Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE third-gen­er­a­tion Kia Sportage was a very strong pack­age wrapped in a strik­ing-look­ing crossover body. But the cur­rent Mk4 toned down the styling, and it’s ar­guable that its ap­peal has faded a lit­tle as a re­sult.

How­ever, the Sportage re­mains a strong pack­age, with a spa­cious, well built cabin, a de­cent driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and range of en­gine and trim op­tions to suit most needs. Four-wheel drive is of­fered with the torquey 2.0 CRDI diesel in two power out­puts, while top-spec cars have lots of kit.

Price range: £8,495-£32,525 Our pick: 2.0 CRDI AWD Gt-line (£26,495) En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl diesel, 134bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 114mph Econ­omy: 54.3mpg CO2: 139g/km

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