2018 Kia Sportage SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Suspension for the 2.0 Turbo AWD can be too stiff for some people. The trade off for the stiff suspension is good handling. I have no problem with the suspension. It feels kind of like the Mercedes I am driving, only not as supple. The vehicle seems to be well made. The interior design will probably suit most people, especially those who are used to European designs. The rear turn signals should be placed in a higher position and possibly made larger so that other drivers can see them. There is no heated seat for the second row seats. Heated second row seats are only available as an option for the EX model, and is not offered on the top of the line model!? Why is KIA doing this? KIA should make it a standard item in the LX model. It is available on the Hynudai Santa Fe Sport. This is one of the deal breakers for me. I ended up buying a different SUV.
We drove SUVs of this size for 3 days to compare everything before we made a purchase. The Kia Sportage was the winner "hands down". Rides well, looks nice, great warranty, leather seats come standard on the mid model, and there is also air conditioning for the back seats. Glad the testing is over . . . now ready to enjoy the driving! Also, great experience with the Grieco Kia dealership in Delray!
We purchased the EX AWD edition, just because. We had looked at a number of 2018 sedans and SUV's, and this one fit or needs completely. And, we got the 100K warrenty included. The first thing that stood out was the instrument cluster and the comfort of the interior. I was not all that happy with the miles per gallon, as I was only getting 23.6 as an average. That is until we found the ECO mode. It didn't seem to change the handling of the SUV, and the average went right up to 26.7 as an average. We haven't even put on 1,500 miles yet and we both have acknowledged that it's the best car so far. We're only 76 years young, so we've had a few cars in our time. Try one, you'll really like it. But, you really need to barter for a good price.
Suprised me that the Sportage was nearly a smooth and quiet riding as a Camry / Fusion / Sonata type sedan and smoother and quieter than a Toyota Rav4 SUV. So on long trips the Sportage does not induce an excessive amount of driver fatigue. The Sportage is a fun and agile vehicle to drive. About the only weakness I noted was the heater was slower to put out warm air during cold weather as compared to most modern vehicles.