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Kia Sportage

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Pros and cons of the Kia Sportage

  • Long list of premium features
  • User-friendly dash layout
  • Spacious passenger seating
  • Limited cargo space behind back seats
  • Early turbo engines lack power
  • High fuel consumption
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Kia Sportage

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the Kia Sportage

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption10.3 - 12.1 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.8 - 10.2 L/100km
  • Width1855 mm
  • Length4480 - 4485 mm
  • Trunk space969 L
  • Cargo space1703 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Kia Sportage

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Kia Sportage 2017 - present is available in 7 trims:

LX trim features and specs

Available with the LX trim:
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LX trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the LX trim:
  • Front-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the LX trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the LX trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 181 hp
City consumption:10.3 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.8 - 9.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:590 - 675 km
2.4 L - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:620 km

LX Anniversary trim features and specs

Available with the LX Anniversary trim:
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the LX Anniversary trim:
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the LX Anniversary trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Lane departure warning
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the LX Anniversary trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 181 hp
City consumption:10.3 - 10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.8 - 9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:620 - 675 km

EX Premium trim features and specs

Available with the EX Premium trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Tire repair kit
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX Premium trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the EX Premium trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX Premium trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the EX Premium trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 - 9.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:590 - 620 km
2.4 L - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:620 km

SX Turbo trim features and specs

Available with the SX Turbo trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SX Turbo trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the SX Turbo trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the SX Turbo trim:
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
1 engine is available with the SX Turbo trim:
2 L - Gas - 237 hp
City consumption:11.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:557 - 559 km

EX trim features and specs

Available with the EX trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Tire repair kit
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the EX trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Front sensors
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the EX trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 181 hp
City consumption:10.4 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:8 - 9.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:552 - 665 km
2.4 L - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:620 km

EX Tech trim features and specs

Available with the EX Tech trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Tire repair kit
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the EX Tech trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the EX Tech trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the EX Tech trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the EX Tech trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 - 11.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 - 9.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:590 - 620 km
2.4 L - 181 hp
City consumption:10.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.1 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:620 km

SX trim features and specs

Available with the SX trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the SX trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the SX trim:
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the SX trim:
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • HDMI port for rear passengers (optional)
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
2 engines are available with the SX trim:
2 L - Gas - 237 hp
City consumption:11.9 - 12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.6 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:521 - 564 km
2 L - 237 hp
City consumption:12.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.6 L/100km
Transmission:-
Range:564 km

Overview of the Kia Sportage

Learn about the Kia Sportage

Summary

A well-known compact crossover SUV, the Kia Sportage has received consistent praise for its safe design and spacious, comfortable interior. While its highly reliable, keep in mind that the Sportage isn’t the best in terms of fuel economy. But many find that this is compensated for by the car’s low price point, which has given the Sportage a reputation as one of the most affordable compact SUVs on the market. As a result, the Kia Sportage is a good fit for families, purchasers on a tight budget and drivers who prioritize comfort and safety over engine power.

Safety

When it comes to safety, it’s hard to find a better-ranked compact SUV than later-model Sportages. Second-generation models (2004-2010) received only two stars from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but subsequent generations boast stellar safety ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the US gave the 2019 Sportage a perfect five-star overall crash test rating. 

Expect to find anti-lock brakes, which prevent wheel lockup, and electronic stability control to stop skidding in models from 2005 and onwards. Recent models from 2018 also include:

  • Brake assist for improved braking efficiency
  • Blind-spot assist to make the driver aware of approaching vehicles
  • Lane-departure warnings to prevent drifting during long journeys

Interior

Older generations of the Sportage, while offering a layout that’s comfortable for the driver, aren’t especially impressive in terms of modern luxuries—cloth interiors and air conditioning are only on higher trims in models from before 2010. This changes with the most recent generations, however, as LCD touchscreens and satellite radio become base trim features from 2017. Leather seats with heating in the front row are options on the 2019 LX and come standard on the EX and SX Turbo trims.

Technology

First- (1993-2004) and second-generation models offer little more than in-car radio/stereo systems, with add-ons like remote keyless entry slowly appearing as the years progress. However, the infotainment system present in fourth-generation vehicles is unique for its incorporation of physical controls. Drivers can operate the system either with responsive touch controls or with more traditional buttons and knobs. This is a useful inclusion for those unaccustomed to operating touchscreens while driving. Additional features available in the latest model years, from around 2017, include:

  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth capability
  • USB port for charging mobile devices on the go

Space

While the 2017 Sportage offers 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded, first-generation vehicles are actually superior in this regard with 23.5 cubic feet. This still comes up short in comparison to the cargo capacity of rival compact crossovers on the market. As such, the Sportage is often best suited to those with day-to-day needs rather than heavy hauling.

Comfort

The Kia Sportage seats five, and both rows of seats boast excellent support and comfort. The front seats offer plenty of space and visibility. The Sportage’s rear seats recline and are roomier than most in its class, as they are equally accommodating for taller passengers. 

Frequently asked questions about the Kia Sportage

The 2019 Sportage contains 9.4 cubic meters of trunk space (18.3 with the seats folded) compared to the 2010's 7.2 cubic meters (20.3 with seats folded).

The Kia Sportage does not offer a third row, but this feature is available in the larger Sorento, which is priced slightly higher.

Front-wheel drive comes standard with all trims of the Kia Sportage, but all-wheel drive is available.

The Kia Sportage seats five. Drivers looking for a similar vehicle with more passenger space can turn to the Sorento, which seats seven.

The Kia Sportage comes with different varieties of four-cylinder engines. Higher trims, such as the SX Turbo, offer a supercharged four-cylinder engine.