• (4.6) 23 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,264$9,856
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-22
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2008 Kia Sportage

Our Take on the 2008 Kia Sportage

Besides a minor interior tweak, the 2008 Kia Sportage is identical to last year's model. It's a compact SUV that competes with other small utes such as the Jeep Compass and Honda Element. Because Kia and Hyundai share corporate parentage, the Sportage is related to Hyundai's Tucson... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Front-seat comfort
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Aging interior
  • Small cargo area
  • So-so crash-test ratings
  • Highway passing power

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Seats five

2008 Kia Sportage Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

When the redesigned Kia Sportage and its Hyundai Tucson sibling arrived a few years back, they leapfrogged their competitors — pole-vaulted them, really — in safety features and value. Most have caught up, however, and today Kia's entrant lacks its former appeal. Stripped-down versions of the Sportage are still a bargain, but as a whole, this SUV trails the pack.Front- or all... Read full review for the 2008 Kia Sportage

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2008 Kia Sportage LX V6 4WD

by Proud Kia owner!!! from Tarrytown, NY on January 14, 2012

I had the 2001 model and owned it for nearly 10 years. When it came time to purchase a new car I bought a 'used' 2008 Sportage with just over 10K miles on it. This SUV is awesome and looks great!! Oth... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Kia Sportage Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.


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