While the previous-generation Sportage was an also-ran, this fourth-generation redesign jumps almost to the top of the small SUV class. Distinctions like the rakish roofline and spry demeanor remain, but improvements include more civilized road manners, a roomier interior, improved crash-worthiness, and better visibility.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2005. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2005.
Road Test

While the previous-generation Sportage was an also-ran, this fourth-generation redesign jumps almost to the top of the small SUV class. Distinctions like the rakish roofline and spry demeanor remain, but improvements include more civilized road manners, a roomier interior, improved crash-worthiness, and better visibility.

Although the Sportage shares its platform with the highly rated Hyundai Tucson, these two corporate cousins don’t share powertrains. That's a mixed blessing; we weren't jazzed by either Hyundai drivetrain, as they either felt underpowered or suffered from an unrefined transmission. However, they offered good fuel economy, delivering up to 26 mpg overall in our tests, on par with the best in class.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (181 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Kia Sportage owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"blind spot sensors indicated non-existent objects due to mud that apparently entered blocking sensors"

Robert R., PA (2017 Kia Sportage 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Minor under dash rattle that KIA service corrected at no cost"

Ronald C., NC (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Annoying plastic-like rattle in rear"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Loose bolt in rear door"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle just about disappears when back seatrests are folded down"

James S., MI (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent ratle when driving on roads (blacktop) with course finsishes. The se types of raods cause vibration & rattles around the HVAC vents surrounding the large Navigation display. Dealer tries somewhat to diagnose, but no success (too easy for them to say not re-creatable, but I can recreate usually at will). Have had this issue from DAY 1 of owning the car. BTW, the 2016 Kia Soul we own ALSO has the same issue...…….."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"The car is not sealed as well as I expected it to be. So much so that dirt gets into the vehicle because the seal around the doors is not good."

Debbie D., TX (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"wind noise from window resulting in putting radio louder, requires a special wind deflector only issued by KIA"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to me to have lots of wind noise."

Gerald N., WA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Loud warning alerts almost everytime we go through any drivethrough. Also warnings for grasses, but no for stakes that must not be wide enough! Can't take onto grassy (5") fields, nor back up near beach seagrass. Dealership says can't help"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"When starting vehicle the warning comes on the screen about something stupid which I never read. It requires you to hit the confirm button that you won't do that stupid thing. However the confirm button does not always highlight so therefore I can not get rid of that screen and go on to use the radio, climate control and other functions tied into the screen and renders everything inoperable"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"It did this a few times then resolved itself"

Brian S., MA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I only have an Apple phone and my keys this day does not have an Apple CarPlay I spoke with Hugo which is Kia"Ëœs entertainment system name and they said that it was only compatible with android auto it even though it's a 2017. It also is it was supposed to be compatible with an in system GPS which it is not there is no GPS I have to look at my phone which is in my cupholder for a map. I drove this car off the lot with 7 miles on it as a 2017 End it does not even have a GPS nor does it screen mirror for my phone to get directions on my on the screen that's in the middle of my consul that is a big waste of a space and all it is is a radio"

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"problem not resolved... will have to purchase a whole new system"

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"it just stops playing... could be a short"

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Worst VOICE RECOGNITION I've ever had,, and I have owned at least 5 cars with voice recognition since 2000."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"When the back of the vehicle is heavy (more than 20-30 lbs in the trunk), headlight or DRL angles up and gets into the eyes of oncoming traffic. This is a serious safety issue"

Anonymous, DE (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"When the back of the vehicle is heavy (more than 20-30 lbs in the trunk), headlight or DRL angles up and gets into the eyes of oncoming traffic. This is a serious safety issue"

Anonymous, DE (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Very poor aiming of high beam and not corrected in two visits to Kia dealer."

David F., NC (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"automatic dimmers didn't work-i was given a factory notice to bring in to dealer and they fixed the problem"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless system failed, rear doors wouldn't lock electronically which led to battery failure"

Leland M., FL (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"We are currently dealing with what appears to be a malfunctioning TPMS. The dealer has not been very helpful in diagnosing or even agreeing that there is a problem with the system."

Steven W., NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The compressor failed and ad to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2017 Kia Sportage 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Loss of cooling. TSB for the problem. Dealer fixed and then forgot to recharge the system."

Wayne S., GA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"AC not cooling."

Wayne S., GA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Condenser

"The draining pipe clogged and water leaked into the glove box. The dealership fixed the problem under warranty."

Anonymous, DE (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"AC stopped blowing cold air. Took dealer 3 days to find problem. Dealer said that Kia changed refrigerant. It has been over one month now and car is back in shop for new evaporator !"

Brian O., FL (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"In service the first time for 3 weeks. Some time due to hurricane and holiday. Remaining time due to lack of parts from Kia. Evaporator and condenser both replaced. A/C system worked for approximately 3 weeks, then stopped again. Would not cool. Returned to dealer. Another week in shop for repair. Replaced evaporator again. Once again worked about 3 weeks. Third time only in for 3 days. Replaced some type of A/C sensor within the cabin. Has continued to work well since this time, with cold air as needed. Dealer service was excellent as they provided me with rental car at no cost, even drove on vacation for 2,200 miles, and kept me advised on progress of repairs. No real complaint, just inconvenient not having your own car."

