2019 Kia Sportage

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in Midsize SUVs
2019 MODEL
$23,750 - $34,600 See Inventory Prices

7.3

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The compact crossover SUV manufactured by the South Korean carmaker is probably one of the top selling compact SUVs in the market today. The Kia Sportage, after its inception late back in the 20s, has seen significant growth in its later generation models. Even though, the car carries over unchanged from the previous year 2018, Comparing it with the previous 2018 model, the 2019 Kia Sportage SUV still gets subtle changes such as a reduced price tag and improved fuel economy

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Pros

Composed handling

Various customisation options

Intuitive touch controls

Spacious and opulent cabin

Comfortable and spirited driving

Cons

Lousy fuel economy

Polarising exterior and design

Less cargo room than rivals

What's New?

The 2019 version of Kia Sportage doesn’t come out with major changes except for certain performance tweaks such as improved fuel economy and a reduced price tag of the car than its previous model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23750

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu. in.

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12-in. four wheel solid disc brakes/11.9-in. four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

176.4 in.

width

73 in.

height

64.4 in.

curb weight

3305 lbs.

ground clearance

6.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

35 cu ft.

cargo volume

37.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

492 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color  2019 Kia Sportage in Burnished Copper color  2019 Kia Sportage in Clear White color  2019 Kia Sportage in Mineral Silver color  2019 Kia Sportage in Hyper Red color  2019 Kia Sportage in Pacific Blue color  2019 Kia Sportage in Sparkling Silver color
Black Cherry

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Ratings

Features

5.5

Engine

7.9

Interior

7.9

Comfort

8.0

Driving

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Kia Sportage LX

LX

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$23,750 - $25,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,250 MSRP (21 mpg/22/25 mpg) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $23,750 MSRP (23 mpg/26/30 mpg) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Kia Sportage EX

EX

power
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$26,600 - $28,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,600 MSRP (22 mpg/25/29 mpg) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,100 MSRP (21 mpg/23/25 mpg) 181 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Kia Sportage SX

SX

power
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$33,100 - $34,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $33,100 MSRP (21 mpg/23/26 mpg) 240 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $34,600 MSRP (20 mpg/21/23 mpg) 237 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.3

Overall Rating


5.5/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 
 

Powered by two different engines are available with the 2019 Kia Sportage. The first one is a 2.4 L engine while the other one is a more powerful 2.0 L Turbocharged engine. A 6-speed automatic transmission is common among all the configurations of the SUV and provides a smooth and fast gear shifting.

Giving each other a head to head shoulder rubbing competition, three brilliant SUVs namely Honda CR-V LX, Mazda CX-5 Sport and Volkswagen Tiguan S are the sportage's biggest rivals. Both the performance and price of the aforementioned SUVs lie very close to that of the Kia Sportage SUV.

2019 Kia Sportage Features

5.5/10

The 2019 Kia Sportage SUV is available in three trims viz. LX, EX and SX. All the three trims come with the option of having either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive mechanism. Moreover, for each trim, the AWD variant costs $1500 more than the FWD variant.

Trim

LX

EX

SX

MSRP

$23,200

$25,700

$32,700

MSRP

(AWD)

$24,700

$27,200

$34,200

Key

Features

  • Projection headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM5 audio system
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Cloth seats
  • USB/auxiliary input jacks
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Projection headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights w/gloss black & chrome trim
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM5 audio system
  • UVO eServices Infotainment System w/7" touch screen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Push-button start w/Smart Key & Immobilizer
  • Projection headlights
  • Bi-Xenon HID headlights w/Dynamic Bending Light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM5 audio system
  • Harman Kardon 320-watt premium audio system w/Clari-Fi & 8 speakers
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Push-button start w/Smart Key & Immobilizer

The LX is the entry-level trim of the Sportage and its FWD variant costs about $23,200 and it comes with the 2.4L engine. Standard features available in the LX trim include projector headlights, 17-inch wheels, rear camera with display and Bluetooth connectivity.

Moving a step further, the next trim is the EX, which has a price tag of $25,700 for the FWD variant. Comparing with the base trim, the EX offers various extra features such as fog lights, keyless ignition, climate control, leather steering wheel, engine immobilizer and bigger 18-inch wheels.

For the fully loaded trim SX, the MSRP becomes quite high compared to the EX model, which corresponds to $34,200 for FWD drivetrain. However, for the increased price, one will get exclusive features in the trim including the powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine, turn signal mirrors, xenon high-intensity headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, steering mounted cruise control and heated steering wheel.

We Recommend

From our observation, we vouch for the EX trim over the base trim as its additional features such as push-button start, engine immobilizer and fog lights improve the driving experience. Additionally, the price difference between the LX and EX trim is $2500, which is not that much. However, if you want the Kia Sportage SUV with the 2.0L turbo engine, then there is no option except going for the EX trim.

