The popular compact crossover has just been redesigned. The new mode came for the 2023 year and it has brought a lot of significant novelties. Compared to the previous generation, the new model looks way more upscale, in pretty much every aspect. Therefore, we have no doubt that the 2024 Kia Sportage, which will represent the second production year of the new generation, will come without more important updates. We expect to see a familiar layout and most of the same features, though there is always room for minor updates.
In any case, this means that you may count on familiar characteristics, and familiar pros and cons. You may count on a crossover that offers a high level of comfort, thanks to the excellent interior quality, plenty of interior space and great ride quality. Furthermore, this compact SUV offers a pretty generous list of available features, while there is also a broad range of powertrain options, including two hybrid versions. Some sources even speculate about an additional powertrain option, which would come in the form of a turbo-four engine.
In any case, we expect to see the 2024 Kia Sportage sometime in the second half of 2023.
2024 Kia Sportage Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 Kia Sportage will represent the second production year of the generation. Therefore, it’s hard to expect bigger changes, especially if we consider all the improvements that were introduced with the recent design. The new generation looks way more attractive, thanks to a very futuristic design approach. So, the best we could see in the next year are minor updates, such as new color options.
The same thing is with the mechanics. We really like how the new Sportage rides. It’s very smooth and comfortable but at the same time, the vehicle also offers pretty engaging handling and a fine level of athleticism.
On the insider, the new generation looks way better than its predecessor. The reasons are numerous, starting from completely new aesthetics, which offer a combination of modern and conservative. Also, you may count on very nice materials and a lot of attention to detail, which all make this cabin look pretty luxurious. Also, there is a pretty generous amount of standard and available tech and convenience features.
The new generation also features a longer wheelbase and bigger overall dimensions. So, it’s no wonder that the amount of passenger room is very generous. Both rows accommodate adults with ease, while we also like the front seats, which are massive and supportive. The driving position is very good and ensures great visibility in all directions.
Another very strong point of this SUV is the cargo area. You may count on about 39.6 cubic feet behind the second row and 74.1 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which are the numbers that put Sportage among class leaders.
Considering that we are talking about the second production year, it’s hard to expect bigger changes regarding the standard and available features. Therefore, base models should carry on in the same way, equipped with goodies like a 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB-C port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry etc.
The list of options currently includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touch screen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, rear USB-C ports, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, LED interior lighting, a panoramic sunroof, a power sunshade and a universal garage door opener. We don’t expect bigger changes for the next year in this aspect either.
2024 Kia Sportage Engines
Base models will continue with a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out around 187 horsepower. We could say it offers adequate performance, typical for a base SUV in this segment. Fortunately, the Sportage is available in two more variants, with two hybrid powertrains that offer more power and way more torque.
The first one is a classic hybrid, which features a system that combines a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine with an electric motor, for a total output of 221 horsepower. Besides strong performance, this model also offers pretty good fuel economy, which goes around 43 miles per gallon. You can also count on a plug-in hybrid version, which puts out 261 horsepower. It offers similar fuel economy but also ensures more than 30 miles of all-electric range.
Finally, there are rumors about another powertrain option. That would be a 2.0-liter turbo-four with around 280 horsepower, which would power a high-performance version of the SUV. The officials are still quiet on this matter.
2024 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Kia Sportage will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like VW Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester etc.