2020 Kia Sportage

Rating7.3

Ranked #11 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$25,490 - $35,090

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Key Spec of 2020 Kia Sportage
fuel economy

23/26/30

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

2020 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 30, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 Kia Sportage is one of the best-looking and sporty compact crossovers, that is available for sale at a reasonable price. Kia made the 2020 Sportage in four trim levels: LX, new S, EX, and SX Turbo. For 2020, Kia refreshed the Sportage, now boasting updated front and rear styling with a more assertive look than the previous year. Kia also added more standard features including an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, pedestrian detection, and forward collision warning to the Sportage. Along with a new S trim level and different wheel designs, the interior receives some new content. Leatherette interior trim and a new Steel Grey exterior color are available. Other than this, there is no difference between the 2020 and 2019 models. Buyers will get a four-cylinder engine as standard in all but the SX Turbo trim, which gets an upgraded turbocharged four-cylinder. Every trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available across the range. Unless you want a more powerful engine, the base LX trim is a well-equipped model that offers good tech and safety features at an affordable price.

2020 Kia Sportage For Sale

The base 2020 Kia Sportage LX has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,990, plus a destination fee of $1,045. All-wheel drive costs an extra $1,500. The new Sportage S adds paddle shifters and 18-inch wheels and starts at $26,140 with FWD and around $28,000 with AWD. The Sportage EX builds on the S trim level and adds a power tailgate for a starting price of $27,290. The top-range SX Turbo starts at $33,590. The used 2020 Kia Sportage average list price ranges from $25,266 to $33,758.

2020 Kia Sportage Buying Advice

The 2020 Sportage is a good used compact crossover SUV. Kia last redesigned the Sportage SUV for the 2017 model year with year-on-year changes. This fun-to-drive Kia crossover gained more standard tech and features for the 2020 model year, while the 2018 and 2019 models were mostly carried over. If you are looking for 2017, 2018, or 2019 model, you can have good savings and discounts available at the dealership. 

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The Kia Sportage, after its inception back in the 90s, has seen significant growth in its later generation models. A few trim features have been juggled with here and there, and the overall price has also gone down, as the 2020 Sportage now starts from an MSRP of $23,990. These prices are competitive as compared with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Mazda CX-5 for which Kia offers class-leading powertrain warranty. As before, the Sportage continues to attract buyers with its attractive pricing, fantastic 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a generous amount of standard and available equipment.


ProsConsWhat's New

Composed handling dynamics

Lousy fuel economy

Minor changes to the exterior

Various customisation options

Less cargo room than rivals

New S trim introduced

Intuitive touch controls

New additional creature comforts introduced

Spacious and opulent cabin

Latest driver-assistance features

Over All Rating

7.3

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Pricing and Feature7.00
Engine and Performance6.00
Fuel Economy7.10
Interior7.20
Exterior6.80
Safety8.60
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#11 in Compact Suv

#16 in Suv

#16 in Midsize Suv


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Trims

LX$25,490 onwards

  • 8-Inch touchscreen display
  • Automatic headlights
  • Led daytime running lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping steering wheel

S$26,140 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Foglights
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors

EX$27,290 onwards

  • Hands-Free tailgate
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear USB port

SX$33,590 onwards

  • 19-Inch wheels
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Led headlights


Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color
Black Cherry

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2020 Kia Sportage offers two different engine options serving two very different purposes. The first one is a lousy 2.4L motor that maintains a calm composure while the other one is a turbocharged, 2.0L unit that excites the spirited driver in you. A 6-speed automatic transmission is common to both motors and provides smooth and slick gear shifting. For 2020, Kia has also equipped the Sportage with the latest in terms of driver-assistance features. 

Giving each other a tough time, three brilliant SUVs namely Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Volkswagen Tiguan are the Sportage's biggest rivals. Both in terms of performance and price, the 2020 Kia Sportage faces a tough fight. Let's move ahead and see where the Sportage stands in this rather busy segment.


Buying Advice

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 whole experience. Additionally, the price difference between the LX and EX trim is $3200, 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 SX Turbo trim.

Features

The 2020 Kia Sportage SUV is available in four trims viz. LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo. All four trims come with the option of having either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive mechanism. The entry-level Kia Sportage starts at a price of $23,990 and comes with a 2.4L engine. Moreover, for each trim, the AWD variant costs $1500 more than the FWD variant. Moving a step further, the new Sportage S has a sticker price of $26,140. For the fully loaded trim SX Turbo, the price soars quite high compared to the EX model, which corresponds to $33,590 for the FWD drivetrain. However, for the increased price, one will also get an exclusive potent 2.0L turbocharged engine.

