Even in one of the most fiercely contested segments of the automotive market, the all-round excellence of the third-generation Kia Sportage sets the standard for its competitors. Along with sharp looks, exceptional build quality and a fine range of engines, this compact SUV provides astonishingly low running costs for such a large, powerful car.
The finely scalloped front profile and narrow, blade-shaped headlights ensure that the Sportage makes an immediate impression, whilst the rearward angle of the C-pillar accentuates the sweeping lines of its midsection, as well as letting in more light and adding to the sense of space enjoyed by the rear passengers.
The Kia Sportage offers a strong lineup of powerful and economical engines, with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines accompanied by 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre diesel units. With the 2.0-litre powertrains (both petrol and diesel), you can choose between manual and automatic transmissions as well as front and four-wheel drive.
Despite the considerable force provided, each engine provides a quiet and refined ride. Moreover, the standard technology on each edition of the Sportage includes rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth with voice recognition, MP3 connection, and air conditioning. Small wonder that the Kia Sportage won Best 4x4 at the annual CarBuyer Car of the Year Awards two years running.