The Kia Sportage has never been one for small evolutionary changes. Originally a cheap, poorly made penalty box followed by a solid, yet utterly forgettable bargain-price SUV, today’s Sportage is now a stylish and well-rounded compact crossover SUV. In human terms, the Kia Sportage has gone from a baboon to a Neanderthal and then George Clooney in the span of 15 years.
While the previous generation might be a cost-effective but rather uninspired used car choice, the current Sportage stands out from the crowd in more ways than just looks. Thanks to its excellent build quality, stronger performance and generous array of features, it’s far and away the most appealing Sportage yet. This third-generation model remains on the small side among compact crossovers, however, and as such is a better choice for singles or those with small families.