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2024 Kia Sportage Review: A Spacious Compact SUV

The 2024 Kia Sportage is one of the top-rated compact SUVs. This classy crossover boasts a roomy, tech-forward interior, and a bold exterior design, among other things. For the 2024 model year, the Kia discontinued the SX AWD trim, leaving the EX, SX, X-Line, X-Pro, and the X-Pro Prestige Trim in the 2024 Sportage Lineup. Under the hood, the Kia Sportage features a 187-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that gives the SUV good acceleration and speed. Fuel economy ratings are competitive, with 25/32 mpg (city/highway) for FWD models and 23/28 mpg for AWD models. After giving it a shot, Flagship Drive put together this 2024 Kia Sportage review to share our insights and driving impressions of the compact crossover. 

Aside from the discontinued SX AWD model, notable 2024 Sportage updates include second-row seat-mounted airbags and standard LED projector headlights. The Kia Sportage highlights include the 187-hp 4-cylinder, the Kia Drive Wise safety suite, 39.6 cubic feet cargo capacity, and off-road X-Pro Models. With a starting price of $27,090, the Kia Sportage offers excellent value in a competitive segment. To provide the best 2024 Sportage review, we took the SUV for a spin in the Stratford, East London area. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Sportage. 

2024 Kia Sportage Overview

The Kia Sportage is one of the best compact SUVs in 2024. This beloved crossover comes with some of the most desired features you can expect from a modern SUV. We couldn’t get our eye off the dual panoramic displays inside the Sportage, comprising the 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a similarly-sized digital cluster display.

And then there’s the 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which not only beats the Honda CR-V but also the Sorento. The $27,090 price tag makes a strong case.

What’s New for The 2024 Kia Sportage?

For 2024, the Kia Sportage sees a few notable updates:

  • Discontinuation of the SX AWD trim
  • Standard LED projector headlights
  • Addition of second-row seat-mounted airbags

These 2024 Sportage updates enhance the safety and visibility of the Sportage, making it an even more appealing option for compact SUV buyers.

2024 Kia Sportage Pricing

The 2024 Kia Sportage starts at $28,565, with the top-tier Sportage X-Pro Prestige priced at $39,365. This lineup offers various trims to suit different budgets and preferences.

Here’s a look at the pricing for all 2024 Sportage Trim levels:

Kia Sportage Trim LevelPrice Tag (MSRP)
2024 Sportage LX Trim$28,565
2024 Sportage EX Trim$31,065
2024 Sportage SX Trim$33,565 
2024 Sportage  X-Line Trim$35,065 
2024 Sportage X-Pro Trim$37,865
2024 Sportage X-Pro Prestige Trim$39,365

Roomy and Luxurious Interior

The interior of the 2024 Kia Sportage has a sporty appeal and features high-quality materials that scale from the front to the rear seats.

The Sportage has an Asymmetrical Center Console, which puts buttons and controls within easy reach of the driver. Another clever addition is the dual-purpose digital control panel for volume and temperature adjustments. This sits right below the infotainment screen. 

The 2024 Sportage’s interior has a 5-passenger capacity, with up to  41.3 inches of rear legroom. 

For cargo and hauling, the new Sportage offers 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is best-in-class space, even surpassing the CR-V and other top 2024 Hondas.

Infotainment System And Interior Technology

The best feature of the 2024 Kia Sportage is the Dual Panoramic Display, which combines a 12.3-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. 

Like the digital cluster display, the Sportage’s infotainment system provides a high-resolution display, with super crisp details and user-friendly menus. In terms of features, the system has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.

The 2024 Sportage has an available wireless charging pad and two USB-C chargers on the back of the seats.

Engine & Transmission

The 2024 Kia Sportage has a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The Sportage is also available with hybrid powertrains.

