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The Kia Sportage is an animated-looking, versatile compact crossover with sporty dynamics. It slots between the Niro plug-in hybrid and the Sorento in Kia’s crossover SUV line-up and competes with the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson for market space.

What's New for 2018

The present-generation Sportage has been on sale for just over a year, so Kia hasn’t made any styling or mechanical changes for 2018. That said, the equipment list has been reorganized, with the entry-level LX variant getting a new Technology Package and the mid-level EX trim adding a Sport Package.

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Choosing Your Kia Sportage

The Sportage is available with two engine options – a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated unit that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pushes out 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both the engines are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox with front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive system is a $1,500 optional extra on all three trims – LX, EX and SX.

The 2.4-liter engine is available in the LX and EX trims, while the 2.0-liter turbo can be had with the range-topping SX trim only.

LX

The Sportage LX costs $24,395 (including $895 destination charges) and is equipped with 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, fabric upholstery, six-way adjustable driver’s seats, keyless entry, and a five-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

For those not satisfied with the base equipment, there are two optional packages.

The first is the $1,200 Popular Package, that includes 10-way power adjustable driver’s seats with lumbar support, heated seats, roof rails and a 7.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Second is the Technology Package ($1,300), which adds a number of driver-assistance elements like blindspot detection with rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and front collision warning system. It’s worth noting, though, that the Popular Package is a prerequisite for the Technology Package.

Apart from the being the most affordable Sportage, the LX variant is also the most fuel efficient one, returning 23 miles per gallon in city, 30 highway and 26 mpg combined in FWD configuration and 21/25/22 mpg in AWD configuration.

EX

The EX trim starts at $27,195 and gets standard 18-inch wheels, power folding side-view mirrors and a more plush interior with leather seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat with 2-way lumbar support, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and the 7.3-inch infotainment system that is optional on the LX trim. Blindspot detection and rear-cross traffic alert systems are also standard.

There are three available packs on the Sportage LX — Premium Package ($1,700), Sport Package ($990) and Technology Package ($2,900 for front-drive and $3,000 with all-wheel drive).

The Premium Package adds a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, and ambient lighting. The Technology Package gives you an upgraded eight-inch infotainment system with navigation, Harmon Kardon audio system, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, eight-way power adjustable passenger seats, a kick-to-open tailgate, and driver assistance features like parking sensors and forward collision warning. Finally, the Sport pack provides cosmetic modifications like new exterior paint options, grey wheels, a new steering wheel design, and metal pedals. Another option buyers could go for is the $300 interior lighting kit.

Mileage is 22/29/25 mpg for FWD models and 21/25/23 mpg for AWD.

SX Turbo

The range-topping SX variant is priced at $33,695 and its features include almost all the components that are standard or optional on the lower trims plus 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED fog-lights, a dual-exhaust set-up, eight-inch infotainment system, Harmon Kardon audio system, heated and cooled seats, and all the driver assistance systems from the LX and EX variants. Additionally, the Sportage SX also gets paddle-shifters and a retuned suspension.

CarsDirect Tip

If you are looking for performance, the Sportage SX is the ideal buy. However, both the LX and EX trims provide very good value for money too, especially if you opt for at least one of the available packages.

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