2020 Kia Sportage Review


July 19, 2020

In the face of more modern and increased competition, can the Kia Sportage in entry-grade S guise still compel the family buyer to consider it?

The medium-SUV segment has come a very long way since the Kia Sportage, familiar now to Australian buyers, first entered the fray. So, too, has the Sportage range, and this time around we test the entry pricepoint to the model – the 2020 Kia Sportage S petrol.

As tested here, the Sportage is FWD, but there are models and variants available to suit almost every medium-SUV budget. In FWD petrol guise, there is the S on test here (from $28,390), the SX (from $30,490), and the SX+ with standard auto (from $37,640).

If you want an AWD petrol Sportage, you can buy the GT-Line – with a 2.4-litre engine as opposed to the 2.0-litre engine mated to the FWD platform – from $44,990. The AWD petrol Sportage is also automatic as standard.

Then, if diesel is more to your taste – even though this segment doesn’t demand it from an efficiency and practicality standpoint – you can choose from a variety of AWD model grades. All automatic, too. The 2.0-litre oiler starts with S (from $35,790), then SX (from $37,890), then SX+ (from $43,090), and finally GT-Line (from $47,890, all prices are list before on-road costs or promotional offers).

Hard to argue, then, that there isn’t a Sportage to suit most buyers. Still, in a segment that includes the RAV4CX-5CR-V and Tucson just to name a few, competition is fierce. Despite the rampant popularity of the dual-cab 4WD segment, though, this is the Australian family battleground in 2020. It’s why model updates, drive-away pricing and special offers come thick and fast.

Read the full review here…