2020 Kia Sportage vs. 2019 Jeep Compass Comparison
2020 Kia Sportage
Starting Price: $25,035 | Price Yours
Above Average: Optional strong turbocharged engine; outstanding warranty; knobs and buttons for climate control and other things (not all touchscreen); some nice luxury even in the entry-level model
Below Average: Not great off road; a bit tight inside for passengers and cargo compared to others; fuel economy could be better
Consensus: The Kia Sportage is a solid little compact SUV that offers a lot in a small package. Facelifted with a new nose for 2020, it comes with plenty of options right out the gate, included heated and ventilated front seats. a 320-watt Harman Kardon stereo, and an excellent warranty. It’s comfortable, fun, and looks sporty, and has an excellent and strong optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. There are better choices off road, however.
2019 Jeep Compass
Starting Price: $22,790 | Price Yours
Above Average: Good off-road capability; optional manual transmission on upper trims.
Below Average: Engine isn’t terribly powerful or refined; neither reliability nor resale ratings are particularly strong.
Consensus: There’s on mistaking the lineage and brand of the 2019 Jeep Compass, which as a compact crossover SUV slots perfectly between its Renegade and larger Cherokee brothers. Continuing the brand’s reputation, the Compass is a solid off-roader, particularly when equipped with the Trailhawk package. It’s offered with a single four-cylinder engine that’s not terribly powerful, but it gets the job done. Resale value and reliability are not class-leading.
As American consumers increasingly turn from cars to crossovers and SUVs, more and more manufacturers have offered their interpretation. In the compact/subcompact class, Kia offers its 2020 Sportage, and putting its off-road foot forward, Jeep submits the 2019 Jeep Compass. The Kia comes considerably better equipped out of the gate, with a respectable stereo and some nice luxury touches. Its base 4-cylinder provides great power, and there’s an optional turbocharged I4 if you need even more pep. Buyers can also opt for a new S trim level. The Compass brings Jeep’s formidable off-roading chops, particularly with the Trailhawk package, decent fuel economy, and a very reasonable starting price. And while it only offers one engine choice compared to the Sportage’s two, Jeep offers the Compass in every trim with an optional manual transmission.
Nearly identical horsepower and torque figures; comparable cargo capacity.
Kia Sportage Advantages
Unbeatable warranty; higher resale value; optional upgraded engine.
Jeep Compass Advantages
Better off-road; slightly better fuel economy; optional manual transmission; cheaper at both the bottom and top ends.
Given its optional turbocharged engine and long list of standard and available equipment, not to mention its road manners and comfort, the 2020 Kia Sportage is our pick here. It also has a longer warranty, a better reputation for reliability, and a higher resale value. The only way the 2019 Jeep Compass wins here is if your priority is off-road driving, because that has always been the hallmark of Jeeps and it’s a class leader. If you’re primarily sticking to the pavement, then look no further than the Sportage.
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|2020 Kia Sportage||2019 Jeep Compass|
|Engine||2.4-liter I4||2.4-liter I4|
|Horsepower||181 hp @ 6,000 rpm||180 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque||175 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 6-Spd||Manual, 6-Spd|
|Fuel Economy||26 mpg (23 city, 30 hwy)||26 mpg (23 city, 32 hwy)|
|Also Available||2.0-liter I4, turbocharged||Automatic, 6-Spd; Automatic, 9-Spd|
|Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||4 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||105.1 inches||103.8 inches|
|Overall Length||176.4 inches||173.0 inches|
|Width||73.0 inches||80.0 inches|
|Height||64.4 inches||64.6 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||36.3 feet|
|Headroom, Front||39.3 inches||39.2 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||39.1 inches||38.5 inches|
|Legroom, Front||41.5 inches||41.8 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.2 inches||38.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.1 inches||56.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.1 inches||55.1 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||129.3 cu. ft.||126.7 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||60.1 cu. ft.||59.8 cu. ft.|