2020 Sportage New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover SUV with distinctive looks, strong turbo power, and good cargo space.
For 2020, the Sportage gets a new and sportier-looking S model. All models get updated with new headlights, wheels, front and rear bumpers, and more standard equipment including an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
It also gains standard automatic emergency braking with active lane control. Blind-spot monitors are optional.
The Sportage is powered by either a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4, or a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo, both mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
The base Sportage LX is rated at 23 mpg city, 30 highway, 26 combined with front-wheel drive and just 22/26/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. The SX with the more powerful turbo engine is rated at 20/28/23 mpg with front-wheel drive and just 19/24/21 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The NHTSA gives the Sportage five stars overall in safety, with four stars in crash tests for the front driver's side and rollover.
The 2020 Sportage comes in LX, EX, SX and the new S trim levels.
Standard equipment on the LX includes cloth upholstery, power features, 17-inch alloy wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The EX adds leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, and blind-spot monitors. An optional package adds a panoramic moonroof, heated steering wheel, LED interior lights and more; a Technology Package adds navigation and a Harman Kardon sound system.
For a considerably higher price, the SX adds power, from its turbocharged engine.
The new S is all cosmetic. It comes with sporty styling and upholstery, plus the blind-spot monitors that the other models lack, but not the turbo engine.
Kia's warranty is excellent, at 5 years or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, and 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain.