2019 Kia Sportage

MSRP $23,750 - $34,600

Ranked #13 in Compact Suv

7.4

Overall Rating

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2019 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Sportage is a less spunky and bigger version of the smaller Soul hatchback. However, on paper, it offers a similar set of features as the popular Soul and aims to win over its customers with its crossover-SUV credentials. Its formula for success includes its eye-catching exterior styling, a long list of standard features, a well-rounded safety suite, and excellent warranty coverage. The 2019 Sportage is a carryover model with one package deletion on the base trim.

2019 Kia Sportage Latest Updates

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Pros

Powerful turbo-four engine option

Comfortable and spacious interiors

Exceptional warranty coverage

Intelligent UVO infotainment

Cons

Fewer luxury upgrades

Lower cargo space 

Average fuel economy

Polarizing exterior design

What's New?

Base trim loses Technology Package.

Essentially a carry-over model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23750

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

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

98.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

60.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.5

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$23,750 onwards

EX$26,600 onwards

SX$33,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Kia Sportage in Mineral Silver color
Mineral Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

5.5

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.6

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The Sportage offers the same powertrain choices this year, with only some minimal upgrades to its exterior philosophy. The pricing of the 2019 Sportage starts at $23,750 and with its subtle combination of style, practicality, versatility, and value-for-money, the Kia Sportage carries a lot of appeal over its contemporary segment leaders like the Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, and Hyundai Tucson.


7.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2019 Kia Sportage Features

The 2019 Kia Sportage trim lineup includes 3 trims on offer- LX, EX, and SX Turbo. There are two engine options and the choice of FWD and AWD configuration. The base trim starts at $23,750 and the prices go up to $34,600 for the top-most SX Turbo trim with AWD configuration. After the removal of the optional Technology Package, the base trim now cannot be decently equipped with better comfort and safety features. As the standard features list is underwhelming the deletion of this package will be detrimental to prospective buyers. Although as you move up the trim level, more technology features and driver assistance tech get added. 

Other than the standard features there are few optional packages available which include LX Popular Package for $1,300 that adds heated front seats, bigger infotainment, dual-zone automatic climate control, etc. Next in line is the EX Sport Appearance Package for $990 and as the name suggests it adds various cosmetic and exterior enhancements. The other two packages include EX Premium Package for $1,700 and Technology Package for $2,900. The former adds creature comfort features and a panoramic sunroof while the latter adds driver-assist features, power liftgate, Harman & Kardon sound system, bigger touchscreen, and ventilated front seats.

Trim

LX

EX

SX Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$23,750

$26,600

$33,100

MSRP (AWD)

$25,250

$28,100

$34,600

Key Features

181 hp, 2.4-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to the ‘LX’ trim

Adds or upgrades to the ‘EX’ trim

 

Drive Mode Select

Bright Chrome Grille and Door Handles

240 hp, 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 engine

 

Heated Rear Glass

Heated Seats

Black & Satin Chrome Grille and Door Handles

 

Fabric-trimmed seats

Leather upholstery

19-inch wheels

 

Projector Beam Headlights

Roof Rails

Smart Power Liftgate

 

Rear Camera Display

Blind Spot Detection

Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound

 

17-inch wheels

7-inch Touchscreen w/ UVO

Bi-Xenon HID Projector Beam Headlights

     

Heated and Ventilated Seats

We Recommend

The mid-level EX trim should be the best option for families on a budget. This trim is only a couple of thousand dollars more expensive than the base trim and unlocks desirable features like an upgraded infotainment setup with Kia’s UVO interface and better interior creature comforts like heated seats covered in leather.

2019 Kia Sportage Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The 2019 Kia Sportage sources its power from its trusty 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine. This engine puts out a decent 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, which makes the Sportage for just an adequate city performer. This engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which in our case is quite efficient for a daily cruiser. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard. For extra traction, an all-wheel-drive setup is also available that tackles snowy terrain and rainy conditions with ease. The highlight of the engine lineup has to be the more robust 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, available only on the SX Turbo trim. With this powertrain onboard, the difference is day and night as the Sportage gallops ahead with its power output of 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque (237 hp for all-wheel-drive).

