2018 Kia Sportage SUV
- Smooth ride quality
- Spacious seating front and rear
- Attractive dashboard layout with many appealing features
- Quiet interior at highway speeds
- Fuel economy isn't as good as some top rivals
- Relatively modest cargo capacity
2018 Kia Sportage SUV pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Sportage does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.0 / 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.
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use7.5
Getting in/getting out7.5
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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
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.
2018 Kia Sportage SUV for Sale
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.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Sportage SUV?
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.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,193 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,477.
The average savings for the 2018 Kia Sportage SUV SX 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is11.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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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.Available Inventory:
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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:
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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:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Kia Sportage?
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