2019 Kia Sportage Changes, Specs

The 2019 Kia Sportage is coming all fresh with many updated features and design changes. This compact crossover is having a long list of interior options and high-tech stuff. Kia basically upgraded an already complete SUV in order to compete with likes of Ford Escape and Honda CR-V. It looks sporty and is very comfortable.

The room inside the cabin is all well and good, and we should not forget Kia Sportage’s exceptional warranty. Sportage model is Kia’s longest-running nameplate, which shows how far the Korean company has come in the last twenty years.

2019 Kia Sportage side

2019 Kia Sportage Review, Trims and Colors

The design of new 2019 Kia Sportage is awesome. Some may not like high-mounted headlights, but the lines are nice and clean. The front grille received a treatment and now looks more elegant and establishing. With numerous trims comes numerous optional features. Heated mirrors and roof rail are standard on some trims like EX and SX, but they are optional on the LX. This model comes with 17″ Alloy wheels and tires  P225/60R17.

For EX model, power-folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, and also a height-adjustable power liftgate are all optional. SX model is coming with adaptive high-intensity headlights and satin-chrome pieces. The front end now looks more revised with the more steep angle at the front bumper. Furthermore, this should improve off-road clearance. Furthermore, there are few different colors available on every trim as well.

The colors are Hyper Red, Snow White Pearl, Mineral Silver, Burnished Copper, Pacific Blue, Black Cherry, Clear White and also a Sparkling Silver.

2019 Kia Sportage Interior

Kia Sportage now has somewhat more space but fewer gauges inside the cabin. The interior styling is a little bit different and better. The doors and dash are now covered with a premium soft-touch materials. The center stack is now better angled and placed, so the driver can reach controls even easier than before.

The seats are comfortable and the flat-bottom steering wheel on SX model looks perfect. The outward visibility is improved, and the second row will get heated seats on some models as well. There is a plenty of legroom and headroom inside the Kia Sportage but cargo space is still not up to standards. However, the floor can be lowered.

This model comes with five interior colors in the three trim levels.

  • LX trim comes with Black Tricot, Gray Tricot Cloth. 
  • EX trim is available in Black Leather, Gray Leather. 
  • SX Turbo trim is equipment with Black Leather, Gray Leather, Beige Leather.

The base LX model comes with stain-resistant essentials upholstery as a standard. This includes a 5-inch touchscreen display and the rearview camera. 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player with a Bluetooth and USB input is also included. Furthermore, automatic headlights are available too. Drive-mode selector will now come with three options (Sport, Normal, Eco).

The EX model is available with blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert and power folding outside mirrors with turn signals. You can also get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The leather upholstery and climate control are also included with the EX model.

2019 Kia Sportage Towing Capacity and Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. 165 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. 1650 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity up to 2000 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. 165 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. 1650 lbs

Interior Dimension

As for the interior dimension, the 2019 Kia Sportage will now have a roomy interior to accumulate five passengers.

The dimension in the front; Passenger Volume 98.5 ft³, HeadRoom 39.2 inch, Front Leg Room 41.6 inch, Front Shoulder Room 57.2 in and Front Hip Room is 54.4 in.

However, the second row comes with; HeadRoom of 39.2 in, Second Leg Room 38.3 in, Second Shoulder Room 55.2 in and Second Hip Room is now 51.2 inch.

2019 Kia Sportage interior

2019 Kia Sportage Engine Specifications

There are two engines available for the upcoming 2019 Kia Sportage. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder unit with a 180 HP and 175 lb-ft of torque. The second drivetrain is the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can produce up to 240 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines are available with a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the front or all-wheel drive is a matter of choice.

2019 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

The first one engine in this line 2.4 liter comes with EPA city/highway fuel economy of 23/30 mpg with the FWD and LX trim, 22/29 mpg (FWD and EX trim) and 21/25 mpg with the all-wheel drive. However, the next one turbocharged engine will have 21/26 mpg with the front wheel drive and 20/23 mpg with the AWD system.

2019 Kia Sportage rear

2019 Kia Sportage Price and Release Date

The price for the base model of 2019 Kia Sportage is $25,000. However, the all-wheel-drive system will cost additional $2,000. Sportage EX will cost around $28,000 and the top model Sportage SX with turbo power is priced at $35,000. We should expect Kia Sportage to hit the car market in a one year time. When released the newest model will compete with Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and Nissan Qashqai.

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