With the base powertrain onboard, the Sportage speeds up from 0-60 mph within 8.0 seconds and clocks the quarter-mile run in a respectable 16.3 seconds. The turbo 4-cylinder variant clocked in a quick 0-60 mph run of 6.9 seconds. While these may not be the fastest figures on the chart, they are still very respectable for a daily midsize crossover.

Models

2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

MSRP

$23,750

$24,245

$24,045

$24,295

Engine

2.4-liter Inline-4

2.0-liter Inline-4

2.5-liter Inline-4

2.5-liter Flat-4

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ RPM

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

164 hp @ 6200 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

182 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

175 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.0 sec

8.9 sec

8.1 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.3 sec

16.9 sec

16.3 sec

16.6 sec

Top-Speed (MPH)

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

In the battle of the base powertrains, it is the Mazda CX-5 that emerges the victor with its stellar power output of 187 hp and 186 lb-ft. The Kia Sportage may be one of the underperformers here, but it eventually blows its rivals away with its more powerful turbo-4 engine. That said the Sportage is the fastest in 0-60 mph run with the Mazda CX-5 being behind it by one-tenth of a second while the Forester taking half a second more than the Sportage to hit the 60 mph mark. The slowest of the bunch was the Hyundai Tucson that managed to do 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The Kia Sportage’s handling dynamics feel like a lightweight car rather than a utility vehicle. While turning, the Sportage exhibits minimum body roll and the steering controls feel balanced. On a curvy road, the Sportage maneuvers around like a true expert. Both the engines are highly rated for their handling dynamics and ample acceleration. 

The optional all-wheel drive and high ground clearance are a blessing in disguise. But be wary that the Sportage isn’t off-road oriented as the Subaru Forester. The SX Turbo variant gets revised dampers, firmer springs, and a slightly modified steering configuration, giving it a more sporty personality than the regular Sportage. 

Braking Performance

The Kia Sportage handles the braking duties with its capable 12-inch brake rotors in the front and 11.9-inch rotors in the rear. All the wheels are equipped with a disc and ABS setup. Thus, the Sportage can stop from 60-0 mph within an impressive braking distance of 114 feet. Kia also includes features like pre-collision braking, reverse automatic braking, and brake assist to further solidify the braking performance.

Models

2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.0

12.0

12.6

11.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.9

11.9

11.9

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,305

3,300

3,541

3,449

60-0 (feet)

114

99

174 (70-0 MPH)

115

The Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson share the same size rotors but the slightly lighter Tucson manages to brake from 60-0 mph in the shortest 99 feet which is 15 feet less than what the Sportage took to stop. As for the Forester, it took one foot more than the Sportage to brake from 60-0 mph.

2019 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The Kia Sportage has the least fuel economy figures in the segment as per the EPA estimates. The 2019 Kia Sportage can run around the city returning 23 mpg. On the highway, the crossover fares for an even better figure of 30 mpg. EPA estimates the crossover’s combined mpg at 26, which is subpar for a midsize crossover. With its fuel tank capacity of 16.4 gallons, you are looking at a range of 337 miles in the city and 492 miles on the highway. 

The AWD variant loses a few valuable digits off its MPG numbers. The AWD-equipped Sportage returns a city mpg of 21 while its highway mpg gets reduced to 25, equating to a combined mpg of 22. The SX Turbo variant returns an mpg figure of 21/26/23 for city/highway/combined respectively. The AWD Turbo variant sees a further reduction in its MPG figures, now standing at 20/23/21. 