2019 Kia Sportage Engine

7.9/10

Engine and Transmission

Standard in the Sportage's lower trims is a 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower, whereas a 240 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder comes in the \tSX turbo trim. Acting as the powerhouse for both the LX and EX-trims of the 2019 Kia Sportage's 2.4-Liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine extracts a maximum torque of 175 lbs.-ft. On the other hand, the SX trim comes with high torque figures at 260 lbs.-ft.

Models

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

MSRP\t

$23,200

$24,045

$24,045

$24,995

Engine

2.4L I4

2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC

2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 6400 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

200 hp @ 5100 rpm

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

Comparing the base LX trim with the competitors, one can easily observe that the Volkswagen Tiguan S is the most powerful SUV with 200 hp of power and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque. Whereas, the Kia Sportage has the least engine power and torque amidst the rivalry. Both the Mazda CX-5 Sport and Volkswagen Tiguan S feature a 6-speed transmission, whereas it got replaced by a CVT automatic transmission in the Honda CR-V LX SUV.

Acceleration

The Sportage lives up to its athletic name and doesn't really disappoints us when it comes to athleticism and vigour. Despite having a much higher curb weight and lower engine specs, the 2019 Kia Sportage is much faster than its competitors. The juicy acceleration of the Sportage allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.0 seconds. Moreover, the quarter mile time of the Kia Sportage is the best at 16.0 seconds followed by 16.6 seconds of the Mazda CX-3 Sport.

Models

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.0 sec

16.7 sec

16.6 sec

17.0 sec

Engine

2.4L

2.4L

2.5L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

6.3

6.5

8.0

From the emissions point of view, the Kia Sportage is at 3rd less polluting vehicle with 6.8 tons/year emissions. On the other hand, Honda CR-V LX is titled as the least polluting car among the competition with an annual emission of 6.3 tons.

Ride and Handling

One of the main features of the Sportage is that it handles like a charm. The South Korean car offers a sweet balance between the ride and handling quality. Along with a responsive throttle response, the SUV performs extremely well while talking on corners. Additionally, in comparison with the previous models of the Kia Sportage, the suspension system of the 2019 version gets modified and eliminates typical impacts from reaching inside the cabin. Moreover, the SUV's AWD variants are braced very well to tackle off-road challenges and snowy road conditions.

Braking

Even though the curb weight of the Kia Sportage is highest among the rivalling SUV's, it offers a commendable 60-0 mph distance of just 114 ft. This is made possible by the highly efficient 12.0-inch brakes at the front and 11.9-inch brakes at the rear. Moreover, the 60-0 mph distance of Sportage is better than both the Honda's CR-V LX and Mazda's CX-5 Sport.

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

11.1

11.7

12.3

Brake Rear (in.)

11.9

10.2

11.9

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3596

3307

3527

3448

60-0 MPH (ft.)

114

117

126

N/A

Towing Capacity

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

2000

1500

2000

2200

By looking at the towing capacities of each of the competing SUVs, it can be concluded that the Kia Sportage's 2000 lbs. capacity is second best after 2200 lbs. of towing capacity of the Volkswagen Tiguan S.

2019 Kia Sportage Interior

7.9/10

Seating and Comfort

On the contrary to what the exterior of the car looks like, The Sportage's cabin draws out favourable impressions. The cabin is subtly inclined towards the driver, with a clean and well laid out set of controls.

At the seating section, the 2019 Kia Sportage offers a passenger capacity of 5 people similar to its competitors. The space available for passengers in the first row of Sportage corresponds to 39.3 inches of headroom, 57.1 inches of shoulder room and 41.5 inches legroom. However, headroom and shoulder room offered by the Honda CR-V is highest.

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/57.1/41.5

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.1/56.2/40.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/55.1/38.2

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

39.0/55.0/35.8

Pointing the room available in the second row, a good amount of space is available in the Kia Sportage for comforting the passengers. However, the Honda CR-V LX again swipes away all the competition including the Kia Sportage with its unsurpassed second-row space.

Infotainment System

Kia splits the Sportage's dash into an upper half to keep the driver focused on the gauges and one of the 3 available infotainment screens while grouping the ancillary controls lower but still in control of the driver.

The standard infotainment system available in the 2019 Kia Sportage SUV comprises of a 5-inch touchscreen display along with a USB port and an auxiliary audio input port. The infotainment system also supports satellite radio and offers a 3-month complimentary subscription of the satellite radio service. Additionally, a 6-speaker audio system is connected with the infotainment system to deliver the sound throughout the SUV.

Interior Features

The interior finishing of the 2019 Kia Sportage is remarkable and it can give complexion even to some expensive SUVs. Additionally, there are numerous useful features inside the cabin:

  • Cargo tray and net
  • Interior light kit
  • Auto-dimming mirror Power windows
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Bucket front seats
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat.

