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- Edmunds.com

Introduction

The all-new 2017 Kia Sportage enters its fourth generation with a major redesign that puts a little less emphasis on sport and a lot more emphasis on quality and comfort.Not to mention an intriguing new face.

When the Sportage made its debut, the compact crossover SUV field was thinly populated.That's not the case today.The segment is chock-a-block, with over a dozen entries, all with virtues.Getting a new vehicle to stand out from the crowd is a challenge.

What's the right recipe? Uninhibited styling? Athletic dynamics? Leader-of-the-pack performance? The previous generation projected a sporty image, fortifying it with a lively turbo engine option and suspension tuning that some judged to be a little too stiff.

The 2017 Sportage takes a different approach, emphasizing elements that almost always pay off in the showroom: quality interior furnishings, plenty of room, creamy ride, quiet operation, safety features in step with the times, and a good value story.

In addition to moving suspension tuning toward the comfort side of the ledger, Kia has dialed back on power.Displacement of the two engine choices is unchanged: a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter and a turbocharged 2.0-liter.Both engines are direct-injection four-cylinders, and both have received engineering attention to enhance efficiency.

At 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, output of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is about the same as that of the 2016 version.However, the turbo's ratings drop from 260 hp and 269 lb-ft to 240 and 260, respectively.Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive is optional, front-wheel drive is standard.The all-wheel drive uses a new Magna system that anticipates road irregularities.

Kia cites an impressive 39 percent improvement in structural rigidity.But the Sportage has gained substantially at the scales, with curb weights running up to the two-ton frontier for the line-topping SX Turbo with all-wheel drive.

EPA fuel economy ratings range from 23/30 mpg City/Highway for the basic front-drive Sportage LX to 20/23 mpg for Sportage SX AWD turbo.

Safety features include forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking; lane departure warning (which emits a particularly irritating beep but lacks lane-keeping); blind spot detection; and rear cross traffic alert.

Lineup

The 2017 Kia Sportage comes in three trim levels.

Sportage LX ($22,900) and Sportage EX ($25,500) are powered by the 2.4-liter engine.Sportage SX Turbo ($32,500) uses the turbocharged 2.0-liter turbo and is available with all-wheel drive ($34,000).Prices are MSRP and do not include destination and delivery charge ($895).

Walkaround

Compact is a word that keeps embracing bigger vehicles in the world of crossover SUVs, and the latest Sportage is in step with the trend.The wheelbase has been extended 1.2 inches, to 105.1; overall length stretches from 174.8 to 176.4; width expands by almost a half-inch, to 73.4.

Predictably, this adds up to a little more room inside, particularly welcome for passengers in the outboard rear seats, who can ride comfortably with only minimal cooperation from those up front.(Like all compact CUVs, the rear center seat is suitable only for child seats, very small adults, or passengers who would be more welcome somewhere else.)

The cargo hold behind the rear seats is also bigger, to 31 cubic feet, five more than the previous generation.However, the Sportage still trails key rivals, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, in this stat.

However, the cargo volume can be increased slightly with a new provision that allows users to drop and move the rear load floor down about three inches.Also, the rear seats have been redesigned to fold flatter, making it a little easier to stow big stuff.A new auto-opening power rear hatch helps, too; it responds to the keyfob after a short interval when the owner stands nearby.

Styling: The going away view might be better without the red reflective strip that spans the rear hatch, connecting the taillights.But the head-turning details are on the new front end, with its array of seemingly random styling elements, particularly the running lights set low in the fenders.

Kia calls them ice cubes, and they're certainly distinctive.We should note that the ice cube LED lights are limited to the SX Turbo.

The overall design treatment, developed in Germany, hasn't won the hearts of many critics, but of course they're not the market.Kia product planners note that it's increasingly difficult to stand out in the crowded compact CUV field, which essentially liberated the designers from a me-too approach.

Whatever else one may say about the face of the new Sportage, me-too does not apply.

Interior

Naturally, interior appointments contribute to the comfort quotient, and the Sportage gets very good marks on this portion of the scorecard.Materials wouldn't be out of place in a vehicle costing half again as much, there's hardly a hard surface anywhere, and sporty perforated leather seats, with heating and cooling, make the going more pleasant (although these are limited to the SX Turbo).

The leather-wrapped heated steering wheel (also limited to the SX Turbo) and shifter add lux to the interior.Asterisk: the wheel's flat bottom, suggesting sportiness, is a little over the top.Flat-bottom wheels are necessary in sports and racing cars, allowing driver thigh clearance.That's not an issue here, and the wheel's D shape is strictly cosmetic.

Control functions are easy to identify, and for those who find total touch screen secondary controls irritating the display is augmented by a collection of switches, buttons, and knobs.No mysteries.The 8-inch screen, for its part, is home for a nav system that's more cooperative than many, and is angled slightly toward the driver.

A low dash and thinner A-pillars (between windshield and side windows) improve forward sightlines.The C-pillars (between rear windscreen and rear side windows) have also been slimmed slightly, reducing rear quarter blind spots, but the available blind spot monitor is still a better bet for keeping track of surrounding traffic.

