Since it was re-designed for the 2017 model year, the 2018 Kia Sportage is likely to carry over with few changes.
The company directly addresses two of the previous model’s main complaints. For one, the backseat that was initially cramped is now significantly spacious. Also, the once firm ride is now comparatively compliant.
The 2018 Kia Sportage comes in three trim levels: EX, LX, and SX Turbo. The LX has LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy-tinted windows, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 5-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and rear climate vents.
The EX has fog lights, 18-inch wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, a windscreen-wiper de-icer, a gloss-black grille, keyless entry and ignition, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors. On the other hand, the SX Turbo has 19-inch wheels, automatic beam lights, adaptive xenon lights, a sport-tuned suspension, and power-folding mirrors having LED turn signals.
2018 Kia Sportage – Engine Specs
In EX and LX trim, the 2018 Kia Sportage is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 175 pound-feet of torque and 181 horsepower. The SX Turbo’s engine is stronger with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder that can produce 260 lb/ft and 240hp.
The two engines are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. While the all-wheel drive is available as an option, the front-wheel drive happens to be standard. The LX can give 26 mpg combined (30 highway/23 cities) for the front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive can return 22 mpg combined (21 city/25 highway).
2018 Kia Sportage – Exterior and Interior
The 2018 Kia Sportage’s interior is executed in an impressive manner. Its dashboard is made up of a broad central control layout capable of tilting towards the driver. The base LX trim may be quite sparsely equipped even for today’s standards. It gives the owner most of what he or she needs, including a USB port, a small touchscreen, and Bluetooth. It is possible to outfit higher trims with a high-resolution 8-inch touch screen that has quick response times and sharp graphics. All in all, even the LX can be upgraded to the EX’s standard seven-inch touchscreen that has Uvo infotainment functions.
Space and passenger comfort is remarkable for this class size. As would be expected in a crossover model, the front passenger and driver have sufficient head- and legroom.
The Kia Sportage 2018 has power seats equipped with bottom cushions capable of tilting independently for extra customization. On the other hand, the rear seat occupants are not that worse off. Such level of accommodation is usually associated with mid-size crossover models. So for it to be in a compact Kia Sportage is a pleasant surprise. With all the space meant for passengers, there is still some left for the cargo area. The model has space amounting to 30.7 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks. If the seatbacks are folded down, an additional space of 6.1 cubic feet is created.
2018 Kia Sportage – Release Date and Price
The MSRP for the 2018 Kia Sportage is $25,875. However, since this model is almost similar to 2017 one, the price is likely to be different. All in all, enthusiasts of Kia vehicles will definitely enjoy the 2018 Kia Sportage just like the previous models, if not better. This is because it has much better features that boost ease of driving while also increasing passenger comfort and general ride pleasure.