing that has failed in the time I have owned the car is a brake light bulb

Sandy

 

Hi Sandy,

 

Thanks for that. Hopefully I can look forward to better things as the engine loosens up.

 

Livi.

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Our Old Folks have arrived in France today (Around 200 miles from Calais) After traveling the 350 miles from the north east to Dover, they have reported back, an averaged around 32mpg towing our Swift Conqueror, with a 2009 Kia Sportage Titan Manual CRDi, with no problems.

 

Al.

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Quick update if anyones interested.

 

Just back from a week based at Chester Fairoaks.

 

The run down from Livingston returned 25mpg towing at the legal limits and including an hour of stop-start crawling on the M6.

 

Touring out in North Wales during our stay returned just over 40mpg solo.

 

Return trip was down to 24mpg but in breezy conditions.

 

Still find I'm having to drop from 6th to 5th more frequently than with the C5, but overall a bit happier with the car than I was at first.

 

 

Incidentally, the cruise control doesn't operate when I'm hooked up. Is this normal or has the towbar fitter screwed up somewhere? :huh:

Wasn't an issue with the C5.

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The cruise should work ok, my Sorento does and I use it a lot when towing. Pulled our van from the Heathrow area to Okehampton area using the M4 & M5 and spent most of the journey on cruise. Give me a few days and I will find out for you.

Thanks, I'd appreciate that.

 

Don't want to go back to the fitter with all guns blazing, just to be told that there's a cut out when hitched.

 

I'm afraid modern car technology has passed me by somewhat!

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I have just recieved the answer to your question and it is YES your cruise control should work while hitched up, my technician's advice was to get it back to the dealer pronto and tell him you want it sorted.

 

This is the <quote from the reply I got> No this is not correct, cruise should work regardless, maybe dealer has used something in cruise for ign feed that when van is hooked up it kills cruise, badly fitted!<end quote> This is from a Kia Techy.

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The Cruise works on our old's 2009 Sportage Titan when towing (Kia Fitted the bar, twin elecs, with the £500 caravan club voucher. .)

Al.

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Thanks for the advice, guys.

 

The towbar was fitted by an independent specialist who did my two previous cars (C5s) with no problem.

 

I'll give him a call to get it resolved.

 

Thanks again.

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