The Kia Sportage was the first car to ever be named CarBuyer's Car of the Year, back in 2011. It was also then awarded the CarBuyer 2012 title of Best 4x4. There's just no denying that the Sportage is a truly outstanding SUV that represents everything that Kia has worked towards in terms of improving both its physical product and its brand perception among the public at large.
The Sportage's almost futuristic exterior is the creation of the man who also designed the iconic Audi TT and it still stands out from the SUV crowd, set apart from key rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti. It's certainly not a car for the shy at heart, because it will definitely turn heads when you’re driving around town. It comes in five specifications – 1, 2/KX-2, 3/KX-3, 3 Sat Nav and KX-4 – with KX simply showing that it's a four-wheel drive model.
All models come fitted with alloy wheels, tinted glass, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing front windscreen wipers and Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connectivity as standard equipment, so you do get a lot for your money, no matter which car you buy. And the interior does manage to live up the exterior's quality, too. If you do look closer, though, you will uncover some cheap plastic trim used here and there, but that really is being very picky indeed, because it feels surprisingly high quality alongside its rivals. The Sportage was originally only available with a single 134bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with four-wheel drive, but now you get to choose from four engines, plus a front-wheel drive option that in many ways makes it a better car for general daily use. And like all Kias, it comes with an excellent seven-year warranty. Plus, let's not forget that Kia's improving brand profile will help when you come to sell it on – and you live safe in the knowledge that that improvement comes from the style, equipment and value of the car.