While it's never been the most spacious compact crossover around, the Sportage has always impressed us with its lively performance and high feature content. Those assets carry over to the latest iteration, along with expressive new styling and a welcome boost to interior room.
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2017 Kia Sportage Overview
What's New for 2017
The Sportage has been completely redesigned.
Choosing Your Kia Sportage
The Sportage's makeover is especially evident at the front, where a double-notched grille and large light pods provide a sportier, more expensive look. The body is slightly longer than before, which translates into a few extra inches of rear seat room. Cargo space has grown from a below-average 54.6 to a more typical 60 cubic feet.
As before, the front-drive Sportage starts out with a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The available turbocharged 2-liter provides a stout 241 horsepower for class-leading performance. Both engines can be paired with all-wheel drive for a reasonable $1,500. The revised suspension provides a smooth ride without compromising the Sportage's traditionally nimble handling.
The Sportage is again offered in base LX, plusher EX, and turbocharged SX trims:
As with most Kia models, there are no individual factory options for the Sportage, although numerous dealer-installed accessories are available.
If the premium features in the EX's option packages appeal to you, we recommend stepping up to the SX, where all that is standard along with the potent turbocharged engine.
2017 Kia Sportage Review
The Kia Sportage has long been a value leader in the compact crossover segment, and its design has been steadily improving. With a bold redesign in 2017, Kia looks to take its small people hauler to a new level of awesomeness. So, is it an over-styled flop or a fresh take on an already-successful model?
Pricing and Equipment
As a leader in value, the Kia Sportage checks in with a relatively low price of entry considering its standard features. In its base trim level, the LX, the Sportage checks in at just $23,885 (delivery fees included) and comes with:
- Seventeen-inch wheels
- LED running lights
- Auto headlights
- Five-inch touchscreen
- Six-speaker sound system
Buyers looking for a little something extra will find two additional trim levels: EX ($26,395) and SX Turbo ($33,395). The aforementioned prices are for front-wheel-drive models; all-wheel-drive runs an additional $1,500 across the board.
With an optional 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, we found the Sportage plenty quick and more refined than ever before.
- Up to 240 horsepower from turbo four-cylinder delivers plenty of pop for its class
- Even the 2.4-liter non-turbo delivers a respectable 181 horsepower
- Advanced all-wheel drive predicts wheel slip for ideal traction
Though Kia tuned its transmissions and engines for fuel economy, the Sportage still struggles to deliver in this area. We also found that the transmission wasn’t ideal on hilly terrain.
- Base model is okay at 30 mpg highway, but turbo engine falls short at 26 mpg highway
- Transmission had issues with hunting for the right gear on hills
The interior design is a nice contrast to the bold exterior styling since Kia toned things down a bit inside. We also found the cabin roomier than the body’s dimensions led us to believe.
- Plenty of legroom and headroom in the front and rear
- The cargo area is ample at a maximum of 30.7 cubes and a low liftover height
- Loads of features for its price, making it a superior value in its class
- Plenty of premium options to choose from
Finding faults inside the 2017 Sportage was tough for us, but we did feel that the rear seats were a little tight in terms of width.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Kia has been working hard on its interior quality, and it hit the nail on the head inside the Sportage. There are plenty of premium features, soft touchpoints, and stylish angles to keep most buyers pleased, plus there are tons of high-end options for more discerning buyers. Kia really created a crossover for the masses in the 2017 Sportage.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Fuel economy is a sore spot for the Sportage as it tops out at just 26 mpg combined. Making matters worse is the 22 mpg combined rating of the 2.4-liter-equipped model with all-wheel drive. While this is not awful relative to its main competitors, there is no thrifty option like the RAV4 and Crosstrek offer with their hybrid models, and the Hyundai Tucson’s Eco trim.
The Bottom Line
The Kia Sportage is an excellent choice for buyers looking for the best bang for their buck without concern for fuel economy. However, those with long commutes will find they are using a lot more fuel than expected in a small crossover like the 2017 Sportage.
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