New 2020 Kia Sportage SUV
Kia Sportage SUV
The Kia Sportage already was a stylish compact-crossover SUV, but the new 2020 version looks classier and has many more standard features.
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The Kia Sportage has been significantly refreshed for 2020, now sporting updated front and rear styling, more driver-assist features and a new S level of trim. The new 2020 Kia Sportage also is enhanced inside, where there’s a new steering wheel, a standard 8-inch touch screen (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) and available Leatherette seating surfaces.
As before, the Sportage continues to attract buyers with its attractive pricing, fantastic 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and generous amount of standard and available equipment. Kia’s compact-crossover SUV is available with two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 181 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a class-leading 240 horsepower. Both engines mate to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available as an option on all Sportages, which come with front-wheel drive (FWD) in base form.
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The 2020 Kia Sportage is a capable and reasonably priced compact-crossover SUV with updated looks, a choice of engines and a good selection of high-tech features. Four fit comfortably inside this compact Kia SUV, and there’s plenty of space in back for all your luggage.
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A Honda CR-V and a Subaru Forester are roomier than the Sportage, and they both have an assortment of standard driver assists that are available only as options on the Kia. Folks looking for some off-road ability are better served by the Jeep Compass and Subaru Crosstrek.
What's New for 2020
For 2020, the Kia Sportage gets revised styling, a standard 8-inch touch screen and more available driver-assist features. LED headlights are available, as are a smartphone-charging tray, Leatherette interior trim and a new Steel Grey exterior color. Driver assists include lane-keep assist, a driver-attention warning, smart cruise control, emergency braking (with pedestrian protection) and high-beam assist.
Although the 240-horsepower turbocharged SX may seem like the model to get because of its extra power, the standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 181 horsepower works just fine in the 2020 Kia Sportage. It has more than ample power, and the standard 6-speed automatic transmission is unobtrusive in its operation.
The 2.4 also gets better fuel economy than the 2.0-liter turbo. But if you’re looking for outright acceleration, the turbocharged Sportage SX is the way to go. The electric-assist steering of all 2020 Sportages feels natural, and the suspension makes for a ride that’s comfortable and compliant without being floaty.
Wisely, Kia has retained a generous portion of traditional knobs and hard buttons for items such as the Sportage’s climate control and fan speed. The infotainment system has a touch screen, but it has proper knobs for volume and tuning.
LUXURY AT A MAINSTREAM PRICE
Although you might think of the Kia Sportage as an entry-level crossover SUV, it’s available with high-end features like heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 320-watt Harman Kardon audio system, a panoramic sunroof and a power liftgate.
The 2020 Kia Sportage is a great place in which to spend some time, thanks to supportive and comfortable seats, logically placed controls and red backlighting that makes the instrument panel easy to read at night. There are cubbies and storage spots galore and on upper-end trims, heated rear seats. The roomy rear seats feature reclining seatbacks and plenty of space to stretch out, although headroom takes a hit when the optional panoramic sunroof is on board. 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.
Kia says the latest Sportage continues with a “Euro-focused” design, but with some substantial changes for 2020. In front, this means a new grille, bumper, air intake and skidplate. In back, a redesigned bumper and skidplate are joined by new trim for the taillights and exhaust. The alloy wheels of the 2020 Kia Sportage are also new, available in 17-, 18- and 19-inch sizes.
Notable Standard Equipment
All 2020 Sportages have an 8-inch touch screen, air conditioning (with rear vents), Normal, Sport and Eco driving modes, emergency braking (with pedestrian protection), lane-keep assist and automatic high-beam assist. The new Sportage S model adds paddle shifters, 18-inch wheels, power-folding rearview mirrors, roof rails, a black headliner and Leatherette seat trim. The EX has heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and genuine dashboard stitching, while the SX Turbo is equipped with leather seats, navigation, a heated steering wheel and sport-tuned suspension. The Sportage EX also has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights and a dual exhaust, plus stainless-steel sport pedals, a 320-watt stereo, an electronic parking brake and front and rear parking sensors. The S and the SX Turbo versions of the new Sportage are equipped with a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive is optional on all 2020 Kia Sportages, and the system includes a locking differential for improved traction on slick surfaces. Another option available on all new Sportages is a unique front fascia with an off-road-friendly 28-degree approach angle. An electronic parking brake is available on the S and EX, as is LED interior lighting. Leather seats, standard on the SX Turbo, are optional on the EX, as is a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Similarly, the heated steering wheel and 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system standard on the SX Turbo are optional on the EX. Tip: If you are a family purchasing the entry-level Sportage LX, consider ordering the optional Tricot seat fabric, which is specially treated for easy cleaning.
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 but quite a substantial drop in fuel economy. A 6-speed automatic is the only available transmission, although every trim offers the option of front- or all-wheel drive. The Sportage is rated to 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), 22/26 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: 20/28 mpg (FWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)
The front-wheel-drive 2020 Kia Sportage LX has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $24,000, plus a destination fee of $1,045. All-wheel drive adds only $1,500 to that total. The new Sportage S, with paddle shifters and 18-inch wheels, starts at about $26,000 in FWD form, which climbs to nearly $28,000 with AWD. The Sportage EX, with its power tailgate, is just over $27,000, while the AWD model costs less than $29,000. The SX Turbo starts at about $33,500, which climbs to nearly $35,000 when you order an AWD SX Turbo.
These prices are competitive with those of the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4, but in each case the Kia has a much better powertrain warranty. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Sportage.
Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews
June 02, 2019
Great car for the money!
This is one of the best cars I've ever owned. Quality is first class. No rattles, seeks, noise of any kind. Drive line is quiet,...
May 01, 2019
Best car we had so far!
I drove an optima as a rental car in US when I had a vacation and I love it. Lately me and my wife are expecting a baby and we need to...
January 22, 2019
Best vehicle I've owned in a long time.
I've owned this vehicle for one year now. I have been very pleased with almost every aspect of it. Interior could be a little more...
January 09, 2019
I have only owned mine for a week but so far I love it. I have the SX Turbo and for a 3500lb vehicle the Turbo gives it plenty of punch...
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...
May 22, 2018
Great value for money
I profess to being surprised. The primary two reasons we initially looked at this car was because of its size. That is, its 3-6+ inches...
May 18, 2018
Very comfortable, well designed small SUV. Has all the advanced safety features. Interior is well laid out. Controls are where they...
March 28, 2018
Owned 4 KIAS
I should have opted for the premium sound sys therefore more insulation.. much quieter ride.. other that that this is a Great car..
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...
January 24, 2018
- nav system, phenominal mapping and turn by turn graphics and voice. terrible voice recognition, and very odd restrictions on typing...
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