The 2020 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover of a different variety, with exaggerated styling and sportier-than-expected driving manners. The Sportage’s comfortable and commodious cabin makes it seem more expensive than its actual price. Its exterior appearance is not for everyone, and some may not want to pay more for the turbocharged model. Thanks to its sharp responses and solid feel, Kia makes every model enjoyable to drive. The 2020 Sportage is a compact SUV that’s both fuel-efficient and has a lot of cargo space. However, it is one of the most engaging and sophisticated.
What’s new for 2020?
Kia has updated the Sportage’s bold styling for 2020 and added more standard and optional features. Although the exterior changes aren’t revolutionary, they give the Sportage an assertive and fresher look than previous years. The interior gets some new content, including a new S trim and new wheel designs. Wireless charging and upgraded leatherette seats are now available. Every cabin also features an 8.0 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability, as well as an updated steering and air-vent surrounds. The Sportage adds additional driver assistance such as automatic high beam headlights, adaptive stop-and-go technology, stop-and-go technology, driver attention warning, pedestrian detection and lane-keeping aid.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
We love the turbocharged model’s speed, but its value is diminished by the fact that the less powerful engine can still be fun to drive. All-wheel drive also increases the bottom line by $1500-1700. The Sportage EX is our favorite model, combining the best exterior details and features. Each version comes with a dual-zone climate, heated front seats and passive entry. There is also a power-operated liftgate. Only the $4500 EX Technology package is worth considering. It adds adaptive cruise control and leather surfaces to your vehicle, as well as ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather-covered pedals, wireless charging, and an upgraded audio system. The kit is recommended for luxury-minded buyers who are looking for a more luxurious experience.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
The turbocharged Sportage is a compact crossover that’s much faster than most. A front-drive 2017 Sportage was clocked at a phenomenal 6.7 seconds to 60 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest in its class. The rest of the powertrain package includes a reliable six-speed automatic transmission, and a quiet but powerful non-turbo 4-cylinder on the base models. There is no difference between the models in driving pleasure, but the SX Turbo engine can make even mundane milk runs fun. Both models have excellent handling characteristics.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The Sportage is near the bottom of fuel-sipping hierarchy, far below the Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V. According to the EPA, the Sportage without turbo gets 23 mpg in cities and 30 mpg on highways. All-wheel drive reduces these numbers by 1 and 4 respectively. The turbo model’s EPA estimates are 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These numbers drop to 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on highway when all-wheel drive is added. Our 200-mile highway fuel economy route saw the front-drive SX Turbo return 27 mpg, which was 1 mpg below its EPA estimate.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Using interior comparisons with Audi products, as some of our editors did, shows that Kia is doing something right. The Sportage cabin is beautifully executed, and it’s filled with quality materials and useful features. The cabin of the Sportage was spacious enough for passengers and cargo. Other than the placement of the cushion, rear-seat accommodations were not a problem. The Sportage has limited cargo space and little storage for small items. However, it isn’t the most expensive in its class. The Sportage’s carry-on luggage capacity, with its rear seats folded down and the adjustable load floor keep it out of the doghouse.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Each model comes with an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system, which includes both standard Apple CarPlay functionality and Android Auto capabilities. Although the system is intuitive thanks to the physical buttons and knobs, the menus are not as well designed as the rest. Wireless charging and integrated navigation are desirable options.