The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that features a sporty exterior and a simple but pleasant interior. The vehicle doesn’t have as much cargo space as some of the competitors, but it does have more leg room in the back seating area. The fuel economy is comparable to other vehicles in this class. It offers 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
The standard model has a 4 cylinder engine but if you want enough power with the Kia Sportage you need to opt for the turbo charged engine. It provides great acceleration and it handles very nicely around curves. The vehicle has a great suspension that makes driving smooth and quiet.
The interior is nice but some consumers report that the seats are too firm for their taste. You may want to take a close look at that feature before you buy the Kia Sportage. The optional navigation system is said to be one of the best available. It comes standard with an excellent sound system.
The safety testing results for the Kia Sportage are very encouraging. It gets a 9 or higher out of 10 possible in each of the different safety categories. A rearview camera and backup sensor system are options to consider.