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2022 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 19, 2021

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The 2022 Kia Sportage competes in a densely populated segment of compact crossovers, positioned just above the smaller Seltos and the larger sibling Sorento, the Sportage does manage to turn heads with its characteristic sleek design and state of the art features. The latest generation gets a new trim in form of the NightFall and NightFall Premium edition, it gives the already good-looking Sportage a full-blown sinisterly aggressive look by replacing the regular chrome and body-colored exterior panels with matte and gloss black elements. Overall the 2022 Kia Sportage is a well-balanced and feature-rich compact SUV, with an extremely good value for money proposition.

Talking about the powertrain department, the stats are equally exciting with the top of line enthusiast focussed 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing a mind-boggling 240 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque and a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated engine producing 181 bhp and 175 lb-ft of torque there are not many vehicles in this segment which can come even close to the Sportage’s performance. The interior also seems a lot improved in terms of fit and finish with plenty of soft-touch materials and sporty red accent stitchings the Kia Sportage definitely makes a strong point for itself.

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Pros

All-new design

Upscale cabin

Improved driving experience

AI-based

Cons

Limited cargo space

Unimpressive fuel economy

What's New?

The introduction of 2 new trims in the form of the Nightfall edition and Nightfall edition premium packages, give the Sportage a complete sporty

Youthful makeover by replacing a lot of body-colored and chrome panels with matte black and gloss black accessories.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24140

bodystyle

4dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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interior

Trims

Base $24,140 Est. onwards

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Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Sportage in Steel Gray Metallic color 2022 Kia Sportage in Pacific Blue color 2022 Kia Sportage in Black Cherry color 2022 Kia Sportage in White Pearl color
Steel Gray Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The Kia Sportage is scheduled for fall 2021 release. The subtly aggressive-looking compact crossover from Kia will be competing head-on with the likes of Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, and its cousin Hyundai Tucson. Starting at an MSRP price of $23,900, the 2022 Sportage gets 2 powerful engines in the 2.4-litre Inline-4 producing 181 bhp and the 2.0-litre turbocharged Inline-4 producing 240bhp, both of which are going to be mated to a 6-speed Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission (DCT) and get Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) as drivetrain options.

2022 Kia Sportage

Expected Model Specifications

Price Range

(MSRP)

$23,990 - $35,150

Release Date

Fall 2021

Engine

2.4-litre naturally aspirated inline-4 GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) (181bhp) /

2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 cylinder GDI(240 bhp).

Transmission

Electronically-controlled 6-speed automatic overdrive with the sport-maticfeature.

Drivetrain

FWD (Front Wheel Drive)/ AWD(All Wheel Drive).

Trim

LX, S, EX, SX Turbo.

Colors

Clear White, Sparkling Silver, Steel Gray, Pacific Blue, Burnished Copper, Hyper Red, and Black Cherry.

Changes

The introduction of 2 new trims in the form of the Nightfall edition and Nightfall edition premium packages, give the Sportage a complete sporty and youthful makeover by replacing a lot of body-colored and chrome panels with matte black and gloss black accessories.

The 2022 Kia Sportage will be offered in 4 trim variants primarily, namely the LX, S, EX and the SX turbo trim, with the base LX trim starting at an MSRP of $23,990 which climbs all the way up to the SX turbo trim priced at an MSRP of $35,150. The 2022 Kia Sportage compact SUV will be directly going up against the likes of the Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and the Hyundai Tucson.

2022 Kia Sportage Pricing and Features

The 2022 Kia Sportage gets a few refreshing updates in its trims. Now unlike before customers don’t need to upgrade to the top trim to get the best features. The 2021 iteration of the Kia Sportage was launched with 4 trim/variant options with the base version LX trim starting at $24,090, then comes the 2 intermediate versions in form of the S trim starting at $23,590 and EX trim starting at $27,390. Finally, the top-of-the-line SX Turbo trim which apart from the powerful turbocharged engine starts at $33,750.