Trim LX S EX SX Turbo
MSRP (FWD) $23,990 $26,140 $27,290 $33,590
MSRP (AWD) $25,490 $27,840 $28,790 $35,090
Key Features Fog Lights with Gloss Black Trim and Black Chrome bar Power Folding ORVMs and Roof Rails Projection headlights Harman Kardon 320-watt premium audio system w/Clari-Fi & 8 speakers
  Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Dark Trim 18-inch alloy wheels LED daytime running lights Bi-Xenon HID headlights w/Dynamic Bending Light
  8-inch touchscreen SoFino Premium Leatherette Seats with Heated front seats Front fog lights w/gloss black & chrome trim LED daytime running lights
  Cloth seats Blind Spot Collision Warning system Rear-Camera Display AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM-5 audio system
    Flat Bottom Steering wheel UVO eServices Infotainment System w/7" touch screen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Push-button start w/Smart Key & Immobilizer
Engine and Performance
6.0/10

We enjoyed driving the Sportage, too, describing excellent steering feel and consistent, linear brakes - Motortrend

Standard in the Sportage's lower trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower, whereas a 240 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder comes in the SX Turbo trim. Acting as the powerhouse for both the LX and EX trims, the 2020 Kia Sportage's 2.4-Liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine extracts a maximum torque of 175 lbs.-ft. On the other hand, the SX Turbo trim comes with high torque figures at 260 lbs.-ft.

Both these engines are mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Kia Sportage also stands true to its athletic name. Having said that, the 2020 Sportage is able to sprint from 0-60 MPH in just 9 seconds, all the while crossing the quarter-mile mark in just 16.3 seconds. The Sportage is able to catch up to its rivals, despite the lower engine specs. This is solely due to the lower curb weight.

Models

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP\t

$23,990

$25,050

$25,190

$24,945

Engine

2.4L NA I4

1.5L turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

2.0L TSI DOHC Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 RPM

190 hp @ 6400 RPM

187 hp @ 6000 RPM

200 hp @ 5100 RPM

Torque

175 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM

207 lb-ft @ 1700 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.0 sec

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.3 sec

16.7 sec

16.6 sec

17.0 sec

The engine as such is sufficiently powerful to offer you a spirited driving experience. There might be a little lag when you press the throttle, but that goes unnoticed once the turbo kicks in, and that too quite quickly. Coming onto the ride and handling dynamics, the Sportage remains a comfortable ride around both cities and highways. The Sportage also performs quite well while taking on corners. The potent suspension system also gulps in all of the bumps. Coming to the braking system, the 2020 Sportage, with 12-inch front rotors and 11.9-inch rear rotors, is able to come to a complete stop in just 114 ft.

Fuel Economy
7.1/10

The 2020 Kia Sportage's gas mileage suffers with all-wheel drive. - thecarconnection.com

Talking about the fuel economy, the 2020 Kia Sportage AWD returns EPA estimated 22 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on highways, whereas, with the FWD setup, the fuel economy improves to 23 MPG in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. This is with the 2.4L NA engine at the helm. On opting for the 2.0L turbocharged engine, the 2020 Sportage delivers 19 and 24 MPG in the city and highway respectively, whereas, with the AWD setup, the Sportage delivers 20 and 28 MPG in the city and highway respectively.

Model

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

MPG (city)

23

28

25

22

MPG (highway)

30

34

31

29

MPG (combined)

26

30

28

25

Fuel capacity 16.4 gallons 14.0 gallons 14.8 gallons 15.3 gallons

The mileage figures of Sportage are good but if we look at the competitors, the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are certainly superior with their 30 MPG and 28 MPG of combined fuel economies respectively.

Interior
7.2/10

Contrary to what the Kia Sportage's exterior looks like, its interior draws out favorable impressions with modern styling, features, and spacious seats. The cabin space, on the whole, is completely family-centric, and it subtly oozes practicality. Focused on driver engagement, the cabin controls are all well laid out and easy to use. 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.

In the seating section, the 2020 Kia Sportage offers a passenger capacity of 5 people similar to its competitors. Although, as it has one of the shortest wheelbases in the segment, the rear seating space in the Sportage is quite adequate. Pointing to 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 again swipes away all the competition including the Kia Sportage with its unsurpassed second-row space. With the rear seat up, the 2020 Sportage can also accommodate 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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

Cargo Capacity 30.7 cu. ft 39.2 cu. ft 30.9 cu. ft 12.0 cu. ft

The standard infotainment system available in the 2020 Kia Sportage SUV comprises 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 to the satellite radio service. Additionally, a premium 6-speaker audio system is connected with the infotainment system to deliver sound throughout the SUV.

Exterior
6.8/10

For 2020, Kia tweaks the Sportage's bold styling and adds more standard and optional features - Car and Driver

The 2020 Kia Sportage has subtle 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. The front is adorned by the usual tiger grille, along with scooped-up headlights.

For 2020, Kia subtly revamps the front and rear fascias, to an extent that, it may not seem as different though to the previous iteration, which begs the question as to what changes have been made? Its boxy silhouette is still a concern, unlike the rest of the segment, that has been updating its design every 2-3 years. Coming to the dimensions, the Kia Sportage has one of the smallest wheelbases in this segment, which certainly reciprocates into a smaller cabin.

