I had to zip all over town to get the present, organise the cake from my fab cousin, get decorations for the park (originally, there was not even a thought of decorations, but isn’t it funny how a few more parents at a party can put the pressure on you to make it bigger and better than you have time for?), plus do all my usual - go to work, do school and daycare drop-offs, think about dinner, laundry and the rest of it.
The Sportage was a dream to drive. She zipped in and out of traffic and made me feel like a (gasp!) fairly competent mother. I was getting things done! In time! I was superwoman! I could manoeuvre in and out of lanes quite quickly and it has a tight (10.9m) turning circle, which meant I wasn’t doing lots of rushed three-point turns.
Some larger SUVs can feel quite heavy, but the Sportage is a great size and was quite easy to park. You still feel big enough in it, and high enough off the road to feel safe, but it’s not like you’re driving a tank. It is a bit noisy going up hills, but it does get up, no problem.
The other thing I noticed was the absolute smoothness of the ride, and when I asked an expert colleague about that, he said it was down to the Australian Kia team testing the suspension all over Australian roads, and fine tuning it to suit even the dodgy bumpy roads. You’re basically getting a custom drive and you can definitely feel the difference.