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2019 Kia Sportage SUV Overview

The standard features of the Kia Sportage LX include Theta II 2.4L I-4 181hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2019 Kia
Sportage SUV

Starting at: $23,750

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  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 24 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 163mm (6.4")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 19 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Satellite radio trial duration with new vehicle purchase (months) - 3
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 181hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 97.0mm (3.46" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,499kg (3,305lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,085kg (4,597lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 748kg (1,650lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,481mm (176.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,854mm (73.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,636mm (64.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,670mm (105.1")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,054mm (41.5")
  • Rear legroom - 970mm (38.2")
  • Front headroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Rear headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,300mm (51.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Passenger volume - 2,792L (98.6 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 869 L (31 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,702 L (60 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.4
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 181hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.4gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Rear tires - 225/60HR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2019 Kia Sportage SUV LX Search New $23,750   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  23 / 30  
LX 2019 Kia Sportage SUV LX Search New $25,250   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 25  
EX 2019 Kia Sportage SUV EX Search New $26,600   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 29  
EX 2019 Kia Sportage SUV EX Search New $28,100   181-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 25  
SX Turbo 2019 Kia Sportage SUV SX Turbo Search New $33,100   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 26  
SX Turbo 2019 Kia Sportage SUV SX Turbo Search New $34,600   237-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 23  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The 2.4-liter engine in the LX and EX delivers ordinary acceleration, with its 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It’s adequate but also quiet, with a mere soft growl entering the cabin.

Most of our seat time was in the SX Turbo, whose 2.0-liter turbo-4 delivers 240 horsepower and an awesome 260 pound-feet of torque.

Although the handling can’t be called sporty, by crossover standards the Sportage likes a curvy road. It rides well, without much harshness, especially the LX with its softer-sidewall tires on 17-inch wheels.

The SX Turbo has a different cornering character–confident and predictable, precise and sure-footed–with its revised dampers, firmer springs, and slightly modified steering settings.

The available all-wheel-drive system is a simple one that shifts power rearward when the front wheels slip.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The Sportage’s styling is bold and uncluttered. The stance is plucky and planted. The grille is pronounced and the pillars are swept back. The design works because it’s simple, unlike rivals that try too hard to be edgy. Its clarity is refreshing.

With a short wheelbase of 105.1 inches and overall length of 176.4 inches with short overhangs, it somehow looks longer than rivals, even with a high belt line and thick roof pillars.

The LX wheels are 17 inches, EX wheels are not too shabby at 18 inches, and SX Turbo wheels are dressy at 19.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The instrument panel is also uncluttered, dominated on the EX and SX by a big, bright touchscreen and swaths of glossy black plastic. It’s canted toward the driver and laid out well. The dash is divided horizontally, with the top half for the gauges and infotainment, the bottom half for the rest.

Although it’s an expensive option on the LX, the Uvo infotainment system has a simple interface, and the bigger touchscreen has high resolution.

The front its seats have nice contours and are comfortable for long distances. The cloth on the LX looks durable. The driver’s seat is adjustable six ways, with 10-way adjustment optional on the LX and standard on the EX and SX, which also have available leather.

The rear seat is just a bench that technically seats three, but comfortably only two. The Sportage offers 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 60.1 cubic feet when it’s folded. The cargo floor is low, and a power tailgate opens high, making things easy and flexible.

Extensive sound deadening and acoustic glass make the cabin remarkably quiet for a crossover.


New Car Test Drive

The 2019 Kia Sportage fares best in its middle trim levels and above. The LX and EX have adequate power, but the spirited SX Turbo is the one we’d choose.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2019 Kia Sportage LX comes with power features, air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch wheels, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen. Notable is the sterling Kia warranty: a 5-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper promise with 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

An optional package upgrades the infotainment to a 7.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and adds heated front seats, a power driver seat, and automatic climate control. Another package includes automatic emergency braking.

For $30,000, the EX adds that infotainment system, as well as blind-spot monitors, 18-inch wheels, and an extra USB port. Options include cooled front seats, a power tailgate, Harman Kardon audio, an 8.0-inch infotainment system and automatic emergency braking.

The $35,000 SX Turbo adds the turbocharged engine, automatic emergency braking, and sharper handling from revised dampers, firmer springs, and slightly modified steering settings.

Leather, a sunroof, and a premium sound system are available.

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