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.
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.