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2000 Kia Sportage Overview
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One of Kia's first two original vehicles in the U.S., the compact Sportage SUV is attractive to those looking for a sporty off-road vehicle that doesn't break your wallet open at the seams. It is available in either rear-wheel or part-time 4WD as a four-door base and upscale EX or two-door soft-top convertible. With low-range gearing, the 4WD Sportage can easily be taken off-road. The 2000 Sportage gets a new standard CD player for the EX, and a redesigned interior and center console whose top slides forward to reveal an armrest. Also new is a footrest for the driver.
The 2000 Sportage is powered by a 2.0-liter, 130-hp I4 and either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard on the base models and in the convertible) or a 4-speed automatic (standard in the EX). Rear seat space is limited in both two-door and four-door models, but the front leg and headroom is generous. Rear seats also sit up higher, providing good visibility for all passengers. The 25 cubic foot cargo space expands to 54 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Power features, intermittent wipers, two-wheel ABS, and a security system is standard on all of the 2000 Sportages, as well as dual front airbags and the unique driver's side knee airbag. 4-wheel ABS are optional. The EX adds a roof rack, rear window wiper, cruise control, and leather trim. Leather seats are optional.
Though the Sportage represents a great value for the money, making it attractive to those looking for fun on a budget, many owners complain of frequent costly repair visits, despite Kia's warranty program. The most common problems are with the 4WD failing and early brake wear. Other downsides include an underpowered engine, wind noise, a rattling rear hatch, and cupholders that block the air vents. Highlights include a sporty ride, off-roading capability, comfortable seats, and good maneuverability for city driving.
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