Models

LX

S

EX

SX Turbo

FWD

(MSRP)

$24,090

$26,590

$27,390

$33,750

AWD

(MSRP)

$25,590

$28,290

$28,890

$35,250

Features

2.4-litre naturally aspirated GDI engine

Adds to LX variant

Adds to S variant

Adds to EX Variant

Except for engine

 

8.0-inch Touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto

Blind Spot Collision monitoring and Warning

Auto-dimming electrochromic glass

2.0-litre Turbocharged Inline-4 cylinder GDI

engine

 

6 speaker audio system

Smart cruise control with start and stop feature

Smart Key with Push-Button Start and Engine Immobilizer

Top of the line machined 19-inch alloy wheels

 

Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable steering column

Upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels

Smart powered rear tailgate

Ventilated front seats

 

Height adjustable front seat belt anchors

Roof Rails

Dual-zone automatic climate control

LED interior lighting and front fog lamps

 

Leatherette Door Armrest Cover

Power-folding outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicator

10-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support

Auto-Dimming rearview mirror with Homelink and compass

 

Rear Ventilation Duct

USB 2.1 rear charging port

Heated front seats

Steering-Wheel-

Mounted paddle shifters

All the variants get an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with standard Android Auto and Apple Carplay and rear ventilation ducts as standard offerings and if this was not enough the top SX turbo trim gets segment-leading features like ventilated front seats and Auto-Dimming rearview mirror with Homelink and compass.

2022 Kia Sportage Engine and Performance

If there’s one thing that you can’t complain about in the 2022 Kia Sportage, it’s the power on offer from the 2 powerful engines on offer. The top-spec 2.0-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged GDI power plant of the 2022 Kia Sportage is the most powerful engine in its segment producing 240 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque which is enough to make you feel the adrenaline rush. Talking about the naturally aspirated engine it is no slouch either at 2.4-litre 4 cylinder also produces around 181 bhp and delivers a peak torque of 175 lb-ft. 

The suspension is stiff enough to inspire a great deal of confidence as you take on those corners effortlessly, but unfortunately feels a little too bumpy around the city roads. Having said that, anyone who wants to experience performance on a budget would definitely appreciate the features offered in the Kia Sportage.

Model

Kia Sportage

Volkswagen Tiguan

Mazda CX5

Hyundai Tucson

Starting Price 

(MSRP)

$23,900

$24,945

$25,600

$26,100

Engine

2.4-litre GDI Inline-4/

2.0-litre Turbo GDI Inline-4

2.0-litre Turbo Inline-4 cylinder

2.5-litre Inline 4 cylinder

2.4-Litre inline-4 cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD/ AWD

FWD/ AWD

FWD

FWD/ AWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic 

8-speed automatic Dual-clutch 

6-speed automatic torque converter

6-speed shiftable automatic 

Power

181bhp- 240bhp

184 bhp

187bhp

18bhp

Torque

175 lb-ft - 260 lb-ft 

221 lb-ft 

186 lb-ft

175 lb-ft

0-60 mph (secs)

8.2

8.8

8.9

8.8

Quarter Mile (secs)

16.4

16.3

16.6

16.8

Top Speed (mph)

121

137 (max. Optional package)

119

125

Performance wise the KIA Sportage leaves all its competitors behind in its rear view mirror for sure. Thanks to its power GDI motors the KIA definitely knows how to sprint. In comparison to the likes of VW Tiguan, Mazda CX5 and cousin sister Hyundai tucson, the Sportage performs similarly in the standing quarter mile test but storms ahead in the 0-60 mph test.

2022 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

The 2022 Kia Sportage is definitely not expected to be the brightest prospect when you speak of gas mileage, especially if you go by the standards set by the 2021 version. The high performing engines and agile acceleration of the car definitely takes a toll on the mileage of the car. With a city average of 20 mpg and 25mpg on the highway, the Kia definitely lags behind its competitors in this department.

Model

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

2021 Mazda CX5

2021 Hyundai Tucson

City

(mpg)

20

22

25

23

Highway (mpg)

25

31

32

28

Average (mpg)

22

26

29

26

Fuel Capacity

(gallons)

16.4

15.3

14.8

16.4

Range (miles)

410

438

417

430

As they say, you know everything comes at a price and this KIA is no exception to that fact, the class-leading performance comes at the price of extremely poor gas mileage. This is probably the alone department where the likes of the Tiguan, CX5, and Tucson have a distinct upper hand over the KIA Sportage.

