Kia is unleashing the third generation of the Sportage for the 2017 model year with updated styling outside, including a redefined grille, new fog lamps, new headlights, new taillights and an overall sleek appearance. Inside, the passenger cabin is more driver-oriented, and the dash takes on the same look of width as the exterior. A new instrument cluster boasts a small LCD screen in the middle with the option for different color schemes and the infotainment system is available with a seven- or eight-inch display screen. We have yet to receive engine specifications for the U.S. market, but over in Europe, customers have the option between two gasoline engines and three diesels with output ranging anywhere between 113 horsepower and 182 horsepower.

As a competitor to models like the Nissan Rogue and the Mazda CX-5, the Sportage looks to push the envelope for quality and economy without being too expensive in such a competitive segment. With that said, the Sportage is available in three trim levels with prices ranging from $22,990 for the entry-level LX trim, all the way up to $34,000 for the range-topping Sportage SX. With a long list of optional packages and add-ons, the Sportage could end up being fairly cheap or somewhat expensive if you go for a fully loaded crossover.

The sportage is now and its third generation and only time will tell how well it performs during its lifecycle. But, you can make your own decision about the Sportage for yourself by checking out our detailed review below.

Updated 02/22/2016: Kia announced prices for the all new 2017 Sportgae which will go on sale later this spring. Prices will range from $22,990 to $34,000 depending on the trim version.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Kia Sportage.

  • 2017 Kia Sportage
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Dual Clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    132 (Est.)
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection, Turbocharged
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    7.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD
  • Price:
    22990
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Exterior

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The fourth generation of the Sportage is more of an evolution rather than a revolution when it comes to the exterior design. Kia’s chief designer, Peter Schreyer, is the same guy that helped create the Audi TT, and under his guidance, Kia has been revamping its lineup since 2006. For the 2017 Sportage, Kia’s design studios in Frankfurt, Germany, Namyang, Korea, and Irvine, California, all contributed to the final look. Kia says the final result resembles a fighter jet.

The “tiger-nose” grille, the most prominent styling cue for the Kia brand, is now disconnected from the headlights, set lower and drawn wider to help keep the engine cooler.

Military aircraft references aside, it’s easy to tell the old and new models apart, especially from the front. First and foremost, the “tiger-nose” grille, the most prominent styling cue for the Kia brand, is now disconnected from the headlights, set lower and drawn wider to help keep the engine cooler. The headlight design is similar to that on the 2014 Kia KX3 concept, and the units are now moved higher, stretched back into the hood line. These come with an optional “Dynamic Bending” feature for navigating winding roads at night. In the bumper corners are “ice-cube” fog lights inspired by the 2014 Kia Pro_cee’d GT, with LEDs installed for superior illumination.

Moving to the flanks, we find slightly beefed up wheel arches. The lines and creases come at sharper angles, while the roof falls into the rear at a more gradual incline.

The rear is significantly altered, gaining several horizontal lines that emphasize the Sportage’s width. Up top is a longer rear spoiler that extends the roof line. The 2013 Kia Provo concept was used as inspiration for the slender taillight design, and a metal strip running just below the hatch glass connects the two lights. An additional dividing crease splits the hatch, while the turn signals and reverse lights are once again positioned lower in the bumper corners to square off the design. The exhaust now has dual oval tips framed by a metal-effect diffuser, and aluminum-look skid plates add a whiff of faux off-roadiness.

Kia says the design yields the most aerodynamically efficient Sportage ever made, but not by much – the Cd drops from 0.35 to 0.33.

Dimensionally, the Sportage has gained a bit of length, with the wheelbase extended by 1.18 inches to 105.1inches total. The overall vehicle length is now 1.57 inches longer as well, extended to 176.4 inches total. The cabin has shifted a bit, with the front overhang increased by 0.79 inch to 35.8 inches, and the rear overhang decreased by 0.39-inch to 35.4-inches. Kia says this creates a more raked profile.

