ABS available, standard from 2005. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Kia revived the Sportage name in this sister vehicle to the Hyundai Tucson, both of which are based on the Elantra. The base model comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional. The 2.7-liter V6 model is priced below or on par with the four-cylinder versions from competitors. It is very similar to the Hyundai Tucson other than interior and exterior styling details, and slight suspension tuning differences. ABS, stability control, and head-protection side-curtain air bags are all standard.