2022 Kia Sportage

MSRP $24,090

Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

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2022 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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John Bedrow 

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The compact crossover segment is one of the hottest and most competitive segments in the market. Almost all automakers have at least one product in this segment and they all compete very closely with each other making buyers spoilt for choice. One such strong contender in the compact crossover segment is the 2022 Kia Sportage. With prices starting at a shade over $24000, the Sportage undercuts the competition by quite some margin and is indeed a very promising proposition.

On the flip side though, after being entirely for the 2017 model year, the Sportage hasn’t had a major upgrade since and is being carried over from the 2021 model for 2022. While competitors have raked up and loaded their offerings with lots of new-age tech features and gizmos, the Sportage does seem to be a bit outdated. Nonetheless, the Korean crossover fights hard to stay relevant in the segment. In this in-depth review of the 2022 Kia Sportage, we shall find out everything that it has on offer and decide whether it makes sense to buy a car that hasn’t had a major revision for 5 years.

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Pros

Funky exterior styling

Plush cabin

The punchy optional turbo petrol engine

Excellent safety ratings

Cons

Low cargo volume

Poor infotainment system

Low fuel economy

What's New?

The chrome bits on the outside have been replaced with black panels.

A new trim level called ‘Nightfall edition’ has been introduced for 2022.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24090

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

181 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

175 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11.9 in.

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

1653 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

492.00 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

LX$24,090 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color
Black Cherry

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

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.1

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The 2022 Kia Sportage is offered across 4 trim levels with the base spec LX trim priced at $24090. The next trim, the Nightfall Edition is priced at $28090 while the EX trim level is priced at $28390. These trims come equipped with a 2.4 liter, naturally aspirated, inline-4. The fourth trim level, the SX Turbo, costs $33750 and comes equipped with a larger 2.0L turbocharged four-pot. All the trims come with a standard front-wheel-drive configuration and you have to extra to get the all-wheel-drive configuration.

2022 Kia Sportage SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Kia Sportage SUV Three Quarter Rear View

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Kia Sportage Features

The 2022 Kia Sportage will be available in four trims just like last year LX, S, EX, SX Turbo. The base LX trim starts at $24,090 and the topmost SX Turbo trim starts at $33,750 for the FWD and $35,250 for the AWD.The LX, S, and EX trims are powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine while the SX turbo trim gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. 

Trims

LX*

S*

EX*

SX Turbo*

MSRP (FWD)

$24,090

$26,590

$27,390

$33,750

MSRP (AWD)

$25,590

$28,290

$28,890

$35,250

Features

2.4-liter NA GDI engine

Adds or upgrades to “LX”

Adds or upgrades to “S”

Adds or upgrades to “EX”

 

Tilt and Telescoping steering wheel

18-inch alloy wheels

Smart Key entry with push button start

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 GDI engine

 

Rear AC vents

Roof rails

Dual-zone automatic climate control

19-inch machined alloy wheels

 

8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Powered ORVM with LED turn signal

Powered rear tailgate

LED interior lighting 

 

6-speaker audio setup

Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop function

10-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar support

LED front fog lamps

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity

USB 2.1 rear charging ports

Heated front seats

Steering Wheel mounted paddle shifters

   

Blind-spot collision warning

 

Ventilated front seats

*expected

Standard features include 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment setup with six-speaker audio system, rear AC vents, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, etc. As you go higher up the trim ladder you add 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, etc.

We recommend

The 2022 Kia Sportage has two engine choices so for those who want the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine should look at the EX trim as it gets all the standard features and adds heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, powered liftgate, etc. While those who want the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine then you only have the SX turbo trim and thus we recommend going for the AWD variant over the FWD version.

Release date

The release date hasn't yet been confirmed by Kia but we expect the 2022 Sportage to hit the showrooms by September 2021.

2022 Kia Sportage Engine and Performance

The Kia’s standard 2.4-liter engine is a well-behaved unit. It is not a lazy unit but it neither has the punch. The level of refinement of the engine however is top notch and you hardly ever feel any clutter or vibrations while driving. The gearbox also blends pretty well with the engine and is a slick-shifting unit. Kia has just got the powertrain package on point and that’s what helped the Sportage to be the quickest car in the competition. 

