This is exactly where I see a similar approach between the BMW M3/4 (mostly the 3) and the Sportage. To my eyes, from the front of hood to the back bumper, both the M3 and the Sportage are pretty traditional. Both have nice proportions, IMO. But what fails for me on both is the front. But it's the front of both that gives character to the rest of the entire exterior design. I like the front of the Sportage a lot more than the M3/4, but I mean, they're both ugly IMO. The difference is that the Sportage isn't so ugly that I wouldn't buy it, unlike the M3/4. And, because the rest of body surfacing beyond the front is fairly tame, I'd also take the Kia over the Tucson which has too many creases and body lines---all of which are IMO, of course.Not sure I can agree there. I dislike the front on this as much as the BMW
I didn't know that people engage in "posing" with a Kia but with 240hp/260tq even the current Sportage would leave a Tiguan sucking soccer mom dust.Fairly bold, for sure, but overwrought inside and out to a degree that I wouldn't get along with if sitting in my garage. Will do well in the suburban driveway posing, Ooohing and Aaahing, contests I imagine, so will probably be a success among the non-enthusiast masses. Contrary to what someone else said here, will make things like the cleanly styled and tasteful Tiguan and Taos more appealing, but admittedly only to a certain, smaller segment of populace.
In any case, we could argue about it all day long, but in the end styling is always very subjective.