2020 Kia Sportage Review: Specs, Redesign, Price – In the range of the Korean manufacturer Kia, the Sportage remains the bestseller. And history not to lose the direction, the current generation released in 2016 offers a restyling. This is accompanied, as all manufacturers in Europe, engines in accordance with the WLTP standard.
2020 Kia Sportage Redesign
With now its 4 small daytime running lights in the optical blocks, his look is more like that of a Porsche SUV, we dare to say. But the comparison with the luxury vehicles of the German brand stops here. For the rest, we note a shield that is modernizing and gaining elegance. The grille changes and a chrome bar connects the fog lights.
The profile remains rather identical. As for the rear, it evolves even less obvious than the front. The design of the lights is more modern. However, the turn signals and the rest of the mandatory lights are always offset at the base of the bumper. We hope that to further improve the style a little, they will manage to make everything fit in the same place on the next generation.
Inside, we immediately notice the new steering wheel and the large color touch screen. We have pretty much gone around the changes. The dashboard keeps the same presentation, with always equipment in the trend. To make life easier for the most techies, Carplay and Android Auto are now part of the panoply. However, in terms of finish, we remain a notch below the stars of the market.
Where we appreciate even more the 2020 Kia Sportage, it is in terms of habitability. Especially with regard to the comfort of the split and reclining rear seats. It can thus slightly increase the volume of the trunk or maximize comfort. Passengers will undoubtedly appreciate.
2020 Kia Sportage Engine & Transmission
In a way, these are the places that will be best appreciated. Indeed, the conduct of the Sportage is not particularly bad, but let’s say anything. The 136-horsepower CRDi engine is largely the job, although it deserves to be a little more discreet. When leaving a toll, be reassured, you’ll go fast enough to get behind a truck or motorhome.
The 6-speed manual transmission is pretty well staged to take advantage of the modest power. It is still on the highway that we also like the best engine/box, where we need it the least. The couple is enough to raise without much trouble to go from 90 to 130, after waiting behind a heavyweight doubling another. On the road at 80 km / h, we just watch the landscape scroll without any particular flavor.
2020 Kia Sportage Performance
Because it must be said that its depreciation cut for comfort, and thus the links in the long course, does not really breathe the sport. Nevertheless, it also annihilates any notion of driving pleasure. Which makes it as surprising as it may seem, you do not feel tired after the trip. We have just cleared the kilometers between our starting point and the arrival point. So much the better, you say, and that’s the first quality we ask.
In addition, we went astray in the Champagne vineyards. Obviously, the paths winding between the vines of Grands Crus seem to be hostile to a city SUV. Good surprise, its ground clearance, and its short overhangs allowed us to cross them without a problem, in dry weather even in 4X2. At the time of joining the real road by a rocky descent, one could experience the aid to the descent in first, at a pace maintained by the electronics at about 10 km / h. Winegrowers, if you read us …
2020 Kia Sportage Price
The Kia Sportage will still not tickle a Peugeot 3008 in terms of driving pleasure. Neither on that of the quality of materials, however, the strength of the Korean is not anyway there. He does the job well on the road so as not to suffer it. It always offers an interesting price/equipment ratio (from 24,390 €, 36,490 € for our test vehicle), the warranty 7 years and more. What still ensure a bright future.