The car’s width (73-inches) and height (64.4-inches) remain unchanged.

Finally, customers will have several aluminum alloy wheel options to choose from, with rollers sized at 16-inches, 17-inches, and an impressive 19-inches.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,480 MM (176.37 Inches)
Overall width 1,855 MM (73.03 Inches)
Overall height 1,635 MM (64.37 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,670 MM (105.11 Inches)
Front overhang 910 MM (35.8 Inches)
Rear overhang 900 MM (35.43 Inches)

Interior

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Kia claims the most “significant” improvements to the new Sportage are in the cabin, where the compact crossover gets more up-market features and a quieter, more refined ride.

First, like the exterior, the dashboard was redesigned with plenty of horizontal lines, including in the air vents, lending it a sense of greater width. The interface is now more driver-oriented as well, with the buttons and switches angled slightly towards the seat behind the new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. The gauges now sit astride a central information display, a nice change from the large speedometer that dominated the cluster on the old model.

Like the exterior, the dashboard was redesigned with plenty of horizontal lines, including in the air vents, lending it a sense of greater width.

There are a few different color schemes offered, including a single-tone black, Dark and Light Grey two-tone, and Black and Canyon Beige two-tone. Meanwhile, the console is finished in black. Above, the optional sunroof has been extended by 4.09-inches, up to 19.3-inches total.

For infotainment, there are several new options, including either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen located on the dash. Through this unit, Kia offers its Connected Services and satellite navigation, with TomTom providing stuff like real-time traffic updates, the location of speed cameras, live alerts, and weather forecasts. European buyers will get seven years of free service after the initial vehicle purchase.

A DAB digital radio is an available option for European customers. The Sportage comes standard with a 160-watt, six-speaker stereo system, but audiophiles can opt for the 320-watt, eight-speaker system from JBL if desired. This upgrade also throws in an external amp and Harman’s Clari-Fi technology.

There’s also available wireless mobile device charging, a feature Kia claims as a first for the segment. This comes with a 5W charging system positioned at the bottom of the central stack, with a safety system to prevent overheating. While in use, the device’s charge state is displayed on the instrument cluster, and a warning is issued if you leave the device on the charger after exiting the vehicle (just to prevent a parking lot smash-and-grab).

The Sportage comes standard with a single USB charging point up front, but an additional charging point is available for the rear.

Market-dependent available features (Kia does no specify) include a rear-view backup camera, an automatic up/down tailgate, and Smart Welcome, which turns on the interior lights and door handle lights when the key fob is detected nearby.

Other available features include a heated steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. The front seats also get available ventilation and three-way heating. Those in the driver’s seat can opt for 10-way power control and lumbar support, while front-row passengers can opt for eight-way power control. There’s also available seat heating for the rear passengers.

Kia went to great lengths to reduce noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) in the new Sportage. The front and rear seats now have stiffer frames and redesigned springs and pads. The transmission comes with sturdier mounts and the wheels are 49 percent stiffer. The rear cross member is also stiffer, the rear subframe is mounted on isolated bushings, and the dampers come with a longer stroke. The body is also stronger. All of these changes should add up to big dividends when it comes to piloting less-than-ideal road surfaces.

The Sportage comes standard with a single USB charging point up front, but an additional charging point is available for the rear.

Kia also added sound deadening to the dash, engine compartment, door panels and wheel arches. The front side glass is thicker, and there’s a dual-lip seal for the sunroof. The result is 36 decibels of noise in the cabin while idling in a Sportage equipped with a gasoline engine, while the diesel engine records 44 decibels in the cabin. That’s a 2-decibel decrease for both engine types compared to the previous model, which might not sound like a lot, but should be noticeable, especially when enjoying the premium sound system.

On the move, decibel levels decrease by 3 to 63 total.

