Still, the 'Tiger Nose' grille dominates the front fascia in a manner that will polarise public opinion into the "love it" and "hate it" crowds. A similar thing can be said about the squinty look of the headlights. The 2016 Kia Sportage will never win a beauty contest, but we have to give it to Kia for the groovy visual identity.
As for the rear and rear three-quarter view, all is well from our point of view. There's not a single aesthetic element outside the norm, nor anything that could be described as boring for the younger audience. The C-pillar's shape, muscular wheel arches, integrated roof spoiler, and dual exhaust pipes positioned at the extremities of the silver-painted rear diffuser give the 2016 Kia Sportage a fairly dynamic physique.
On the inside, there's a Sorento-inspired dashboard with a touchscreen placed in the center. Underneath the latter, we can see the air conditioning system's controls, which appear to have been inspired by Land Rover's parts bin. Under the hood, Kia confirmed that the 2016 Sportage will get one all-new engine. At the present moment, there's no official intel from the company on what kind of powerhouse it could be.
Our two cents go on a 1.6-liter GDI petrol, joined by a 1.2-liter T-GDI. A 1.7 CRDi and a 2-liter CRDi are expected to take care of the needs of those who prefer turbo diesel grunt and those extra miles per gallon. A seven-speed DCT automatic transmission will be the option over the standard manual gearbox.