2018 Kia Sportage
Known as a compact SUV and going into its 2019 model year, the Kia Sportage is a great vehicle for a small-size family of five or cargo space. Plus, with the recent redesign of the Sportage for the 2018 model year, consumers can expect a number of updates in for both model years. To see what’s new, let’s take a look at the 2018 Kia Sportage before the new year.
Made up of three trims (LX, EX, and SX Turbo), the 2018 Kia Sportage has two engines that make up the powertrain lineup. Under the hood of the LX and EX is a 2.4-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine able to generate 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Although consumers are able to choose a front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drivetrain for the Sportage, the horsepower and torque are the same on each.
The Sportage SX Turbo is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine for more power without sacrificing too much fuel economy. This engine generates 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive (AWD), the SX Turbo can can provide 237 horsepower and the same torque.
Engineering and Fuel Economy
All engines are optimized by a Dual Overhead Camshaft design (DOHC), Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) for more efficient fuel delivery into the engine’s combustion chamber, and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) that increases the performance of the engine by altering the frequency of an engine cylinder’s induction and exhaustion of air and fuel. Each engine is also paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic, a gearshift that allows for manual shifting by the driver.
Due to the different drivetrains, there is a variety of fuel economy ratings for each trim. The LX trim with FWD gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway; with AWD, the LX gets 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. If driving with FWD, the EX trim gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway; it has the same fuel economy as the LX with AWD. The SX Turbo has the most changes, with 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway if driving with FWD, 20 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with AWD.
On the 2018 Kia Sportage, there is an assortment of convenient features that come standard. These include sound-absorbing front windshield glass, privacy glass, heated rear glass, automatic on/off headlights, and rear spoiler for style. Past the LX trim, consumers can expect to find roof rails†, heated outside mirrors, LED turn signals on the exterior mirrors†, a smart welcome chime, an available panoramic sunroof with a power shade, solar control glass†, and an available smart power liftgate. Only the SX Turbo can come with Bi-Xenon HID Dynamic Bending lights that bend when going around curves for improved visibility. Each trim rides on a larger wheel size; in order of trims, 17-inch, 18-inch, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
For the interior, different tiers of features are sprinkled around the lineup. The base trim comes with cloth-trimmed seats, but the EX and SX Turbo come with leather upholstery. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rear ventilation duct, steering wheel-mounted audio and hands-free phone buttons, and a drive mode selector (Normal, Eco, and Sport) are the main lineup standards. Past the LX trim, consumers can find dual-zone air conditioning†, an available auto-dimming mirror, smart key with push-button start, LED interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated steering wheel. Only the EX can come with heated rear seats oddly enough.
For entertainment, the same patterns follow. The base trim, LX, comes with a six-speaker audio system with AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM, and the only lineup standards are a rear-camera display and Bluetooth wireless technology hands-free connectivity. Past the LX, entertainment options expand to UVO infotainment on a 7-inch touchscreen†; UVO infotainment on an 8-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation; SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio (available on EX, standard on SX Turbo); and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility†. Consumers can also opt-in for an 8-speaker Harman/Kardon premium surround sound system on the EX trim, standard on the SX Turbo.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Sportage comes with many modern safety features, such as dual-stage front and seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, traction and stability management systems, LATCH anchor systems for child seats, and body construction with specific crumple zones. There are also options for advanced safety systems available on select trims - autonomous emergency braking, parking assist for the front and rear, lane departure warning, lane change assist, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. The Kia Soul is backed by a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.