Yes, that's right, the Kia Sportage has been on our roads now for a whopping 25 years! With more than 5 million Sportage's sold around the world and almost a quarter of a million sold in the UK, the increasingly popular SUV now tenth place in the charts, is becoming a solid favourite on our British roads.
As the UK's number one seller for the past six years, the multi-award-winning Kia Sportage celebrates its 25th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, a special 'Edition 25' grade is now available for purchase with an exclusive variant including 130bhp 1.6-litre GDI engine with 6-speed transmission.
As well as a brand-new model issued by Kia, we join the South-Korean brand in celebration by taking a look at some key moments in the Sportage's 25-year history, appreciating its evolving design right up to the eminent modern-day version.
The fourth-generation Sportage has evolved from a cheap and cheerful family crossover, to a forward-thinking, stylish SUV, and a solid contender against reputable rivals such as the popular Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Hyundai Tucson.
The electric vehicle market is souring, meaning one indefinite thing for the Kia Sportage's future. The most recent 2018 design saw the Kia Sportage with an advanced mild-hybrid assistance engine variant - Will we be seeing a fully electric Sportage in 2019?