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2017 Kia Sportage: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Kia Sportage is a compact crossover entering its fourth generation soon. Based on the already-released Hyundai Tucson, the Sportage looks to increase the brand’s popularity in the compact crossover segment compared to the current model, which came out for the 2011 model year.

On the outside, the new Sportage offers a totally new look compared to today’s model, with a new front end, a revised rear end and a more modern overall shape. It’s still distinctively a Kia, offering the automaker’s Tiger Nose grille and similar styling cues to the brand’s recently redesigned Sorento midsize SUV.

Inside, the Sportage is thoroughly overhauled with a modern interior, improved surfaces, a redesigned center control stack and updated trim. New features include a larger touchscreen, a 4.2-inch screen in the center stack, lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert with emergency braking and more.

Although full details of the American-spec Sportage haven’t been revealed, we expect to see a new 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder designed to enhance fuel economy. Otherwise, today’s Sportage engines, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, may carry over unchanged. It remains to be seen whether the Sportage will adopt the new lightning-quick dual-clutch automatic transmission offered by its Hyundai Tucson mechanical twin.

How Much?

Although pricing hasn’t been announced, we expect there won’t be a huge bumper over today’s starting figure of around $22,900 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Early 2016.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

We’ve spent some time behind the wheel of the latest Hyundai Tucson, and we think it’s one of the best compact crossovers on sale, touting reasonable pricing, a lot of equipment, excellent fuel economy and the brand’s unrivaled warranty. Those same traits are likely to carry over to the 2017 Kia Sportage, which also offers distinctive styling and a potentially lower starting price. Plus, Kia models are traditionally sportier than their Hyundai counterparts.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Honda CR-V — A perennial favorite in the compact crossover segment, the CR-V was updated for 2015 with some new equipment and a revised design. It’s always worth a serious look.

2016 Hyundai Tucson — The Sportage’s mechanical twin will share a lot of the Kia’s equipment, powertrains and dimensions. It also shares the impressive 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2015 Nissan Rogue — The Rogue offers a supple ride, plenty of equipment, good fuel economy and the only third-row seat in the compact crossover segment.

Used Kia Sorento — If you like what you see in the Sportage but need a larger crossover, consider a pre-owned version of the midsize Kia Sorento. It touts 3-row seating, available V6 power and a good amount of interior space.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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