Is it possible for a car to be chubby? I reckon the Sportage is a little chubby. It’s got a boxy shape with curved corners that give it a well-rounded shape. It makes you want to give it a cuddle and is what I called the Seth Rogan of cars. Cute like a teddy bear, but not slick like the Mazda CX-5 or sporty like the Tucson, and thankfully more interesting than the Toyota RAV4. It still looks decent and you feel good driving it.
The interiors step it up a notch as Kia has streamlined the centre console area, so there are less buttons and it’s less fussy. The whole dash and centre area is well designed and even though this is the bottom of the range model, I don’t feel like they have skimped on anything. It certainly doesn’t look like the budget model.
In fact, you still get a leather-trimmed steering wheel which feels so nice to touch under the hands, it really lifts the whole driving experience.
There are fabric seats, but they are comfortable and feel good to sit on and everything is quite tactile, from the soft dash to the volume button on the steering wheel, it all feels good to touch.