2016 Kia Sportage Release Date and Review

2016 Kia Sportage Release Date, Review, Price, Engine – Coming as new for the 2016 Kia Sportage will come with subtle adjustments, including the touchscreen display, and leather upholstered cabin, and others. The SX model will lose its xenon headlights, however it will make a debut with perforated anterior seats and a panoramic sunroof, which were previously optional.

2016 Kia Sportage side angle, red color, exterior, alloy wheels

Quite often, Kia imbues its recently unveiled cars that are adorned in a sporty demeanor, and that will most certainly be obvious with the fittingly christened Kia Sportage 2016. During the course of this existing generation, the vehicle has been able to surpass the expectations of many in terms of standard equipment, lithe handling and agile performance.

2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Kia Sportage

The 2016 Kia Sportage SX model stands out among the variants with its 260 hp and 269 pounds of torque output from a turbocharged powerplant. Additionally, the Kia Sportage 2016 boasts of a price tag lower than most of its key competitors in the market.

2016 Kia Sportage rear view, white color, taillights and tailpipe

Sadly, not everything seems rosy for Sportage, especially those who might want a family oriented vehicle. However, the assertive redesign debuts at the disadvantage of the cargo volume and passenger space. The cargo space with folded rear seats is almost comparable to that of Honda’s HR-V, for example.

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2016 Kia Sportage

First things first, the new Kia Sportage for 2016 is a small crossover Sports Utility Vehicle with a seating capacity for five adults. It will be made available in three trims: LX, EX, and SX.

2016 Kia Sportage side view, exterior, alloy wheels

The base LX will feature the following standard feature air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, a height-adjustable driver seat, and cruise control, a premium audio system with a CD player, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

2016 Kia Sportage front
2016 Kia Sportage front

A selective Popular 2016 Kia Sportage LX package should add a 4.3-inch touchscreen audio system, roof rails, and a rear seat center armrest.

The 2016 Kia Sportage EX starts bags keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats and leather upholstery.

2016 Kia Sportage back
2016 Kia Sportage back

The sportier 2016 Kia Sportage SX includes aluminum scuff plates, a turbocharged engine, taillights and LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof, dual exhaust outlets.

2016 Kia Sportage interior
2016 Kia Sportage interior

The cozy feeling of the cabin is fortified by the good comfort and support. Also, the legroom, according to our own analysis, is inadequate in the second row. Furthermore, the cargo volume is also wanting. Our estimates point to a volume of 26.1 cubic feet, which isn’t impressive by conventional standards.

2016 Kia Sportage interior, leather rear seats

However, the divided organizer just below the cargo floor is good for keeping small items like a first aid kit. Lastly, the Sportage comes with a fun-to-drive demeanor due to the suspension settings that allow it for smoother and sharper handling.

2016 Kia Sportage trunk, cargo space

Engine Specs – 2016 Kia Sportage

The upcoming new Sportage will be available in two dissimilar 4-cylinder powerplants. The LX and EX will all come fitted with a 2.4L powerplant version capable of generating around 182 horsepower and 177 pounds of torque. The 2016 Kia Sportage SX model gets a more agile one: a turbocharged 2L engine capable of cranking out about 260 horsepower and 269 pounds of torque.

Both of the engines will come mated to a 6-speed automatic. FWD is standard while the AWD system is provided optionally.

2016 Kia Sportage engine

During our own testing, the new 2016 Kia Sportage SX FWD sprinted from 0-60 miles per hour in an impressive 6.5 seconds, while the SX with an AWD system did the same but with 7. 3 sec. According to EPA, the fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Kia Sportage FWD LX and EX are 21/28/24 mpg.

The AWD LX and EX drop to 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The SX whilst using the FWD is less efficient at 20/26/22 mpg and 19/25/21 with an AWD system.

2016 Kia Sportage engine view

The AWD LX and EX shrink down to 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. The SX whilst using the FWD is not fuel savvy, at 20/26/22 mpg and 19/25/21 with an AWD system. Some of the safety features include front seat airbag, emergency and roadside assist, antilock disc brakes, full length side curtain airbags, geo-fencing and speed tracking, active front head restraints, stability and traction control.


Wheelbase: 105.1in
Length: 176.4 in
Width: 73.0 in
Passenger volume: 98-102 cu ft
Cargo volume: 31 cu ft
Curb weight: 3596 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 6.5 sec
MPG: 19/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Cherry, Bright Silver, Clear White, Mineral Silver, Twilight Blue…
Towing Capacity: 2000 lbs

Price & Release Date – Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage front view, exterior, headlights and grille

With its advanced UVO infotainment system, height adjustable seats, and full power accessories, the forthcoming new Kia Sportage 2016 is expected to exceed the price of its predecessors by a sizeable margin. We should expect the base model to come with an MSRP ranging between $21,500 and $31,000. The vehicle is projected to hit showrooms in the coming weeks.

Other vehicles to look forward to in this segment include Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and  Hyundai Tuscon.

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