2008 Kia Sportage  -  $16,725

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $16,725
Base Invoice: $15,945
Destination Charge: $675
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr I4 Manual LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 20 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: 2WD 4dr I4 Manual LX
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine w/CVVT

Value Writeup

The 2008 Kia Sportage, which is mechanically similar to the Hyundai Tucson, ranks extremely high for value, with an impressive list of standard features--especially safety-related ones--considering its low base price. Ride quality is good, the interior is very versatile, and it's also surprisingly roomy. Frugality is a strong point that extends to day-to-day operation, as its four-cylinder's fuel efficiency ranks high as well.


Safety features; value for money; interior versatility; fuel efficiency (four-cylinder).

Model Highlights

Kia's Tucson is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants for 2008, and can be powered by either a 140-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder engine or a 173-horsepower, 2.7L V6. The four-cylinder engine can be paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 comes only with a four-speed automatic.

With the four-cylinder engine, the Sportage has rather impressive fuel economy ratings for an SUV, of 20 mpg city, 25 highway according to the EPA.

The Sportage has carlike underpinnings, with a four-wheel independent suspension for crisp handling on the road, yet long wheel travel and good ground clearance allows it to have some measure of off-road ability.

Inside, the Sportage has space for five adults, with a "Drop & Fold" rear seat that folds down completely, allowing a flat, expanded cargo floor. A fold-flat front passenger seat also helps with especially long loads, or as a work table for the driver when parked. Both of the front seats can be reclined all the way back to meet the rear cushions.

With the back seat folded, the Sportage has a cargo capacity of nearly 67 cubic feet, yet with the back seat up and in place, it can still carry three sets of golf clubs, according to Kia. The rear cargo area also includes an under-floor cargo tray, tie-down anchors built into the floor, and a two-position cargo cover. Other interior extras include a center console with a two-stage tray, a lockable glovebox, map and cup holders for all doors, and a rear-seat central armrest.

The Sportage comes in two different trims, the LX, which comes with either the four-cylinder or V6 engine, and the more luxuriously equipped EX, which includes the V6. The LX includes standard roof rails, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, and a CD sound system. The EX upgrades to a sunroof, remote keyless entry, upgraded seat fabric, a six-speaker sound system, and the cargo cover, along with leather trim for the shift knob and steering wheel.

Safety features aren't at all lacking in the Sportage. Front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain bags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, and electronic stability control are all on the standard-feature list.

An optional Sport Package, available on LX V6 models, gives the Sportage a slightly different personality by adding fog lamps, sport gauges, a black mesh grille, bodyside cladding, a rear spoiler, six-speaker sound system, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

Warranty is also a strong point on the Sportage; roadside assistance and the limited warranty on the entire vehicle extend for five years or 60,000 miles, while the powertrain warranty is good for ten years or 100,000 miles.

Model News

The Kia Sportage carries over to the 2008 model year unchanged.

2 Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
306.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
382.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.3 qts

EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
103.9 ft³

Front Head Room
40.7 in

Front Leg Room
42.1 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.7 in

Front Hip Room
54.6 in

Second Head Room
39.4 in

Second Leg Room
37.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
56.3 in

Second Hip Room
54.6 in

103.5 in

Length, Overall
171.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.9 in

Height, Overall
66.7 in

Track Width, Front
60.6 in

Track Width, Rear
60.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.7 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
66.6 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
23.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3230 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
1500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
150 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/stabilizer bar

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.4 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
15.3 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
APR 01, 2013


Potential Number of Units Affected

Kia Motors Corporation (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2007-2010 Rondo and Sportage, model year 2007-2011 Sorento, model year 2007 Sedona, model year 2010-2011 Soul, and model year 2011 Optima vehicles. The stop lamp switch in the affected vehicles may malfunction. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to not illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause an inability to deactivate the cruise control by depressing the brake pedal. Additionally, a malfunctioning stop lamp switch may also result in intermittent operation of the push-button start feature, affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature preventing the shifter from being moved out of the PARK position and causing the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate.

Failure to illuminate the stop lamps during braking or inability to disengage the cruise control could increase the risk of a crash. Additionally, when the ignition is in the 'ON' position, the transmission shifter may be able to be moved out of PARK without first applying the brake. This may lead to unintentional movement of the car which may increase the risk of a crash.

Kia will send an interim notification to owners in May 2013. When parts are available, owners will receive a second notification and dealers will replace the stop lamp switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's recall campaign number is SC098.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine w/CVVT

5-speed manual transmission

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Independent dual-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P215/65R16 tires

16" alloy wheels

Pwr assisted rack & pinion steering

4-wheel anti-lock vented front/rear disc brakes

Roof rails

Multi-reflector headlamps

Rear privacy glass

Black pwr mirrors

2-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers

Split-hatch tailgate-inc: flip open glass

Flat-woven cloth front bucket seats-inc: adjustable headrests, 8-way manual driver seat adjuster, flat-folding front passenger seat

60/40 split-folding rear seat

Scuff plates

Tilt steering wheel

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/driver one-touch express-down

Pwr door locks w/two-turn entry system

Cruise control

Remote fuel door release

Rear window defogger

AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers

Dual visor vanity mirrors

12V pwr outlets-inc: (1) front/(1) rear

Overhead console-inc: sunglass holder, map lights

Front/rear cupholders

Cargo floor storage compartment

City 20/hwy 25 (2.0L engine/5-speed manual trans)

4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes

Driver & front passenger airbags

Front seat-mounted side airbags

Full-length side curtain airbags

Front height-adjustable 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters

Rear 3-point seat belts

Rear child safety door locks

Lower anchors & tether for children (LATCH)

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Side-impact door beams










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