The current version of this crossover has been on the market since 2011 and this will represent major refreshment of the model. From what we have seen, the exterior design of the vehicle has been significantly refreshed. It seems that Kia’s designers found inspiration in the KX3 concept. If you are looking for a sporty 5-door hatchback, which looks much more expensive than it really is, you should think about the new 2018 Kia Sportage. We bring you a great deal of reasons why the vehicle should be your choice, stay tuned.

Exterior

2018 Kia Sportage
The vehicle will keep the recognizable grille, but it will have newly designed fog lights that found the spot on the more vertical housing. The front fascia also gets newly designed headlights. Speaking of which, it is clearly visible that the design of the headlights is borrowed from the KX3 concept. The rear end gets new taillights with LED technology. In addition, a dual exhaust system contributes to the more powerful look of the car. The 2018 Kia Sportage is considered to be a rather capable, compact SUV because it has a 7-inch ground clearance and it is available with AWD system.

Interior

2018 Kia Sportage
Generally, the refreshed interior of the new Kia Sportage looks great and we really like it. The vehicle has comfortable, soft, and supportive seats that ensure great comfort. Besides that, it has simple controls that are easy to use, so driving around town is a real pleasure. The rear-seats passengers will enjoy ample of legroom. If you need additional cargo space, the rear seats can be easily folded down. EX and SX trim levels get seats wrapped in leather. We also like the panoramic roof, but the only thing we would change are the sunshades that are not power-operated unfortunately. As for the equipment, you will get an audio system with six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB port, automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, and much more.

Engine

The LX and EX models get a 2.4-liter inline-4 under their hood, while the SX gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. The 2.0-liter inline-four is good for 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option delivers 260 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and both AWD and FWD are available. As for the fuel economy, for the inline-4 it is rated at 21/28 mpg city/highway with FWD and 19/26 mpg city/highway with AWD system. Fuel economy of the turbo is estimated at 20/26 mpg city/highway with FWD and 19/25 mpg with AWD.

2018 Kia Sportage Price

2018 Kia Sportage
The starting price for the 2018 Kia Sportage will be $23.000.