Models

2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

MPG (City)

23

23

25

26

MPG (Highway)

30

30

31

33

MPG (Combined)

26

26

28

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.4

16.4

14.8

16.6

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

377/ 492/ 424

377/ 492/ 426

370/ 459/ 414

432/ 548/ 481

Among the rivals, the Subaru Forester manages to return a class-leading 26/33/29 mpg of gas mileage in city/highway/combined respectively. The gas mileage figures of the Forester beats the Sportage’s figures by 3 mpg across all three parameters. The Hyundai Tucson returns a similar gas mileage as the Sportage while the gas mileage of the Mazda CX-5 sits in between the Forester and Sportage’s mileage figures.

2019 Kia Sportage Interior

7.9/10

Inside, the Kia Sportage executes a clean dashboard design that appears to be well-oriented towards the driver. Most of the controls are well nested below the lower part of the dash, well within the driver’s reach. The front seats are wide and supportive, with an ample amount of legroom and headroom to cater to individuals of all sizes. The driver’s seat gets a 6-way manually adjustable seat, although higher trims offer 10-way power-adjustable seats. Moving to the back, 3 passengers can be fitted inside by making some adequate adjustments, although on long drives you may be better off with only 2 backseaters.

The Sportage offers a convenient 30.7 cubes of space behind its 2nd-row seats. Folding them down opens up a maximum cargo space of 60.1 cubic feet. The cargo space provides adequate luggage room for four people’s short vacation luggage. The cargo floor sits at a low height and a smart power tailgate makes the cargo loading easy for the driver.

Models

2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/ 57.1/ 41.5

39.6/ 57.1/ 41.5

39.7/ 57.1/ 41.0

41.2/ 58.2/ 43.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.1/ 55.1/ 38.2

39.2/ 55.5/ 38.2

39.0/ 54.8/ 39.6

39.6/ 57.2/ 39.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

30.7

31.0

30.9

35.4

The segment of midsize crossover features a more or less similar cabin space with few inches here and there across the different offerings from the brands. The Kia Sportage offers decent interior dimensions for its passengers to feel comfortable in. But the Subaru Forester leads the show with the overall more space in both the rows. While the competition for cabin space on offer is closely contested between the other three. Having said that, the Forester takes the lead in terms of cargo space with 35.4 cubic feet of space on offer. Which is approximately 4.7 cubic feet more space than what the Sportage has to offer.

The standout interior features onboard the crossover include:

  • Available leather upholstered seats
  • Available heating and ventilation functionality for front seats
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Black colored headlining
  • Black high-gloss center fascia

How intuitive is the car’s infotainment system?

The Kia Sportage’s tech suite is spearheaded by the user-friendly UVO interface. This system brings an attractive and intuitive infotainment experience for the user. Buyers of the base model only have to settle for a 5-inch touchscreen display. However, this screen can be switched out to a fully modern 7-inch color LCD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with the help of the available package. Higher trims get a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, a Harman & Kardon audio system, and an extra USB port.

The tech suite of the 2019 Kia Sportage in a nutshell:

  • Base 5-inch touchscreen
  • 7-inch color LCD touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Bluetooth
  • Harman & Kardon sound system

2019 Kia Sportage Exterior

8.0/10

The Kia Sportage’s funky design grabs eyeballs whenever it rolls past the streets. Speaking of which, this out-of-the-box exterior design has had a mixed share of responses from various Kia enthusiasts. Kia changed the lower bumper area this year for a more masculine front-end design. This was apparently implemented after Kia received numerous customer feedback saying that the design catered more towards the female audience. The crossover also gets a new grille design and new LED headlights. The rear end gets some minor tweaks to its skid plate and taillight design. Overall, the Kia Sportage has a subtle personality to it, with no over-the-top exterior detailing.

