Our Sportage GT-Line was on shopping duties in the morning, and was then tasked with taxiing us to an early family Christmas get together in the afternoon.
It’s a good-looking and well-proportioned SUV, and one only improved by the rich Fiery Red paint my test car came dressed in. I’m not a massive fan of the bold front-end design, however it definitely appeals from every other angle, with the 19-inch alloys and dual chrome-tipped exhaust working well to convey a sportier feel.
Inside, there is a good amount of space with plenty of leg and head room for kids and adults alike. It’s a nice place to sit, and it delivers on the premium promise with quality finishes and materials used throughout.
The leather appointed seats are reasonably comfortable, however the driver's seat is positioned too high for my liking - even at its lowest setting. Although providing great visibility, the position felt awkward in relation to the steering wheel and dash, which seemed too low by comparison.
The GT-Line comes with a full complement of features, including keyless entry, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, vented and heated powered seats, a sunroof and park assist. Front and centre in the dash is an 8.0-inch touchscreen which operates the digital radio, eight-speaker JBL sound system, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Driving around the local suburbs on the way to supermarket it was hard not to notice the agricultural-sounding diesel engine noise filling the cabin. Our driving music playlist had to work hard to compete against this, as well as the annoying speed-camera warnings which we had to switch off.
The Kia did, however, feel nimble and perfectly composed over the endless lumps and bumps we encountered.
Once at the carpark, the GT-Line's good all-round visibility, reversing camera and parking sensors front and rear made the job of maneuvering easy.