The Kia Sportage compact crossover is an excellent choice. It offers a smooth ride and a user-friendly interior. The Sportage was first introduced in 1995. 2017 saw the release of the third generation.
If you are looking for an affordable vehicle that is both practical and stylish, the Kia Sportage will be a good choice. It offers excellent driving dynamics and many features. The Sportage comes with a great warranty.
What’s new for 2020
For 2020, the Sportage receives a few improvements. Refreshed front fascia and headlights. A new S trim is available in the mid-range. Safety aids for drivers are now available
Pricing and Trims
The Sportage is available in four trim levels from Kia: LX to S, EX to EX Turbo, and EX to EX.
LX models start at $24,000. Standard exterior features include power side and rear mirrors, variable intermittent wipers and rear wipers, as well as automatic headlights. The 17-inch alloy wheels are also included. Tech features include an 8 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, 6-speaker stereo system, forward collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning and USB port.
Upgrade to the $26,000 S trim for roof rails, power folding and heated side mirrors with LED turn indicators, and 18-inch dark grey wheels. It also features leatherette seats, a flat-bottomed flat-bottomed steering column, blind-spot collision warning and rear cross traffic alert.
EX models start at $27,200 and come with exterior details such as courtesy lights and solar glass. They also have hands-free power liftgates, solar glass and machine-finished 18 inch wheels. The interior features a rear USB charging port and proximity keyless entry. There are also illuminated vanity mirrors, heated front chairs, a 10-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped shifter, and piano-black trim.
The SX Turbo model at the top of the line starts at $33,500 and comes with a host of premium features. You will also find a panoramic sunroof and LED fog lights, LED taillights and LED headlights as well as chrome exhaust tips and 19-inch wheels. Navigation, leather upholstery and heated/ventilated front chairs are included. Also included are a Harman/Kardon surround audio system, front and back parking sensors, adaptive cruise controller, wireless smartphone charger and driver instrument cluster with an LED trip computer.
Performance and Engine
All trims of the LX, S and EX use a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175lb-ft. The 6-speed automatic transmission is used. According to the EPA, an S trim with front wheel drive achieves 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. All-wheel drive should get around 21/25 MPG city/highway.
The SX Turbo lives up to its name with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque. It is expected to get 21/26 mpg FWD and 20/23 with AWD.
The Sportage has a cargo volume of 30.7 cubic yards, which is a bit small for its segment but sufficient for most jobs. The good news is that the Sportage has great front and back seat space. The interior is spacious and easy to use.
Sportage’s agile handling is matched by a smooth ride. The Kia’s quiet ride and composed road manners make it comfortable to drive around.