2020 Kia Sportage

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$23,990

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Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

26

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

176.4” x 64.4”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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2020 Kia Sportage review: Our expert's take

By Jennifer Geiger

Kia’s new large SUV, the Telluride, has been getting loads of attention after its Super Bowl closeup, but the automaker is now shining some light on one of its smallest SUVs, the Sportage. The refreshed 2020 Sportage compact SUV was unveiled today at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

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The changes to the model are light and include front- and rear-end styling tweaks, additional convenience and safety equipment, and a new sport-oriented S model. Powertrains carryover from 2019. The 2020 Sportage will again be offered in LX, EX and SX trims in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; the new S model adds sporty exterior and interior design features.

Outside, the refreshed model gets a new headlight design with available LED turn indicators, as well as redesigned projector-beam foglights. The overall shape of the grille is the same as the outgoing model, but the new one gets some more bling courtesy of a chrome strip that now bisects the foglights. In back, the taillight design is also tweaked, as well as the exhaust-tip design. A new color joins the lineup this year: metallic Steel Grey.

New interior features include available leatherette seats, a standard 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, a revised steering-wheel design and an available wireless charging tray for smartphones.

The Sportage’s list of available safety equipment also grows for 2019, and the new features make it more competitive with those in the class who already offer active safety and driver assistance systems. Newly available features include a driver attention warning system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control that works down to a stop, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and a high-beam assist system.

There’s no word yet on which systems will be standard or on what model they’ll be available, but the Sportage’s Hyundai sibling, the 2019 Tucson, got a similar list of safety features this year and they’re all standard, even on the base model.

The 2020 Sportage will go on sale during the first half of 2019; Kia said it will announce pricing closer to the SUV’s on-sale date.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Ignition problems

I have the issue with the car won't turn over won't start won't do nothing when I brought it to the dealership they said it was the battery put a new battery in if that was the case why am I still having the problem you put the key in you try to turn it over and you get nothing but lights on the dashboard doesn't even try to turn over I'll take the key out put it back in turn the key extremely hard to the point that I practically break the key and then the car will start I would not recommend this car to anybody

5.0

BEST SMALL SUV EVER!!

First off I would like to say that I am a huge car enthusiast who has owned many different cars in my 60 plus years. My most recent cars have been a 2017 Honda Pilot, 2022 Honda CRV and 2023 Toyota Highlander. The Pilot was nice but the CVT transmission drove me nuts with the way it jerked and shifted. The 2022 CRV was also nice but the electronics and bluetooth connectivity were SOOO bad!! The FWD Highlander with new turbo engine was a huge disappointment. I felt unsafe on curvy two lane roads.....like it didn't feel like it was gripping the road properly. It also had terrible turbo lag that was highly frustrating and dangerous feeling. When I would push it hard to get it going, it would almost skid out once it got going. The wireless apple CarPlay was its best feature but generally speaking the electronics were a nightmare and required a subscription to work best. You had to push multiple things to get to your radio and it was all so poorly designed. I had been having severe buyer remorse with the Highlander and started looking again. I drove a RAV4 and it was too underpowered and buzzy for my liking. Also drove a new Mazda CX-50 but was having a hard time spending the dollars on another new car since I would be losing on the Highlander trade. Long story short, we purchased a 2019 Kia Sportage EX for my college aged daughter in 2021. It was affordable, had good reviews and a longer warranty than everything else. She has loved it!! Turns out we have not needed the warranty even one time in these past two years. Only simple oil changes and tire rotations. She's away this summer so my husband and I have been driving her car periodically. During these drives, I decided I like her car so much, that I traded my Highlander for a certified pre-owned 2020 Sportage SX Turbo! I am SOOO thrilled with my decision!! The build is heavy and solid, visibility is incredible and driving it is SO much FUN! Feels like you're driving a Mercedes or BMW but at an extremely affordable price. The controls are so simple that I've not consulted the manual more than a couple of times. Everything has its own button and, although the car is loaded to the brim with every option you can imagine, it's all so easy to navigate and use. Kia made a winner here and I hope they continue on this path of using quality materials and easy to navigate electronics. If so I will be a loyal Kia fan forever!!

4.0

Stealing Kia

My car has been broken into twice. Now recently stolen. If I knew what I know now about this car I would have never bought it. Now I have to pay out of pocket to fix because I have cancer not working and have a broke piece of xxxx that people feel free to steal! I even had a club on it! Lori

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Safety

Based on the 2020 Kia Sportage base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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