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Kia refines Sportage SUV to keep it competitive, but segment stardom remains elusive
8 Apr 2019
WHEN the fourth-generation Kia Sportage launched in early 2016, we couldn’t help but think it felt a little underdone compared with some of the excellent models it shared showroom space with.
The mid-size SUV game has moved on significantly in the intervening years and months, so Kia had to play some serious catch-up with this facelifted Sportage.
In many ways, this has been successful, especially the welcome addition of more safety tech and some meaningful tweaks to how it rides and handles. And its well-built cabin looks and works better courtesy of a big new touchscreen and extra space courtesy of an unusual decision to lengthen the wheelbase as part of this facelift.
During our week with the Sportage, we found a lot to like, but it never quite charmed us in the way other Kia models do so well.
Model release date: 1 July 2018
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