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Kia Sportage 2020 Review, Pricing, and Specs - What You Need to Know

Review of the 2020 Kia Sportage

If you're shopping for a small crossover, you're definitely familiar with Honda's CR-V, Toyota's RAV4, and Ford's Escape. However, stray from the traditional road and you'll discover alternatives with compelling selling features. The 2020 Kia Sportage is one of these lesser-known rivals, and we believe it has a decent chance of making a name for itself, thanks to its affordable price and feature-rich range.

Many of its competitors cost more, but the Sportage gives you standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as safety technologies like lane departure and forward collision warning. Unlike competitors, who sell sparsely equipped entry-level models, the Kia's base LX model may be upgraded with an option package that makes it a well-equipped entry-level crossover. As you progress through the trim levels, you'll discover features that are uncommon in this class, such as ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof.

Its primary disadvantage is its relatively small cargo area. While the Sportage is smaller than most competitors in the class, its passenger seating is just as spacious. This implies that space savings must occur behind the second row, where the Sportage offers around a third less cargo space than its most roomy competitors. Additionally, we are unimpressed by the improved engine, which feels robust but accelerates slower than the base motor. Both engines have average fuel economy. However, its lower purchase price helps balance things out, and you won't be put off by the cargo area unless you're used to stuffing your car to the capacity with items.

The 2020 Kia Sportage's Design

This year, the 2020 Kia Sportage looks better thanks to revised front and rear bumpers.

While the 2020 Kia Sportage is unmistakably unique both inside and out, the exterior may not be for everyone. We rate it a 7 out of 10 for its overall design and sophisticated inside.

The Sportage's large wheelbase and short overhangs contribute to the vehicle's rooted appearance, and while all-wheel-drive models get increased ground clearance at the bumpers for a more robust appearance, we appreciate the styling of any Sportage, especially following the makeover this year. The Sportage now has more current wheels, and the full-width taillight style is not only fashionable, but indisputably gorgeous.

Chrome accents, LED lighting, and new aluminum-effect skid plates all check the appropriate boxes, and things only get better on the inside.

The Sportage's cabin is among the best in its class, with a clean, European-style design that features plenty of soft-touch materials and high-quality surfaces. The new standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen takes centre stage, flanked by air vents and highlighted by superfluous buttons. Unfortunately, much of this beauty comes at the sacrifice of outward vision, since the Sportage's huge pillars block much of the rearward perspective.

Performance

The 2020 Kia Sportage lives up to its name thanks to its agile handling and available turbocharged power.

While the 2020 Kia Sportage is not a sports car, it is surprisingly enjoyable to drive for a compact crossover, due to taut handling and available turbo engine. We give it a five-out-of-ten for performance, but turbocharged cars score a six-out-of-ten.

The Sportage LX, S, and EX trim levels all come standard with front-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter inline-4 engine producing 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A new S trim level adds sporty aesthetic appeal, but it is partnered with the base engine, which is lacking in power and refinement but offers better fuel economy than the turbo. All-wheel drive is available across the range, and all models come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The top-of-the-line SX grade comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that produces a decent 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, more than enough grunt for highway passing manoeuvres.

Regardless of trim level, the Sportage is a capable driver and provides a composed ride over long distances, all while maintaining an unexpectedly quiet cabin. Due to the 17-inch wheels on Sportage LX crossovers, they are the softest, while EX vehicles are only marginally firmer. The SX model features stiffer springs, revised dampers, and modified steering to complement its turbocharged power. It's sporty, but only in a limited sense.

While all-wheel-drive vehicles receive an updated front bumper that boosts ground clearance, this is not an off-road vehicle. All-wheel drive functions admirably in slippery circumstances, but at the expense of fuel economy, so assess whether you truly require it before clicking the option.

Convenience & Quality

Although the 2020 Kia Sportage is slightly smaller than competitors, it makes efficient use of available space for both people and cargo.

Kia produces interiors as good as virtually anyone these days, as evidenced by the 2020 Sportage. We award it a 7 out of 10 for its comfy seats, adequate capacity for occupants and goods, and limited rear visibility.

Even the entry-level Sportage LX and S trims feature a sprinkling of soft-touch surfaces that are pleasingly buttoned-down, while the EX and SX trims upgrade to leather seating that seems a step above its price range. The standard power driver's seat is manual, but a 10-way power-adjustable version is available higher in the trim tree.

