6. Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage
3 Sep, 2014 12:00pm

Style and value are what make the Kia Sportage such an attractive proposition. If you want a four-wheel drive that doesn’t look like a traditional off-roader, this is the answer because the Kia’s sleek profile and eye-catching details make it a real head turner.

The smartly designed interior is just as appealing, with chunky switchgear, high-quality plastics and loads of standard kit combining to great effect. All 4WD models feature hill-start assist, a panoramic sunroof, reversing sensors, air-con, part-leather upholstery, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity as standard.

Unfortunately the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel only comes in two-wheel drive, so all-wheel drive buyers need to go for the 2.0-litre diesel, which comes with 134bhp or 181bhp outputs. Performance from the flagship model is strong and while it lacks the handling precision of the Skoda Yeti or Mazda CX-5, the Kia is good to drive and refined. Just be aware that the automatic models produce high CO2 emissions, which makes them costly to tax.