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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.

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