The new generation of Kia’s compact crossover has just been released and it looks like the new model finally has everything it needs to compete with the leaders in the segment, such as the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. The new model is better in every aspect than the previous generation and if we consider that the 2024 Kia Sportage will represent the second production year of the new model, it’s pretty much for sure that it won’t feature any bigger changes.
Therefore, we are about to see a design that has so many great things to offer. The new generation of Sportage offers impressive interior quality, along with plenty of passenger and cargo space, as well as a long list of standard and available equipment. Furthermore, we like the ride quality, as well as the fact that there are three powertrain options on offer, including two hybrids.
As no bigger changes are expected, we believe that the 2024 Kia Sportage will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2023.
2024 Kia Sportage Design
The 2024 Kia Sportage will represent the second production year of the generation and, therefore, it’s hard to expect any notable change. We are about to see the same new design that was introduced recently, which has brought various improvements. Of course, there is the new styling, which brings a pretty futuristic design approach, characterized by a pretty unique front-end design. Also, the new generation features bigger dimensions, including a notably longer wheelbase, which brings many benefits.
Still, our impression is that the biggest improvement over the previous generation is in ride quality. The new model is more comfortable, but also handles way better than before. Also, the company introduced a couple of off-road-oriented versions, such as X-Line and X-Pro, which bring upgrades in terms of higher ground clearance, additional traction control modes and more rugged styling.
As we’ve just mentioned, the interior is arguably one of the strongest points of the new generation. Therefore, there’s no reason to expect any changes for the 2024 Kia Sportage interior. The whole design will remain the same, characterized by an attractive dashboard design, wrapped with high-quality materials and filled with all kinds of advanced tech and convenience features.
Also, the new model features a notably longer wheelbase and that reflects in terms of the passenger space a lot. There is way more legroom, especially in the second row, which allows this SUV to accommodate taller passengers in both rows with ease.
The cargo area is another super-strong point of Sportage. You may count on nearly 40 cubic feet behind the second row and 74.1 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is excellent for the class.
Once again, we are talking about the second production year. So, it’s hard to expect any notable change regarding the standard and available equipment. Base models should come with goodies like a 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB-C port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry etc. Among available upgrades, expect to find goodies like an upgraded 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touch screen with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, rear USB-C ports, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, LED interior lighting, a panoramic sunroof, a power sunshade and a universal garage door opener.
When it comes to safety, base models should come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, driver attention monitoring, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams etc. Also, there are options like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, surround-view camera, front parking sensors, safe exit assist etc.
2024 Kia Sportage Engines
Under the hood, the 2024 Kia Sportage will offer three powertrain options. Base models will feature a classic 2.5-liter inline-four engine, which puts out around 187 horsepower and returns around 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are all typical numbers for the segment.
The rest of the lineup will be hybrids. The first one is a classic hybrid, based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four, which offers a combined output of 226 horsepower and an average fuel economy of 43 mpg combined. Finally, there is a plug-in hybrid setup, based on the same engine, which puts out 261 horsepower and also offers around 30 miles of the all-electric range.
2024 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Kia Sportage will arrive sometime in the last quarter of 2023, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors will be models like Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, VW Tiguan etc.