The Kia Sportage has picked up another award for its quality and reliability, securing first place in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. The result comes only six weeks after the Sportage completed a 100,000 kilometre endurance test conducted by German car magazine, Auto Motor und Sport, where it became the first car in the publication’s history to complete the test without a single fault.
In J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study, a long-term product quality survey, the third-generation Sportage stood out with an extremely low number of faults, measured by J.D. Power in problems per 100 cars (PP100). The Sportage’s result of 45 PP100 not only resulted in victory in the Compact SUV segment, but also placed the car first among 68 models from 24 manufacturers in the overall ranking. The Sportage, which is Kia’s bestselling model in Europe, recorded a 13-point lead over the second-place car.
The Kia Sportage displayed no weaknesses in any of the disciplines. In categories for Exterior, Interior and Air Conditioning, it achieved the best ratings of any car in the survey. The Vehicle Dependability Study is conducted annually and is the largest long-term satisfaction survey of German car owners. This year, J.D. Power surveyed 15,453 motorists.
Steffen Cost, of Kia Motors Deutschland, said: “Our customers’ exceptionally high degree of satisfaction with the Kia Sportage is very gratifying. It is further proof of the quality of our cars, which also gained us first place in the ‘Qualitätsreport 2015’ [Quality Report] by ‘Auto Bild’ magazine and which we underscore with our seven-year warranty.
“We are convinced that the fourth generation of the Kia Sportage, which went on sale in January 2016, will also satisfy customers fully. The new model is a highly-developed compact SUV with a premium level interior, an award-winning exterior design, the latest comfort and safety technologies, a more efficient choice of engines, the new GT Line model – and, of course, Kia’s high quality.”