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.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"My wife loves the sportiness of the drive, she likes to go into sport mode for acceleration and into economy on long drives- just is thrilled with this car"

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"With 2 liter turbo, great acceleration, with competent steering and stopping performance"

Leland M., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Turbo is very quick."

James G., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"acceleration is fantastic ( turbo model) very nimble for an SUV"

Shawn B., OH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"For a 4cyl Turbo this car has unbelievable acceleration, handles like a sports car"

Fred E., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Acceleration is very good and it handles very well Have not yet experienced the all wheel drive feature in snow"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Acceleration with the turbo is excellent."

Anonymous, WV (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great vehicle for driving around town and short trips for weekend drives."

Ron R., ON (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Because of the turbo the 2.0L engine is amazing! The acceleration is really impressive if needed. The car handles very well."

William O., AZ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The "turbo" function is great for when you want to speed up fast, but, even when it's not on, it's difficult to control the rate of "take off." Passengers often have their head thrown back when accelerating. And, the engine completely died at 27K miles and is currently in the shop receiving a new engine."

Sharon A., WA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Extremely Well handling to the nth degree compared to the Ford Escape In the previous 7 years This vehicle HAS BALLS when acceleration."

Terry L., MN (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I love the way this car accelerates. I never worry about merging onto a freeway. I find it very easy to drive."

Yvonne B., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"We get better mileage around town and on road trips than specified by Kia. We consistently get 34 mpg on road trips, and 24 around town."

Anonymous, MO (2017 Kia Sportage)

"It needed a new engine at 15,000 miles."

Terry W., CA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very peppy for sm cylinder car. Positive steering response. Many safety signals for staying in middle of road and for vehicles approaching on drivers side."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"For a crossover SUV, the Sportage handles nimbly and has very decent acceleration on our SX trim with the higher powered engine. The downside is that fuel economy is not as great as some of the competition."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great styling- very good handling with turbo trim. Im very surprised at how good it is. Turbo mileage is not too good around town."

Rob B., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very responsive to handling and acceleration feels like a 6 cylinder engine."

Michael V., AZ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"2L turbo is peppy and handling is precise"

Don S., ON (2017 Kia Sportage)

"There was a recall installation done on my car in March 2018,, but then one day there was suddenly a high idling problem and an engine warning light in July 2018. I took it in and they did the recall again and I'm not having that problem. I like all of the options for driving in my Sportage, particularly eco and regular which makes it drive like a V6. I still haven't tried the manual shifting - don't really care about that."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"handling and acceleration are very good"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"the turbo has no lag. if you hit the pedal , you accelerate very quickly"

Shawn B., OH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The Sportage Turbo is really fun to drive for the segment it's in, where most other consumer CUVs have sub 170hp and is further hampered by CVT, finding the 240hp direct injection engine is awesome."

Justin E., WA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"good acceleration, including going up a hill, hill retention, does not roll back when stopping"

Robert H., AZ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Handles great in the snow"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The power train provides surprising quickness and acceleration, firm and responsive steering, find the visibility to be quite good despite being seen as a negative in reviews, option lane change and lane drift warnings very reliable. Love it."

Dennis K., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Although basically a very utilitarian vehicle, it is also fun to drive and responds much like a sporty sedan."

Ronald C., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very responsive once you get used to the excelerator."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Acceleration better than satisfactory for driving on highways and roads here in Hawaii. Handling on curves (e.g., Hana Highway and going up Mt. Haleakala) is exceptionally good!"

Anonymous, HI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I could not believe the acceleration of this 4 cylinder turbo! On the test drive I was skeptical after the 8-cylinder BMW. Then the salesman told me to drive it like I just stole it! The get up & go was phenomenal!! I immediately said "I'll take it!" The turning radius is excellent as is the handling."

Cheryl N., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Good acceleration for a 4 cylinder and good handling."

Judith A., HI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Acceleration is great (2L turbo). This is the fastest accelerating vehicle I have owned. Handling is much better than expected for this type of vehicle."

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Peppy for a 4 cylinder- not afraid to blend into highway traffic"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The gas mileage is the most disappointing about this car. Acceleration from a stop going up a hill is very poor. In this situation the car is most vulnerable for an accident."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Kia Sportage)

"it handles just like my previous ford fusion 6cl :almost.very good acceleration"

Karl B., BC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Have turbo great pick acceleration and safety. Really handles well 4 accident avoidance"

Robert M., CO (2017 Kia Sportage)

"very good acceleration with the turbo engine, handling is compliant with wide tires."

