2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD

A compact and turbocharged 4-passenger SUV.

  • Likes
  • Improved styling
  • Cargo room
  • Dislikes
  • Lower engine output

The redesigned Kia Sportage now features modern, handsome styling reminiscent of Kia’s concept cars. Plus, it includes upgraded interior materials and updated safety features. It’s also a little bit larger than the previous iteration of the small SUV, with improved cargo and passenger room. The range-topping 2017 Sportage SX AWD comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivering 241 horsepower and making it one of the most powerful entries in its class. The SX AWD model also comes with a locking center differential, a standout feature in the class, offering increased off-road and dirt-road capability.

Of course, as a car that will likely see plenty of around-town and family-errand duty as well, the 2017 Kia Sportage has notable improvements in the stereo and connectivity departments. Kia’s UVO3 is standard, and the SX models get a large, full-color, touch-screen audio interface with a Harmon Kardon stereo. Android Auto is standard for android phones, while Apple Car Play is said to be hitting showrooms later in the year. As far as mpg, it averages a combined 21 mpg according to the manufacturers, but we ended up with 20.5 mpg in our test car.

With its distinctive new styling, strong turbocharged engine and vastly upgraded interior design, the Sportage moves upmarket and makes a great case for itself in the segment between compact and premium compact SUVs. Buyers might cross shop it with both the Toyota RAV4 and the BMW X1, for example. If you're looking for an urban errand mobile with more power than the usual compact SUV, the 2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD is worth a look. A bonus for family car buyers is that this model has some of the more advanced active safety features available in the class.

Warranty/Service: 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile Roadside Assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $34,000

As Tested: $34,000

  • 20 / 23 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.9 sec
  • 0-60
  • 237 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 237 hp
  • Torque: 260 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Curb Weight: 3,350 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 105.1 in
  • Length: 176.4 in
  • Width: 73 in
  • Height: 64.8 in
  • Turning circle: 34.8 ft
  • Brakes: Disc with ABS, ESC, HAC and DBC
  • Suspension: MacPherson Strut and Stabilizer, Multi-link
  • Traction: Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 sec
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • EPA City: 20 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 23 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 21 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Dual front advanced airbags, Front seat-mounted, side curtain airbags, 4-wheel Antilock Brakes System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC)

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