The 2019 Kia Sportage shatters expectations. Its striking tiger-nose grille, elegant side contours, prominent wheel arches, coupe-like roof, extended wheelbase and satin silver touches achieve a precise balance between luxurious sophistication and dynamic sportiness. Elongated headlights sweep back gracefully into the body, perched above a distinctive tiger-nose grille and available quad LED fog lights that invite adventure. The available slim, horizontal LED Rear Combination Lamps complement the swept-back headlights. The available High Beam Assist goes one step further by automatically dimming the high beams when oncoming vehicles are detected. The Sportage puts you at the center of its universe with its angled console, displays, and ergonomically-optimized buttons. Available on all trims, the Dynamax All-Wheel Drive system senses and adjusts traction requirements for changing road and weather conditions. Take your pick from two four-cylinder engines: the LX and EX come standard with a high-output 2.4-liter engine that is among the segment leaders, while the SX Turbo model gets an even more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. And the 6-speed automatic transmission delivers a smoother, more efficient ride. Its available Smart Power Liftgate opens automatically by sensing your key, giving you hands-free access to the cargo area. The Sportage offers a range of convenient features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a premium sound system. Youâ€™ll also find a comprehensive suite of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and more.
The Kia Sportage continues into 2019 mostly unchanged, though a few of the options and packages have seen some minor shuffling. The biggest change is the deletion of the technology package, which is no longer available for 2019.
The 2019 Kia Sportage is available in one of three different trims. LX and EX models feature a 2.4L 4-cylinder, making 181 horsepower, while the top-of-the-line SX Turbo uses a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at 240 horsepower in 4-wheel drive trim. All three trim levels are available with all-wheel drive as a $1,500 option, but opting for AWD on the SX Turbo does decrease power slightly (it's rated at 237 horsepower) and costs only a couple of miles per gallons. Generally, though, the Sportage is pretty miserly with its fuel as it can achieve up to 30 mpg on the highway when configured correctly. The only transmission choice is a 6-speed automatic.
Even base Kia models tend to be pretty well-equipped and the Sportage LX is no exception. Some surprising standard features are available on the under-24,000 dollar vehicle. 17-inch alloy wheels come as standard equipment as do daytime running lights, power adjustable outside mirrors, a rear spoiler, body-colored door handles, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a backup camera and steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls.
Midlevel EX models build on the LX by adding roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch wheels and additional chrome work to the exterior. Inside, EX-trimmed Sportages include a 7-inch touchscreen display, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and leather seating surfaces.
The top-of-the-line SX Turbo comes with everything on the EX while jazzing up the interior with a bigger touchscreen in the center console, a harman-kardon sound system, a built-in navigation system, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a built-in garage door opener and LED interior lighting. The SX Turbo also comes with a full sensor suite, including a blind spot warning system, a lane departure warning system, an emergency autonomous braking system and rear cross-traffic alert. These sensors also make a very handy self-parking mode possible on the SX Turbo, again included as standard equipment. The SX Turbo looks upscale too, with bigger 19-inch wheels, a unique gloss-black grille, power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, a big panoramic sunroof, a powered liftgate and Bi-Xenon HID headlights.