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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.

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