With the introduction of a fully redesigned Kia Sportage for the 2023 model year, we expect the upcoming 2024 Kia Sportage to be a carryover model. For 2023, the Sportage received a bold design, a stretched wheelbase, updated powertrains, and more tech features. The result is a compact SUV with a bold look and loads of interior space.
The fully redesigned 2023 Sportage arrived with an alien-like design that is unlike anything else on the market. The grille takes up the majority of the space on the front end and is split into two sections by a horizontal bar. Boomerang-style running daytime lights are positioned next to the grille and the headlights are located relatively low on the SUV's front end, giving the Sportage a unique look. Things are just as strange at the back where the Sportage has taillights that are connected by a black trim piece that protrudes slightly out of the liftgate. As a carryover model, the 2024 Sportage should have the same exterior design.
The 2024 Kia Sportage should have the same interior design as the 2023 model. The cabin isn’t nearly as outlandish as the exterior, featuring a more upscale design. The angular air vents are similarly styled to the Sportage’s daytime running lights and split the dashboard into two sections. On higher trims, two screens dominate the dashboard and give the SUV a modern design. Kia’s integrated a few useful features into the Sportage’s design like coat hangers that are molded into the back of the front headrests and USB ports located in the setbacks of the front seats.
Kia introduced far more high-tech features with the 2023 Sportage. We expect these features to remain the same for the 2024 model year. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard, bringing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a USB port. A 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster is also standard. Available features include a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a wireless charging pad.
We expect the 2024 Sportage to be available with three engines. A 187-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The available hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains share the same turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid comes with a 44.2-kW electric motor, while the plug-in hybrid has a 66.9-kW electric motor and a 13.8-kWh battery pack. The hybrid is rated at 226 hp and the plug-in hybrid makes 261 hp. All of the Sportage’s powertrains are available with all-wheel drive, while the plug-in hybrid is only available with AWD.
The 2023 Sportage comes with a wide array of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam assist, lane-keeping assist, a driver attention monitor, and lane departure warning are standard. Available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, and Kia’s Highway Driving Assist system.