Don't expect sophistication from this small SUV.
It's nowhere near as pleasant to drive as the best in this class, the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4.
The Sportage's old-school, trucklike body-on-frame construction contributes to the uncomfortable ride and clumsy handling.
A crude, slow, and noisy powertrain doesn't help.
The interior feels cheap, and the rear gate is a nuisance to open.