2016 kia sportage Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Kia Sportage gains some packaging changes throughout its lineup. A rearview camera and automatic headlights are now part of the LX Popular package while the EX Premium package now adds the Infinity premium audio system, fog lights, integrated turn signals, and a cooled glove box.
The 2016 Kia Sportage is a two-row crossover that slots below the larger Sorento and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The Sportage will be redesigned for the 2017 model year.
Two four cylinder engines are available in the 2016 Sportage: a 2.4-liter I-4 with 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque in the LX and EX trims, and a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 rated at 260 hp and 269 lb-ft in the range-topping SX grade. A six-speed automatic is the only gearbox available with either engine. Fuel economy is slightly below the class, at 21/28 mpg city/highway for front-drive models with the 2.4-liter and 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. Opting for the turbo-four drops those numbers slightly to 20/26 mpg in front-drive guise and 19/25 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base LX trim of the Sportage comes well equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, keyless entry and Bluetooth connectivity. Stepping up to the EX trim adds keyless start, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power driver’s seat, a rearview camera, and heated front seats. On the range-topping SX trim, additional standard features include ventilated front seats, navigation, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, and fog lights.
What We Think
Compared to its rivals, the 2016 Sportage is dated. In a comparison test that also included the Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, the Sportage placed fourth because of its harsh ride, excessive body roll, and overly stiff suspension. While the interior was designed well, the materials used weren’t of high quality, especially the dash, which felt hollow. In a 2012 First Test review, we also noted that the seats were unsupportive while the second row was less roomy than its competitors. The crossover’s lack of control with its suspension movements also proved to be an issue because it required plenty of steering corrections and reveals how behind its chassis tuning is.
The Sportage was one of the first Kia vehicles to be sold in the North American market.
- Generous level of standard equipment
- Available turbocharged engine upgrade
You Won’t Like:
- Harsh ride
- Lackluster build quality
- Uninspiring driving dynamics