Cargo Capacity

With the rear seat up, the 2019 Kia Sportage accommodates 30.7 cubic feet of cargo that increases to 60.1 cubic feet after folding down the rear seat. Analyzing the rivals, the Volkswagen Tiguan offers lesser cargo space while the Mazda CX-5 has similar capacity as that of the Kia Sportage. However, the cargo capacity of the Honda's CR-V LX is the highest, which is about 39.2 cubic feet with rear seat up and 75.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

30.7

39.2

30.9

23.8

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

60.1

75.8

59.6

56.1

2019 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

The 2019 Kia Sportage's gas mileage suffers with all-wheel drive. - thecarconnection.com

Talking about the fuel economy, the Kia Sportage offers 23 MPG in the city, 30 MPG on highways and 26 MPG as combined. The mileage figures of Sportage are good but if we look at the competitors, the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-3 become superior with their 28 MPG and 27 MPG of combined fuel economies respectively.

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

MPG (city)

23

26

24

20

MPG (highway)

30

32

31

24

MPG (combined)

26

28

27

22

2019 Kia Sportage Exterior

Dimension and Weight

The Kia Sportage has styling and design virtues that will definitely pale out when compared with other aesthetic hatchbacks in its segment. This car's design works simple and plain, inside out. That comes out as a disappointment in this segment where carmakers try to draw eyeballs out with gimmicky styling tricks.

Coming to the dimensions of the Kia Sportage, it is 176.4 inches long, 73.0 inches wide and 64.4 inches tall. Among the rivalry, the Volkswagen Tiguan S has the minimum length as well as width while the Kia Sportage is the shortest in terms of height. The ground clearance offered by Kia Sportage measures about 6.4 inches whereas the ground clearance of both the Volkswagen Tiguan S and Mazda CX-5 is higher with 6.9 and 7.6 inches respectively.

Model

Kia Sportage LX

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Volkswagen Tiguan S

Curb weight (lbs.)

3596

3307

3527

3448

Length(in)

176.4

180.6

179.1

174.5

Width(in)

73.0

73.0

72.5

71.2

Height(in)

64.4

66.1

65.3

67.1

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

N/A

7.6

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

104.7

106.3

102.5

Track width (in) F/R

63.5/64.0

63.0/63.7

62.8/62.8

61.8/61.9

Exterior Features

  • Roof rack cross bars
  • Rear bumper applique
  • Tow Hitch
  • LED DRLs
  • Aluminium Wheels
  • Rear privacy-tinted windows

2019 Kia Sportage Safety

Safety Features

Regarding the safety of the vehicle and passengers, the 2019 Kia Sportage provides numerous standard safety features in it. Some of the key safety features include ABS, centre 3-point belt at the rear, front and rear head airbags, emergency braking assists, remote anti-theft alarm, traction control and dusk sensing headlamps.

Analyzing the IIHS ratings of the 2019 Kia Sportage SUV, its headlights are rated as poor while the child seat anchors are rated as acceptable. On the other hand, the superior rating is given to its front crash prevention while for all other remaining IIHS parameters, the SUV got a good rating.

In the NHTSA test, the overall rating of 4 stars entitles the Kia Sportage as an above average car from the safety perspective. The SUV has scored 5 stars in most of the individual NHTSA safety parameters except for the frontal barrier crash driver and rollover, in which it has scored 4 stars.

  • Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Dual front advanced airbags
  • Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)


 

2019 Kia Sportage Competition

Honda CR-V LX

The first tough competitor on the list is Honda CR-V LX SUV, which gets a slightly higher price tag of $24,045 than the Kia Sportage. Looking at its perks over the Sportage, it offers lower emissions, better fuel economy, bigger passenger room, and bigger cargo capacity.

Mazda CX-5 sport

Priced at $24,045, the Mazda CX-5 Sport is only $845 expensive than the 2019 Kia Sportage LX. On the upper hand, the CX-5 Sport has better engine specs, more mileage, higher ground clearance and larger legroom space at the second row than the Kia Sportage. However, when it comes to 0-60 mph acceleration, braking efficiency and cargo volume, the Kia Sportage outpaces the Mazda CX-5 sport.

Volkswagen Tiguan S

The last but not the least SUV that puts up a challenge to the Kia Sportage is the Volkswagen Tiguan S. Considering the price, the Tiguan costs almost $1,795 more than the 2019 Sportage SUV. Nevertheless, for the additional price, the Tiguan S offers more engine power, torque and towing capacity than the Sportage. On the other side, it lags way behind the Kia Sportage in various parameters like mileage, acceleration, interior space and cargo capacity.

2019 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

Well, things have certainly been more like a roller coaster for the Kia Sportage in the past. The Sportage wasn't really a class leader before the 2019 model launch and this new surgery hasn't been really effective and impactful enough to turn the tables. The South Korean car is undoubtedly good, in all aspects barring a few like fuel economy and styling but it still doesn't really stand out when it comes to its competitors and this turns out as the biggest disadvantage for the car.

Also checkout the 2020 Kia Sportage SUV.