2018 Kia Sportage SUV

2018 Kia Sportage
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2018 Kia Sportage
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Pros

  • Smooth ride quality
  • Spacious seating front and rear
  • Attractive dashboard layout with many appealing features
  • Quiet interior at highway speeds

Cons

  • Fuel economy isn't as good as some top rivals
  • Relatively modest cargo capacity


Which Sportage does Edmunds recommend?

Going with the 2018 Kia Sportage LX will get you a respectable number of features for an affordable price. Also consider getting the Popular and Technology packages, which add some useful and desirable extras, including an upgraded touchscreen interface and accident avoidance tech.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.0 / 10

The Kia Sportage has typically been an "alternative" choice for a compact crossover SUV. Prior versions weren't as well-rounded as other, more popular crossovers, but a lower price, plentiful standard features and lengthy warranty helped get people into the driver's seat. Well, those value-oriented attributes are still present, but the 2018 Kia Sportage, coming off last year's full redesign, is improved to the point that it deserves to be among those SUVs you consider first rather than the one you settle on after looking at the price tag.

For starters, it's a more refined and comfortable vehicle than previous versions. Its ride quality is impressively comfortable, even with bigger wheels, and its cabin stays nice and quiet on the highway. Interior quality is also better than most, and it looks good, too. Other advantages include a big back seat and large doors that make it easy to get in and out.

If you are looking for lots of utility, the Sportage probably isn't the right choice. You get 30.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks, which trails class leaders by about 4 to 6 cubic feet, while folding down those seatbacks opens up a similarly modest 60.1 cubic feet. The Sportage's fuel economy is also disappointing compared to rival SUVs.

Still, you don't need to spend a lot of money to get an appealing Sportage. Even the base trim level is well equipped, and unlike some rivals, you don't have to step up to an upper trim to get desirable things such as advanced safety tech and Apple or Android smartphone control. So, yes, the Sportage is just as much of a value-packed alternative as always, but it's also good enough now to be in the big leagues. 

2018 Kia Sportage configurations

The 2018 Kia Sportage is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV available in LX, EX and SX Turbo trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on all of them, but all-wheel drive is an option. The LX and EX have a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The SX Turbo has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 hp (237 hp with all-wheel drive) and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Standard equipment on the LX includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, driver-selectable driving modes, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CD player and one USB port. The LX's Popular package adds roof rails, UV-reducing glass for the front windows and windshield, a windshield wiper de-icer, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar), heated front seats, and Kia's 7-inch Uvo touchscreen interface that includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Kia's eServices remote and emergency services.

The EX includes all of the above items plus 18-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, upgraded exterior and interior trim, keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery and a rear USB charging port. The EX's Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Sport Appearance package adds LED foglights, special exterior trim and a flat-bottom steering wheel. It is not available with the Premium or Technology (see below) packages.

The LX Technology package adds forward collision warning and automatic braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam control and power-folding mirrors. The EX Technology package adds those items plus a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a spare tire, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. This package includes heated rear seats with all-wheel-drive Sportages.

The SX gets a more powerful engine plus a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED foglights, an electronic parking brake, special exterior trim, the flat-bottom steering wheel, a larger gauge display, and the contents of the EX Technology and Premium packages.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Kia Sportage EX (2.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

7.0
The base 2.4-liter engine yields adequate but unremarkable acceleration. The pricier SX's turbo engine is punchier, though not to the degree promised by its higher than average horsepower output. True to the Sportage name, handling is a strong point as is braking. A solid performer overall.

Acceleration

6.5
The EX feels sprightly at first, but its energy wanes at higher speeds. Zero to 60 mph takes 8.8 seconds, which is average for the class. The turbo SX has more punch, but it lacks the emphatic passing power we expect from an optional engine.

Braking

7.5
You get predictable and consistent pedal responses in normal driving. In our emergency braking test, the EX stopped from 60 mph in 117 feet, a short distance for this segment.

Steering

7.5
The Sportage responds quickly to inputs, and the effort required to turn the wheel is appropriate for a vehicle in this class. It tracks confidently on the highway, and the steering wheel itself feels thoughtfully designed and sporty.

Handling

7.5
Kia's goal is to add a splash of driving excitement to all of its vehicles, and that's roughly what the Sportage delivers. Although the Mazda CX-5 is even better in this respect, the Sportage does feel composed and nimble around corners.

Drivability

8.0
We like the six-speed automatic transmission. It shifts smoothly and predictably, although the lack of torque in the EX requires more downshifting compared to the more powerful SX.

Off-road

6.0
The AWD Sportage can handle a typical dirt road, but there's not enough ground clearance to make this vehicle a serious contender off-road. The AWD system has a 50/50-split locking center differential at least.

