Kia’ chief designer, Peter Schreyer, likes to think of the new Sportage as less of a mode of transport and more as an object of desire. Our more pragmatic verdict is that it’s a fine new alternative to crossovers such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and, of course, the Kia's sister model, the Hyundai ix35.
There’s no doubting the influence Schreyer has imposed on Kia’ cars, turning them from rather uninspiring transport into thoroughly modern, appealing vehicles.
The Sportage is no exception, with key design features such as the now familiar ‘tiger nose grille’ clam-shell bonnet, heavy side swage line, and castellated top windscreen line echoing that of the front grille all giving the Sportage a thoroughly contemporary look.
Stlye or substance?
Even though the Sportage is bigger than the car it replaces – providing considerably more leg- and shoulder room – in some areas it's clearly a triumph of style over substance.
That plunging roof line, tapering side windows and heavy rear pillar means all-round visibility has suffered, and headroom is definitely on the snug side. When it comes to furnishings and fittings, however, it’s almost all good news.
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