Words and photos by Jose Carlo R. Sapera
Back in March, I got a sneak peek of the yet-to-be-launched all-new Sportage when I paid a visit to the old Columbian Autocar Coporation in Bicutan. All I can say is, in that brief moment, Kia's got its marketing tag line, “the power to surprise,” spot on with its latest crossover.
Fast forward a few months later, I was finally given the chance to take the lovely Sportage out for a spin to find out if it can really sweep me off my feet.
Inside, the Sportage has a simple and straightforward interior layout with bits of Kia's signature “tiger nose” design integrated into the dashboard to highlight its curves. There's also an abundance of hard plastic, but build quality is top notch, so I really can't complain. On a different note, the red lit gauges are a warm welcome as it makes the instrument cluster easy to read even in broad daylight.