Kia launched the all new Sportage early in 2016 with a fresh design in a market that is becoming increasingly popular with consumers, competitive from manufacturers and homogenised by designers.
The all new fourth generation model is more a continuation of evolution but a large step taken.
The 2018 Kia Sportage GT-Line has a muscular bold design. With wider wheel arches it takes on a more muscular appearance but tapers towards the rear. It definitely has enough differentiation in its design, mainly from the bold muscle bound front and grill which amongst onlookers tends to polarise opinion.
From the side the appearance is longer and sleeker than the previous model with longer front overhang and tapering rear spoiler.
The good thing is that consumers will be buying a vehicle that will differentiate itself from the crowded segment. One very noticeable feature on the GT-Line is the quad fog light cluster.
Inside the story gets better. The first impression is one of a spacious and integrated interior with soft feel dash and quality ambiance. There is plenty of headroom, even in the GT-Line with the sunroof.
All seating is comfortable with the GT-Line having leather and electric adjustment for the driver with lumbar support. Front seats are both heated and air cooled which is a luxury fast becoming an essential in Australian conditions.
The height and reach adjustable steering wheel is thick rimmed, small diameter and on the Kia Sportage GT-Line flat bottomed. It feels great in the hands and contributes to the feeling of sporting (for an AWD SUV) handling.
As this is a family wagon the rear seats are extremely important and as mentioned the extra wheelbase is noticeable here. Even with the front seat fully slid back the rear occupants have reasonable head, shoulder, hip, knee and leg room, more so than many of its competitors.
On the centre stack there is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment screen featuring reversing camera display with dynamic parking lines, while satellite navigation