What is it?
It's Kia's latest generation of Sportage, now available as a full 16-model range after being introduced by the 'First Edition', a 2.0 diesel-based variant that showed the new car's strengths but came fully loaded and well north of £20k.
Four engines are on offer; as well as the 2.0 oil-burner there are 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrols, and the new 1.7-litre turbodiesel tested here. Unlike its bigger black-nozzle brother, it's only available with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.
There are four trim levels for this powerplant. The base spec, 1, comes on 16in wheels but still offers air-con, Bluetooth, electric windows all round and LED daytime running lights that make the most of Peter Schreyer's sharp styling. Move up to 2 and you get 17in alloys, part-leather upholstery, reversing sensors and a panoramic glass roof.
If you want full leather then you'll need to choose 3, which also throws in heated front and rear seats, xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control and 18in wheels. However, our test car came in '3 Sat-nav' spec, which has all the kit plus an integrated 7in navigation system in the dashboard.