New 2017 Kia Sportage SUV
Kia Sportage SUV
All-new for 2017, the Kia Sportage compact SUV has stylish looks, premium features and a great warranty, but trails rivals in fuel economy.
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All-new for 2017, the Kia Sportage compact SUV is sharply dressed inside and out, boasts loads of technology, safety and comfort amenities, and continues to offer one of the best warranties in the business. As a rival to best-selling crossover SUVs such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Kia Sportage more than holds its own. Introduced over two decades ago, the Sportage is Kia's long-running nameplate, but this new, 4th-generation model is further proof of Kia’s setting the pace or at least keeping right on top of it in a competitive segment. The Sportage touts good value, great looks and a strong roster of available features, but trails others in fuel economy, especially when outfitted with the uplevel turbocharged engine.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want a small SUV with high style, an excellent warranty and the latest safety features like automatic emergency braking, put the Kia Sportage on your shopping list. Available features like climate-controlled seats, harman/kardon audio system and turbocharged engine can make this mainstream SUV feel like a premium one.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Sportage is neither the most fuel-efficient nor most spacious compact crossover SUV. The Honda CR-V tops it in both. If you need a smaller SUV with three rows of seating, try the Mitsubishi Outlander or the Kia Sorento. If efficiency is most important, wait for the forthcoming Kia Niro hybrid.
What's New for 2017
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.
With both powerplants and the standard automatic transmission being carried over from the previous generation, the new Sportage's road manners aren't drastically different. The 2017 Sportage compact crossover SUV is a welcome companion on almost any road. And while it's easy to label the Sportage Turbo the fleetest model with its 240 horsepower, in reality the standard 181-horsepower 4-cylinder is surprisingly eager. It delivers power smoothly -- no turbo lag as it's naturally aspirated -- and plays very well with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Unless you're a speed freak, we recommend this standard engine, especially in light of its better efficiency. The Sportage's electric power steering has been improved to feel more natural, and its suspension has also been reworked to reduce harshness. In general, the Sportage drives nearly on par with the all-around-star in this segment, the Honda CR-V, but lacks the athleticism of the sporty Mazda CX-5.
KNOB, SWITCHES, OH MY!
While other automakers have embraced finicky touch-based controls for audio, climate functions and the like, Kia has mercifully stuck with switches. Good-looking ones, too. Another thoughtful aspect: The switchgear and display screen are gently angled toward the driver to enhance visibility and reach.
LUXURY AMENITIES, MAINSTREAM PRICE
Not long ago, features like climate-controlled seats, heated steering wheel, a harman/kardon audio system and power tailgate were the stuff of luxury SUVs. Now all that and more is available on a mid-trim Kia Sportage. It all proves that you don't need to spend premium money to get premium amenities.
The Sportage's 2-row, 5-passenger interior is an enjoyable place to be, with a good driver’s seating position and improved outward visibility. The cabin’s thoughtful features include various storage compartments, and both a 12-volt power outlet and USB outlet for 2nd-row passengers. Also available is a huge panoramic sunroof. Rear-seat room is more than acceptable, and the seats recline for comfort and flexibility. Cargo space isn't as vast as that of a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, but at 30.7 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 60.1 with it down, it's still good. Even the rear floor can be positioned lower.
