2018 Kia Sportage: Specs, Powertrains, Price

The Kia Sportage is compact five-seat crossover SUV that is
definitely worth of attention. With high level of versatility
and style it also delivers smooth ride, attractive and spacious
interior and good safety scores. In Kia’s lineup it fits bellow
the mid-size Sorento. For the 2017 model it came fully
redesigned and year after we expect 2018 Kia Sportage with
minimal changes.

Good in all aspects:

With the last redesign the Sportage has evolved to better on
all fronts. Its styling is more muscular and interior is more
spacious and streamlined. Its ride quality is much better
thanks to the improved suspension and steering system. It is
also packed with modern tech and safety features. So, the 2018
model hasn’t much room to evolve and we should expect carry
over scenario.

2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage: Standout looks

When comes to the exterior look, the 2018 Kia Sportage won’t
bring any substantial changes. With the new generation model
arrival this compact SUV is much sportier and attractive. Its
sheetmetal features more pronounced lines and more sculpted

The front fascia is defined with tiger nose grille and Kia
badge sits above it. The front bumper has large middle opening
and large slots for the fog lights are the part of the bumper
as well.

Muscular lines on the hood and deep sculpting on side panels
give it more athletic look. There are also nice taillights,
rear spoiler and sports rear bumper to complement overall good

How will it look inside?

Inside, the 2018 model won’t bring big changes either. Model
has grown in size for the last model year and that is good
because it is now surpassingly spacious. It gained 1.6 inches
in length and has additional 1.2 inches between the wheels.
That translates to more spacious backseat. The model will also
have plenty of head and leg room for the driver and front

The model will also have attractive dash design that is also
intuitively arranged. Build quality and materials are also


What is also important, this model will be well-equipped
including the base trim. It will offer standard 17-inch alloy
wheels, automatic headlights, a tilt and telescopic steering
wheel, rear privacy glass, etc. Touch screen interface will
also be available staring from the base trim as well as
six-speaker system and satellite radio.

Larger touchscreen, larger wheels, dual zone climate control,
leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, heated and
power adjustable seats will be available on higher trims. A
sport tuned suspension, paddle shifters, 19-inch wheels,
navigation system and premium sound system will be listed on
the Turbo version.

The model will also include some advanced safety features.
There will be forward collision mitigation and auto emergency
braking, blind-zone monitor, rear cross traffic alert, parking
sensors, lane departure warning, etc.

2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage: Strong Performance

For the strong performance the 2018 Kia Sportage will rely on
two engine options. The base engine option will be a 2.4 liter
four-cylinder. It will be capable to produce around 181 hp and
torque of 175 pound-feet.

Alternative will be a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder
engine. It will produce around 240 hp and peak torque of around
260 lb-ft. Both engines will work together with a six-speed
automatic transmission.

Standard will be front wheel drive. All models will have option
for four-wheel drive and rear locking differential.

Fuel economy:

As for the fuel economy, the base front-wheel drive
configuration should earn 26 mpg combined. All-wheel drive will
down the score to around 22 mpg combined. With turbocharged
engine, front wheel drive will return around 23 mpg. With turbo
power and four-wheel drive we should expect 21 mpg combined.

2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Sportage: Arrival, Price

The 2018 Kia Sportage will likely go on sale in the second half
of the next year. Expect minimal changes in the price range.