The first generation Sportage was considered a toy SUV based on the Mazda Bongo. That does not mean that you should let your child drive it. The first gens were sold as four door hardtop SUVs or a two door soft top. The four door version was an inch longer and got optional four wheel drive. In 1998, this vehicle became the first to offer knee airbags. These models also became infamous for a problem that caused the rear wheels to dismount while driving. There were two recalls to fix the problem.
The second generation model gets a bigger standard I4 engine and an optional V6. Four wheel drive is still available, although it is too large to match the offroad capabilities of the first generation models. The flipside of this is that the ride is much more comfortable. The fit and finish is also much better than the earlier models.
These vehicles, especially the first generation models sold in the U.S. from 1995 until 2002, are readily available on the used car market. Try looking on eBay, there are definitely some listings on there right now.