Engine & gearbox are smooth when warm. The 4WD system is simple and effective in snow and on rough tracks.
The interior has very flexible seating arrangements and the fold flat front passangers seat allows for long loads. Short overhangs help when towing and the unbraked capacity matches the UK legal maximum.
This is my 2nd Kia and the brand has a good reputation with me. I also like the no nonsense image and the exceptional warranty.
My previous Kia was totally reliable. The Sportage has the same engine & gearbox and many common fittings so I am hoping for the same (it has positive consumer reviews). The interior is designed for work with a well lined cargo area.
The past experience is Kia (Carens) rather than the Sportage and the car was totally reliable over 3 years.