Earlier this year Kia released its latest version of its compact SUV the 2020 Kia Sportage. The 2020 version has a refreshed new design that is both bold sporty for a compact SUV. Its new design has a European look to it and its new SX Turbo trim is completely decked out with enhanced wheels, grills, and other details that give the 2020 Kia Sportage SX Turbo a high end look for under $35,000.

Trim Packages

The 2020 Kia Sportage comes with 4 base trim packages, the LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo.

  • The Sportage LX starts at $23,990 and comes with a 2.4L 4-Cylinder 181 hp engine and 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • The Sportage S starts at $25,990 has the same engine as the LX but has 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded front grill and a Blind-Spot Collision Warning system.
  • The Sportage EX starts at $27,190. It has the same 2.4L engine but has higher end looking 18-inch alloy wheels and comes with a host of interior features such as heated front seats, 10 way adjustable power drivers seat, push button start, and a dual zone air conditioning system.
  • Finally, the Sportage SX Turbo comes with a more powerful 2.0L I4 Turbocharged 240 hp engine. It has enhanced exterior features including 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a power sunroof. On the interior it comes with ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and an upgraded infotainment system with voice command navigation and SiriusXM radio.

What The Experts Are Saying

The general consensus on the 2020 Kia Sportage is that it is a good overall compact SUV. It earns high marks for its comfortable ride and upscale interior. Where the Kia Sportage falls short is on its fuel efficiency with 21-23 mpg city and 25-30 mpg hwy. It also has less cargo space as compared to its main competitors in the space the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.

Both the standard 2.4L 181 hp engine and the 2.0L 240 hp engine found in the SX Turbo have worse fuel economy than many of the other compact SUV's in its class. This is the main drawback of the Sportage. However, the lower price tag to buy a new Kia Sportage may make up for the increase cost of fuel over the lifetime of the vehicle. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and drive a more fuel efficient car the Kia Sportage lacks in this category.

On the reliability front the Sportage is proving to be a reliable compact suv. It comes with a five-year/60,000 mile base warranty and a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. This is one the longest warranties in the compact SUV class and bodes well for the long term reliability of the Sportage as Kia is willing to back the vehicle with such a long standard warranty.

When it comes to sales volume though the general public isn't buying the Sportage with the same enthusiasm as they are with the Toyota Rav4 and the Honda CR-V. These competitors are both outselling the Sportage at more than 4 to 1 this year. Whether this is related to the stronger brand of Toyota and Honda, the better fuel efficiency of these options, or something else buyers are voting with their dollars and while the Kia Sportage is a good SUV it is lagging the front runners in terms of unit sales.

Our Conclusions

The 2020 Kia Sportage is good fit for someone looking for a compact SUV that drives and handles well, requires moderate storage space, is ok to spend a bit more on gas to save on the overall cost of the SUV, and has a budget of $25,000 to $30,000. If you feel you fit into this demographic then the 2020 Kia Sportage is definitely worth looking at.