Michael B., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great acceleration!!"

Una L., TN (2017 Kia Sportage)

"240 horses provides great acceleration, but there is a split second lag while the turbo kicks in. Handling is very, very good. Tight turning circle is a plus. The ride is comfortable but not luxurious, it's a nice blend of sportiness and refinement. Not a boat."

THOMAS I., CA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Acceleration is lacking and pauses before accelerating"

KAY R., UT (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very good and very smooth acceleration, various settings available including ECO, and Sport mode for handling. Hugs the road very well, and is responsive."

MARIANNE L., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The turbo is very responsive. Passing is effortless."

Anonymous, AB (2017 Kia Sportage)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The passenger seat air bag does not register that there is an occupant if they sit on a pillow."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Seats feel 'lumpy' not well padded"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Seats are comfortable cooling as well as heated quiet ride with an attractive interior"

Kathleen W., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The car does not rattle and music or conversation does not have to be cranked up or shouted to talk."

K A., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very quite inside the cabin, airtight and no road noise. The seats are very comfortable and are ventilated as well"

Fred E., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Wow! The heated seats include heat in the lumbar area. When I work too hard and my back hurts, I hit the button and it’s sooooooo soothing. Warm muscles = relaxed (relaxing) muscles. Even in summer!"

Elaine T., WA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"fairly quiet ride, responsive handling and very good acceleration with the turbo engine"

Michael B., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I went from a Subaru to the KIA and am in love with the smooth ride, comfy seats and such a quiet cabin."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Kia Sportage)

"the seats are comfortable; love that the rear seats recline. the ride is comfortable, especially considering it's a lower-end mom-car. but the noise is frustrating - lots of road noise!!"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"a lot of road noise suspension stiff back seats are not comfortable"

Anonymous, IA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"SEATS AND DRIVING COMFIT ARE VERY GOOD PASSENGER SEAT WOULD BE BETTER IF IT HAD HEIGHT ADJ."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"ride is too firm"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very satisfied with all aspects of the vehicle,it is a joy to drive and are very satified with reliability as no problems since new.All the electronic systems work just fine."

Anthony F., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very comfortable, seats have multiple controls"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"-I have a back injury and have a bit of difficulty getting into the car (still not used to height of it) but the seat, except for the head rest (which I turned around) is firm enough to not feel lumpy and back support is perfect for me. The sound is very good. I do not have the air in my ear while I drive. Ride seems smooth for me. Just now have a noise in the back when I increase the mph. Will be fixed next week. Is hard hearing the person on the phone and sometimes need to use cell phone and turn off the radio switch."

Jo O., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Seats don’t have a memory setting/control"

Rick R., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Enjoyable to drive"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The seats are very comfortable and long drives are not tiring. But there is road noise, especially is the road is not in really good condition."

Yvonne B., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Seat could be longer on the bottom for more support. Seatbelt connector is very close to seat an hard to find when wearing a winter coat"

Laurie F., ON (2017 Kia Sportage)

"seats are not very comfortable, but the ride is very quiet and the car gas great handling and acceleration."

Tod G., OR (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The seats are comfortable, quite noisy, Ride is jerky and rough."

Mark C., ND (2017 Kia Sportage)

"1)I miss the 6-way power seats I had in my 2005 BMW X-5. 2)I don't like the headrest which was immovable & getting in the way.I finally turned it to face backwards. 3) The ride is exceptionally smooth."

Cheryl N., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Driver's Seat is too short making it a less than optimal re; leg fatigue"

Robert R., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Road and Wind noise excessive!"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Kia Sportage)

"the seats are very comfortable supportive for the back"

Karl B., BC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Multi-adjustable front seats provide optimum comfort and visibility, heated and cooled seats operate quickly,, handling and drivability is smooth and controlled, variable volume adjusts with speed providing welcome interior environment."

Dennis K., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"sEATS AND RIDE ARE COMFORTABLE. VERY NOISY ON THE HIGHWAY."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"wind noise and uncomfortable seats for long drives"

Anonymous, OH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"poor sound quality"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Seating could be better,and noise at highway sped could be reduced."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The seats are better than average; very low noise and the ride is excellent"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The heated seats that I use not only in the winter, but anytime my back is hurting."

Janice G., IL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very quite very comfortable ride"

Donald P., CA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Heated Seats and Heated Steering Wheel! LOVE them!"

Cynthia V., MA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"It is really a cool car .I enjoy driving it."

