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It’s a big and capable vehicle

Those were the days and what a successful car it was for me. This vehicle was almost treated as a novelty. Koreans are moving from budget cars to SUVs. whatever’s next?

And while the first Sportage was only with unfailing styling, but with good equipment levels and a low, low price, it has blossomed into a great all-rounder. Possibly the best on the road.

Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Ford, Audi, Mazda, Mini, Vauxhall and others – they can all be different. But there is no doubt that Kia is now dining on the big table and it does so on merit.

The Sportage’s interior is dominated by a giant screen but it’s a luxurious cabin that’s easy to navigate

It is no longer a cheap option but it is still exceptionally well equipped for the money. Maybe even extravagantly equipped. The range costs around £26,000 and even the big-sale model tested here, called the Kia, costs £30,165.

The Sportage 2, 3 and 4 Plus comes as GT-Line and GT-Line S. 3 is probably the best combination between price and trim.

I must say, this is a few thousand less than what I expected for such a classy car, compared with the premium marques from Germany and elsewhere. So £31,000 is still a hefty amount, but find something better for the money and I’d be surprised.

Now, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. The Sportage used to have such a happy, pretty face, but now it has a growling, honeycomb affair. I was not a fan and still am not curious.

But it does give a trendy look to the car which I am sure many will appreciate. What’s more, friends and colleagues may not find the Sportage nose as controversial, but I insist that the previous generation was a beautiful car. Time will tell if I was right.

There is no doubt that the new Sportage is much better in terms of equipment and all-round versatility.

No wonder Sportage is on high. The first generation was sold in modest numbers but versions two, three and four grew in popularity.

The 3 tested here get 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and LED front fog lamps. Black fabric and faux leather upholstery inside, driver’s lumbar support, front power adjustable seats with height adjusters, heated front and rear exterior seats, heated steering wheel, engine start/stop buttons and for center fascia and door garnish Has an aluminum pattern finish. ,

Smart cruise control with stop and go functionality, Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and paddle shifters have been fitted to the automatic variant, while cruise control and speed limiter have been given for the manual gearbox version. The 12.3-inch display with navigation system, along with a 12.3-inch supervised color cluster display, six audio speakers and DAB radio, welcomes the occupants. Kia Connect also includes a free seven-year subscription.

If you want Panorama Sunroof, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Harman Kardon Premium Audio System, 360-degree Around View Monitor, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) and Parking Collision Avoidance Assist (PCA) . , then you’ll need Sportage 4.

It’s nice to drive, considering it’s such a big car. And the cabin is a pleasure. The huge screens are easy to navigate and give the car a modern edge.

If you really want to make a splash you need the GT-Line S specification. It is offered with a 148bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine with 7DCT and 48-volt mild hybrid technology and all-wheel-drive as standard, priced at £38,445.

In addition, two 226bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi hybrid options are offered, with a choice of two-wheel drive (from £38,645) and all-wheel drive (from £40,245). The Sportage PHEV GT-Line S models, with all-wheel drive, represent the pinnacle of the range, priced at £43,795. The sporty appearance of the ‘GT-Line S’ takes the ‘4’ model as its base and adds the following GT-Line’ styling, 19in alloy wheels, ventilated seats and power adjustable seats, and a powered tailgate.

Now £40,000-plus sounds great for any car, let alone Kia. But to be honest the 3 tested here are probably the best options. Who needs a powered tailgate anyway?

Price: £30,165. The range is priced from £25,965.

Engine: 1.6L 148bhp petrol engine

Performance: Top speed 113mph and 0 to 60mph in 9.9 seconds

Economy: 41.5mpg average. I averaged over 40mph with lots of motorway miles

Warranty: Seven Years / 100,000 Miles

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