Named the Number 5 Best SUV in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the 2020 Sportage has some subtle but significant changes compared to the 2019 model year. Updated headlights and fog lights, a new grille and front and rear bumpers, a redesigned exhaust tip, and new 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheel designs differentiate the 2020 from the 2019 model. The new front headlights resemble those found on the Stinger, and the addition of a skid plate to the bottom of the front fascia gives the Sportage a slightly more rugged appearance. Passenger seating remains the same at 5.
Already available in three trim packages, the 2020 model year Sportage now comes in four. Its new, mid-range package is called the S, and like the existing three levels it’s available in both front wheel and all-wheel drive. Prices range from around $24,000 for the LX to just under $34,000 for the most deluxe trim package, the SX Turbo.
The Sportage runs on one of two available engines. The standard is a 2.4-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder making 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, which can be found on the LX, S and EX models. Also available is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder making 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque on the SX Turbo.
The 2020 Kia Sportage reflects its name with sharp handling and optional turbo power. It’s a smooth ride for a compact crossover thanks to taut handling and optional turbo power. Sportage’s responsive steering and balanced handling help it feel composed on winding roads. The ride is comfortable too, with the suspension easily soaking up road flaws. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
A new steering-wheel design and revised vent surrounds dress up the interior of the 2020 Sportage, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is now standard and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Navigation and the brand's UVO telematics system are optional, as is a new wireless smartphone charging pad. Kia has added additional driver-assistance features to the 2020 Sportage's options as well. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, a driver-attention monitor, and pedestrian detection are all new features. Automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams remain on the driver-assistance roster for the 2020 model.
For 2020, the Sportage gains active lane control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights. Blind-spot monitors are optional.