With the exterior dimensions increased slightly over the previous model, the latest Sportage also gains some space inside. Headroom increases by 0.2-inches up front for 39.3-inches total, while the rear headroom increases 0.63-inches for 39.1-inches total. Legroom up front gets an additional 0.75-inches for 44.4-inches total, and the rear gets another 0.28-inch for 38.2-inches total. The rear floor was also lowered by 1.57-inches and the bench hip point was raised by 1.18-inches, all in the name of greater passenger comfort. The rear reclining seats can tilt from 23 to 37 degrees, and the reclining lever was relocated for easier access.

Finally, Kia says the new Sportage is more practical, with the cargo space benefitting from the new, larger exterior dimensions. Stowage has increased to 17.8 cubic-feet, a decent increase compared to previous generation’s 16.4 cubic-feet. There’s also an additional 1.38-inches of width. Items can be compartmentalized in the dual-height luggage floor and a new under-floor tonneau cover box, and the load height is now 1.85-inches lower at 28.8-inches.

Drivetrain

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While Kia has yet to release specs on the U.S.-bound Sportage (we’ll update as soon as we get details), we do have a complete rundown on what will be offered to European customers.

Kia’s engineers were tasked with the contradictory goals of improving the Sportage’s efficiency while also upping performance, and the result is a slew of gasoline and diesel powerplant options.

Kia’s engineers were tasked with the contradictory goals of improving the Sportage’s efficiency while also upping performance, and the result is a slew of gasoline and diesel powerplant options.

At the top of the line is a turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI direct injection gas unit, a new addition for the Sportage. Also known as the “Gamma” engine, this powerplant is based on the same mill found in the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT, and is exclusive to the Sportage’s GT Line trim level. It comes with a single-scroll turbo, a high-energy ignition coil and a low-friction timing chain. Compared to the engine found in the cee’d GT, the compression ratio is also increased from 9.5:0 to 10.0:0. Peak output is 175 horsepower, with torque rated at 195 pound-feet between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm.

Other options include a few engines carried over from the third-generation Sportage, which benefit from the new crossover’s improved aero efficiency to return lower emissions and improved fuel economy. The first is a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter GDI, producing 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a 1.7-liter CRDi diesel, producing 113 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque.

Those looking for a bit of performance from their oil burner should check out the upgraded 2.0-liter “R” diesel, which is offered in two levels of tune: 134 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, or 181 horsepower and a whopping 295 pound-feet of torque. Both are available on the standard Sportage and GT Line. This unit comes with a slightly lighter engine block (11 pounds), a new battery management system, and a continuously variable displacement oil pump.

The new “R” diesel engine has boasts higher efficiency and lower emissions thanks to features like a lower compression ratio, cooler combustion temperatures, a new exhaust gas recirculation system and stiffer valve springs. The pistons also receive a new “nano-diamond” coating that reduces friction even further.

Those looking for a bit of performance from their oil burner should check out the upgraded 2.0-liter “R” diesel, which is offered in two levels of tune: 134 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, or 181 horsepower and a whopping 295 pound-feet of torque.

New for the Sportage is Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission, first seen on the cee’d. Available exclusively on GT Line models equipped with the 1.6-liter T-GDI engine, this gearbox offers faster cog changes and the same emissions as a manual. The rest of the Sportage lineup gets either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Both FWD and AWD are available.

Kia says the new Sportage manages to ride better and handle more sharply, thanks in part to modifications to the suspension. The setup is fully independent all around, and there are new bushing mounting points in the front. The wheel bearings are stiffer, and the rear suspension has a dual lower-arm multi-link layout for FWD models. The rear suspension geometry has also been revised to help alleviate some of the inherent understeer.

Torsional rigidity is also improved thanks to the new 39 percent stiffer body. Steering feel is enhanced thanks to a rack-mounted electric motor-driven power steering gearbox located forward on the axle, a standard feature on the GT Line and an available option on other models. The brakes have been redesigned with new calipers, new pad return springs, and larger rotors, and there’s an electronic parking brake that automatically activates when the engine is turned off.