Peter H., NC (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"On occasion transmission seems to slip, hang up"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It seems to slip (downshift) at Highway speeds and RPM goes up to 6k or higher until you let off accelerator."

Anonymous, IA (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission would slip and go out of gear at highway speed, causing engine to race. Kia dealership had a technical service bulletin for it, titled "Transmission Flare". They installed an upgrade to the transmission control unit,which corrected the issue."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"At speeds of 35-45 mph there is some intermittent slipping of transmission. Feels like vehicle was put into neutral but it wasn't."

Wayne S., GA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Due to "Transmission Flare", Kia dealership had to install upgrade to transmission control unit."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"The baffles within the muffler came loose"

Anonymous, NB (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

"Had the airbags warning lite come on intermittently at first and dealer checked and saw where it came on but could not find the problem. Next came on about a month later and would not go off. Dealer had to replace a computer chip that took almost 3 weeks to get all the while supplied us with a loaner car!"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I installed front seat covers & the seat cover on the passenger's seat prevented the passenger's airbag from sensing someone in the seat. Therefore the airbag was disabled."

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Noticed the air bag warning light and ended up being transient. Dealer could not find a problem but could see where it had been on. Went away by itself. Suspected that I may have caused it by vacuuming under the front seats."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on randomly and stayed on. Took it to the dealer, who replaced the airbag control module under warranty."

Laurie B., CO (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Engine light lit requiring service. The fuel tank pressure sensor was covered with "spider web" causing the sensor to malfunction. Repair by dealer was satisfactory"

Carl P., NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light on requiring dealer service. Inspection determined that seals defective and were replaced. Parts and labor Covered by the warranty"

Carl P., NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Experienced engine light coming on twice; brought it to the dealership. They fixed it promptly, at no cost to us (under warranty)"

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"a intake camshaft position actuator circuit replaced cvvt cover and motor plug under warrenty of course"

Anonymous, NE (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Still not resolved. Seriousness not yet determined. Loud ticking from under hood. Dealer said they need to check with factory, but not yet completed"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Kia installed a sensor related to a recall for engine fires. The sensor activated and put my car in limp mode. I got it towed to the dealer who told me it was an issue with the sensor, not my engine. The experience diminished my trust in the car though."

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We are not sure if its the engine or the AC, but my husband thinks its the engine that makes a really weird sound, like a clicking noise, its noticeable most when the AC is off. Its embarrassing having this noise on such a new vehicle."

Debbie D., TX (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"This was a very minor problem. Rubber seal needed to be replaced. It was a factory recall, I did not even notice the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on front & rear bumpers is a VERY SERIOUS difference in color (shade) from the body of the rest of the vehicle. Especially noticeable on the front bumper"

Wayne S., GA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"burning oil between oil change . There was no oil causing engine to fail and Kia to replace engine with a new rebuilt engine"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine needed to be replaced at 24000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"AWD indicator light came on @12000, dealership had to replace computer module. Got a replacement vehicle while vehicle was in shop for 1 week."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"When we purchased the vehicle we purchased a platinum protection plan that covers bumper-to-bumper 10 years 100,000 miles everything from the dealership. On Father's Day of 2020 my battery died and was in touch with Kia"˜s roadside assistance. They sent a tow truck which was really a pick up truck to give me a jump and when it wouldn't start the gentleman opened all my windows and sunroof and said he needed to be towed back To my home which was 110 miles away. I was in another state I was without my husband I was stranded overnight until Monday morning when the Kia dealership open In morning. Once the Kia dealership opens I got another tow a quarter-mile away to them it's at the not even three minutes to start my car. Because it is just a jump. But because the previous tell company wanted money I saw dollar signs I was stranded and Kia Service would not help me whatsoever The never reimbursed us for anything and the gentleman that wanted to tell me that I refused ripped out all the electronica components from my "“ Kia has still not reimbursed us nor has followed up with any claim that we've made in regards to death and it cost us an additional $750 just to get my battery Jumps. The towing company thought that they would get money because it was a brand new car I am where I lived and they wanted to $800 for the towing and when I refuse to have it towed that's when they removed all the electrical components am under my steering wheel. I was on the phone with Kia the whole time this was going on they did nothing to help me I was stranded overnight with a car wide-open in a town that I was not familiar with in a different state to this day they have not made it right and it cost us $750 out of pocket for the electron a components ripped out of my car by their service"

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Sunroof exploded on turnpike, while closed."

Anonymous, (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Broken cargo shade was replaced under warranty."

Edward R., NM (2017 Kia Sportage LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"Some times I have to press the accelerator 3 or 4 times before the car moves"

Terry T., MS (2017 Kia Sportage 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Check Engine Light indicated, Engine Misfire in a Cylinder. Turned out to be a cracked spark plug"

Michael M., NJ (2017 Kia Sportage SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"The car vibrates at highway speeds and also wanders though these problems have improved after I took it back to the dealer but both problems still exist but not so bad"

Anthony F., FL (2017 Kia Sportage EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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