Inside the engine bay of this Kia Sportage KX-4 SUV is a 2.0 litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, with a revised variable geometry turbocharger, higher-pressure piezo injectors and software mapping, which creates 181 hp at 4,000 rpm. And is engineered to either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, which throws out different numbers.

Torque, at 1,800 rpm to 2,500 rpm, is 383 Nm for the manual, 392 Nm for the automatic. The manual version does 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 9.4 seconds and has a top speed of 120 mph (193 km/h), while the auto version has a top speed to 121 mph (195 km/h). Kia did not state the 0-60 mph time for the automatic.

The KX-4 is only available in an All-Wheel Drive, which constantly monitors driving conditions and sends power to the wheel that needs it the most. By default, the system sends all torque to the wheels, but can be redistributed 60:40 front-to-rear when situations call for it. Owners can also manually select lock mode for off-roading; it fives 50:50 torque split at speed up to 25 mph (40 km/h).

As for equipment, the KX-4 list full leather upholstery, privacy glass, seven inch touchscreen sat nav, xenon lights, automatic lights and wipers, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone air-conditioning, heated front and rear sears, cruise control, iPod connectivity, colour reverse camera and a seven-speaker stereo with external amp and subwoofer. The SUV also gets a Parallel Parking Assist System (complete with all-around parking sensors), keyless smart entry system and engine stop/start button, and stainless steel door scuff plates.

The KX-4 comes at a price of £27,195 OTR for the manual and £28,500 OTR for the automatic.