What if an SUV married the high seating position and usability of a traditional SUV with the driving characteristics of a small sport sedan? This is what I asked myself as I blasted around a twisty corner just south of San Francisco in a new 2011 Kia Sportage. Living up to its name, and punctuating the “sport” in SUV, the Sportage is a vehicle that surely challenges the norm.
Outside, the Sportage exemplifies Kia’s new design direction. Finally, a design that’s all its own that helps Kia define itself as much more than a budget alternative. The new Sportage is longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor, and with exaggerated wheel arches, high belt-line and short greenhouse, it’s a compact crossover like you’ve never seen before. It’s aggressive, youthful, and the new face of Kia.
Photos by Chris Allen