The Sportage does a 0-60 mph in about 8.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile distance in about 16.4 seconds which is the fastest in the competition. On paper, the Sportage has the lowest power and torque figures but yet it leaves its rivals high and dry when it comes to picking pace off the straight line. Now, if you think that these numbers aren’t good, you can always get the trim with the 2-liter turbo unit which delivers even better power and performance. 

The turbo engine is a punchy unit and has loads of torque on offer. The Sportage equipped with the turbo engine shoots itself from a standstill to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds and does the quarter-mile in about 15.3 seconds which is significantly quicker than its NA sibling.

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

2021 Mazda CX-5* 

2022 Hyundai Tucson

MSRP

$24090

$26440

$26545

$26135

Engine

2.4 liter, naturally aspirated, inline 4 cylinder

2.0 liter, turbocharged, inline 4 cylinder

2.5 liter, naturally aspirated, inline 4 cylinder

2.5 liter, naturally aspirated, inline 4 cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

181 @ 6000

184 @ 4400

184 @ 6000

187 @ 6100

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

175 @ 4000

221 @ 1600

186 @ 4000

178 @ 4000

*2021 model data used for reference since specs of the 2022 model haven’t been released.

The Sportage on the whole is a pretty nimble car to drive. The steering is light but feels very precise and so cutting cross through tight spaces isn’t a difficult job for this one. The suspensions are on the softer side and they handle bumps and potholes really well. There is a bit of a body roll but that doesn’t dent your confidence all that much and you can still throw the car around the corners and control it well.

If you’re looking for something that would offer you a thrilling driving experience or something that you could take off-roading, then you’re at the wrong place. The Sportage is a sedate car built to be driven around the city and it does that job perfectly well. Overall, the Sportage just offers the right kind of performance you would from a compact urban SUV and we would award it full marks in this area.

2022 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Most buyers in this segment would crave a fuel-efficient machine and would want their car to churn out the maximum amount of fuel economy. The 2022 Kia Sportage, with its standard 2.4-liter, NA unit, is capable of going up to 23 miles on a single gallon in the city while it can haul up to about 30 miles on the highway. 

The Kia gets an EPA rating of 26 mpg combined which isn’t the best in the segment. Moreover, the 2 liter, turbo unit consumes even more gas. The Sportage equipped with the Turbo engine goes for about 20 miles on a gallon in the city while on the highway it goes for about 28 miles. It gets an EPA rating of 23 mpg combined which isn’t all that impressive.

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

2021 Mazda CX-5* 

2022 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (City)

23

23

25

26

MPG (Highway)

30

29

31

33

MPG (Combined)

26

25

28

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.4

15.3

14.8

14.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined in miles)

377.2/492.0/426.4

351.9/443.7/382.5

370/458.8

371.8/471.9/414.7

*2021 model data used for reference since specs of the 2022 model haven’t been released.

The Hyundai Tucson is the most fuel-efficient car in the competition and gets an EPA rating of 29 mpg combined. The Hyundai is followed by the Mazda CX-5 that gets an EPA rating of 28 mpg combined. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the lowest fuel economy rating in the competition and delivers about 25 mpg combined.

2022 Kia Sportage Interior

7.0/10

The interiors of the 2022 Sportage haven’t changed all that much compared to the outgoing model. The design of the interior has always been simple and subtle and it continues to be so with the 2022 model. What has us impressed the most is that Kia has not compromised in terms of the quality of materials used on the inside. The plastics and the other bits look and feel much more premium and you do not get to see similar levels of quality in other cars in the segment. The level of fit and finish too is very good and there’s nothing that shakes or vibrates in the car and all the bits stay firm in place. The interior gets a nice piano black color treatment and that just makes the cabin look posh and upscale.

