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Kia’s rejuvenated Sportage tested


I REMEMBER when the third generation Kia Sportage was launched back in mid-2010. It created quite a stir as this strong-looking SUV gripped the nation, and sales went through the roof.

It’s easy to see why it was such a popular choice, driving Kia into the mainstream SUV market. The demand for the Sportage has always been good and earlier this year the Korean brand decided to usher in a few cosmetic changes.

They might be small, but things like a refreshed interior and modern finishing will keep the Sportage an appealing option

Driving the more powerful 2.0 VGT CRDi diesel spec, the increased power and better fuel returns are immediately noticeable as is the smoother, more refined auto gearbox that our car housed.

On the open road the AWD Sportage feels more mature and composed with less vibration and road noise entering the cabin. The cabin itself also enjoys some nice touches like the 4.2-inch LCD screen, doubling up as a rear-view camera when reversing.

Visually it’s also matured with a re-moulded front grille, a slightly tweaked rear and stylish new alloys.

Overall, while the changes might be minimal and difficult to notice, Kia has done enough to make the Sportage just that little bit more sweeter and alluring.

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