Without any doubt, Sportage is a stylish, attractive and eye catching vehicle, which has a massive fan following around the globe. The makers have been extremely carefully in designing 2018 Kia Sportage because of the fact that they wanted to give a tough competition to rivals in the market. The new model comes with some of the best and high-quality features that are a great fun to drive. Sporting handling and strong turbo engines are the most significant characteristics of the new model.
What has been changed?
The new Spotage is redesigned and has grown in many aspects. Its not only bigger in size yet it gets new styling and improved interior as well. The suspension and steering system has also been under inspections and upgraded tech and safety features are also in the list.
2018 Kia Sportage: New Design
Coming towards the design the 2018 Kia Sportage can be designated as a flamboyant but it is also more athletic thanks to sharper body sculpting. The front side includes tiger nose grille which is slightly bigger and styled in same manner as on the larger Sorento. Lower front side area includes larger openings for fog lights and hood is also nicely sculpted.
The side panels of the new Sportage features deeper body sculpting and roofline slants slowly toward the rear end. Rear spoiler is set as extension for the roof line and improves its profile look.
Coming towards the size 2018 Sportage will be bigger. It is going to be longer than earlier models by 1.6″. The wheelbase has also received additional 1.2″. There will be no changes in the width, but the cabin has been made more spacious.
How is it inside?
Coming towards the interior the new Sportage provides high-quality materials along with very handsome styling which makes sure that passengers can enjoy comfortable rides inside the vehicle. Every single button has been laid with great care and consideration. There is the prominent touch screen which makes all infotainment features very easily accessible. The anterior seats have been designed for providing better comfort and support and backseats are also reasonable.
What features are available?
The redesigned Sportage comes in three trim levels including LX, EX and top of the line SX turbo. The standardized accessories that will be included are USB port, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, Auxiliary Audio jack, Tilt & telescopic steering wheel, Reclining posterior seats, Air conditioning, satellite radio, 6- speaker sound system, Adaptive LED headlights, Full power accessories, 17″ alloy wheels, Rear privacy glass, etc.
Stepping on the upper trim available will also be leather upholstery, an eight way power and heated front seats, dual zone climate control, larger 7-inch screen, larger 18-inch wheels and more.
The SX Turbo versions benefit from even larger 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats, navigation and 8-inch touchscreen, 8 speaker Harman Kardon sound system, etc.
The safety kit comes with systems like rear view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, forward collision mitigation, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic warning, lane departure warning, etc.
2018 Kia Sportage: Performance
The base engine on the 2018 Kia Sportage will be 2.4 l. This particular 4 cylinder power plant has the capacity of generating 181 hp and torque of 175 lb- ft of torque, which is transferred to front or all-four wheels by means of 6, speed automated transmission systems.
The SX turbo trim, towards the other side, will get a stronger turbocharged engine, which will possess displacement of 2.0 L. Output will be 240 hp and torque produced is 260 lb-ft. It is also paired with mentioned transmission.
In terms of fuel economy, the EPA estimates Sportages powered with base engine at 26 mpg combined with FWD and at 22 mpg combined with AWD. The Turbo version according to EPA returns 23 and 21 mpg combined with FWD and AWD respectively.
2018 Kia Sportage: Price, Availability
The 2018 Kia Sportage is already available for buying. Coming towards the price, SUV will cost approximately $22,990 for the base model, but the cost will be higher for advanced trims with AWD SX Turbo at $34, 000.