Kia’s smallest crossover has long delivered a unique package of compelling design, engaging driving dynamics, and extreme value. And for the 2017 model year, the latest generation Kia Sportage looks to take all of those qualities to a whole new level.
Having made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, Kia has finally released pricing of its stylish new Sportage, with a base price tag of just $22,990. Now in its fourth generation, the 2017 Sportage offers a range of improvements over the outgoing model, including a fresh cutting-edge design, stiffer structure, and a host of new technologies.
“Simply put, the Sportage is a breed apart in the compact CUV segment,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “Instead of bland utility, the Sportage combines distinctly European and sporty styling with thoughtful design and functionality, including innovative packaging, premium materials, a turbocharged engine and surprising features. The all-new 2017 Sportage hits the sweet spot by providing an alternative for those seeking to express themselves with a vehicle that’s versatile enough to suit their unique lifestyle.”
Now ridding on platform that is both stiffer and more spacious, the 2017 Sportage also offers a more refined interior, thanks to higher-quality, soft-touch materials that add a more luxurious look and feel. Passenger space and cargo volume have increased this year. A heavily revised suspension system and ample sound-absorbent materials help to isolate road noise and provide serene interior accommodations.
In addition to offering a refined cabin and a driver-focused cockpit, the all-new Sportage adds a range of advanced telematics, audio, and entertainment options. The base LX comes equipped with a standard 5.0-inch color touchscreen that features Bluetooth hands-free phone operation and streaming audio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and rear-camera display. A move up to the EX brings a 7-inch touchscreen with the latest version of Kia’s award-winning telematics and infotainment system, UVO3, which features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and UVO eServices featuring 14 telematics services. It even boasts 8 GB of music storage, as well as access to onscreen apps such as Pandora and Soundhound. The SX Turbo features all of the above, plus an 8-inch touchscreen and onboard navigation.
All Sportage models come standard with a 160-watt six-speaker audio system, and a powerful 320-watt Harmon Kardon audio system is available, featuring eight speakers including subwoofer, an external amplifier, and Clari-Fi music restoration technology
The design of the Sportage has always been on the cutting-edge, and the latest rendition is no different. Kia’s president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, made sure that the 2017 Sportage’s exterior juxtaposes smooth curves with sharp creases. It also boasts Kia’s hallmark “tiger-nose” grille, but it features lower, wider front intakes – enlarged to provide greater engine cooling – that also help provide a planted and aggressive stance, though it keeps the same overall width as before. In the rear, a sloping roofline and sharply raked rear window remains, providing an instantly recognizable trait from previous generations.
Power is derived from a 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the range-topping the SX Turbo adds a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo producing 241 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is routed through a six-speed Sportmatic transmission and either front-wheel drive or Kia’s Dynamax intelligent AWD system.
All-new inside and out, the 2017 Kia Sportage features many of the same great qualities that has made the crossover one of the brand’s most popular products. The latest generation remains a strong value in the ever-crowded compact crossover segment, now combining even more standard features with a low starting price.