Finally, the fuel tank is now larger, up to 16.4 gallons compared to the previous model’s 15.3 gallons.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged Four cylinder in-line, naturally aspirated DOHC, four cylinder in-line, turbocharged Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged Four cylinder in-line, turbocharged
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1,591 cc 1.6-litres, 1,591 cc 1.7-litres, 1,685 cc 2.0-litres, 1,995 cc 2.0-litres, 1,995 cc
Bore and stroke 77.0 x 85.4 mm 77.0 x 85.4 mm 77.2 x 90.0 mm 84.0 x 90.0 mm 84.0 x 90.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1 11.0:1 15.7:1 16.0:1 16.0:1
Max power 174 HP @ 5,500 RPM 130 HP @ 6,300 RPM 113 HP @ 4,000 RPM 134 HP @ 4,000 RPM 182 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Max torque 195 LB-FT @ 1,500-4,500 RPM 119 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM 207 LB-FT @ 1,250-2,750 RPM 275 LB-FT @ 1,500-2,500 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 1,750-2,750 RPM
Valves 16 (four per cylinder) 16 (four per cylinder) 16 (four per cylinder) 16 (four per cylinder) 16 (four per cylinder)
Fuel system Direct injection Direct injection Common-rail direct injection Common-rail direct injection Common-rail direct injection

Prices

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For the 2017 model year the Sportage will be offered in three trim levels – LX, EX, and SX Turbo. Prices will range from $22,990 for the FWD LX and will go up to $32,500 for the Sportage SX Turbo.

Model Description Price
Sportage LX 2.4L I4 - 6 A/T (FWD) $22,990.00
Sportage LX 2.4L I4 - 6 A/T (AWD) $24,490.00
Sportage EX 2.4L I4 - 6 A/T (FWD) $25,500.00
Sportage EX 2.4L I4 - 6 A/T (AWD) $27,000.00
Sportage SX 2.0L T-GDI - 6 A/T (FWD) $32,500.00
Sportage SX 2.0L T-GDI - 6 A/T (AWD) $34,000.00

Options

Cool and Connected Package $900.00
Premium Package $1,900.00
Snow White Pearl Paint Package $395.00
Technology Package $2,800.00
Rear Bumper Appliqué $75.00
Cargo Mat $95.00
Cross Bars $225.00
Carpet Floor Mats $130.00
Cargo Net $50.00
Cargo Cover $150.00
Cargo Tray $80.00
Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink® and Compass $350.00
Interior Light Kit $300.00
Mud Guards $95.00
Paint Protection Package $185.00
Remote Start (Key Start) $425.00
Remote Start (Push Button Start) $425.00
Tow Hitch $425.00
Washer Heater $250.00
Wheel Locks $55.00

GT Line

The top-spec GT Line was designed for those looking to eke every bit of sport from their Sportage. In the corners, you’ll find unique 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels as standard, while the suspension tuning was designed specifically to tackle European roads with nippier handling and a firmer ride. The interior comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel upholstered in leather and offset by contrast stitching. Contrast stitching can also be found in the seats. The interior fascia trim is a classy piano black, while the pedals are hewn from aluminum. Finally, the GT Line is the only Sportage model offered with the 1.6-liter T-GDI turbo gasoline engine and seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Safety

To coincide with the redesigned exterior, interior appointment and drivetrain options, Kia made sure the new Sportage was made safer as well. For starters, visibility out the front and rear has improved. This comes thanks to thinner A-pillars with a lower base, side mirrors that are located a bit lower on the door, thinner C-pillars and taller rear glass.

For the new model, 51 percent of the body is ultra-high tensile strength steel, compared to the third-gen’s 18 percent.

The body is also quite a bit stronger, which helps its crash-worthiness. For the new model, 51 percent of the body is ultra-high tensile strength steel, compared to the third-gen’s 18 percent. There’s also more advanced hot-stamped steel. Overall, the pillars, side sills, roof and wheel arches have all been strengthened.