Comfort

8.0
This is an area where the Sportage excels. The ride is compliant on rough pavement, and the seats provide firm, long-lasting support. Wind noise and road noise are remarkably well-suppressed, further distinguishing this Kia from many similarly priced crossovers.

Seat comfort

7.0
The Sportage's seats are firm yet welcoming, with an agreeable shape for long journeys and a position that delivers a commanding view. Power adjustments for the driver are standard on EX, while a power passenger seat is optional, as are cooled front seats.

Ride comfort

7.0
Ride comfort is class-competitive, even with the larger 18-inch wheels and tires.

Noise & vibration

8.0
The lack of typical road and wind noise is apparent in the Sportage's cabin. On concrete freeways, the outside world seems unusually far away. It gives the Sportage an upscale character at speed, a rare thing in this price range.

Interior

7.5
The Sportage's well-appointed interior is above average by segment standards. The front cabin features a sporty dashboard with intuitive controls, and the rear has an unexpected abundance of legroom for a small crossover. The compromise is limited cargo capacity.

Ease of use

7.5
Kia's touchscreens (there are multiple sizes) feature sharp graphics and quick responses. Major controls are clearly labeled and easy to use. The center stack tilts toward the driver, putting more controls within close reach.

Getting in/getting out

7.5
The tall front doors open wide for easy entry. The rear doors are enormous, facilitating entry and exit. There's no issue with head clearance despite low rear roofline. Feet slide easily underneath the front seats.

Roominess

8.0
No shortage of head- or legroom up front. Surprisingly, the same is true in back — two 6-footers fit without issue. The back seat is remarkably roomy for a compact crossover, and the seat itself is mounted high for good thigh support.

Visibility

7.0
The side windows are large enough to keep track of nearby traffic, and the sizable side-view mirrors also help. The standard rearview camera can be paired with parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

Quality

7.5
Materials quality has improved in the latest Sportage and now ranks among the segment's best thanks to low-gloss plastics and soft-touch surfaces. We noted no squeaks or rattles, though the driver's foot rest came loose in daily use.

Utility

5.5
The Sportage falls short in terms of overall utility due to a cabin that puts its priority on passenger space rather than cargo space. The cargo area is pretty small. But small-item storage is good, and towing capacity is a bit better than that of class best-sellers.

Small-item storage

There are plenty of storage bins, including deep door pockets and a variety of center-console spaces. The cupholders are big and useful. The Sportage offers good utility without looking utilitarian.

Cargo space

This is an SUV that puts its emphasis on space for passengers rather than for their stuff. The cargo area is still fairly useful, but there's significantly less cargo capacity in the Sportage compared to other compact SUVs.

Towing

6.5
The Sportage's 2,000-pound towing capacity is above-average for the class. However, trailer brakes are required to handle the full 2,000 pounds. Otherwise, the limit is 1,650 pounds.

Technology

Kia's touchscreen interfaces are refreshingly easy to use, with the larger two featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All trim levels can be equipped with accident avoidance tech.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Kia Sportage.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

