Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage

About Kia Sportage

With last year's redesign still fresh, the 2018 Kia Sportage gets a host of updates to keep it competitive with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and other compact- and subcompact-crossover SUVs. It all enhances an already compelling SUV, one that more than holds its own against its competition. It sports good value, a comfortable and roomy interior, and a long list of standard and available features, not to mention Kia's excellent warranty. All-wheel drive is of course available, as is a powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder if you're willing to sacrifice fuel economy. Now in its fourth generation, the Sportage is actually Kia's longest-running nameplate, and proof of how far this Korean company has come in the last two decades.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2018?
2018 Kia Sportage

The base-model LX can now be equipped with blind-spot and rear-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and outside-mirror turn signals thanks to the new Technology Package. All that's now standard on the EX, and the SX now gets an electronic parking brake with auto hold.

  • Expert Rating: 8.9
  • Consumers Rating: 9.6
  • MPG 22|29
2017 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Sportage

2017 marks the fourth generation for the Sportage. Kia's compact crossover SUV is all-new, with a slightly larger exterior, roomier interior and the latest technology including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

2016 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Sportage

Enhancements for Kia’s 2016 Sportage compact SUV are limited to some option shuffling. The EX loses its standard Infinity audio and UVO (now part of the Premium package), but gains leather seating and Smart Key with push-button start. The LX’s Popular package gains a touch-screen display and a rearview camera.

2015 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Sportage

The 2015 Kia Sportage is essentially the same as last year's model, which received numerous visual and mechanical enhancements.

2014 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2014?
2014 Kia Sportage

All 2014 Kia Sportages gain a new grille design, new suspension dampers, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, rear-seat heating vents and reclining rear outboard seats. The 2.4-liter engine gets gasoline direct injection, while new options include HID headlights and ventilated front seats.

2013 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2013?
2013 Kia Sportage

Changes to the 2013 Kia Sportage include LED accent lighting on LX and EX trims, standard power-folding side mirrors on the SX (optional on EX) and a new Blue Interior Package (blue seating and inserts). The UVO infotainment system is added to the LX Convenience Package.

2012 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2012?
2012 Kia Sportage

The 2012 Kia Sportage SUV has a slight increase in fuel economy for both the 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines. All models receive improved rear suspension dampers and more sound insulation, while LX trims have new 17-inch wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires. EX trims with cloth seats get a new anti-bacterial, anti-soil fabric that also repels static build-up.

2011 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2011?
2011 Kia Sportage

The 2011 Kia Sportage all-new this year, with a new look, new in-cabin technology and a new 4-cylinder that's standard across the board (with the single exception of the turbo 2.0-liter in the SX trim), with no V6 offered. Offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (awd) versions, the 2011 Sportage also includes a multitude of segment firsts on its list of standard features.

2010 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2010?
2010 Kia Sportage

The 2010 Kia Sportage receives an "EcoMinder" indicator light on automatic transmission-equipped models that helps the driver maximize fuel economy. A new backup warning system is now offered with the EX Luxury Package.

2009 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2009?
2009 Kia Sportage

The 2009 Kia Sportage receives a slight freshening, with a new grille and headlamp treatment, color keyed front and rear bumpers and new 16- and 17-inch wheels. A navigation system is now offered and a new radio with auxiliary audio and USB input jacks, is made standard on all models.

2008 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2008?
2008 Kia Sportage

No major changes for 2008.

2007 Kia Sportage
What's new for 2007?
2007 Kia Sportage

No Major Changes for 2007.

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Consumer Reviews

Best budget compact SUV.

By on Saturday, September 16, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Cheap, fun to drive, warranty"

Cons: "makes a cheap windows 95 noise when you exit"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife was 1 month away from being due for our first child. She had a Mazda 3, and I couldnt imagine her lugging everything around in that car. I bought a base model Kia Sportage. Nothing glamorous or fancy, but a brand new car with a 10 year 100,000 mile warranty. It has bluetooth, backup camera, the basics. This car drives fantastic. It has plenty of power even without the turbo model, and Im telling you this car handles amazing for what it is. It is quiet!!! You cant tell its running when you are at a redlight. The 6 speed transmission is a dream compared to CVT. Its got TONS of room, and a unique style to it, that sort of reminds me of the old Subaru Tribeca. Some people hate it, but I love the fact there is nothing else on the road with this look. Sport mode drives significantly better than anything else. I find myself getting about 25 mpg combined (fwd model)."

21 people out of 21 found this review helpful

A great SUV with some caveots

By on Monday, January 15, 2018

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks inside and out, features, customizations"

Cons: "MPG, no adaptive cruise, odd options outside USA"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"PROS: Truly a good looking and unique looking SUV in a field of station wagon looking models. Great features including a very well laid out and intuitive control system. For example, turning on the rear wipers initiates a status change on the dash info area letting you know the wiper change. Parking assist beeping uses the stereo system so you know where the obstruction is without even looking. Every feature (almost) is customizable, if you dont want the auto liftgate, for example. A very fun car to drive, which is a hard to put on paper feature. Also an easy to follow feature and model set, compared to say the RAV4 which has (if you can believe) 10 different models that cannot even all fit on a screen to tell which is which. The visibility is astounding and the sunroof is almost like a convertible. And on the Turbo model the power is unreal, almost feels too fast for an SUV, but again fun to drive. CONS: The biggest con is the MPG, which is truly cr@p. However, even the much heralded Subaru Forester is just 5MPG higher than the Kia which translates to about 200/year. Not nothing but not worth paying thousands more for the Subaru. The reality is that car companies should not be crowing about 5MPG here and there, most SUVs get cr@p MPG. In 2018 MPG should all be in the 30s or 40s and not crowing about tiny differences in MPG. No adaptive cruise control, although available on other Kias. OTHER: I am a bit confused about the features that are available worldwide that are not standard throughout. Such as heated front windshield, heated rear seats, wireless charger, auto parking assist (SPAS system), headlight washers, etc depend not on what you spend but where you live....seems odd. Storage is an odd thing to complain about in this SUV because it is one of the smallest SUVs in its class. It of course wont store more than a car that is a foot longer, but its also going to be easier to maneuver. Kia also included a unique Auto Hold feature that keeps the brake applied when at stop lights to avoid foot fatigue or accidental rear endings...but oddly you have to turn it on manually every time you start the car. So there are quirks but they are minor in a sea of great. NOTE: I have only owned the SUV for a few weeks so I cant comment on the reliability but I will if something noteworthy occurs."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Proud owner. Smart Choice!

By on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good Value for Money, Confort and Luxury"

Cons: "Headlights would have been more bright."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Was skeptical to go with Kia at first, but this car is a beast. with 181 Hp, it delivers the power as described on paper. And ofcourse the price! Very good value for money. Excellent technolofy with android auto."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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