The Sportage's high beltline can be uncomfortable for backseat occupants, although two adults or three children will be comfortable on short trips. The Sportage also has ample load room, despite its smaller size compared to some of its rivals, with 31 cubic feet behind the rear seats and slightly more than 60 cubic feet with them folded flat.

During typical driving, the cabin is extremely quiet, yet the rasp of the basic engine at full speed is both invasive and unpleasant.

Economy of Fuel

The 2020 Kia Sportage has subpar fuel economy and no hybrid option.

The 2020 Kia Sportage excels in a variety of ways, but not in terms of fuel efficiency. We rate it 4 out of 10 for its underwhelming fuel economy in comparison to competitors.

The standard Sportage is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway, and 26 miles per gallon combined with front-wheel drive and 22/26/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. The majority of competitors perform significantly better.

The Sportage SX performs little better, achieving 20/28/23 mpg in front-wheel drive and a pitiful 19/24/21 mpg in all-wheel drive.

Even turbocharged cars require regular unleaded fuel, which might help lessen the penalty at the pump significantly.

Safety

This year's Kia Sportage earns high marks and adds more safety features.

The 2020 Kia Sportage receives a full revamp, including an increase in active safety technology. We give the Sportage an eight-out-of-ten rating.

The federal government awarded both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants five stars overall, but only four stars for the front driver's side and rollover tests. According to the IIHS, the Sportage is a Top Safety Pick.

Active safety technology is now standard on all vehicles. Lane departure warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, automated emergency braking, and active lane control are standard on the 2020 Sportage. Blind-spot monitors are optional—and we recommend them, given the Sportage's hefty rear pillars.

Which Model of the Kia Sportage Is Right for Me?

Kia offers four trim options for the Sportage: LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo. The first three models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 181 horsepower. The SX Turbo model replaces this with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower. This means that consumers seeking the more competent turbo-four must opt for the top-of-the-line model. For others, the base LX is an excellent choice, as it is equipped with an abundance of technology and safety features.

All-wheel drive is available for $1,500 on all trim levels except the S, which costs $1,700.

1- year-old Kia Sportage LX

The entry-level Kia Sportage LX starts at $23,990. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio, cloth seats, a rearview camera, lane maintain assist, a driver attention monitor, automatic high lights, front collision warning, brake aid, and pedestrian recognition are all standard. For $1,595, Kia offers an LX Popular package. It is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a ten-way power adjustable driver's seat, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic warning.

2- Second-Generation Kia Sportage

The S model includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic warning, and synthetic leather seats for a suggested retail price of $26,140. A $1,100 S Sunroof option adds a panoramic sunroof. The S Premium option ($3,200) adds a sunroof and the items of the Popular package, as well as proximity keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, a wireless phone charger, satellite radio, and a second USB connection.

3- Second-Generation Kia Sportage

The Sportage EX has a starting price of $27,290. It adds dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a ten-way power driver's seat, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. To top it off, you'll get ventilated front seats, a navigation system, eight-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound radio, leather upholstery, and front and rear parking sensors, in addition to the rest of the items of the Premium package.

4- Second-Generation Kia Sportage SX Turbo

The SX Turbo (MSRP: $33,590) is the Sportage's top trim level. It gains the turbo-four engine stated above, but also all of the other options listed above.

Visit our U.S. News Best Price Program to take advantage of significant savings at your local Kia dealer. Additionally, our Kia offers page features fantastic manufacturer discounts.

How Much Does Insurance for a Kia Sportage Cost?

The cost of insurance for a Kia Sportage is determined by a number of factors, including your deductible, the amount of coverage desired, and the type of insurance selected. Insurance rates are also affected by your age, gender, region, credit score, and driving record. Consult our auto insurance guide to determine the most appropriate coverage for you.

New or Used Kia Sportage: Should I Buy One?

The Sportage was last redesigned by Kia for the 2017 model year. While purchasing a previous-generation Sportage may save you money, you will miss out on significant changes such as a standard touch screen and rearview camera, available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, higher fuel economy estimates, and increased luggage and passenger space.

Apart from some feature reorganisation, there have been no significant modifications since the 2017 redesign. For instance, Kia included some items with the 2020 Sportage that were previously available only as options. These include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, as well as a handful of safety features like as a driver condition monitor and front collision warning with pedestrian detection. You might be able to find a used Sportage with comparable equipment for less money.

If you're interested in an older model, check out our reviews of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Sportage. Additionally, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about current specials and discounts on pre-owned vehicles.

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