Pedestrian crash safety standards have been enhanced with a lower leading edge on the hood. There’s also a larger impact absorption area that incorporates new “safety foam and synthetic rubber.”

Frontal and side protection airbags for the driver and front passenger and first and second row curtain airbags are standard. ISOFIX child seat anchor-points in the rear are also standard, as is a Vehicle Stability Management system that uses an Electronic Stability Control program to keep the rubber side down under heavy braking and cornering.

Complementing this is a suite of available autonomous safety technologies, including rear cross-traffic alert, high beam assist, lane departure warning, automatic braking, and a speed limit information function that uses outboard cameras to read road signs and relay the information to the driver.

Competition

2016 Mazda CX-5

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Mazda’s five-passenger crossover is squarely matched up to the Sportage in terms of cross-shop potential. Both price points line up perfectly and both offer strong powerplants. The Mazda does excel in the handling department, so Kia has some catching up to do with the Sportage.

Prices for the 2016 Mazda CX-5 start just beyond $21,000 and wind up just over the $28,000 mark.

Read more about the 2016 Mazda CX-5 here.

Nissan Rogue

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The Nissan is perhaps even more closely matched to the Sportage. Nissan’s five-passenger crossover just got a major update for 2014 that still looks fresh. Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed through a CVT to either the front wheels or to all four wheels, depending on driveline options.

Pricing starts just north of the other two, beginning at $22,490 and cresting right at the $30,000 mark.

Read more about the 2014 Nissan Rogue here.

Conclusion

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The new Sportage is a very important vehicle for Kia. Not only is it Kia’s bestseller, it consistently performs well in a segment fraught with cutthroat competition. With crossover sales showing no signs of decline, making a strong showing with the fourth-generation Sportage is vital to Kia’s success.

The strategy, it would seem, is one of many tweaks that add up to a package that, taken as a whole, bests the last in every category. The exterior, while not necessarily jaw dropping, is a marked improvement to my eye. Some might find it too fussy, but I like the new fascia – in my opinion, it adds a bit of aggression and up-market appeal that the old model lacked.

The interior echoes this approach, with many nice features, both standard and optional. The redesigned dash looks fantastic, and the infotainment and autonomous safety systems are top-notch for this segment. On top of it, all those NVH tweaks should make the new Sportage much more comfortable for the long haul.

All told, I think Kia did good work with the fourth generation Sportage. Whether or not customers feel the same remains to be seen.

  • Leave it
    • Diesel engine options most likely not coming stateside
    • Incredibly competitive segment

Update history

Updated 11/18/2015: The new Kia Sportage made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Updated 09/02/2015: Kia dropped the first official details and interior images for the new Sportage with just a few days before its official debut in Frankfurt.

Updated 08/28/2015: The 2016 Sportage’s exterior has already been revealed in official photos, but our spy photographers also sent us a batch with the model caught completely undisguised on the road. Check them out in the gallery!

Updated 08/27/2015: The first official exterior images of the new 2016 Sportage have been released by Kia, ahead of the model’s public unveiling at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Check them out below.

Updated 08/17/2015: Kia has released three official sketches of the upcoming 2016 Sportage, confirming a similar design language as the KX3 Concept.

Spy Shots

July 27, 2015 - Kia Sportage spied inside and out

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February 2, 2015 - Kia Sportage playing in the snow

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January 14, 2015 - First testing session

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Official sketches

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Press Release

Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled the all-new 2017 Sportage at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The fourth-generation Sportage, KMA’s longest-running nameplate, wraps stunning contemporary design around a structure that is both stiffer and more spacious than before. Advanced driver assistance technologies, significant suspension and steering improvements, and available intelligent AWD vastly improve the Sportage’s driving dynamics while premium materials and world-class craftsmanship create a class-up experience in an otherwise utilitarian segment.

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“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. Sales of compact CUVs are on a sharply upward trajectory, and 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.”

