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2020 Kia Sportage

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2020 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,990
2020 LX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,490
2020 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,140
2020 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,290
2020 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,840
2020 EX 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,790
2020 SX Turbo 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $33,590
2020 SX Turbo 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,090
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2.9 (Fair)

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Overview

Compact crossovers, like the Kia Sportage, are today’s entry-level family cars. They’re larger than the models we've seen in the past and are loaded with amenities. The 2020 Kia Sportage sets itself apart by offering more standard features and well-equipped trims than some competitors.

What's New for 2020

The current-generation Sportage is now in its fourth year. The 2020 edition represents a mid-cycle refresh with new front and rear bumpers and redesigned wheels. An 8-inch touchscreen display is now standard and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Kia also added to the safety feature list, bringing in adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and more.

Choosing Your Kia Sportage

The 2020 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover with room for five. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,500 across the lineup (or $1,700 on the S trim).

Most models have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The SX Turbo comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Sportage with the standard engine earns an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 combined, or 22/26/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD. Models powered by the turbo earn 20/28/23 mpg, or 19/24/21 mpg with AWD.

Among the standard featured are power-adjustable side mirrors, a rear spoiler, the 8-inch touchscreen display, cloth seats, full power accessories, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column.

The Sportage is available in four trims:

Kia Sportage

LX

The base Sportage LX starts at $25,035 (all prices include the $1,045 destination charge). The list of standard features include projector beam headlights, automatic headlight control, LED daytime running lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it comes with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.

The LX Popular Package ($1,595) adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, specially treated stain-resistant fabric seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated outside mirrors, power-folding outside mirrors, turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors, dual sun visor vanity mirrors, solar control glass, a windshield wiper de-icer, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

With all-wheel drive equipped, the LX Popular Dynamax All-Wheel Drive Package ($1,795) becomes available. This includes all of the features from the LX Popular Package plus a compact spare tire and heated front seats.

Kia Sportage

S

The S trim costs $27,035 and builds on the LX. Here, Kia includes fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Inside, the Sportage S comes with imitation leather seats and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The S Sunroof Package ($1,100) adds a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, solar control glass, LED interior lighting, and a windshield wiper de-icer. The S Premium Package ($3,200) bundles most of the features from the LX Popular Package with unique 18-inch wheels, LED fog and rear lights, keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped gearshift knob, heated front seats, black interior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, half chrome door handles, chrome inside door handles, metal door scuff plates, a rear USB port, satellite radio, wireless charging, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.

The all-wheel-drive versions of these two packages are priced at $1,100 and $3,000, respectively.

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EX

The EX trim begins at $28,235. It has 18-inch alloy wheels with a machine finish, an automatic sensing power liftgate, keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate control.

The EX Technology Package ($4,500) bundles various convenience and safety features. These include navigation, a heated steering wheel, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, ventilated front seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, a panoramic sunroof, LED interior lighting, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a compact spare tire, and the electronic parking brake.

Kia Sportage

SX Turbo

Kia pulls out all the stops with the Sportage SX Turbo that starts at $34,535. The turbocharged engine is exclusive to this trim. Kia adds 19-inch aluminum wheels with a sport-tuned suspension, the panoramic sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, and a power passenger seat as standard. SX Turbo models also come with navigation, the Harman Kardon audio system, wireless charging, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. No packages are available for this trim

CarsDirect Tip

Start your search for a 2020 Kia Sportage with the base LX trim and add the Popular Package to get a well-equipped model from the onset. Few people will consider the top-trim SX Turbo, but if you do, all-wheel drive adds a handling benefit along with an upgraded suspension system.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • All trims come with auto emergency braking
  • SX Turbo offers a sporty alternative
  • Supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Cons
  • Lousy fuel economy
  • Interior space isn't great
  • Base engine can feel unrefined
Expert Rating
2.9 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Refreshed crossover. The Kia Sportage is the Korean brand's take on the popular compact crossover, and it has been updated this year with more safety features and a subtle face-lift. Like the rest of its competitive brood, expect the 2020 Kia Sportage to be everywhere soon enough.