A surprising 5 star car, with some caveats
kinglerch,01/15/2018
PROS: Truly a good looking and unique looking SUV in a field of station wagon looking models. Great features including a very well laid out and intuitive control system. For example, turning on the rear wipers initiates a status change on the dash info area letting you know the wiper change. Parking assist beeping uses the stereo system so you know where the obstruction is without even looking. Every feature (almost) is customizable, if you don't want the auto liftgate, for example. A very fun car to drive, which is a hard to put on paper feature. Also an easy to follow feature and model set, compared to say the RAV4 which has (if you can believe) 10 different models that cannot even all fit on a screen to tell which is which. The visibility is astounding and the sunroof is almost like a convertible. And on the Turbo model the power is unreal, almost feels too fast for an SUV, but again fun to drive. CONS: The biggest con is the MPG, which is truly crap. However, even the much heralded Subaru Forester is just 5MPG higher than the Kia which translates to about $200/year. Not nothing but not worth paying thousands more for the Subaru. The reality is that car companies should not be crowing about 5MPG here and there, most SUVs get crap MPG. In 2018 MPG should all be in the 30s or 40s and not crowing about tiny differences in MPG. OTHER: I am a bit confused about the features that are available worldwide that are not standard throughout. Such as heated front windshield, heated rear seats, wireless charger, auto parking assist (SPAS system), etc depend not on what you spend but where you live....seems odd. Storage is an odd thing to complain about in this SUV because it is one of the smallest SUVs in it's class. It of course won't store more than a car that is a foot longer, but it's also going to be easier to maneuver. Kia also included a unique "Auto Hold" feature that keeps the brake applied when at stop lights to avoid foot fatigue or accidental rear endings...but oddly you have to turn it on manually every time you start the car. So there are quirks but they are minor in a sea of great. NOTE: I have only owned the SUV for a few weeks so I can't comment on the reliability but I will if something noteworthy occurs.
Sportin' a Premium Sportage
The Ted,03/02/2018
Purchased a pacific blue/beige interior AWD SX, a bit over a month ago, after shopping for a replacement for my wife's 180,000 mile 2007 Mitsu Endeavor SE AWD. We checked out/test drove the Mazda CX5 GT, Subaru Outback Limited 2.5, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rouge before making a decision to buy the KIA. We didn't test drive the Honda CR-V or a Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain because she wasn't fond of their appearence (the CRV exterior looks low rent with all the plastic looking chrome stuck all over it). There were multiple things that sold us on the KIA over the others. The first of which was the premium, well designed interior that has more than enough room for us empty nesters. The interior quality and materials any better than any new Buick. There's enough room for a 6 foot + passenger to sit behind 6'1' me with no front seat position compromises. The second thing is how the KIA performs and feels. I feels solid like it is made out of one hunk of metal. No flexing or squeaking over bumps. It rides like a good german car. There's no float, it feels planted and its seriously quiet. KIA has come a very long way over the last 5 or 6 years. Acceleration to 60mph is sub-seven seconds and engine has very good low to mid-range torque. The last thing of note that sold us on the Sportage is its unique looks. It has a good stance and the satin finished and gloss black highlights compliments its shape nicely.I also own a 2012 KIA Forte5 SX which is my work commuter. It's been very reliable over the 75,00 miles I've driven it. Just normal maintenance and tires. But the difference between it and the Sportage fit and finish and build quality wise is nuts. There are couple things its missing that would of put the second cherry on the sundae. It lacks memory seat and mirrors and radar cruise.
Luxury in a Spunky mid range SUV.
Colleen-801,01/29/2018
I've shopped for an SUV since 2016 (in prep for my move to snow country). I was set on the Subaru Forrester originally so why did I buy the KIA? In a nutshell... Comfort, warranty & pricing. I drove the Sportage LX AWD 1st, then the Forrester. Compared to the Sportage, the Forrester felt like a sturdy work horse (acceleration was better but road noise, comfort & sound system were so-so). Acceleration was important but Subaru would not budge on the 38K sticker price so I went back to KIA and drove the Sportage SX Turbo GDI AWD. The zippy Turbo, Luxurious interior, sound system and low road noise made it a slam dunk. I felt so pampered. I drive a lot on rural roads so acceleration (for passing) is a MUST and the SX gets 5 stars. For an SUV, it has a tight turning radius, low road noise, Car Play Hands Free and a wonderful sound system. The only things that do not surpass the Forrester are the mileage and visibility. (the Subaru made me feel a little exposed and vulnerable with all that glass tho). This SUV really feels like a luxury car. It has 3 drive modes (ECO, sport and normal). I've only used sport mode for the snow so far so cannot rate the 4 wheel drive lock feature. Speaking of the 4 wheel lock, it should be on the dash, not on the console. I've set my purse on it and accidentally turned it on twice. I'd like the front windows of the KIA to be higher at the curve because I hit my head a couple times when I got in (my legs are short and I like to sit high so I have the seat lifted to its max and almost all the way forward). My brother, however, is a large 6'2" and had no problem when he adjusted the seat down and back. His wife commented that the back seat is a lot more comfortable than her brother's Honda CRV. When I can keep my foot out of it, I can get descent mileage but most of my road trips have mountains and rural roads so not the optimum conditions for maximizing the MPG (28 is the best, 23 worst). The car MPG gauge is pretty close to the calculated mileage if you zero it between fill-ups. The stirring wheel controls are very driver friendly and intuitive. (trip instrumentation, cruise controls, hands free etc) but I am not crazy about the Navigation system. The graphics and screen size are awesome and the route guidance accurate but controls are not at all intuitive. The Nav system also only lets you save 10 favorites. The backup camera shows the vehicle angle in red plus where you will go (in yellow) if you do not adjust. I learn a little more each trip but may have to resort to reading the Nav system & Multi Media manuals to get the full benefit. I've only had this car a month so I really can't rate reliability but I have put 2500 on the odometer in road trips and this car is great to drive. I highly recommend the Sportage SX Turbo GDI AWD. Updated at 7 months Updated at 9 months: I've driven this car for almost 8000 miles & I still love it. I upgraded the safety to 5 stars because visibility was just a matter of adjusting from a small car and using the mirrors. After going through a very hot summer I upgraded climate control to 5 stars. Cooling a large space like the Sportage interior quickly is a big deal. The air conditioning kicks hinny in this high desert summer. I have an older (2002) everyday bump around car but always drive the Sportage on the hot days. The car still feels like luxury, and still has a new car smell. I kept the interior to 4 stars because there are some things that really bug me. 1) I metioned in the inital review, that the 4-wheel Lock being on the console is a design flaw and I stick to that. No matter how careful I am I still set something on the lock 3.) The hidden key hole and only one external key lock. I needed to unlock the door manually once and my key did not work. At least I thought it didn't. Even the tow truck driver did not know that the little slot on the underside of the drivers door handle is not for the key but a button that pops off a cap over the actual lock. That adds absolutely nothing to the attractiveness of the car and is confusing even to the service department in most shops. It serves no purpose. Positives are still positive: The lumbar/seat comfort are outstanding. I am still happy I bought the KIA over the Subaru and highly recommend this SUV. I love it more than when I bought it. Everyone who gets into my Kia has a comment on the luxury and comfort. My son just bought a GMC Arcadia and we compared the interior. The KIA seats are a lot more comfortable, and has more back seat leg room with the cargo spaces being about the same. His highway mileage is lower than mine. Best mileage on my KIA has improved. I've gotten as high as 29.5 hwy by closely watching and using the mileage monitor, with no cruise control. The hwy avg mpg is 28, around town about 24. I still feel the trade off for the speed and luxury of this vehicle are well worth the lower mpg.
You're gonna love this KIA Sportage
Bud,04/02/2018
We purchased the EX AWD edition, to match/exceed the options of the older 2015 sedan. 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. The average went right up to 26.7, but we don't use it all the time, as there is a noticeable change in power. We have put on 11,500 miles 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.
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2018 Kia Sportage video