Model

2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Honda CR-V

2020 Mazda CX-5

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3305

3337

3541

3757

Length(in)

176.4

182.1

179.1

185.1

Width(in)

73.0

73.0

72.5

71.2

Height(in)

64.8

66.1

66.2

66.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.4

7.8

7.5

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

104.7

106.2

109.8

Track width (in) F/R

63.5/64.0

63.0/63.7

62.8/62.8

61.8/61.9

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • Roof rack crossbars
  • Rear bumper applique
  • Tow Hitch
  • LED DRLs
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy-tinted windows
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield wipers and De-icer
  • Panoramic sunroof
Safety
8.6/10

Kia has certainly looked after the safety quotient of the 2020 Sportage, as a large number of additional and latest active and passive safety features have been added as standard this time around. The base model gets most of the latest driver assistance features. Analyzing the IIHS ratings of the 2020 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.

Some of the standard safety features on offer are-

  • Emergency braking assists
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Traction control and dusk sensing headlamps
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear cross traffic alert
Competition
7.0/10

2020 Kia Sportage vs 2020 Mazda CX-5

Priced at $25,190, the Mazda CX-5 Sport is only $1,100 more expensive than the 2020 Kia Sportage LX. On the upper hand, the CX-5 Sport has better engine specs, more mileage, higher ground clearance, and larger legroom space in the second row than the Kia Sportage.

However, when it comes to 0-60 mph acceleration, braking efficiency, and cargo volume, the 2020 Kia Sportage outpaces the Mazda CX-5 sport.

2020 Kia Sportage vs 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

The last but not the least SUV that puts up a challenge to the Kia Sportage is the Volkswagen Tiguan. Considering the price, the Sportage costs almost $1,795 more than the 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. Nevertheless, for the price, the Tiguan SUV 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. 

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 2020 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 2020 Sportage.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$25490

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

144 cu in

horse power

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions
length

64 in

wheelbase

105.1 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3448 lbs

Height

64.8 in

Ground Clearance

6.8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

98.6 cu ft

cargo volume

60.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

492.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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5

[3.0%] [1 Reviews]

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Andrew M. White

2020 Kia Sportage

EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 2, 2022

Underwhelming SUV with disappointing acceleration

Pros - Spacious interior, quiet cabin, intuitive infotainment system, and good reliability.

Cons - Underwhelming fuel economy, underpowered engine, disappointing acceleration, rough ride, subpar cargo space, and thick pillars create larger-than-average blind spots.

Underpowered SUV, with a lot of blind spots in the rear view. One of the most horrible decisions I made was to buy a Kia Sportage, because of its underwhelming performance, disappointing driving experience. I hardly take it out on the road. The only good thing about it is the upscaled cabin quality which doesn't concern me at all. If anyone is reading this I would say to them “Please don't judg...

6/10
Features
7/10
Interior
6/10
Design
3/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

SM

S. Montano

2020 Kia Sportage

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 28, 2022

Feels adequate for commuting!

Pros - Compactness--Punchy rides--Rear cabin headroom--Smartphones integration

Cons - Grisly looks--Limited cargo space--Excess road noise at high speeds

Feature-packed and solid SUV I'm not a follower of KIA's design team and purchased this car just for its compactness and fuel economy. It came packed with some exceptional features even in this base trim and its smartphones integration feature is one among them. The rear seats have ample headroom to haul my tall friends and I feel cozy in the driver seat even for an all-day drive. Its 2.4L engine...

9/10
Features
7/10
Interior
5/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

Ws

Waqas sarfraz

2020 Kia Sportage

EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 30, 2021

top class reliable SUV

Pros - Spacious seat in 2 rows, pleasant interior, quiet cabin, and intuitive infotainment system, quite reliable and balanced driving feel.

Cons - Subpar cargo space and thick pillars create larger-than-average blind spots.

refined SUV with quiet cabin This vehicle is outstanding! I'm 6'1" and 220 pounds, and I couldn't be more comfortable. I've owned it for around 6000 miles and have had a terrific experience thus far. The way it performed when a van raced out in front of me, almost causing an accident, cemented my admiration for this car. I rapidly swerved and slammed on the brakes; the car reacted quickly and mai...

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Kia Sportage 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$28,166
5 Year Cost To Own
$44,726
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $44,726
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$7,036$1,671$1,535$1,850$1,716$13,808
Insurance$1,164$1,241$1,319$1,359$1,349$6,432
Fuel$1,856$1,864$1,931$2,007$2,082$9,740
Maintenance$589$822$684$1,818$1,933$5,846
Repairs$3$-34$10$1$636$616
Financing Interest$1,766$1,404$1,021$711$233$5,135
Taxes and Fees$2,412$226$186$161$164$3,149
Total Cost-To-Own$14,826$7,194$6,686$7,907$8,113$44,726
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