For sun worshippers, a vast new sunroof is available, opening most of the top to fresh air and solar rays, and it's a tribute to the design staff that the body shell has actually been stiffened with so much structure missing up top.

The new Sportage features updated telematics, infotainment, and connectivity.Tops on that list is the availability of Apple Car Play and/or Android Auto.Kia also offers the third generation of its UVO system, and a Harman/Kardon 320-watt 8-speaker audio system with 8 gigs of storage.

Driving Impression

The combination of more mass and fewer ponies is an unlikely formula for improving 0-to-60 mph performance.Kia addressed this issue in the Sportage SX by installing a new turbocharger that reaches maximum boost faster, summoning maximum torque more quickly.

The solution seems to get the new Sportage SX across the intersection smartly when the light turns green, a key element in everyday driving.But as speed builds, the effect diminishes: the engine begins to feel that it's running out of breath, and passing on two-lane highways is something to be approached with care, in anticipation of lengthy exposure times.

Agility-wise, the character of the new Sportage seems to differ from its immediate ancestor.As noted, the generation three SX Turbo drew some criticism for a rather unforgiving ride on patchy pavement.The gen four Sportage features a more compliant setup.

The Sportage SX Turbo models with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive that we have driven felt exceptionally solid, a tribute to that stiffened structure.Both were smooth operators on the rare stretches of rough going we encountered on mountain roads east of San Diego, and both absorbed freeway expansion joints and truck ruts commendably.

However, neither version exhibited much enthusiasm for decreasing radius turns, switchbacks, or quick transients.Body roll isn't extravagant, but transient response is unhurried, particularly with all-wheel drive, which is substantially, and noticeably, heavier.

The electric power steering has been revised, and is reasonably quick (2.8 turns) and nicely weighted at highway speed, though still lacking a bit in terms of tactile feedback, something it shares with many systems.

Transmission performance is adequate in full automatic mode, although there's a little more up-and-down hunting in hilly going.Responses to commands from the shift paddles are about average, but the transmission seems to want to upshift automatically when demand for power diminishes, regardless of operating mode (Normal, Sport, or Eco).

SX Turbos are equipped with 19-inch wheels (lesser trims have 17- and 18-inchers).The bigger diameter should add up to improved grip.Larger wheels often have a negative impact on ride quality, but we found the Sportage with 19-inch wheels to be supple on all surfaces.

Overall The dynamic bottom line seems to be a Sportage that's not quite as quick on its feet.But it's comfortable, quiet, and composed, a trio of traits that are hard to dislike.

Summary

The new 2017 Kia Sportage raises the ante in terms of quality and comfort.It's not as quick and agile as some.If your priority is sporty handling, you might prefer the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, or VW Tiguan.But the Sportage is a satisfying ride in other scoring areas, civilized and quiet, structurally solid, with a strong value proposition.Styling of the SX Turbo, with its ice cube fog lights, may be a little too uninhibited for some.On the other hand, uninhibited styling hasn't been a problem for the Kia Soul.

Driving impressions by Tony Swan, New Car Test Drive.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Angle of Approach16.7 degrees
Angle of Departure23.9 degrees
Front Head Room997 mm
Front Hip Room1,380 mm
Front Leg Room1,053 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,450 mm
Front track1,614 mm
Overall height1,635 mm
Overall Length4,480 mm
Overall Width1,855 mm
Rear Head Room993 mm
Rear Hip Room1,300 mm
Rear Leg Room970 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,400 mm
Rear track1,615 mm
Wheelbase2,670 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.06
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement144 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power181 hp
Max RPM6,000 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size2.4 L
Torque238 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleMetal-look
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City10.4 L/100 km
Combined9.3L/100 km
Highway8.0 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
RecliningManual
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingH
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place868 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,703 L
Curb weight1,631 kg
EPA interior volume2,792 L
Fuel Capacity62 L
Gross vehicle weight2,085 kg
Ground clearance162 mm
Max cargo capacity1,703 L
Towing Capacity907 kg
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Kia CA Lease Credit Cash
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
$1,250 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Lease Credit Cash
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
$1,250 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Sportage
$500 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Lease Credit Cash
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
$1,250 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Top Quality Bonus
Sportage
$750 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Top Quality Bonus
Sportage
$750 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Top Quality Bonus
Sportage
$750 Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Top Quality Bonus
Sportage
$750 Oct 31, 2017

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA BMO Prime Finance Rate
Sportage
3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO Prime Finance Rate
Sportage
3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO Prime Finance Rate
Sportage
3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO Prime Finance Rate
Sportage
3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% 3.75% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Future Value Program
Sportage
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Future Value Program
Sportage
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Future Value Program
Sportage
N/A N/A N/A 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA TDAF APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA TDAF APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA TDAF APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA TDAF APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA BMO APR Rates
Sportage
0% 0% 0% 0% 0.99% 0.99% Oct 31, 2017

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Special Residuals
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
N/A 48% 41% 30% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 0% 1.99% 2.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Sportage
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Sportage FWD LX (SP751H)
N/A 6.99% 6.99% 6.99% N/A N/A Oct 31, 2017

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