The 2019 Kia Sportage gets a mild refresh, which should make it more competitive in one of the most demanding segments of the automotive industry today. For more than 25 years, this crossover has been around. It gained a reputation of one of the most valuable models in the class. Originally a small SUV, this model is now a modern crossover, which offers a smooth ride, high level of comfort, efficient engines and much more. The current-generation model is on the market for about three years, so this refresh seems logical. For this update, the company has prepared some interesting visual novelties, while some reports suggest a new diesel-hybrid version to come soon as well. Rest of the 2019 Kia Sportage isn’t too much different compared to models from previous years.
2019 Kia Sportage Changes
As you may presume, visual enhancement is on the focus of this update. The 2019 Kia Sportage comes with a bunch of new details. Naturally, most of them are in front. The most notable is a new front bumper, which comes with a new, little bit sharper shape, as well as with new air intakes and lighting groups. Other than that, you will notice few differenced on headlights and taillights, as well as some other minor tweaks.
On the insider, the 2019 Kia Sportage comes largely unchanged, though there are some new color schemes in the offer, as well as a longer list of standard equipment.
2019 Kia Sportage Trim Levels
When it comes to 2019 Kia Sportage configurations, there are familiar trims in the offer. The base LX model already comes with a pretty long list of standard features. Some of the highlights are things like 17-inch alloy wheels, 5-inch touchscreen, power-adjustable driver’s seat, rearview camera, USB, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and much more.
A mid-level option is called EX. It offers plenty of enhancements. Some of the highlights are bigger 18-inch wheels, fog lights, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and much more.
Still, the real deal comes with 2019 Kia Sportage SX Turbo. Besides plenty of equipment, this version comes exclusively with a powerful 2.0-liter turbo inline-four, which has a max output of 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. In terms of standard equipment, you can count on additions like sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, sporty flat-bottom steering wheel, unique gauges and much more.
What is the fuel capacity of 2019 Kia Sportage?
Many consider this as one of the models weak points. So, there were rumors about a large tank that the new model is about to get. However, the 2019 Kia Sportage fuel tank capacity remains unchanged, which means around 16 gallons.
2019 Kia Sportage Engine
When it comes to the powertrain, there are no changes for the 2019 Kia Sportage. This crossover continues with familiar units in the offer. Base models use a 2.4-liter atmospheric four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.
As we already mentioned, there is an efficient turbo inline-four, reserved for the SX trim. This unit delivers around 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines use the same 6-speed automatic transmission.
Is Kia Sportage Hybrid coming?
According to some reports, the Korean manufacturer is about to introduce a new hybrid powertrain for this crossover. It looks like we are about to see an interesting combination of a diesel engine and 48-Volt battery pack. However, we are still waiting for some official information.
2019 Kia Sportage Pricing
Despite novelties, the 2019 Kia Sportage keeps pretty much the same price. Base models go around 23.000 dollars. When it comes to competition, some of the class-leaders are models like Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 and others.