Same but bet­ter

Kia’s re­freshed mid­size, value-added Sportage SUV of­fers more of the same, which is ac­tu­ally a good thing. Iain Doo­ley re­ports.

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

There’s noth­ing fun­da­men­tally wrong with Kia’s mid-size SUV, but the Korean car maker has de­cided to give its Sportage a mi­nor vis­ual re­fresh.

The car’s nose and tail ben­e­fit from mi­nor styling tweaks, while in­side there are changes to the cabin’s trim and ma­te­ri­als. Ea­gle-eyed shop­pers will also spot im­prove­ments to the car’s fas­cia plus the in­clu­sion of an up­dated choice of in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems. This gen­er­a­tion of Sportage boasts the soft curves we’ve come to ex­pect from the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of hugely pop­u­lar ‘life­style’ SUV gen­res. In this par­tic­u­lar car’s case, Kia has tweaked head and tail­light de­sign. In­side there’s a mod­est but wel­come uplift in cabin qual­ity thanks to bet­ter ma­te­rial choices, while the al­ready gen­er­ous in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has been boosted to re­flect the needs of an in­creas­ingly tech-savvy au­di­ence. Fac­tor in Kia’s solid rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing well built, af­ford­able cars plus its still gen­er­ous war­ranty pack­age and it’s not dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand the ap­peal of this fam­i­lyfriendly SUV. With its com­mand­ing driv­ing po­si­tion and mul­ti­ad­justable seats, it’s easy to get com­fort­able be­hind the wheel. And that’s the point; the Sportage of­fers a re­laxed ex­pe­ri­ence that eas­ily ri­vals

that of cars cost­ing a lot more. Also, its en­gine line-up de­liv­ers a good range of per­for­mance and econ­omy, while the ride is the right side of com­fort­able and keeps pitch and roll to a min­i­mum. Front-drive cars sac­ri­fice lit­tle if you never plan on tow­ing or off-road­ing, while the flex­i­bil­ity of all-wheel drive en­sures an added safety net for more ad­ven­tur­ous own­ers. The Sportage is a cinch to drive. With its long, gen­er­ous war­ranty pe­riod and a stan­dard kit list that eas­ily em­bar­rasses many of its more costly ri­vals, the Sportage is a sound propo­si­tion for buy­ers with a mod­est bud­get. Nat­u­rally diesel power is the way to go if you plan to travel far or tow, and it’s good to see the car gen­er­ate some wal­let-friendly num­bers. The re­cent re­fresh has seen an uplift in the cabin am­bi­ence, plus up­dates to the sat­nav pro­vi­sion. You’d have to be a card-car­ry­ing badge snob to give the Sportage a miss.

ONE WORD This car summed up in just a sin­gle word: Price: £23,900 En­gine: 1.7-litre diesel unit pro­duc­ing 114bhp and 192lb/ ft of torque Trans­mis­sion: Six-speed man­ual driv­ing the front wheels Per­for­mance: Top speed 107mph, 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds Econ­omy: 52.3mpg com­bined Emis­sions: 143g/km of CO2

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