2022 Kia Sportage SUV Front Row Seats

Head inside and you’ll find yourself in a rather large and spacious cabin. The amount of head/shoulder and legroom on both the rows is just pretty decent and even tall people will fit in comfortably. The front seats are quite snug and offer good support. The front seats are also positioned well and they give a wide and commanding view of the outside world and make you feel like you’re inside an SUV. The back seats are also quite comfortable and offer good support. Three adults on the back seat are going to be a bit of a squeeze but you can live with it. 

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

2021 Mazda CX-5* 

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Seating capacity

5

7

5

5

Front row

(Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

39.3/57.1/41.5

39.6/57/40.2

39.7/57.1/41

40.1/57.6/41.4

Second row

(Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

39.1/55.1/38.2

39.1/55.9/36.5

39/54.8/39.6

39.5/56/41.3

Third row (Headroom/Shoulder room/ Legroom in inches)

NA

33.8/47.8/27.9

NA

NA

Trunk capacity (cubic feet)

30.7

12

30.9

38.7

*2021 model data used for reference since specs of the 2022 model haven’t been released.

The 2022 Sportage comes with quite a long list of interior features. For starters, you get an 8-inch touchscreen display that sits on the center of the dash. The infotainment system is quite simple and easy to use and is pretty intuitive. The quality of the touchscreen isn’t all that great however and the screen tends to glare at times and sometimes you have to press the screen really hard which is a bit disappointing. As standard, the Sportage gets a 6-speaker audio system but Kia offers an optional 320-watt, 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround really crisp sound system and easily one of the nicest audio systems you’ll find in a car in this segment. 

Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and many others come as standard with the car. Further, the Sportage offers heated and ventilated front seats in its top-spec trim level and the driver seat can be power adjusted in 10 different ways while the front passenger’s seat can be power adjusted in 8 ways. All the seats come wrapped in premium leather in the top trim level while the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector are offered standard across all trim levels.

2022 Kia Sportage SUV Infotainment System

Behind the second row of seats, the Sportage offers about 30.7 cubic feet of cargo storage area which is pretty large. The second-row split folds 60-40 and once the second row is folded down flat, you open up to about 60.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Now those figures might look good but actually, Kia’s rivals offer much better cargo space than it does. The Kia’s platform sibling, the Tucson offers about 38.7 cubic feet of luggage space while the Mazda offers 30.9 cubic feet. The Volkswagen Tiguan on the other hand is a three-row crossover and with the third row folded down, it offers 33 cubic feet of luggage storage which again is more than Kia.

2022 Kia Sportage Exterior

6.0/10

Now, there are mixed opinions about the Sportage and while there is a set of people who find the Sportage absolutely ugly, there is another set of people who think that Sportage looks quite funky and sporty. Even we think that the Sportage looks cool and its rather unconventional oblong shape and quirky styling help it stand out in the crowd. The 2022 Sportage has had some cosmetic upgrades and Kia has tried to impart it a sober and mature character. 

2022 Kia Sportage SUV Right Side View

Kia has cut down on the shiny chrome bits on the outside and has replaced those with matt and gloss black panels. The Sportage has an aggressive front fascia accompanied by the Kia signature tiger-nose grille and the swept-out projector LED headlight. The Sportage also has a skid plate at the front that gives it an SUV-ish aura. It has an athletic stance and good presence and quite a good number of people will turn their heads around when they spot this car.

Models

2022 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan*

2021 Mazda CX-5* 

2022 Hyundai Tucson

Curb weight (lbs.)

3305

3735

3552

3329

Length (inches)

176.4

185.1

179.1

182.3

Width (inches)

73

72.4

72.5

73.4

Height (inches)

64.4

66.3

65.4

65.6

Ground clearance (inches)

6.4

7.9

7.5

7.1

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

109.8

106.2

108.5

*2021 model data used for reference since specs of the 2022 model haven’t been released.

The Kia Sportage is the smallest car in the competition. The compact dimensions make it that much more flickable around the city and while Kia hasn’t compromised in terms of passenger volume, the smaller dimensions have resulted in the Sportage offering lesser cargo space than other cars in the segment. 