The all-new Sportage’s roomier, more luxurious cabin features an impressive level of craftsmanship, with high-quality, soft-touch materials and a range of technologies improving overall comfort, convenience, and connectivity. Updates to the drivetrain provide enhanced efficiency and performance, while changes to the suspension deliver better ride and handling. Like the outgoing model, the all-new Sportage will be built at Kia’s production facility in Gwangju, Korea, and be available in three distinct trim levels (LX, EX, SX Turbo) when it goes on sale next year. Pricing will be announced closer to the Sportage’s on-sale date.

Aggressive, Inspired Design
Designed under the direction of Kia’s president and chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, the 2017 Sportage’s exterior juxtaposes smooth curves with sharp creases. Although every body panel is new, the “face” of the new Sportage features the most significant change over the outgoing model. Kia’s hallmark “tiger-nose” grille resides vertically in the front fascia while the headlights are positioned higher, sweeping back along the outer edges of the sharply detailed hood. A lower, wider front clip – enlarged to provide greater engine cooling – adds visual volume to the lower half of the Sportage’s face, resulting in a planted and aggressive stance, though it keeps the same overall width, 73.0 inches, as its predecessor. The wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches (now 105.1 inches), while overall length has increased 1.6 inches to 176.4 inches.

Despite its increased dimensions, the all-new Sportage remains instantly recognizable thanks to its sloping roofline and sharply raked rear window. Short overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners continue to be Sportage signatures, while a longer, more aerodynamic spoiler and bolder wheel arches give the compact CUV a more dynamic appearance. Tasteful chrome touches surround the windows, giving the Sportage LX and EX a more upscale look, while the top-of-the-line SX Turbo model adds more visual interest with new “ice cube” LED fog lamps, HID headlamps, LED tail lights, satin exterior trim, metal-look skid plates, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Modern and Refined Interior
Inside, the new Sportage’s driver-oriented cockpit features a simple and modern design with clean horizontal lines emphasizing a more spacious interior. The lateral design of the dashboard divides it into two clear zones. The upper “display” zone delivers information to occupants via the instrument panel and new color touchscreen, which is canted 10 degrees toward the driver. The lower half, or the “control” zone, features easily identifiable switchgear to operate the available dual-zone climate system, audio and secondary controls. Similar to the touchscreen, the center console has been angled to face the driver.

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Giving the Sportage a more premium feel is the availability of either a single-tone (black) or two-tone (Dark and Light Grey or Black and Beige) cabin, while metalwork elements blended with soft-touch materials contribute to a more upscale interior. The EX and SX Turbo models add sumptuous leather upholstery, and the SX Turbo includes a D-shaped, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, piano black trim along the center console, aluminum alloy pedals, and authentic stitching on the dashboard.

As a result of the increased exterior dimensions and clever packaging, interior dimensions have grown, offering more space and comfort. Headroom has increased 0.2 inches to 39.3 inches in the front and 0.6 inches to 39.1 in the rear, while legroom has increased slightly in front and 0.3 inches in the rear to 38.2. The second row has a 1.6-inch lower interior floor (ground clearance is unchanged at 6.4 inches for front-drive models and 6.8 inches on AWD) and 1.2-inch lower rear bench hip point, benefitting second-row passengers with more headroom (up more than a half inch) and a more comfortable seating position. Offering even more comfort are options such as three-level front seat heaters, 10-way power control with lumbar support for the driver’s seat, and eight-way power control for the passenger seat.

Just as passenger space has increased, so has cargo room. Thanks to an innovative dual-level cargo floor and a widened luggage area, cargo capacity behind the second row has grown substantially from 26.1 cu.-ft. to 30.7 cu.-ft. (SAE). By relocating the license plate from the bumper to the tailgate, the lift-over height has been lowered for easier loading and unloading. A Smart Power Liftgate™, which automatically opens when the key fob is within three feet of the vehicle, is also available.

