The Sportage model from Kia has been made the subject of a Euro make-over in an attempt to enhance its driving dynamics.
Retuned power steering is now more responsive than before, while motorists will also benefit from 16-inch brake discs.
In addition, the towing capability of the SUV has gone up to 1,800 kg and transmission ratios have been adjusted.
Customers operating on a budget may be pleased to hear that the Korean motor manufacturer has brought the price of the vehicle down, meaning motorists can now get their hands on a two-wheel drive version of the car for £13,995 on the road.
"The 2008 Sportage has changed only the front bumper, grille, wing mirrors and headlights on the outside. Under the skin are a number of significant improvements to make the Sportage even more appealing to European customers," the company commented.
Kia was founded in 1944 and is Korea’s second-largest car company.