This compact crossover offers just 6.4 inches of ground clearance which is quite less compared to others competing against it. This is not a very suitable car for even mild off-roading and you’ll end up scratching the floor when you hit some uneven paths. As far as the exterior features of the Sportage, there are quite a few. We’ve listed down the exterior features offered with the Sportage below.

  • 18” machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Rear integrated spoiler
  • Powered liftgate
  • Heated, power-adjustable, power-folding outside mirrors with LED turn signals
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Sound-absorbing front windshield glass
  • Heated rear glass
  • Solar control glass
  • Auto headlight control
  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Windshield wiper de-icer

2022 Kia Sportage Safety

6.0/10

The 2022 Kia Sportage hasn’t yet been tested and rated by the NHTSA and the IIHS but the 2021 model has been. However, since the 2022 model is just carried over from the 2021 model, the ratings for the 2022 Sportage will remain the same as the 2021 model. The 2021 Sportage gets 5-star ratings in almost all the areas tested and rated by the NHTSA. Moreover, the Sportage also is the IIHS’ ‘2021 TOP SAFETY PICK’ which just highlights the safety quotient of the car. The IIHS has awarded the Sportage ‘good’ rating in almost all the parameters tests and clearly, this is a pretty safe car to be in and it will certainly keep you safe.

Kia hasn’t compromised a bit in terms of safety and it is the excellent built quality that has helped it achieve such good ratings in the NHTSA and IIHS ratings. And not just that but the Sportage also comes equipped with quite a several standard safety features. We have listed down a few standard safety features offered with the Sportage below.

  • Side impact beams
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blindspot collision warning
  • Forward collision avoidance assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2022 Kia Sportage Competition

6.0/10

2022 Kia Sportage vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan has certain advantages over the Sportage. For one, the Tiguan can carry 7 passengers while the Kia can only 5. The Tiguan is a bigger car and hence offers more passenger room than the Sportage. While the Tiguan has 12 cubic feet of luggage area behind the 3rd row, once the second row is folded down, it offers 33 cubic feet which are more than what the Sportage offers. However, the Kia is more fuel economical than the VW and is quick off the straight line.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Now, the VW scores big in terms of practicality while the Kia does better in terms of performance. If you truly need the 3 rows and the 7 seats, then you should straightaway head towards the Tiguan without even batting an eye about the Sportage. However, if you do not need the 7 seats then perhaps the Sportage could prove to be a good buy. However, in our opinion, the Tiguan is the better car here in this comparison and it’s the one you should go for if you ever have to choose between the two.

2022 Kia Sportage vs. Mazda CX-5

The Kia Sportage and the Mazda CX-5 are pretty similar to each other. Both the cars offer similar kinds of power and performance though the Sportage is a bit quicker than the CX-5 while the CX-5 offers slightly better fuel economy. In terms of passenger space and cargo volume, both the cars are again pretty similar and there’s nothing much to compare about here.

Mazda CX-5

Both the cars are equally good and equally competent. It is really difficult to choose a clear winner here. We will give the Sportage an edge over the CX-5 simply for the kind of tech features that it comes and that’s one area where the CX-5 falls short compared to the Sportage.

2022 Kia Sportage vs. Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is the platform sibling of the Sportage. The fresh new Tucson looks rad on the outside and feels plush on the inside. The Tucson also comes equipped with lots of new-age features and equipment that are way better than those in Sportage.

Hyundai Tucson

Moreover, it has better passenger space on the inside and also offers a larger cargo storage area. The Tucson hands down the better car here in the competition and we would highly recommend you to get the Tucson if you have to choose between the two.

2022 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

The 2022 Kia Sportage is a very well-built package. It offers everything that you would expect from a compact crossover SUV. It has good power under the hood, it is quick off the straight line, it has decent fuel economy numbers, offers a good amount of space to the passenger, and has excellent safety ratings. However, there are cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Hyundai Tucson that do the same things in a better way. In a nutshell, the 2022 Kia Sportage is not a bad car but if you’re in the market looking for a compact crossover, we would recommend you to first have a look at the Hyundai Tucson and the VW Tiguan and then consider the Kia Sportage.

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