We finally got the Sportage back after receiving some cosmetic attention following an indiscretion by one of our team damaging the rear bumper.
Having been without the car for a few weeks, I can't say how pleased I am to be back behind the wheel. It got me to thinking as to why exactly the Sportage is one of my favourite cars of the moment.
Well, to start with, it's simply a damn good car, and not just a good car for the money, but a good car – period. It shames cars costing twice as much with its build quality, driving style and kit list.
Certainly, at £32k for our top-of-the-range model, you simply can't do any better. Four-wheel-drive security, diesel economy and every extra you could need. But it isn't just that, I've decided that it's also because Kia has achieved what Skoda has been trying to do.
The Sportage is no longer seen as a cheap car, it's seen as a good-looking and refined SUV. It has style and a reputation that the rest of the range is still catching up with.
It looks good and I certainly don't feel like I'm in a cheap or bland vehicle when I'm in it. It has the sort of build quality you expect to find in a Volvo, too.
I cannot count the number of times I've recommended this car to people now, and I mean that from the heart. At least six people I know have gone on to buy one and been over the moon with their purchase.
For my own money I'd probably go for a mid-range model. However, for our day-to day-family hack, we love this car and simply don't want it to go back!
Article written by Andy Entwistle