The 2022 Kia Sportage is all that and a bag of chips with its long list of interior features, spaciousness, excellent powertrain warranty, and all for an affordable price. This car is certainly a match made in heaven for SUV lovers everywhere, and comes with new stylish features like the optional Nightfall Edition package, which replaces the S trim level. There is also a Value Edition package on the LX base model, which involves features that were previously limited to higher trims.
4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharger
Avail. Engine Type
Engine TypeKia’s 2022 compact crossover has two powertrain options. The standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter with four cylinders. This motor has a respectable output of 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. It also fares well with its fuel economy numbers, specifically 30 mpg for front-wheel-drives (FWD) and 26 mph for all-wheel-drives (AWD).
For those who have a need for speed, look no further than the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This engine is exclusive to the highest-ranking SX Turbo model, and this Queen Bee drives with an output of 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Performance
Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with AWD serving as an option for all trims. Additionally, no matter what engine you have, the towing capacity will amount to 2,000 lbs.
As previously mentioned, if you’re looking for a bit more pep in your step, it’s recommended to opt for the SX Turbo, as you’ll get the most power. However, the lesser trims can still hold their own, especially since the suspension is smooth over various surfaces and does well at cutting corners. The 2.4 engine is also suitable for drivers who prioritize fuel economy over drag racing.
Kia has a long history of creating vehicles that aren’t just bold in their powertrains, but in their overall design. The outer body of the Sportage screams confidence and has a bit of an adventurous flare. If you really want to spruce things up, try opting for the Nightfall version, which adds an extra layer of suave and sophistication. It encompasses a gloss dark gray grille with a piano black frame, plus side cladding, roof rails, and some other features dressed in black. Higher trims tack on a bit of chrome, specifically with SX Turbo adding dark chrome.
As previously mentioned, the base LX model adds the new Value Edition package. This bundle involves dark 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, passive keyless entry and push-button start, and other accessories. Then, EX models now include a panoramic sunroof, and the EX Technology package and SX Turbo models both add 10 years of complimentary map updates, along with new software features for their navigation technologies.
The interior accommodates five passengers and does pretty well in keeping everyone comfortable. The legroom in the rear seating area amounts to 38.2 inches, while cargo space reaches from 30.7 to 60.1 cubic feet. The luggage area also has an element of practicality with its dual floor feature. There is also new LED cabin lighting on the EX model.
In the front, you’ll see a slew of plastics that are soft to the touch, along with cozy seats, and a dashboard that is easy to use. The cabin is pretty quiet, and you’ll only really notice some noise on the freeway, but even then, it’s very minimal.
While the other guys want you to pay double the price to get top-notch features, the Kia family offers a plethora of standards even on the entry-level LX trim, with comforts including an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB port, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 160-watt/6-speaker audio setup. Other features include cloth upholstery, air conditioning, manually adjustable front seats, and 60/40 split/fold/recline rear seats.
Safety Features and Warranty
Likely one of the most desired automakers for safety, due to its generosity with its technologies and warranty. Standards include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, and lane-keeping assistance. Highlights involve blind-spot monitoring on the high-tier models, as well as the front/rear parking sensors as a standard on the SX Turbo.
Finally, Kia has an unbeatable warranty program for 10 years/10,000-miles for its powertrain. Then, it offers a limited warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles for its basic coverage. There are other coverage options such as the Corrosion warranty for 5 years/100,00 miles and the Roadside Assistance for 5 years/60,000 miles.