I'm Edmunds editor Brynn McKinnon and this is a rundown of the features you'll find in the 2018 Kia Sportage the Sportage is a well-equipped good-looking and comfortable riding compact SUV that comes with a strong warranty the base LX trim gets you respectable features for an affordable price but you'll probably want a few comfort and safety options fortunately the options list is short the mid grade II X is the sweet spot offering an upgraded entertainment system and more standard safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert the top-line SX comes fully loaded with a powerful turbocharged engine regardless of which trim you choose all-wheel drive is a $1,500 option you get 30 point 7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks witch trails class leaders by about 4 to 6 cubic feet while folding down those seat backs opens up a similarly modest 60.1 cubic feet the back seat is remarkably roomy for a compact crossover to six footers can fit without issue a second row USB port and 12-volt power outlet are standard on all Sportage --is there are three available entertainment systems with five inch 7 inch and 8 inch display sizes only the latter to support Android auto and apple carplay so be prepared to upgrade if you prioritize phone integration major controls are clearly labeled and easy to use and the quality of the interior gives an above-average impression for the class it's pretty quiet too you can get safety tech like adaptive cruise control lane departure warning blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert on any trim level [Music] kia sportage is top competitors include Honda CRV Mazda cx-5 and Ford Escape bottom line from its well-appointed and roomy interior comfortable and quiet ride and plentiful standard features the Sportage deliver strong value that makes it worth your consideration [Music]

2018 Kia Sportage Features Rundown

The 2018 Kia Sportage is an appealing pick for a compact crossover SUV. It puts an emphasis, however, on passenger comfort and entertainment over Costco-friendly utility. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort, these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$23,600
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$25,100
MPG
21 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$27,900
MPG
21 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$26,400
MPG
22 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sportage safety features:

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Detects pedestrians and stopped or suddenly slowing vehicles. Warns the driver and automatically brakes if needed.
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
Warns the driver if the Sportage drifts out of its lane without the driver using a turn signal.
Blind-Spot Detection System (BSD)
Monitors your blind spots and alerts you to other vehicles through lights in the side mirrors.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2018 Kia Sportage

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.

2018 Kia Sportage SUV Overview

The 2018 Kia Sportage SUV is offered in the following styles: LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and SX 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Sportage SUV 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Sportage SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Sportage SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including LX, EX, SX, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV here.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall7.0 / 10

Driving

7.0 / 10

Acceleration6.5 / 10
Braking7.5 / 10
Steering7.5 / 10
Handling7.5 / 10
Drivability8.0 / 10

Comfort

8.0 / 10

Seat comfort7.0 / 10
Ride comfort7.0 / 10
Noise & vibration8.0 / 10

Interior

7.5 / 10

Ease of use7.5 / 10
Getting in/getting out7.5 / 10
Roominess8.0 / 10
Visibility7.0 / 10
Quality7.5 / 10
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,670. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $4,193 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,450. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,394 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,394 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,056.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is14.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 9 2018 Kia Sportage SUV EX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,225. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $809 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $809 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,416.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,225. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is trending $4,810 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,810 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,415.

The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) is18.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Kia Sportage SUV LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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Which 2018 Kia Sportage SUVS are available in my area?

2018 Kia Sportage SUV Listings and Inventory

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