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When it's time to upgrade from a sedan to something bigger or you want something with the seats and space to accommodate everybody, consider the 2019 Kia Sportage. Behind the exciting looks is a five-passenger SUV that offers a selection of modern technology, a choice of peppy engines, and plenty of modern driving aids. Whether you're looking for a roomier around-town family vehicle or something with some ground clearance and all-wheel drive for winter weather, the 2019 Kia Sportage is a great option. In this 2019 Kia Sportage review, you'll find out more about:

Key Specs & Features

  • An available 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 237 horsepower
  • Standard satellite radio
  • Optional all-wheel drive
  • 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Comfortable front and rear seating

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Space for everyday life

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The 2019 Kia Sportage is a five-passenger, two-row SUV that offers plenty of space. With all the seats folded up, there's an impressive 30.7 cubic feet of room. Folding down the second row opens up 60.1 cubic feet of space for those bulky items. You can split-fold the rear bench 60/40 and fold-flat the front seats, opening up many different layout options.

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2. Impressive driving aids

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It can be nice having an extra pair of eyes on the road. The 2019 Kia Sportage is available with Kia's Drive Wise™ suite of driver-aid technology. While a rearview camera is standard, mid- and top-trim 2019 Kia Sportage models can include blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic forward emergency braking, and front- and rear-facing parking sensors. Automatic high beams are also available.

3. Fuel economy

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There are two engine choices available on the 2019 Kia Sportage. Standard models are equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower, while an optional turbocharged 2.0L engine makes 240 hp. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is available on all trims. When equipped with the 2.4L four-cylinder and front-wheel drive, the 2019 Kia Sportage gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.1

4. Comfort for the long ride

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Sitting for long periods should be less tiring in the 2019 Kia Sportage. Even in entry-level 2019 models, front seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear passengers are treated to 38.2-inches of legroom; the second-row should be just as pleasant to sit in, offering excellent all-around support. A well-insulated interior is designed to keep down the road noise, capping off the comfortable experience.

5. A base trim that isn't basic

The 2019 Kia Sportage doesn't skimp on the features in the base-level LX FWD trim. This starter trim still includes great features like Bluetooth® connectivity and a rearview camera. You’ll also enjoy heated front seats for those cold mornings and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Kia Sportage trims

There are three available trims for the 2019 Kia Sportage, each offering a combination of features and value.

  • LX – Starting out at the base-level LX trim, you'll find standard features like a five-inch touchscreen, LED daytime running lights, a rearview camera, cloth seats, and Bluetooth® connectivity.
  • EX – This mid-level trim unlocks many standard features and options, like a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, leather seats, heated seats, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
  • SX Turbo – This top-trim model replaces the standard engine with a turbocharged one and adds automatic forward braking, a panoramic sunroof, a kick-activated power tailgate, LED lighting, and more.

2019 Kia Sportage available exterior colors

You'll find the 2019 Kia Sportage available in one of the following exterior colors:

  • Black Cherry
  • Burnished Copper
  • Clear White
  • Hyper Red
  • Mineral Silver
  • Pacific Blue
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Sparkling Silver

Similar Vehicles

Kia Sorento

If the size of the Kia Sportage isn't quite enough, jump up to the Kia Sorento. The 2018 and newer Kia Sorento has five different trims to choose from and an optional 3.5L V6 that makes 290 horsepower. For extra passengers, a third-row of seating is available on all trims. With the V6 engine, the 2018 and later Kia Sorento can tow up to an estimated 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.2 The 2019 Kia Sorento offers 73 cubic feet of total cargo space and shares many of the same features found on the 2019 Kia Sportage, including optional all-wheel drive.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a five-passenger SUV with sporty styling and plenty of pep. When equipped with the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive, the 2018 and later Honda CR-V gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.1 A suite of driving aids, including adaptive cruise control, is available as standard starting on the 2018 Honda CR-V EX trim. There are also LX, EX-L, and Touring trims available. With the second row up, the 2018 and later Honda CR-V has an impressive 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Hyundai Tucson

If you're looking for an SUV with more conventional styling and a bit more room, you should take a look at the Hyundai Tucson—2018 and later models have 31 cubic feet of cargo space in the back. The 2018 Tucson offers five trims to choose from as well: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Value, and Limited. Standard features include a five-inch touchscreen, air conditioning with a cabin air filter, a USB port, heated side mirrors, and a rearview camera. You'll find the ride and seats quite and comfortable across all trim levels.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Kia Sportage is a spacious SUV that is comfortable to drive around town or on the highway. If you need a roomy SUV for a growing family or an all-wheel drive crossover for your daily commute, check out the 2019 Kia Sportage.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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