The Kia Sportage is a compact sport utility vehicle that packs a lot of style into its tidy footprint. Last redesigned in 2017, the Sportage has aged well thanks especially to front-end styling that resembles some more-expensive European designs.
With a new Sportage on its way for the 2023 model year, the 2022 model sees only minor changes – namely a new LX Nightsky trim level that replaces last year’s LX S.
Kia offers the Sportage in LX, LX Nightsky, EX S, EX Premium S, and SX trim levels. Most use a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, but SX gets a 2.0L turbocharged motor that brings a big power bonus. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. LX starts with FWD, but all other trims are AWD.
LX’s exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off projection headlights, fog lights, keyless entry, and heated/power-adjustable side mirrors.
Inside, LX comes with heated front seats, power windows/door locks, A/C, an 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and cruise control.
LX Nightsky adds 18-inch wheels, gloss black exterior trim, and blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert.
EX S adds LED daytime running and positioning lights, a panoramic sunroof, chrome and silver exterior trim, a power driver’s seat, a heated/leather steering wheel, leather shifter trim, wireless smartphone charging, an electric parking brake, passive keyless entry, push-button engine start, lane keep assist, and forward collision alert/avoidance.
EX Premium S gains LED headlights and taillights, artificial leather seating, dual-zone A/C, a hands-free power tailgate, and rear parking sensors.
Finally, SX trim adds 19-inch wheels; LED fog lights; dual exhaust tips; real leather upholstery; a power front passenger seat; heated rear seats and ventilated front seats; sport pedals and steering wheel; gloss black, chrome and stainless steel interior trim; navigation, an upgraded stereo, satellite radio, a USB charging port, radar cruise control, connected car services, advanced forward collision avoidance assist, and front parking sensors.
Sportage fuel consumption starts at 10.1/7.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.4L engine and FWD, and rises to 10.8/9.1 L/100 km with AWD. The 2.0L turbo/AWD combination is rated for 12.1/9.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
The Sportage is among the oldest designs in the very popular compact crossover class, where it competes with its super-fresh Hyundai Tucson sibling, along with the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. There’s also the Nissan Rogue, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Jeep Cherokee, the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester.
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