THE EXPERTS SAY
The third-generation Sportage undercut established rivals with more equipment at entry level, including six airbags and stability control, which was not mandated at the time.
Kia sold nearly 28,000 examples, averaging about 6000 a year in 2013-15 — the previous model failed to reach even 2000 annually.
Among used listings, two-thirds are petrol. There are slightly fewer front-drivers than AWDs and nine out of 10 are automatics. The most common versions are the Si and the Platinum flagship.
The base Si manual from 2010 ($25,990 new) is valued at $11,650. That year’s Platinum ($38,990 new) is now worth $17,300. For 2015 models, the base Sportage didn’t rise in price and is now valued at $18,600. The Platinum ($41,590 new) is now worth $29,990.
Sportage resale values trail the popular Mazda CX-5 but hold up very well against Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and earlier generations of Honda
CR-V and Nissan
X-Trail. The later
Hondas and Nissans hold their value better.