Ted M., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Front seats are nice. Wish there was lumbar support in the passenger seat. Love the ride and cool climate controlled frony seats."

NANCY E., MO (2017 Kia Sportage)

"front seat headrests seem to tilt forward too much are uncomfortable for some"

Anonymous, DC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"It is very large inside, like a bigger car. Seats, visual, ride are very comfortable."

DAVID C., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"good confort in front seats, new to me owned for one week"

JOHN P., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I got features in my Kia that I would only expect to get from a much more expensive sport utility. It has backup camera, rear and side collision alerts, heated leather seats and many other "extras". This car is very convenient and comfortable. I'm very pleased with it."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very poor mileage"

James S., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I have only had this vehicle for one week, so far seems fine !"

James G., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"This car had the most high end features, turbo all wheel drive, panoramic roof cooling and heated leather seat nice lighted interior and more for the best pricing"

Kathleen W., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Large Moon roof, wide tires, leather interior. Color red. Safety features. Handles and rides well. All wheel drive. I don't understand why it does not get good gas mileage like my Subaru Legacy."

Frank S., NH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great value for the money. Got all the bells and whistles for a decent price!"

Carolyn B., WI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Apart from remote start, it came loaded with every thing I wanted."

K A., TX (2017 Kia Sportage)

"A lot of equipment and features for the price"

Jorge A., PR (2017 Kia Sportage)

"A lot of vehicle for the money. Most of the same equipment found on my Mercedes for virtually half the cost"

Leland M., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Smooth, quiet, acceleration and reliability."

Judith A., HI (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Same features as competitor models, but for much less money, and a better/longer warranty period."

E K., AB (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great value for the price."

Janice G., IL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"You get a lot extras for the money, as well as a reliable ride."

Mark C., ND (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Kia is the Toyota of today. Toyota used to be reliable for hundreds and hundreds of miles, look great, and be the affordable option. Now, Toyota can’t hold a candle to KIA in these categories."

Elaine T., WA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I love driving it! I feel like I got a great car for the price!!!"

Una L., TN (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I only have good things to say about this car. The only negative feature is that the driver info in the dashboard center could be larger ,"

Ted M., NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Compared to other SUVs in this class, the Sportage at its price point offered considerably more value."

Thomas S., SC (2017 Kia Sportage)

"I felt like it is a good value for the price 6 speed automatic with 2.4 L engine gives great acceleration"

Dennis U., NE (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The features per dollar is outstanding. For example, a heated steering wheel in a $30,000 vehicle."

Lance B., DE (2017 Kia Sportage)

"FIRST LEASE, OTHER THEN OIL CHANGES ETC. HAVE NO COST TO WORRY ABOUT. AT MY AGE 84 , PEACE OF MIND. IF DEALER OFFERS A GOOD DEAL NEXT SPRING WILL MOST LIKELY GO FOR IT."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"A very nice car for the price . A city car, a little short of power."

Dave J., AZ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Includes many safety features in the price compared to comparable SUVs."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"The car was rather expensive considering the engine died for no apparent reason and is currently having to get an entire new engine put in."

Sharon A., WA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Great car! Would be a really great car if it was bit less expensive."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"What you get in a Kia for the money spent is extraordinary in every respect."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Excellent value for all the features"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"To new"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Was blown away by what was standard in this non-luxury vehicle. Every bell and whistle was there without paying extra for it. It drives like a dream, and the parking assist gets me into my garage with amazing ease. All this for a price that beats all competitors. I am beyond satisfied. Feel like I am driving a spaceship! Kia has my back, so I will be buying from them in the future, if they keep up this quality for such a great price."

KAREN P., NH (2017 Kia Sportage)

"This new version of the Sportage is very nice looking. Everything inside the vehicle is also nice. The value of around $31,000.00 is a bit high for my taste, this could just be me, but it does not even include the cargo cover which it was standard in my previous vehicle Kia Sorento. I am not sure about the back mats either. The center console is a deep box which it makes it difficult to find anything. It does not come with a CD or tape player nor has the ability to pick up the codes from my gara"

MONICA S., CA (2017 Kia Sportage)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Love the look. Blacked out grill, headlights and rear of car."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Very cool styling inside and out. Great color choices."

JAMES P., FL (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Updated since 16' looks great from all viewpoints"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Kia Sportage)

"Love the fact that vehicle styling is different - more macho - than the typical compact SUV."

RONALD C., NC (2017 Kia Sportage)

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