New 2019 Kia Sportage SUV
Kia Sportage SUV
The 2019 Kia Sportage is a stylish compact-crossover SUV offering high-end features, an optional turbo engine and a reasonable entry price.
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As compact-crossover SUVs go, the 2019 Kia Sportage still has a leg up on many of its rivals. Beyond its attractive pricing, unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and long list of standard and available equipment, the Sportage offers one of the most powerful turbocharged engines in this class. With Subaru dropping the turbocharged Forester XT and Toyota relying on the hybrid RAV4 as its performance champ, the Sportage now only has to chase down the Ford Escape and Jeep Cherokee in the horsepower wars. Of course, the Sportage also comes with a less powerful but more fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, the option of all-wheel drive and a host of optional driver assists, many of which are standard on the Sportage’s competition.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2019 Kia Sportage is a reasonably priced compact-crossover SUV with very sporty looks, a powerful turbocharged engine option and loads of cool high-tech features. It also provides comfortable seating for four adults, decent cargo space and favorable resale and reliability ratings.
You May Not Like This Car If...
You’ll find more interior room and better fuel economy from a Honda CR-V or Subaru Forester, both of which offer standard driver assists that are optional on the Sportage. Those seeking to venture off-road would be better off in a Jeep Compass or Subaru Crosstrek.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the LX trim loses the Technology Package and along with it the option of autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot warning and lane-departure warning. The rest of the Sportage line carries over with little change.
It'd be easy to just point to the 240-horsepower turbocharged Sportage SX as the model to get, thanks to its additional power, but the reality is that few will complain about the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and its 181 horsepower. It's a surprisingly eager combination, with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission unobtrusive in its operation, just as it should be. The bonus is that it also gets notably better fuel economy than the turbo. That's not to say that the turbo's additional power isn't without its charms of course, and if you're looking for maximum acceleration, then the SX and its turbo engine are the way to go. Kia has improved its electrically assisted power steering to the point where it feels more natural than before, and the suspension overall, even in SX models, is smoother than in the previous Sportage.
Rejecting the temptation to turn the Sportage into a rolling tablet, Kia has wisely retained a generous portion of old-fashioned knobs and hard buttons for things like climate control and fan speed. The touch-screen infotainment system is the one exception, but even it has proper knobs for volume and tuning.
LUXURY AMENITIES, MAINSTREAM PRICE
Once the sole domain of expensive luxury SUVs, the Kia Sportage’s available equipment list includes such high-end features as heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 320-watt harman/kardon audio system, a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate.
The 2019 Kia Sportage is a very nice place to spend time. The seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips, the controls logically placed and the dashboard’s bright red backlighting is easy on the eyes at night. There are cubbies and storage spots galore and on upper-end trims, heated rear seats. The roomy rear seat features reclining seatbacks and plenty of space to stretch out, although headroom takes a hit when the optional panoramic sunroof is onboard. The Sportage’s 30.7 feet of cargo space is pretty good, but far short of what is offered by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.
You either like the high-mounted headlights or you don't, so you can make up your own mind there. As for the rest of the stubby little Sportage, we're quite fond of it. The lines are clean and crisp. The "tiger-nose" grille treatment works well here, both aesthetically and in establishing the Sportage as a Kia from first glance. The SX Turbo models get dual exhausts and cool LED fog lights. If you opt for all-wheel drive (AWD), you get a bit more ride height versus the front-wheel-drive models (FWD), and a unique nose with a steeper approach angle.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base Sportage LX model adds stain-resistant YES Essentials upholstery as standard equipment, which includes 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, Eco), and automatic headlights. The mid-level EX is an even better deal, especially since blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert, power-folding outside mirrors with turn signals, and glossy interior trim were added to a standard-equipment list that includes a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power driver's seat, leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control.
Notable Optional Equipment
All models offer Kia's Dynamax AWD that includes locking differential for improved traction on slick surfaces. Beyond the powerful engine, the top-line SX Turbo includes navigation with an 8-inch touch screen, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. There's no CD player with the premium 320-watt harman/kardon sound system, but its Clari-Fi technology improves the sound of digital music files. We particularly like the power hatch, which features Kia's hands-free operation: Just stand near it when you have the key, and the hatch opens automatically.
Under the Hood
The Sportage’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder good for 181 horsepower, which is about the norm for a compact SUV. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is far from impressive, especially the city figures. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is anything but the norm, with an impressive 240 horsepower on tap and only a slight reduction in fuel economy; it’s the engine of choice for those who can afford it. A 6-speed automatic transmission serves as the only transmission option, although every trim offers the option of front- or all-wheel drive. The Sportage is tow rated 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), 22/29 mpg (FWD, EX), 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 base 2019 Kia Sportage LX with front-wheel drive starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,750. However, you really want the Sportage EX, with its additional features and a reasonable price just a hair under $27,600. If you want turbo power, the SX starts at just over $34,000. Bring an extra $1,500 if you want all-wheel drive on the LX, EX or SX. Generally speaking, those prices are comparable to the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4, and even better in a few cases. 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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