The 2018 Kia Sportage is a facelifted model that geared to continuously offer KIA customers the best experience of a compact SUV. The new model comes in six different variants based on the drive train, engine and comfort features. There is the LX AWD (All Wheel Drive), LX FWD (Front Wheel Drive), EX FWD, EX AWD, SX Turbo FWD and the SX Turbo AWD.
2018 Kia Sportage – Immaculate Design
The FWD version has a wheelbase of 105.1 inches with an overall length of 176.4 inches as well as an overall height of 64.4 inches. The car features a rear spoiler which makes it appear sporty. It also has a base curb weight of 3305 lbs.
The LX FWD trim of KIA Sportage features all season front and rear tires with 17” aluminum alloy. It comes equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. Wheel locks come to an added option.
This variant has similar features to the SX Turbo FWD Variant KIA Sportage with the exception of the drive train as it has an All-Wheel Drive powertrain.
The vehicle sits five including the driver. It features front row bucket seats and 2nd-row bench seats. The seat cover material is cloth. For an extra fee, the driver and passenger seats are heated with the driver seats containing features such as power recline, power height adjustment, power lumbar and tilt controls. The LX FWD KIA Sportage has a maximum trailering capacity of 1650lbs.
The car offers keyless entry with an adjustable steering wheel. The steering wheel also features controls for various components in the car like the radio as well as the trip computer.
Climate control comes as standard while for an additional fee Automatic Climate Control is offered within the LX Popular Package. Furthermore, the vehicle is offered with Bluetooth connectivity as standard enabling one to connect the entertainment system with various Bluetooth devices. A trip computer is offered and displays the average fuel economy, average speed, current fuel economy as well as the range of fuel remaining.
The brakes feature 4 Wheel Disc system with ABS coming as standard. Brake Assist System comes as a standard feature for the LX FWD trim. Another feature included is the Electronic Brake Distribution. All these serve to ensure safety while driving due to the efficient braking system.
The in-vehicle infotainment includes an audio system, AM/FM radio, MP3/CD player, a satellite radio and also a color touchscreen. The audio system features six speakers.
2018 Kia Sportage – Under the Hood
The 2018 KIA Sportage features a front wheel drive powertrain with a 6-Speed automatic transmission. The engine is an inline 4 petrol engine with a displacement of 2.4ltrs. It develops 181hp at 6000rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The fuel it consumes is unleaded regular. The car features a 16.4-gallon tank with highway MPG of 30 and 23MPG for city driving.
The turbocharged version comes with 2.0-liter that produces 240 horsepower (237 HP for AWD models). The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 21/26 mpg for the (FWD) and 20/23 mpg for the(AWD).
The safety features include Electronic Stability Control system as well as child safety locks. As an optional package, you get Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors, Blind Spot Monitor, Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning. A backup camera also comes as standard.
2018 Kia Sportage – Release Date and Price
The 2018 KIA Sportage will be released in a couple of months, with the price tag of $26,395. Some of the competitors are Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson, Renault Kadjar and others in this segment.