While it has been available in one form or another for more than two decades, it was the Sportage that was introduced in 2010 that was the real game-changer for Kia.
The Korean brand’s line-up had long featured worthy cars with lengthy warranties, but there was precious little to get excited about. Then, out of the blue, there arrived this handsome SUV that you could be proud to park on your driveway.
Predictably, it flew out of showrooms, helping Kia more than double its sales over the next six years. However, as striking as that Sportage was to gawp at, it was never particularly great to drive.
This replacement is designed to fix that, while retaining the visual appeal of its predecessor. In fact, provided you pick your trim and engine combination carefully, it can be a great value private buy, whether you’re paying cash or taking out finance.
With that in mind, then, does the latest Kia Sportage deserve a place on your SUV shopping list? And which version should you spend your money on? Read on to find out.