The medium-sized Sportage SUV is a very close relative of the Hyundai Tucson, but the two are sufficiently different in their design briefs that they do look quite different.
The headline act for the Sportage GT Line is its unusual headlight and fog-light arrangement. The fog-lights in particular are one of the most unique sets of illumination out there in the car world today. Two sets of four LED lights are grouped together to form a pair of larger lamps, while the LED headlights also add their own distinct flavour.
The basic lines of the Sportage are very well-executed. The car manages to be a little bit macho, but not too much, and manages to look like one of the more stylish SUVs in the pack by underplaying its design, when compared to more design-fussy cars like the Mazda CX-5.
The GT Line gets a darker grill and eschews a lot of chrome trim in its pursuit of a stylish, sporty and sleek visage. This extends to the 19-inch wheels with low-profile tyres, as well as the full-length panoramic sunroof.
The interior shows Kia's newfound confidence in executing stylish and comfortable interiors with good graphics, with simple yet striking lines across the dash, and clever design hiding the use of cheaper materials.
Everywhere you look, there is something new to admire, and sometimes it's hard to believe you're still in a mid-sized Korean-built SUV. The pale interior trim certainly won't be to everyone's tastes, especially if you have a grubby family, but the black headlining does hide quite a few blemishes.