2022 Kia Sportage Interior

The 2022 Kia Sportage interior is made of plenty of soft-touch material with clever usage of brushed aluminum and satin chrome finish to enhance the upmarket feel to it. The front passengers are welcomed by the highly comfy seats aided with ventilation and heating functions, the amount of legroom on offer is also decent in its segment. Overall the 2022 Kia Sportage definitely makes you feel at home inside its extremely spacious and welcoming cabin and the rich quality, fit and finish of the upholstery makes it feel like several segments above what actually it is.  

Model

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

2021 Mazda CX5

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Passenger

5

5/7

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/leg) (inches)

39.3/57.1/41.5

39.6/57.1/39.6

39.7/57.1/41.0

39.6/58/41.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (inches)

39.1/55.1/38.2

39.1/55/36.5

39.0/54.9/39.4

39.2/55.6/38.5

Maximum Cargo Capacity 

(cubic. ft)

60.2

65.5

60.1

62

Though the front end of the interior gets plenty of premium features and high quality material but the rear end definitely feels a lot degraded in terms of the quality of the materials used and the overall design aesthetics in general, the lack of space is pretty evident with none of the 3 rear passengers feeling comfortable and the unwanted intrusion of the floor panel hump makes things even more uncomfortable. So, overall the KIA Sportage interior is quite promising but could have definitely been a lot better.

A few Key features on offer inside the 2022 Kia Sportage interiors include:

  • 10-way powered front row seating adjustments with memory function and lumbar support.
  • Ventilated Front seats.
  • 60-40 split rear seats with reclining features.
  • Heated seat function.
  • Automatic dual zone climate control.
  • Rear-Centre armrest with 2 cup holders.
  • LED interior lighting with patterns

2022 Kia Sportage Exterior

The Exterior of the 2022 Kia Sportage is nothing short of outright stunning be it the muscular matte black tiger grille upfront, the muscular bumpers, roof rails, skid plates, or the gorgeous chrome finished rear diffuser, the Kia never really fails to impress you with its wide appealing design language and upfront aggression. Take a closer look at the stats below to get a deeper understanding. The 2022 Kia Sportage definitely turns quite a few heads with its strikingly impressive presence and exterior design language.

Model

Kia Sportage

Volkswagen Tiguan

Mazda CX5

Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight (lbs)

3448

3836

3658

3897

Length

(inches)

176.4

185.1

175.7

176.5

Width

(inches)

173

72.4

72.5

72.9

Height

(inches)

64.6

66.3

66.1

65

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.8

7.9

7.6

6.5

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

109.8

106.2

105

The side profile of the vehicle is equally stunning with a well proportionate design and sporty accents and crests running all around the body adds to the youthful design language of the car.

A few of the amazing exterior features on offer are.

  • Satin chrome finished roof rails.
  • Gloss black colored body skid plate.
  • Gloss chrome-finished front grille.
  • Brushed aluminum accent rear diffuser.
  • Matte black colored window frames.
  • Diamond cut sporty looking 18” alloy wheels.

2022 Kia Sportage Safety

The 2022 Kia Sportage is definitely one of the strongest cars in its segment with the IIHS crash rating award in its hall of fame and NHTSA awarding it with a 5 star rating, the Sportage definitely promises to keep you and your loved ones safe on those beautiful rides. By virtue of its Iso structure construction, it uses high tensile steel alloy to improve rigidity.

Few of the Active and Passive safety features expected in the 2022 Kia Sportage are mentioned below.

  • Dual front airbags.
  • Forward collision avoidance system with pedestrian detection.
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags.
  • Blind-spot monitoring and warning system.
  • 4 channel ABS (Anti Lock Braking System) 
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution).
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control).
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Hill assist control.
  • Downhill braking autonomous braking system.
  • Traction control.
  • Hill roll assist.
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners.

