The 2023 Kia Sportage distinguishes itself from the variety of compact crossovers due to its wild styling. The unusual face of the vehicle displays an arrangement of a unique grille style and alien-looking headlights. Its bold bodywork is also larger as compared to its predecessor. This means that there will be more boot area and bigger cabin space in the new model.
On the inside, the brand new Kia Sportage is desirable and also packs some intelligent technology such as a huge touch screen mounted on the dashboard. The power comes from a 4-cylinder engine which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Both all-wheel and front-wheel drives are available to meet the varying preferences of drivers.
The 2023 Kia Sportage faces difficult rivalry from segment competitors like the updated enemies (all-new Honda CR-V) and Mazda CX-5. Does the 2023 Kia Sportage prove that it packs sufficient value or it’s here to show the wild exterior only? If you are in the mood for buying used Kia cars for sale in KSA, visit the CarSwitch website for checking the best deals.
What is new for the 2023 model?
The 2023 Kia Sportage will walk into a brand new generation when it will be witnessed in the showrooms next year. There is no news from the automaker about the expected price. However, they have revealed the different trim levels in the line-up.
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Engine and Performance
Under the hood lies a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine which gives a total power output of 187 hp. The engine is paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drives are available. The automaker says in the future, a hybrid powertrain will be offered too.
The vehicle rides on a new platform that displays a longer wheelbase. Kia says this will decrease noise and improve driving dynamics. The addition of rough and tough trim levels, like the X-Line, offers the compact crossover an off-road vibe.
However, the X-Pro actually comes with some gear to cope with rough terrain. It is equipped with all-terrain tires and 17 inches rims. The X-Pro also comes with a variety of drive modes. The automaker has not shared the fuel efficiency of the 2023 Kia Sportage yet.
Cabin, Comfort, and Cargo
On the inside, the compact crossover definitely makes an impression by featuring a big digital display situated at the dashboard, different attractive details, and a classic design. There is a two-tone color arrangement and the look of air vents on the dashboard is unique.
On the center console, there are various controls seen in the black bezel, a rotary shift knob, and a push-start button. Due to the longer wheelbase and larger dimensions, the compact crossover boasts 40 cubic feet of the boot area and extra legroom in the back seats. Plus, there is a dual-level cargo floor for adding versatility.
The infotainment system and Connectivity
When it comes to infotainment, Kia Sportage offers the following attractive standard features:
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- A big 12.3 inches instrument panel
- Clean touch-sensitive controls under the infotainment interface that switch between the stereo and climate systems.
- A subscription-based WiFi hotspot
- A wireless phone charger
There are an optional 12.3 inches touchscreen and an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo system.
Safety and Driver Assistance functions
A mix of standard and optional driver assistance functions is available. The roster comes with a remote parking feature (similar to the Hyundai Smart Parking Solutions) and navigation-based adaptive cruise control. The main safety features of the 2023 Kia Sportage are listed below:
- Available Rear cross-traffic alert
- Available blind-spot monitoring
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard forward-collision warning
- Standard lane-keeping assist
- Standard lane-departure warning
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The automaker presents one of the best warranty coverages in the industry, including the longest powertrain warranty. But it does not offer any complimentary scheduled maintenance as the rivals Toyota and its corporate sibling, Hyundai, offer. The key warranty and maintenance coverage is mentioned below:
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
- Powertrain warranty coverage for 100,000 miles or 10 years
- Limited warranty coverage for 60,000 miles or 5 years