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Kia Sportage 2012

The 2012 Kia Sportage range of configurations is currently priced from $8,990. Our most recent review of the 2012 Kia Sportage resulted in a score of 8 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Kia Sportage: Great engine and drivetrain options, Suspension tuned for Australia on later models, Inexpensive to run and service

The 2012 Kia Sportage carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1600 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Kia Sportage 2012 Price and Specs

The Kia Sportage 2012 is currently available from $8,990 for the Sportage Si (FWD) up to $22,999 for the Sportage Platinum (AWD).

Pricing guides

$17,693
Based on 85 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$8,990
Highest Price
$22,999
Kia Sportage Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
Platinum (AWD) SUV 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO $12,500 $18,040
Platinum (AWD) SUV 2.4L ULP 6 SP AUTO $11,300 $16,610
Si (FWD) SUV 2.0L ULP 6 SP AUTO $8,400 $12,980
Si (FWD) SUV 2.0L ULP 5 SP MAN $7,800 $12,100
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Kia Sportage 2012 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Sportage 2012 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why did the engine in my 2012 Kia Sportage seize without warning?

    The Kia Sportage sold in the US certainly did have its share of problems. In some cases, the engine failures were traced to a faulty batch of engine bearings, in others, a leaking oil sump was blamed for allowing too much oil to escape, leading to oil starvation which destroyed the whole engine. Kia’s fix for the latter condition was to fit an oil-pressure warning light with a more proactive trigger-point.

    But it’s dangerous to assume that the same make and model sold in the USA (or anywhere else) will have the same problems as Australian delivered cars. Often, even though they share a brand and badge, the cars from different markets are built in different factories and use parts from different suppliers. Sometimes there are major mechanical changes to cope with local conditions and tastes which can lead to very different reliability outcomes.

    That said, however, the Theta engines used in local Kias have been problematic for some owners and catastrophic engine failures are part of those. You could talk with Kia Australia’s customer service division about financial assistance with the cost of repairs, but at nine years old – even with relatively low kilometres – there would be no guarantee of that happening. 

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  • Kia Sportage 2012: Known transfer case problems

    It’s not a common problem, with the Sportage or AWD vehicles in general. Even though yours is well out of warranty it’s still covered by the consumer protection laws, so it’s worth asking Kia for at least part of the cost of repairs.

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  • What compact SUV can I buy for $10,000?

    Your budget limits you to older models, around 2010-2012. One to look at is the Suzuki SX4; others are the Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi ASX.

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  • Kia Sportage 2012: Steering veers to the left

    There are lots of reports of the Sportage pulling to the left, so you're not alone. Make sure the tyre pressures are correct and the same on each side then pick a normal section of road and drive it on the left side and observe what happens when you take your hands off the wheel. Then, when it's safe, drive on the right side of the road and again observe what happens when you take your hands off the wheel. If it still goes left there's a problem with the alignment, it goes right it's the effect of the camber of the road. Our roads have a significant camber that falls away from the crown on the centerline to the edge of the road on the left, and this can cause the sort of effect you are feeling. There is often insufficient adjustment in the car's suspension to correct for this wandering. You could take the car to a suspension specialist and have it checked there.

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Kia Sportage 2012 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2012 Kia Sportage are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1855mm x 1635mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Kia Sportage 2012 Dimensions  include 1635mm height, 1855mm width, 4440mm length.
Kia Sportage Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
SI (fwd) SUV 1635x1855x4440 mm 172 mm
SLI (awd) SUV 1635x1855x4440 mm 172 mm
Platinum (awd) SUV 1635x1855x4440 mm 172 mm
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Kia Sportage 2012 Towing capacity

The Kia Sportage has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Kia Sportage Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
SI (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN 1600kg
SI (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1600kg
SLI (awd) SUV 2.4L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1600kg
SLI (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 1600kg
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Kia Sportage 2012 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2012 Kia Sportage is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Sportage currently offers fuel consumption from 7.5 to 9.2L/100km. The Kia Sportage is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Kia Sportage Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Platinum (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 7.5L/100km
Platinum (awd) SUV 2.4L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 9.2L/100km
SI (fwd) SUV 2.0L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 8.8L/100km
SLI (awd) SUV 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 7.5L/100km
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Kia Sportage 2012 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2012 Kia Sportage will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Kia Sportage vary from 17x6.5 inches to 18x7 inches.

Kia Sportage Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
SI (fwd) SUV 225x60 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x60 R17 17x6.5 inches
SLI (awd) SUV 225x60 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x60 R17 17x6.5 inches
Platinum (awd) SUV 235x55 R18 18x7 inches 235x55 R18 18x7 inches
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