The 2018 Kia Sportage may only be available in a handful of configurations, but all are well-equipped for the money, boast above-average infotainment, and include a hefty standard warranty. Those assets earn the Sportage 8 out of 10 points on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The Sportage LX serves as the entry into the lineup and it comes standard with a simple 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, and air conditioning. Hardly decadent, but more than most rivals at a base price of around $24,500.
Two option packages dress up the Sportage LX. The Popular Package subs in a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, roof rails, and a few other goodies for a reasonable $1,200. Once you’ve selected that package, another $1,300 adds automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, automatic high-beam headlights, rear cross-traffic alerts, and power-folding side mirrors as part of the Technology Package.
The $27,590 Sportage EX basically starts with the Sportage LX’s Popular Package and also adds 18-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitors, rear-cross traffic alerts, leather upholstery, and an extra USB port. The $1,700 Premium Package includes a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED interior lights, and it’s a requirement for the $2,900 Technology Package that adds Harman Kardon audio, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beams, cooled front seats, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with built-in navigation, a power liftgate, and a compact spare tire.
Topping the lineup is the Sportage SX Turbo. As its name implies, it adds the turbo-4 engine to a fully loaded Sportage EX. At $33,695, it’s fully equipped as-is, so you’ll only need to pick from one of seven paint colors.
All-wheel drive is available on every Sportage configuration for $1,500, which brings the priciest example to a reasonable $35,195.
Every version of the Sportage includes a hefty 5-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
Kia’s Uvo infotainment system remains one of our favorites. It’s easy to navigate and both the 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreens have a crystal clear, high-resolution display that doesn’t wash out in bright light.
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