Outward visibility has been improved by mounting the side mirrors lower on the doors, using thinner A- and C-pillars and incorporating larger rear glass in hatch. This feeling of spaciousness is further enhanced with an available panoramic sunroof that is 4.1 inches longer than the outgoing model’s.

Kia engineers reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) through the application of a quad-bushing setup in the rear suspension to isolate road noise and additional sound-absorbent materials throughout the Sportage’s wheel arches. Wind noise also is reduced as a result of thicker front side glass, a lip seal for the panoramic sunroof, and additional soundproofing in the doors. The 2017 Sportage is also more aerodynamic, with a coefficient of drag that’s been reduced from .37 cd to .35 cd.

A Strong Foundation
The structure of the all-new Sportage is significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the Sportage’s body-in-white consisting of AHSS versus the outgoing model’s 18 percent, torsional rigidity has improved 39 percent. Furthermore, the increased use of advanced hot-stamped steel improves body integrity. The material has been used to reinforce the A-, B- and C-pillars, side sills, roof structure, and wheel arches. As a result of its stronger core, Sportage engineers are targeting the compact CUV to earn an overall five-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating and an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.

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The 2017 will be available with a wide range of driver assistance features1 including:

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which can detect a potential collision with another vehicle or pedestrian and help bring the Sportage to a halt
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which emits an audible alert when it detects the driver straying from the current lane without using a turn signal
Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), which can monitor cars up to 230 feet behind the Sportage and provide the driver with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car enters the blind spot
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which can warn the driver when other cars pass behind the Sportage as it backs out of a parking space
Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology

Refined and Spirited Performance
The completely redesigned fully independent front suspension achieves a leap forward in ride quality. A four-point bushing setup delivers greater stability and a more natural response to changing road surfaces, while stiffer wheel bearings and bushings result in more precise handling. The fully-independent rear suspension now adopts a dual-member shock absorber housing, while both AWD and FWD models now benefit from a dual lower-arm multi-link setup. The SX Turbo has been uniquely tuned with firmer shock absorbers to deliver sharper handling befitting its athletic personality.

The 2017 Sportage is offered in front or all-wheel-drive, both coupled with a six-speed Sportmatic transmission. The Dynamax intelligent AWD system is available on every trim and features a 50/50 locking center differential. The system senses, anticipates, and optimizes traction requirements for all road and weather conditions. AWD models feature a unique front fascia with a steeper approach angle for increased capability.

Steering is another area of improvement, as engineers mounted the steering box farther forward on the axle for better weight distribution. With 25 percent less friction than the previous unit, the 2017 Sportage offers smoother and more precise steering inputs and better feel.

Efficiency and driving performance were two major areas of focus when retuning the engines. The hard-charging 2.0-liter inline-four turbo found on the SX Turbo makes 241 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and has been retuned to target improved fuel efficiency and offer better midrange torque. The LX and EX use a normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine that produces 181 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque and is also retuned to target better fuel efficiency.

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Advanced Telematics, Audio and Entertainment
The all-new Sportage features a number of new and advanced on-board technologies2 to elevate the driving experience and keep drivers connected. The LX comes equipped with a standard 5.0-inch color touchscreen that features Bluetooth®3 hands-free phone operation and streaming audio, SiriusXM®4 satellite radio, and rear-camera display5. A move up to the EX brings a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with the latest version of Kia’s award-winning telematics and infotainment system, UVO3, which is making its debut on the all-new Sportage. Complete with Android Auto6, Apple7 CarPlay® (late availability), and UVO eServices8 featuring 14 telematics services, the enhanced system features up to 8 GB of music storage, access to onscreen apps such as Pandora®9 and Soundhound and Wi-Fi tethering capability, all free of charge. The SX Turbo features all of the above, plus an 8-inch touchscreen and onboard navigation.

All Sportages come standard with a 160-watt six-speaker audio system, and a powerful 320-watt Harmon Kardon® premium audio system is available, featuring eight speakers including subwoofer, an external amplifier, and Clari-FiTM10 music restoration technology for unrivalled audio quality.

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