2020 Kia Sportage in Springfield MA
Kia’s five-passenger crossover, the Sportage, returns for the 2020 model year boasting an affordable price tag, a well-equipped base trim, upgraded front and rear styling elements, and new safety features, such as adaptive cruise control. This smooth-riding and spacious set of wheels is a major competitor to the popular Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, and with its feature-rich lineup, it’s quickly becoming a top contender within its segment.
Trims and Powertrains
The ’20 Sportage comes in four trim levels: LX, S, EX, and SX Turbo. Power for first three trims comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, while the SX Turbo receives a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission option, and front-wheel drive is standard on all trims, with all-wheel drive as an option. When the SX Turbo is equipped with AWD its hp decreases ever so slightly to 237.
The LX is well set up with automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass, a drive mode selector, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. A Popular Package is available for this trim to provide fog lights, UV-reducing glass for the front windows and windshield, a windshield wiper de-icer, power folding and heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and upgraded fabric upholstery. The S trim adds fog lights, roof rails, heated and power-folding side mirrors, interior and exterior lighting enhancements, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and simulated-leather upholstery.
There are two packages available for the S. The Sunroof Package outfits your ride with a panoramic sunroof, the UV-reducing glass, the windshield wiper de-icer, and ambient interior lighting. The Premium Package includes everything from the Sunroof Package in addition to unique wheels, LED fog lights and taillights, a leather-wrapped shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, black interior trim, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, and heated front seats. With the EX, features get mixed from the above trims and packages. It mostly builds on the Popular Package, though, and adds roof rails, a hands-free liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, black interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and faux-leather upholstery.
The EX’s Technology Package adds a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, a power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and leather upholstery. The range-topping SX Turbo comes with all of the above features plus the more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, larger front brakes, LED headlights, and dual exhaust tips.
Safety & Technology
Standard driver aids on the LX include a rearview camera, driver attention warning, automatic high-beam control, lane departure warning and mitigation, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The Popular Package upgrades to a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The S gets all of these as well, but with the S Premium Package it receives adaptive cruise control. These carry over to the EX, and with the EX Technology Package, front and rear parking sensors are provided. The SX Turbo gets all of these as standard.
The LX is outfitted with an 8-inch touchscreen display, the Kia Uvo infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port. The S also gets these features, but with the S Premium Package, satellite radio, voice recognition, a wireless charging pad, and a rear USB port are all included. The EX receives that tech as well, but its own Technology Package adds a navigation system, a wireless phone charger, and a premium eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite radio and voice recognition. To round it out, the SX Turbo gets all of this technology as standard.