Although Kia has recently received a lot of praise for its design-led philosophy, pricing was always a top priority. 

Under the skin, the first-generation Sportage was basically a Mazda Bongo, sharing numerous parts like as the engine, gearbox, and differentials. 

It was originally shown at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show and was formally introduced in Asia in 1993.

It arrived in Europe two years later and was sold there until 2003, when this particular model came off the assembly line.

 after the all-electric EV6, although it certainly looks odd with its Tiger nose grille and boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights. 

Though it seems less boxy than the original, closer inspection reveals that this is the first Sportage built exclusively for Europe, with a shorter wheelbase that is supposedly more appropriate for our roads.