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Lloyd ASKED THE GUIDE

Does the Kia Sportage 2019 have surging issues?

What do you know about surging/rev hunting issues with the 2019 Kia Sportage 2.0-litre diesel variants? I am one of a number of owners I know that has problems with the vehicle when the engine is cold. Kia have been baulking at getting a fix in place for it. Does the similarly engined Hyundai Tucson have the same problems?

Kia confirmed that there is a software issue with the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which results in surging when the engine is cold. The told us that their supplier has been working on a solution which they hope will be available fairly soon. It is complicated by the fact the software is not supplied only to Kia and any changes have to be cleared by all users. From that I think you could assume the Tucson is probably also affected.

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