The Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV which was built by the Korean automaker Kia Motors since 1993. The Kia Sportage was developed on the Mazda bongo engineering base platform. Kia Sportage was named as one of the most reliable vehicles in 2009 by Consumer Reports reliability survey , The Kia Sportage also ranked second in the 鈥?0 least expensive 2009 vehicles to insure 鈥?list by Insure.com. The second-generation Kia Sportage earned a top rating of five stars in crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Kia Sportage was the world's first production vehicle to be equipped with a knee airbag. The new Kia Sportage is built dramatically on the success of its predecessor. It has a raft of integral safety features, a sleek, aerodynamic body, fantastic specification, a superior quality cabin and most significant of all it has an industry-leading 7 year warranty. The Kia Sportage is an All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) car amongst its standard specification. It has a new 2.0 litre engines which delivers both improved power (134bhp and 320Nm of torque) and also improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions which are just 156g/km on the diesel 6-speed manual model. Essex Auto Group Kia is a dealership which has a large showroom displaying many new and used Kia cars. Whether you want a new Kia Picanto or a used Kia Sportage in Essex , Essex Auto Group is the place to visit, also offering accident repair, genuine Kia parts and servicing and Motability.