While the gas-only Sportage has seven trims, the Sportage PHEV has just two: X-Line and X-Line Prestige. Their plug-in hybrid powertrain is made up of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a pair of electric motors that combine to produce 261 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Joined to this system is a six-speed automatic transmission that feeds power to the standard all-wheel drivetrain.
A full charge can be achieved in approximately two hours using a 240-volt Level 2 charger. When it’s fully juiced, the Sportage PHEV can travel up to 34 miles solely on electric power before it switches over to burning gas. Its total driving range is 430 miles and it returns an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent). If you plan on doing some towing, you’ll be pleased to know the Sportage PHEV can handle up to 2,000 pounds with trailer brakes; without trailer brakes, it can tow a 1,653 lb. maximum.
The base-level X-Line commands attention with its silver front and rear skid plates, signature X-Line styling elements, and gloss-black exterior accents. Aside from these characteristics, it has high-utility roof rails, LED lighting fixtures, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a panoramic sunroof, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, heated rear glass, and proximity entry with remote start (Smart Key). Inside, you’ll be treated to a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a wireless phone charger, a front USB-C charging and auxiliary port, rear USB-C charging ports, push-button ignition, two-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and SynTex synthetic leather seats (the front seats are heated and the driver’s seat has 10-way power adjustments). The X-Line Prestige receives a handful of upgrades: a heated windshield, LED fog lights, multi-color ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats with passenger power adjustments and driver’s position memory, and a heated steering wheel.
The X-Line gets standard forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning with leading vehicle departure alert, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, rear parking sensors, and safe exit warning. The X-Line Prestige adds enhanced forward collision-avoidance assist with junction-turning detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, highway driving assist, a blind-spot view monitor, Remote Smart Parking Assist, front parking sensors, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, and a 3-D surround-view camera.
Both the X-Line and the X-Line Prestige are issued a comprehensive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and SiriusXM satellite radio. But while the X-Line has a basic six-speaker sound system, the X-Line Prestige moves up to an eight-speaker Harman Kardon unit with HALOsonic surround-sound.