2022 Kia Sportage Competition

Kia Sportage versus Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan S is a major player in the compact SUV segment, as it has earned a massive credibility over the years. Considering the price, the Tiguan costs almost $1,795 more than the 2019 Sportage SUV. Nevertheless, for the additional price, the Tiguan S offers more engine power, torque and towing capacity than the Sportage. On the other side, it lags way behind the Kia Sportage in various parameters like mileage, acceleration, interior space and cargo capacity.

Kia Sportage versus Mazda CX-5

Priced at $24,045, the Mazda CX-5 Sport is only $845 more expensive than the 2019 Kia Sportage LX. On the upper hand, the CX-5 Sport has better engine specs, more mileage, higher ground clearance and larger legroom space at the second row than the Kia Sportage. However, when it comes to 0-60 mph acceleration, braking efficiency and cargo volume, the Kia Sportage outpaces the Mazda CX-5 is a true value for money proposition.

Kia Sportage versus Hyundai Tucson

Although both the cars share the same DNA the 2022 Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson vary on some extremely subtle grounds, as the Kia Sportage is a little bit oriented and focussed towards more spirited and engaging driving experience coming from the extremely potent powertrain, the Hyundai Tucson is more of a poised soft roader with its finely tuned suspension and an aesthetically built interior provides a rich ride quality. Starting at around $25,000 the 2022 Hyundai is marginally overpriced in comparison to the Kia Sportage.

2022 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

Well, definitely a resounding “YES”. If you are looking for a performance-oriented compact crossover in that $27-35k mark, then the Kia Sportage should definitely be on your radar. The youthful and energetic design language aided with a highly engaging handling and a powerful engine makes the ideal deal for anyone looking to get a sporty crossover for themselves.

2022 Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.7

based on 95 ratings


7.9/10 Features
7.9/10 Interiors
7.9/10 Design
7.8/10 Safety
7.9/10 Reliability
7.7/10 Deal Value
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2022 Kia Sportage Overall Reviews


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Marquita G. Daniels

2021 Kia Sportage

LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

User Review Kia Sportage

Pros - Good space, decent interiors, good design

Cons - Materials in interior could have been lot better

good infotainment screen, lower body all around cladding, android auto comfortabel drive with easy to maneuver steering 8inch display with easy to access features, android and apple auto, good space in 2nd row seats, decent cargo space, soft materials on interiors seats and sides, dashboard is smooth, materials feels comfortable, steering is adjustable for driver's comfort, airbags, electronic warning system, good as fuel economy is decent making it pretty much budget car, price is less which makes it easy buy.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

ER

Eva A. Ramirez

2021 Kia Sportage

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

KiA Sportage review

Pros - Design, small size, safety check

Cons - Slow acc, low fuel capacity

comes in multiple variants, good wheels, 8inch display cupholders in front row, sunroof,paddle shifters on steering, design is good, but grille design isn't very likable, cabin feels spacious airbags, parking assist, rear view camera.

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

JS

James B. Spain

2021 Kia Sportage

SX Turbo 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

Loaded sportage

Pros - Feature loaded,good driveability, 5 star safety rating

Cons - Mileage is a bit lower

Harman kardon audio system, wireless charging, 19"wheels The trubo does the job well generating ample power even when full with 5 passengers, the handling is great and the suspension is really good. well designed and spacious interiors, bucket, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless charging, apnoramic sunroof come standard, looks muscular and sitting on 19" rims provides great ground clearance, the silver lower lip adds to the taste of sportage in fiery red, 5 star rating from NHTSA and plenty of driver's assistance features makes my mind at peace, very much. Dealership was very good.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

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User Review Kia Sportage

good infotainment screen, lower body all around cladding, android auto

by Marquita G. Daniels

7

User Overall Rating

KiA Sportage review

comes in multiple variants, good wheels, 8inch display

by Eva A. Ramirez

8

User Overall Rating

Loaded sportage

Harman kardon audio system, wireless charging, 19"wheels

by James B. Spain

7

User Overall Rating

The best sportage to buy

heated seats, steering wheel. panoramic sunroof, wireless charging

by John J. Wayman

8

User Overall Rating

My 2020 Kia Sportage

Chugs gas like there is no tomorrow

by Diane L. Terrell

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