3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,450 miles

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problem #2

Feb 112019

Sportage

  • 44,000 miles
The exterior lighting is not good at all. Since Iżve had the vehicle, going on 4 years, I still switch the lights off then on because I canżT seem to see in front of me. It's especially bad when driving in the dark while raining. Iżve tried to get brighter headlights but they are very costly and almost impossible to obtain them anyway. Poor exterior lighting.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 052017

Sportage

  • 36,900 miles
Signal lights: While merging onto freeway/changing lanes, near rear end collisions and side swipes have occurred numerous of times. I have contributed the incidents to the location of the signal lights on both front and rear. Rear signal lights are not positioned in traditional location (I.e. conjunction with brake lights). Instead, rear signals are located on the bumper far below brake lights. These lights are strips not standard size and, thereby, possibly not seen by drivers who are used to seeing them in traditional locals on other vehicles. Additionally, the front signal lights are located immediately adjacent to the grill. As this Kia model has no signal indicators to the outermost portion of the vehicle I.e. side mounted mirrors with signals, other motorists have no indication that a lane change/turn is commencing. Photos provided show view from a Toyota which has a low profile. One photo is from the Kia Sportage 2016 which has a higher profile in regards to the normal line of sight to traditional signal light locations. I have returned to the Kia dealership and contacted several others and we were all amazed to learn that all Kia Sportage models of this year share this unique characteristic. Other models have signal lights in traditional locals and include signals mounted on the side view mirrors alerting motorists without obscurity that a lane change/turn is imminent. We purchased this vehicle in March this year and my wife and I have experienced countless of near misses. Finally, I decided to check to see if my signals were working properly and that is when I discovered the unique characteristic of this Kia model. I did contact Kia and they said that they would pass it on to their design team. Case number is 12346548. Now that my wife and I are aware we take extreme caution, but less experienced motorists are still at risk. Thank you.

- Vancouver, WA, USA