looking stance, despite this model retaining the same 1,855mm width as its predecessor.
Inside, there’s a completely new interior, with higher quality materials and a central console that cascades downwards and is tilted 10 degrees towards the driver.
Prices are much as they were before, which means that like its predecessor, this car sells in the £18,000 to £30,000 bracket. Given that it’s comparably sized to models like Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V that’ll cost you from around £25,000, that looks like good value.
Efficiency levels are much as before, not surprising given that the mainstream engines are little different from those supplied with the previous generation version of this car.
This means that the best-performing Sportage from an economy and emissions perspective remains the front-wheel drive 1.7 CRDi diesel, which manages around 55mpg on the combined cycle and around 135g/ km of CO2.
Further up the range, the DCT auto gearbox offers a more efficient style of self-shifter, but since this technology is currently limited to the minority-interest T-GDI turbo petrol engine that few buyers will choose, it’ll have limited impact on UK Sportage sales.
Have the updates made to this fourth generation Kia Sportage been sufficient to keep buyers loyal? We think so. That’s important as Kia is fortunate enough to have quite a few of these people in the UK, thanks to the impressive sales success achieved by the third generation version of this car.
Ultimately, it’s a car you sit in and wonder just how a Honda CR-V or a Toyota RAV4 can be worth around £5,000 more.
That says it all really.