Buyer's Guide

2019 Kia Sportage
Select a Different Model (6 Available): EX 2WD
Fair Market Price $ 28205
MPG (EPA) 22 CTY /29 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 31/60 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2019 Kia Sportage MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Unique styling
  • Abundant features
  • Good interior ergonomics

You Won't Like

  • Slow
  • Disappointing fuel economy
  • Less spacious inside than competitors

New for 2019

The 2019 Kia Sportage carries over unchanged from 2018, but we recently previewed the redesigned 2020 Kia Sportage, which features a host of interior and exterior enhancements, and goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Sportage is Kia's small crossover, slotting in above the subcompact Soul and below the larger Sorento.

2019 Sportage LX: The entry-level trim of the Sportage comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlights, cloth seats, a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM radio and a six-speaker audio system, and a tilt/telescoping steering column.

2019 Sportage EX: The midlevel trim of the Sportage adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic climate control, push-button start with proximity entry, heated power-folding outside mirrors, a windshield wiper deicer, roof rails, leather seats, heated front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.

2019 Sportage SX Turbo: Opting for the SX Turbo adds 19-inch aluminum wheels and a sport-tuned suspension, HID headlights, LED taillights, dual exhaust, panoramic sunroof, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, LED interior lighting, an 8-way power passenger's seat, ventilated front seats, and a heated flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters (which, along with an upgraded turbo engine, puts the "Sport" in Sportage).

Performance and Fuel Economy

LX and EX models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 181 hp and 175 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive LX models are rated at 23/30 mpg city/highway, while EX is rated at 22/29 mpg. Both models in all-wheel-drive form net 21/25 mpg.

SX Turbo models are motivated by a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Front-drive models are rated at 240 hp and 260 lb-ft and score 21/26 mpg, while all-wheel-drive models make produce 237 hp and 260 lb-ft, and are rated 20/23 mpg.

Safety

The 2019 Kia Sportage received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the Sportage received a front crash prevention designation of Superior, fully avoiding a collision in 12-mph low-speed and 25-mph high-speed autobrake tests. The crossover received Good ratings for six crash tests, with Poor and Marginal ratings for its headlight performance, depending on trim.

EX and SX Turbo models come standard with blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. SX Turbo models also feature automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams as standard, which are option on the EX as part of the EX Technology package.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Sportage has room for up to five passengers and features 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which increases to 60.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Front-seat passenger have up to 41.5 inches of legroom, while rear-seat passengers will find 38.2 inches.

Technology

The 2019 Kia Sportage LX comes standard with a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a six-speaker audio system, USB port and SiriusXM radio, while a 7.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and Kia UVO telematics is optional and standard on EX models, which also adds an additional USB port for the rear passengers. SX trim levels feature an 8.0 touchscreen system with satellite navigation and a Harman Kardon 8-speaker system with subwoofer.

What We Think

We spent a year with a 2017 Kia Sportage for a Long-Term Test and learned a lot about it in the process. The Sportage made a good first impression with its value for the money, but we cautioned "there's a lot more to owning a car than an impressive optional and standard features list." The Sportage proved slow—and thirsty. "The Sportage drives well overall, but the fact that our EX AWD model is a bit slower and less efficient than many others in its class definitely puts it a step behind."

When we pitted the Sportage against the rest of its class in this Comparison Test, the 2017 Sportage finished seventh out of nine competitors. Its ranking came down to the details. "A solid effort by Kia is let down by a bit of missing refinement, a tight cabin, and less than stellar fuel economy."

Key Competitors:

2019 KIA SPORTAGE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Theta II
Transmission Name
Transmission, Sportmatic® 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
EX 2WD
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
181@6000
Standard MPG
22/29
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Paint Protection Package (PIO)

$171 $200

Ex Premium Package

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Garage Door Opener; Glass Roof; LED Interior Lighting; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Steering Wheel, Heated; Sunroof, Glass Power NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO); [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
$1562 $1700

EX Sport Appearance Package

INCLUDES: Cool Gray Interior Color Pack; Front Fog Lights; Front/Rear Silver Skid Plate; LED Lights, Brake Lights; LED Lights, Front Fog Lights; LED Lights, Rear Lights; Paddle Shifters Include Gearchange Paddles; Satin Side Sill and Window Trim; Underbody Protection; Wheels, Chrome Gray NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PR4] Ex Premium Package; [TG4] EX Technology Package
$915 $990

EX Technology Package

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System, Automated Emergency Braking (Aeb); Delete: Tire Kit; Driver Seat, Ventilated; Headlight Control; Lane Departure Warning System; Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch (1); Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Parking Distance Sensors, Front Radar; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera and Radar; Passenger Seat, Reclining Ventilated 8-Way Power Adjustable; Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down; Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim; Speakers, 8 Upgraded Harman/Kardon® with Subwoofer; Trunk Release, Foot Operated NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
$2668 $2900

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter Theta II

Std Std

Transmission, Sportmatic® 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Black Cherry Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Hyper Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pacific Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Burnished Copper Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Mineral Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Sparkling Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Snow White Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Net (PIO)

$42 $50

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO); [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$67 $80

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO); [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Internal HD, 0.70GB Capacity

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch (1)

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Start (PIO)

$353 $425

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, UVO, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.064

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO)
Grp Grp

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 16.4 Gallon

Std Std

Paddle Shifters Include Gearchange Paddles

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive with Descent Control System

Std Std

Bumper Applique (PIO)

$62 $75

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Cross Bars (PIO)

$187 $225

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), 2-Tone

Std Std

Front/Rear Silver Skid Plate

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Glass Roof

CONTAINED IN: [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MUG] Mud Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Mud Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$78 $95

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Roof Rails

Std Std

Satin Side Sill and Window Trim

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Underbody Protection

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Mat (PIO)

$78 $95

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$108 $135

Cargo Cover (PIO)

$120 $150

Console

Std Std

Cool Gray Interior Color Pack

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Piano Black On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Interior Light Kit (PIO)

$249 $300

LED Interior Lighting

CONTAINED IN: [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

LED Lights, Brake Lights

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

LED Lights, Daytime Running Lights

Std Std

LED Lights, Front Fog Lights

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

LED Lights, Rear Lights

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PR4] Ex Premium Package
$291 $350

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Auto Dimming Mirror w/HomeLink & Compass (PIO); [PR4] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Black Cherry Pearl Paint

$362 $395

Hyper Red Metallic Paint

$270 $295

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Snow White Pearl Premium Paint

$362 $395

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Automated Emergency Braking (Aeb)

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Delete: Tire Kit

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlight Control

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection System (BSD)

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Radar

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera and Radar

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera Display Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Washer Heater (PIO)

$208 $250

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, (RCTA) Radar

Std Std

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Heated Bucket; Passenger Seat, Heated Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Ventilated

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Passenger Seat, Reclining Ventilated 8-Way Power Adjustable

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather Cloth

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

MP3 Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Speakers, 8 Upgraded Harman/Kardon® with Subwoofer

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

CONTAINED IN: [TG4] EX Technology Package
Pkg Pkg

Tires, P225/55R18 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Chrome Gray

CONTAINED IN: [SA4] EX Sport Appearance Package
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$42 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$2500 Kia announces Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-01-2019
$0 0% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 48, 60, 66 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019
$400 Kia announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible military personnel. 07-01-2019
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Kia announces special APR Financing on select models. 07-01-2019