Best Compact SUV Review: 2017 Kia Sportage

January 13th, 2017 by

Best Compact SUV Review: 2017 Kia Sportage

If you are looking to buy the best compact SUV or crossover vehicle, we think the 2017 Kia Sportage will check off everything you want. Looking for a compact SUV with seating for 5 and plenty of cargo space? The Sportage has you covered. Want to have cool features without paying the luxury CUV price tag? The all-new Sportage is loaded with bells and whistles that will surprise you. The 4th generation model of Kia’s signature line of vehicles has been redesigned for style, comfort, safety, performance, and luxury.

Best Compact SUV

There are three models to choose from – LX, EX, and SX Turbo. With so many features and options, we think the 2017 Kia Sportage is the best compact SUV for you. In a field of crossover vehicles, it stands out among the best with a striking new exterior, improved structure and safety features, comfortable interior, increased cargo room, and options you find in a luxury CUV.

A New, Contemporary Design

When you first see it, the design will catch your eye. The 2017 Kia Sportage certainly stands out as different from previous generations of the crossover vehicle. Contemporary and unconventional with sweeping curves and sleek lines, it defines its own aesthetic standard. It’s a cross between a luxury crossover and a sporty compact SUV. The bold new look starts with a powerful front exterior that features an impressive grille, elongated headlights, and available LED foglights.

Best Crossover 2017 Sportage

A Stronger, Safer Compact SUV

The all-new Sportage is built with a stronger structure, significantly improved due to the extensive use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). With 51 percent of the body consisting of AHSS, compared to 18 in the previous model, torsional rigidity is improved by 39 percent. In addition, the use of hot-stamped steel used to in the A-, B- and C-pillars, side sills, roof structure, and wheel arches improves structural integrity. As a result of its stronger core, the 2017 Kia Sportage has earned an five-star overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating and an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Other safety enhancements in the 2017 Kia Sportage include:

  • An advanced airbag system that includes front and side airbags controlled by an advanced sensor system.
  • Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), which can detect a potential collision with another vehicle.
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, which can detect a potential collision with a pedestrian.
  • Lane Departure Warning System, which alerts you when you are drifting from your current lane without using a turn signal.
  • Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist, which will give a visual indication when another vehicle enters your blind spot.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which can warn the driver if other cars pass behind the Sportage while in reverse.
  • Front & Rear Parking Assist, which uses sonar sensors integrated in the bumpers to warn the driver when nearing other vehicles or objects.

Improved Efficiency and Driving Performance: 

Efficiency and driving performance are important when selecting the best compact SUV to buy, and the 2017 Kia Sportage features all-new improvements in this fourth generation design. Featuring the DynamaxTM all-wheel drive system on all trim models (EX, LX, and SX Turbo), the 2017 Kia Sportage can handle everything. The completely redesigned fully independent front suspension offers greater stability, a more predictable response to road conditions, and more precise handling.

Sportage Crossover SUV

Paired with the all-wheel drive system is a 2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine (2.0L Turbocharged for the SX Turbo model) with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Depending on your options, you can get fuel economy up to 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway. With alloy wheels and a rigid suspension, the Sportage is ready to take you wherever your adventures take you.

Sportage CUV

Upgraded Interior: Comfort and Technology

You will be surprised by the space and comfort of the 2017 Kia Sportage when you climb into the passenger seat. The improved frame and structure has increased the available seating room for driver and passengers – more leg room and head room await you. As a compact SUV, the Sportage has the room you need to be comfortable.

2017 Kia Sportage EX

It all starts with the seating. The base LX model comes equipped with cloth seats (with optional with *YES Essentials anti-soil fabric technology), while the EX and SX Turbo models are equipped with standard leather seating. If you desire, you can get heated (and ventilated for LX and SX Turbo) front seats. With seating for 5, load up the family or a group of friends and go wherever you need to go.

The dashboard console has been ergonomically designed to face the driver, making the driving experience more enjoyable. It has been designed with features you would expect in a modern luxury crossover vehicle – touch-screen (screen size varies depending on the trim model you choose) controls featuring Bluetooth® hands-free phone operation and streaming audio, SiriusXM®4 satellite radio, and rear-camera display.

The EX and SX Turbo models include larger touchscreens (7-inch or 8-inch, respectively) with the latest version of Kia’s award-winning telematics and infotainment system, UVO3, which is making its debut on the all-new Sportage.  Complete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay® (April availability), and UVO eServices featuring 14 telematics services, the enhanced system features up to 8 GB of music storage and access to Pandora®, through the touch screen.  SoundHound is accessible through a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

2017 Sportage SX

To top it all off, the newest generation Sportage has been engineered to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). This means less outside noise, a smoother ride, and a more comfortable drive to wherever you may be going.

A Crossover Vehicle with Cargo Space?!

One of the top concerns with compact SUVs is cargo space. With its expanded cargo space, the Sportage has ample capacity for everything you want to take on your adventures. Dual level rear cargo floor, a widened luggage area, 60:40 flat-folding rear passenger seats, and smart compartments throughout provide ample storage solutions. Also, the available Smart Power LiftgateTM for hands-free loading for additional convenience.

2017 Sportage SX

Find the 2017 Kia Sportage Crossover Today

If you’re actively shopping for the best compact SUV, take a look at our inventory. Lawrence Kia has a number of 2017 Kia Sportage vehicles ready for you to view today! Check out our sportage inventory or come by our dealership to see it in person. Get the best compact SUV at the best rate possible.

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