Models

2019 Kia Sportage

2019 Hyundai Tucson

2019 Mazda CX-5

2019 Subaru Forester

Curb Weight (lb)

3,305

3,300

3,541

3,449

Length (inches)

176.4

176.2

179.1

182.1

Width (inches)

73.0

72.8

72.5

71.5

Height (inches)

64.4

65.0

66.2

67.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.4

6.4

7.5

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

105.1

106.2

105.1

The Sportage's delectable proportions are the key to its bold aesthetics. The Sportage offers a decent 6.4 inches of ground clearance, although remember that this crossover isn’t geared for off-road travel. The crossover SUV’s lightweight body grants it an advantage in the speed and handling section. Dimension wise the Forester remains the longest and tallest, Sportage the widest, and the Mazda CX-5 with the longest wheelbase. The 8.7-inches of ground clearance on the Forester is the best-in-class. Thus we can safely say that overall in terms of dimensions the Forester is a dominating crossover SUV among all.

The distinctive exterior elements of the 2019 Kia Sportage are:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Powered tailgate w/ memory function
  • Roof rack
  • Solar Control Glass
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2019 Kia Sportage Safety

8.6/10

When it comes to safety, Kia leaves no stone unturned to ensure that its passengers travel with peace of mind. The Sportage’s structure is fully composed of high-strength steel, which is a crucial element that reinforces its occupant protection in the instances of a crash. As a result, the Sportage performed exceptionally well during the federal crash tests, as the crossover bagged a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA for its 2019 model. The IIHS awarded the Sportage with a rating of ‘Good’ in its six parameters while the Headlights of the Sportage were rated as ‘Acceptable’, ‘ Marginal’, and ‘Poor’, in the order good to bad, based on the trim levels. Having said that, the Kia includes a full-fledged safety suite for its Sportage crossover, although the majority of them are not available on the base model. 

The standout safety features in the suite include

  • Cruise control
  • Blind-spot collision warning
  • Lane keep assist w/ lane departure warning
  • Front and rear parking sensor
  • Rear cross-traffic collision warning
  • Automatic high beams
  • Rear automated emergency braking

2019 Kia Sportage Competition

7.0/10

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Both these Korean siblings are only regarded as secondary contenders in the overcrowded crossover SUV segment. In a way, both of these crossovers are identical in many aspects, offering the class-leading warranty and above-average resale value in their segment. The Tucson however suffers from its largely uninspiring powertrain. The Tucson isn’t the best crossover to drive around town either, while the Sportage easily sits in the upper-end of its segment when it comes to handling dynamics. Tucson manages to win over a lot of its audience with its sharp looks. But the Sportage wins this duel with its more youthful personality and better powertrain options.

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Mazda CX-5

Both the Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 have made waves in the crossover segment by offering a load of standard features and technology at a budget-friendly price tag. The Mazda’s handling dynamics lean a bit more towards the sportier side, while the Kia justifies itself as more of an everyday cruiser. Kia’s excellent warranty terms establish it as the more reliable option in the long term. The Mazda hits back with a slightly better fuel economy, which saves you more cash in the long run. Both the SUVs are sharply styled, attracting a lot of peeping eyes while you cruise around in your locality. In the end, it comes down to personal preference to decide which one to go for.

2019 Kia Sportage vs 2019 Subaru Forester

The Kia Sportage and the Subaru Forester are quite evenly matched SUVs on paper with an identical set of equipment and features. However, the differences begin to show up when you consider the capability of both the crossovers. The Forester is more adept at going off the beaten path than the Sportage. The Forester takes a further advantage by offering better fuel economy figures to explore the wilderness. The Kia hits back with its class-leading ownership benefits and a more powerful turbo-4 engine option. However, the Forester again justifies itself as the better family choice by offering more maximum cargo and cabin space. The Sportage is the more trendy choice over the outdated Forester thanks to its sharp styling.

2019 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

The 2019 Kia Sportage is a great value-for-money proposition with a refined performance to savor your taste buds. This well-crafted crossover portrays itself as the perfect family cruiser, thanks to its relaxed driving quality and decent interior comfort. The Sportage does have some key shortcomings that prevented it from being the segment leader, like its subpar fuel economy and lack of cargo space compared to other rivals. Yet the current lineup of trims and features have already earned rave reviews from its audience, meaning the Kia Sportage still has a lot of potentials to attract the masses and create a niche for itself in the ever-growing crossover SUV segment.

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