Middling base engine, available turbo. It's called a Sportage, but it's no more a sport-infused crossover than a Denali-badged GMC is a snowy mountain. This is especially true with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with most trims. Without a turbo to quicken the pace, its 181 horsepower come on slow and lazy; heavy applications of the throttle result in a raspy protest that's anything but refined.

The top-of-the-line SX Turbo turns up the heat with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Along with the greater power, the suspension has been tightened up and the steering tweaked for sportier feel. The whole of it makes for a fun and unique personality when compared to a lesser-engined Sportage, even if it's still no Porsche Macan. Drivers will have no trouble beating a fleeting yellow light or passing on the highway.

Poor fuel economy. Unfortunately, neither engine is particularly good on gas. Front-wheel-drive models with the 2.4-liter engine are the most frugal at 23 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 combined, which is a mid-pack showing for the class. Adding all-wheel drive drops these ratings to 22/26/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The turbocharged engine returns 20/28/23 mpg with FWD, or 19/24/21 mpg with AWD. To put this into perspective, a Ford F-150 equipped with any of its turbocharged six-cylinder motors will be thriftier on gas. Needless to say, the competition will stretch a gallon of gas further than the thirsty Sportage.

Tight quarters. From a glance, you'd think the Sportage was styled foremost for utility and secondly for aesthetics, but the practical shape still leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to interior spaciousness.

The 31 cubic feet of storage space in particular is disappointing; most competitors, including the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4, all offer at least 36 or 37 cubic feet. With the second row folded, the Sportage only musters up 60 cubes, trailing the class leaders by a good dozen or so cubic feet.

Passengers are thankfully afforded more space than their cargo, but nobody will mistake this Kia for a limousine. This isn't so much due to the dimensions – which are about in line with the competition – but rather the high beltline, thick pillars, and dark interior that psychologically shrink things down. A contrasting-color headliner is available, as is a panoramic roof; both make the interior more inviting than the standard all-black color scheme.

Feature-laden. Features abound in the Sportage. While the headline-grabbing toys are reserved for the top-shelf models, there's still plenty of good stuff on the more affordable models.

To start, every Sportage boasts an 8-inch color touchscreen that handles infotainment duties. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system round out the base setup. Higher trims can be equipped with navigation and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with 320 watts of power.

Manually-adjusted seats come on the LX and S, while heated and 10-way power front seats can be found on the EX and SX. Genuine leather is standard on the SX; these cowhides are sumptuous enough that they wouldn't be out of place in something wearing a luxury nameplate. Besides being rich in appearance and supple in texture, they're comfortable and supportive as well.

With competitors beginning to make active safety gear standard across all of their lineups, it's no surprise that Kia has followed suit for 2020. Every Sportage now comes with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. All trims but the base LX also come with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.


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Final thoughts. The compact crossover segment is one of the most popular and fiercely-contested in the market. Standing out becomes difficult when so many brands are building their products within such similar parameters, and the 2020 Kia Sportage just isn't distinctive in such a homogeneous crowd.

The biggest advantage of the Kia over, say, a CR-V or RAV4 is the value proposition. There's a lot of car for the money here, and it doesn't feel a step down from the competition when it comes to quality and materials.

A Sportage LX starts at just over $25,000 including destination, and it has enough standard equipment to let shoppers forget that they're sitting in a base model – let alone one that undercuts the segment sales leaders by a good bit of money.

The Sportage ultimately does some things well, such as the peppy turbo engine and high feature count. Other things it does not so well, like the mediocre gas mileage and meager cargo space. Yet, it will sell well because it will serve most buyers just fine, proving that being average is sometimes all it takes to succeed.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 181 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.4L I-4 / 181 HP / 175 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
16.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$63
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
60.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
99 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.4 "
Exterior Width
73.0 "
Exterior Height
64.4 "
Front Headroom
39.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.2 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,305 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep / Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped (fca-ped) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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