Feature2024 Sportage Specifications (Specs)
Engine2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower187 horsepower @ 6,100 RPM
Torque178 pound-feet @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission8-speed automatic

Driving the 2024 Kia Sportage

Powered by the 187-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, the 2024 Sportage offers good power delivery and acceleration, which is typical for the segment. There is a smooth and quiet ride quality that rivals luxury brands like the Lexus GX

The handling is stable and confident, making the Sportage a pleasure to drive both in the city and on the highway. The 4-cylinder engine pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which gives swift acceleration and shifting feedback. As mentioned, the 2024 Sportage is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). 

Buyers who are seeking off-road capabilities should pick the X-Pro trims, which provide a surprising level of ruggedness. As a top off-roading trim in the 2024 Kia Sportage lineup, the X-Pro has 1.5 inches of extra ground clearance, BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and a multi-terrain AWD system. This Sportage X-Pro model can handle dirt roads and light off-roading with ease.

Best Features Of The 2024 Kia Sportage

The 2024 Kia Sportage has cool features that enhance comfort, convenience, and safety:

  1. Blind-Spot View Monitor: Upon activating a turn signal, the Blind-Spot View Monitor displays a video image of the rear-quarter blind spot on the digital instrument panel. 
  1. X-Pro Models: Designed for off-road use, the X-pro trims have extra ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and dirt-specific AWD settings.
  1. Dual Panoramic Displays: The 12.3-inch infotainment screen and digital cluster are part of the dual panoramic displays.
  1. Kia Drive Wise: This 2024 Sportage safety suite includes safety tech like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and pedestrian detection.
  1. Spacious Interior: Class-leading rear legroom and 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
  1. Wireless Charging: Convenient pad for charging your phone without cables.
  1. Quiet Ride: The Sportage has exceptional sound insulation, giving owners a relaxed driving experience.

Sportage Fuel Economy

The 2024 Kia Sportage delivers decent fuel economy for its class, at 28.5 MPG combined city/highway for the FWD and 25 MPG combined city/highway for the AWD models.

Here’s a look at the Fuel economy numbers for the Sportage 2024:

Drive ConfigurationCity Fuel EconomyHighway Fuel EconomyCombined 
Front-wheel drive (FWD)25 MPG32 MPG28.5 MPG
All-wheel drive (AWD)23 MPG28 MPG25 MPG

Warranty

Kia offers one of the best warranties in the compact SUV segment, matching the Hyundai Tucson.

For the 2024 Sportage, Kia offers a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. 

Warranty TypeYears Miles
Basic Warranty5 years60,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty10 years100,000 miles

2024 Kia Sportage Verdict

The 2024 Kia Sportage stands out in the compact SUV segment. Unlike most 2024 SUVs, the Sportage offers a good blend of style, technology, spaciousness, and technology. Depending on your needs, you have the option between a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive setup. The Sportage offers a range of technology features, like the 12.3 dual panoramic displays, the wife safety suite, and the Blind-Spot View Monitor system. 

The Sportage is a family-friendly vehicle and a capable off-road SUV. There are about six trim levels, meaning that there’s something for everyone. With its starting MSRP of $27,090, the Kia Sportage is a compelling choice for anyone in the market for a new compact SUV.

For more information on the 2024 Sportage’s features, explore Flagship Drive’s guides and reviews.

Wilfred Nkhwazi
Wilfred Nkhwazihttps://flagshipdrive.com
🚗 About Wilfred Nkhwazi - Founder of Flagship Drive 🌍 Meet Wilfred Nkhwazi, an automotive writer, and explorer of the open road. 📚 With more than five years of experience in the world of automotive writing, he's the visionary behind Flagship Drive. As a seasoned writer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to Flagship Drive, providing readers with the latest news, reviews, and trends in the automotive world. Wilfred has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the technology and engineering behind cars, making him the go-to expert for all things automotive. When he isn't behind the wheel, you can find him exploring the latest automotive innovations or attending industry events. He is also the curator of CarReviewHQ.com, where he dissects the finest details of automobiles.
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