Fully redesigned last year, the 2018 Kia Sportage is an attractive and well-rounded compact crossover SUV that puts an emphasis on passenger space and driving enjoyment. Though its look doesn't drift too far away from its predecessor's, its refinement and comfort have been considerably upgraded, making for a much more appealing entry into a very competitive segment.
The 2018 Sportage offers a choice of two four-cylinder engines. The base 2.4-liter has 181 horsepower, while the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine cranks it up to 240 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard either way. Fuel economy isn't that great, with the 2.4-liter engine topping out at an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined and the turbo-four dropping to 23 mpg combined. That's with front-wheel drive, mind you. Those numbers sink if you opt for all-wheel drive. Happily, both engines are smooth and quiet, but as you'd expect, the turbo is more fun.
Even with AWD, the Sportage isn't an ideal off-roader. In Kia's words, it's a vehicle that was "conceived for urban adventures." Still, AWD offers that extra margin of safety and sure-footedness, especially in bad weather. You'll just have to weigh the significance of the fuel-economy trade-off.
Inside, the Sportage features luxury-class undertones, especially at the top of the model range. But materials quality is quite nice even in the base Sportage, and the cabin stays respectably quiet at speed. The optional 7- or 8-inch touchscreen is easy to use and offers full smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Cargo space is considerably less than what most competitors offer. On the upside, rear seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than enough room for a pair of 6-footers or a rear-facing child seat. The openings for the rear doors are also large, and that makes getting in and out easier.
The 2018 Sportage is decidedly a step up from its predecessor, and we think it's nice enough to merit close consideration from fans of other brands. Let Edmunds help you figure out which version of the 2018 Kia Sportage is right for you.
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The 2018 Kia Sportage earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 5.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
Available Kia Sportage 2018 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Trims: LX, EX, SX, Base
Exterior Colors: Black Cherry, Mineral Silver , Clear White, Sparkling Silver, Hyper Red, Twilight Blue, Pacific Blue, Bright Silver, Burnished Copper, Signal Red, Sand Track, Snow White Pearl, Sage Green, Satin Silver, Volcanic Red, Royal Jade Green, Steel Silver, Verdant Green, Smart Blue, Smokey Brown, Champagne Metallic, Natural Olive, Techno Orange, Black, White
Interior Colors: Black leather, Black cloth, Black premium cloth, Alpine Gray cloth, Gray cloth, Gray leather, Beige cloth, Alpine Gray premium cloth, Alpine Gray leather, Beige leather, Gray premium cloth, Black, Brown, Brown leather
Popular Features: Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Alarm, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, USB Inputs, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Bluetooth, Trip Computer, Back-up camera, AWD/4WD, Auto Climate Control, Heated seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Power Driver Seat, Leather Seats, Parking sensors, Keyless Entry/Start, Sunroof/Moonroof, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Cooled Seats, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Post-collision safety system, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Upgraded Stereo, Upgraded Headlights, Remote Start, Towing Hitch
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 6 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, front wheel drive, four wheel drive, rear wheel drive
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