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2019 Kia Sportage Facelift, Review

Thanks to a last year’s redesign, the upcoming 2019 Kia Sportage will host some minor updates in order to stay competitive and in line with its rivals. This compact crossover-SUV comes with a good price and both roomy and comfortable interior.

The list of standard features is long and we must mention excellent warranty like all other Kia’s models. Sportage is a compelling SUV with good safety ratings and it is Kia’s longest-running nameplate. There are numerous trim levels, and some of them are offering upscale features. Also, a new Technology Package is now on the offer.

2019 Kia Sportage front

2019 Kia Sportage offers same design as the outgoing one

The exterior of an all-new 2019 Kia Sportage is similar, if not the same as the outgoing model. High-mounted headlights are still present, and some customer finds it unappealing. The lines are very crisp and clean and the “tiger-nose” front grille looks great on this SUV. The front part overall looks aesthetic and sporty. The SX Turbo model get LED fog lights and an all-wheel-drive setup will provide more ride height. Also, in this trim will be offered dual exhausts system.

Dimensionally, the 2019 Kia Sportage gained some length where the wheelbase is extended by 1.18 inches. The overall length is now 176.4 inches. Depending on trim levels you choose, wheels are coming as an option from 16-inches to 19-inches. However, this new model will be available in many colors depending on chosen trim.

  • LX trim comes in seven colors Sparkling SilverClear White, Burnished Copper, Mineral Silver, Pacific Blue, Hyper Red, Black Cherry. 
  • EX trim will be offered with Sparkling Silver, Snow White Pearl, Pacific Blue, Mineral Silver, Burnished Copper, Hyper Red, Black Cherry. 
  • SX Turbo is the last trim that comes with colors Sparkling Silver, Mineral Silver, Snow White Pearl (extra cost), Pacific Blue, Burnished Copper, Hyper Red and attractive Black Cherry paint.

2019 Kia Sportage Interior

Like mentioned, after a total redesign, new 2019 Kia Sportage is coming with minor changes to the interior didn’t suffer many changes. The seats are comfortable and the outward visibility is good. However, the second row gets heated seats on some models, and 12-volt outlet and USB port are now a standard for rear-seat passengers. On top of that, rear passengers can enjoy in great head and legroom. An optional panoramic sunroof slightly cuts into the headroom. Kia opted for an old-fashioned set of knobs and buttons instead of touch-sensitive surfaces. However, the interior will be available with few fabrics.

  • LX trim will have Gray Tricot Cloth, Black Tricot.
  • EX trim will get Black Leather, Gray Leather. 
  • SX Turbo trim is available in Black Leather, Gray Leather, Beige Leather.

On higher trims, a 320-watt Harman/Kardon sound system is available, just like some features like climate-controlled seats and heated steering wheel. The top of line trim SX Turbo will include navigation with a big centered 8-inch touch screen, heated and ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof, lane-departure warning and also heated steering wheel. Furthermore, all trims will be available with Kia’s Dynamax AWD and lock differential for the better traction on the wet surfaces.

Cargo space is not the best in the compact-SUV segment, but 30.7 cubic feet with rear seat up sounds very good. Furthermore, cargo space can be increased thanks to fold-flat rear seats.

Safety Features

Like the current one model, the 2019 Kia Sportage will offer plenty of safety. The features that are standard include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Side Impact Beams, Low Tire Pressure Warning, Driver And Passenger Front Airbags, Curtain for 1st and 2nd Row, Rear Child Safety Locks, Back-Up Camera, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners.

2019 Kia Sportage interior

2019 Kia Sportage Engine and Transmission

The upcoming 2019 Kia Sportage hides a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. This unit is capable of producing up to 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the customers can boost their vehicle thanks to an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder drivetrain that returns 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are available with front and all-wheel drive setups and are using a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine will be able to speed maximum 130 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 sec.

2019 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy and Towing Capacity

Fuel economy is not the Sportage’s strongest point. The model with the 2,4-liter engine is EPA rated on city/highway 23/30 mpg for the FWD, LX trims 22/29 mpg FWD, EX and 21/25 mpg for the all-wheel-drive system. The second one 2.0-liter engine is rated 21/26 mpg (FWD) and 20/23 mpg (AWD). As for the towing capacity the newest Kia Sportage can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

2019 Kia Sportage rear

2019 Kia Sportage Price and Release Date

The base model of the forthcoming 2019 Kia Sportage is priced at 25,000. All-wheel drive adds $2,000 to every model. On the other hand, a more recommended choice is 2019 Kia Sportage EX model with more features loaded and costs $27,000. Top-range SX model starts at $34,000. Those prices are comparable to the Sportage’s rivals like Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. We can expect new Kia’s compact-SUV to hit the dealerships by the end of 2018.

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