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Picking up a 68 plate on Monday wife wants sidesteps fitting the Kia sporty ones after seeing them on a car in the showroom question is bought from Kia they are £500 but that includes fitting, i can buy the side steps cheaper at £380 but are they easy enough to fit? Having read posts on here I know opinion is split about having them but wife wants them so anything for a quite life
 

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Picking up a 68 plate on Monday wife wants sidesteps fitting the Kia sporty ones after seeing them on a car in the showroom question is bought from Kia they are £500 but that includes fitting, i can buy the side steps cheaper at £380 but are they easy enough to fit? Having read posts on here I know opinion is split about having them but wife wants them so anything for a quite life
For the sake of £120 and a couple of hours faffing around doing it yourself I’d just get Kia to supply and fit them.
 

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Side steps are one of these things - you either need them or you don't.
You need them if you regularly need to access the roof area for carrying loads, equipment etc., or if are vertically challenged and need a step point to get in/out of the car.

If neither of these things are you, then they're pointless & as Len Sagar say, just get in the way as a hinderance. I imagine they're not particularly helpful for fuel economy either.
 
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I wouldnt bother. It makes it so much harder to get in and out the car unless you use them to step on when getting in and out. Which I never have done on any car that's had them. I thought about about on mine but my father in law has them on his and it put me right off
 

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Update: called in at our local dealer this morning they have a demonstrator with the sporty side steps not only did we try it out getting in & out but dealer said they are not for standing on! So literally £500 for the look so taking everyone's advice on here saved £500 and invested in a foldable step to reach roofbox when fitted
 

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Update: called in at our local dealer this morning they have a demonstrator with the sporty side steps not only did we try it out getting in & out but dealer said they are not for standing on! So literally £500 for the look so taking everyone's advice on here saved £500 and invested in a foldable step to reach roofbox when fitted
Don’t forget to explain to the wife that her choice would have been the wrong choice. She’ll love being told that!
 

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The dealer doesn't know their arse from their elbow. The Sporty side steps ARE for standing on. You only have to look at the engineering in the fittings to appreciate that.
 

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My 2017 sportage came with side steps, not sure if they are official Kia or some other make but I am sure they have totally negated any chance of using the original jacking points. My dealer says he can't remove them because they throw some part of the body work away when they are fitted, I'm still investigating this which seems unlikely to me.
 

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My 2017 sportage came with side steps, not sure if they are official Kia or some other make but I am sure they have totally negated any chance of using the original jacking points. My dealer says he can't remove them because they throw some part of the body work away when they are fitted, I'm still investigating this which seems unlikely to me.
I think they just fit to mounting points underneath. From what I've seen anyway. I dont think anything needs cutting away. Unless that's specific to the ones you have.
 

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The dealer doesn't know their arse from their elbow. The Sporty side steps ARE for standing on. You only have to look at the engineering in the fittings to appreciate that.
Totally agree.
The spec say's they can take up to 200kg.
If your heavier than that you need a bigger car anyway 😊
 

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I had side steps fitted to a Hyundai ix35 I had. The only time I used them was when I was cleaning the car to get to the roof. 😁
 

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I use mine when cleaning the roof too. But also I carry roof box from time to time and the steps are great for accessing that.
 
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