The Kia Sportage retains its athletic stance and sloping roof, but it's different enough from the outgoing model to draw interest. Most notable is the fresh front end, which features Kia's "tiger-nose" grille. Some of our editors immediately fell for the new design, while others preferred the bigger gape of the outgoing model. Kia says every body panel is new, and we especially like its sweeping rear taillights. SX Turbo models look the part with dual-exhaust outlets. All-wheel-drive (AWD) models have slightly more ground clearance than front-drive (FWD) versions and a unique front fascia for a steeper approach angle.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2017 Kia Sportage is available in three trims: LX, EX and SX Turbo. A base LX comes nicely equipped with a 5-inch touch-screen display and rearview camera, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player with USB input and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, drive mode selector (Sport, Normal and Eco), and automatic headlights. We recommend the mid-trim Sportage EX, which includes Kia's newest UVO infotainment system with 7-inch capacitive touch screen, CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity, power-adjustable driver's seat, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, roof rails and solar-control glass to reduce heat buildup. All Sportage models come with Kia's excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Notable Optional Equipment
All Sportage models are available with a Dynamax AWD that includes locking differential for improved traction on slick surfaces. In addition to the lineup's most powerful engine, the top-line SX Turbo model includes many features that are optional on the EX: navigation with 8-inch touch screen, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, panoramic sunroof, power liftgate with programmable height adjustment and hands-free operation, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Ironically, the premium 320-watt harman/kardon sound system lacks a CD player, but its Clari-Fi technology improves the sound of digital music files.
Under the Hood
Both 4-cylinder offerings in the 2017 Sportage are carried over from the last model, but each has been retuned for better fuel economy. They're both down in horsepower from the prior models -- just 1 for the standard 2.4-liter engine, a more significant 20 for the turbo 2.0-liter -- but each has more than enough gusto to get the job done. Fuel economy remains mid-pack, if that. At best, FWD models earn ratings of 23-mpg city/30 highway, while a turbo AWD Sportage gets a middling 20/23. All models come connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Kia Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
181 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
175 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (FWD, LX trim), 22/29 mpg (FWD, EX trim), 21/25 mpg (AWD)
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (237 horsepower for AWD models)
260 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/26 mpg (FWD), 20/23 mpg (AWD)
The 2017 Kia Sportage has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,885 for a base LX model. The more recommendable mid-trim EX starts at $26,395, and the top-line Sportage SX Turbo jumps to $33,395. Adding AWD to any model runs an additional $1,500. At these prices, the Sportage undercuts the market-leading CR-V, coming in a few hundred dollars to thousands less for comparable trims and/or features. For example, if you want a leather interior, the Sportage EX comes with it, but you'll have to spend $3,000 more to attain it on a Honda CR-V via the EX-L model. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Sportage. The Sportage's resale value has traditionally been mid-pack, trailing leaders like the CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.
Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews
August 09, 2018
2017 KIA SPORTGE SXTURBO BEATS THE BMW X3
This SX turbo is the best car I have had, and I have had BMWs and Toyotas, and this time wanted to try the KIA and Im glad I did. This...
Better Than Satisfied
March 05, 2018
I have not been disappointed with Sportage SX AWD
Ive owned the Sportage SX AWD for nearly 11 months and love every aspect of this car. I test drove most other comparable makes and this...
October 27, 2017
Great Car, luxury feel
This is a great car with luxury feel and quietness. I bought the SX all wheel drive model. I trade cars a lot and have owned almost...
September 16, 2017
Best budget compact SUV.
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...
July 01, 2017
Drove them all, this was the best!
Test drove the , CR-V, CX-9, VW Alltrack & Touareg , Tucson, Outback, Rouge, Escape & Rav4. The KIA Sportage SX was the best combination...
June 07, 2017
Excellent Compact Crossover SUV
This car does everything we were hoping for. Its the AWD SX Turbo and in has plenty of zip and zing. I particularly like the mid range...
May 10, 2017
Great choice for Small SUV with a 2L turbo
There are a several good small SUVs with the 2L turbo available. Many of them have the stop/start gimmick that I refuse to buy (MBZ,...
April 14, 2017
Kia nailed it
Weve owned the vehicle only a couple weeks, but we absolutely love it. We test drove many of the competitors (CX-5, Rogue, RAV4, etc)...
March 20, 2017
The more I drive it......The more I like it.
I considered an Infiniti QX30 and a Land Rover Discovery Sport. I chose the Kia sportage SX AWD Turbo over both of those and cost was...
February 15, 2017
Great Value for Sportage EX
Purchased this vehicle after test driving CRV, CX-5, Escape, and Equinox. By far, Kia had the best interior. The EX was only a couple...
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