If this car was a Hollywood leading man, we’d be talking about his ‘chiselled good looks.’
It’s a handsome looking car, with a distinctive, chunky look at the back, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a strong, thick front grille.
There are nice design touches around the exterior, like the LED headlights which have a sleek, modern appearance.
Inside, the look is far from understated, which is becoming the norm for the new Kias. For example, there are blinged-up accents like scales on a fish across the dash and interior of the doors.
This model has cloth seats with a fabric that seems durable, but I found them very firm. They really aren’t built for luxury and comfort, with manual (rather than electronic) adjustment in this base version.
The main dashboard looks the goods, with the 8.0-inch display nicely integrated.
There are more air conditioning vents than you could ever want, but if you’re fussy with temperature like me you can control and position them every which way.
There are three USB chargers in the front, plus an extra in the middle row, and a non-slip mat for your phone under the front dash.
The cupholders are a good size and have little adjustable grips to ensure whatever cup or bottle you have doesn’t rattle around. The middle storage bin is nice and deep, and there are also decent pockets in the doors.
In the second row there is plenty of room, for legs, bums and heads. I’m 165cm (5'4") and with the drivers seat back I still had plenty of space, making the second row not only for kids.
Also in the second row there are directional air vents (but no controls), one USB charge point, and actual cupholders in the doors as well as the middle console.
Plus, each door has a bottle holder as well. I'm pretty sure all cupholder and bottle holder needs will be met!
The pockets in the back of the seats have an enclosed inner section and a netted section on top - perfect for road-trip snacks and entertainment.
Accessing the third row is actually quite easy as there is a button that folds the seat down and moves it forward with one push. This does become a little harder, though, if there is a child's car seat installed in that seat.
Another plus is full-sized spare tyre, which is becoming something of a rarity.