10 things to know before buying the 2022 Kia Sportage


Being a highly competitive segment, the compact crossover SUV market has filled with many new entrants that offer all the essentials needed for a comfortable and capable family mover. Even if the 2022 KIA Sportage feels a little long in the tooth and its brand new 2023 replacement will be offered in the coming months, it still ticks all the boxes making it one of the best selling offerings on the market.

Both the naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines are quite peppy, and the car scores high on ride and handling too. The cabin is very spacious and the Sportage also comes with plenty of standard features. It also scores high in NHTSA and IIHS crash tests. Competing with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V, here are 10 things you need to know before getting the 2022 Kia Sportage.

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ten Hard-hitting powertrain

Kia Sportage in a parking lot
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The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter direct-injected inline-4 engine producing 181 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque comes with the lower LX, Nightfall and EX trims of the 2022 Kia Sportage. SX Turbo comes with a 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces a respectable 237 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and can be had with either FWD or AWD transmissions.

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If you’re a calm driver and don’t need fast passing on the highways, the base 2.4-liter engine is probably sufficient. Being a naturally aspirated engine, we found the low end to be quite decent and the car to be extremely refined as well. Even driving at highway speeds, the engine felt at home, though acceleration wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. However, the 2-liter turbocharged engine’s acceleration was impressive for the segment, and the car did the 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds and the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds.

9 Well appointed cabin

2021 Kia Sportage
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Part of the fourth generation that has been in continuous production for over five years, the 2022 Kia Sportage still retains the well-appointed cabin that could put most new offerings from many well-known brands to shame. The cabin is filled with soft-touch leather and plastics that don’t feel cheap, both of which are high demands for a compact family SUV.

Red Kia Sportage on the highway
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Leather upholstery is standard with the top trim, and the steering is also wrapped in premium leather. Overall, we found everything to be pretty perfect as far as editing goes. There were no sharp edges in the cabin and everything felt solid enough even after a hard ride. All of which points to a cab that’s built to last.

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8 Ride quality sorted

2022 Kia Sportage
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Smooth ride quality has always been in the DNA of all model years of the Kia Sportage and this 2022 iteration is no different. Featuring a strut front suspension and a multi-link rear setup with coil springs and anti-roll bars, the Kia Sportage was superb for getting around no matter the road conditions.

2022 Kia Sportage
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Drive the car slowly and you’d be surprised how well the suspension soaks up anything thrown at it, even the biggest of potholes. The ride never becomes disturbing, even when driven at a faster pace on highways. Vertical movement is very minimal, as is roll. Even with the 19″ alloy rims, the 245 section and high profile tires contribute to the ride quality.

Take the 2022 Kia Sportage around a tight corner, and the car handles more like a low-slung sedan than an SUV. The chassis is well designed and it manages to communicate very well when driving hard. The suspension also does an excellent job since it is set in the neutral position, neither too stiff nor too soft.


When driven on twisty roads, the car manages to mask body roll quite well, which greatly improves the driving experience. The steering weighs quite well at higher speeds and also offers decent feel and feedback. Although understeer is present at the limits, the AWD transmission ensures that the car does not lose traction in tight corners.

6 Energy efficiency is disappointing

Kia Sportage
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If you opt for the base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine mated to the FWD transmission, the 2022 Kia Sportage managed to give 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. However, opt for the AWD transmission, which is an optional extra, and the car could do 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

A red Kia Sportage.
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However, compared to the fuel efficiency offered by the Kia Sportage, the Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan managed to do better. If you opt for the 2-liter turbocharged engine, fuel consumption drops even further to 20 mpg and 28 mpg for the FWD model and 19 mpg and 24 mpg for the AWD model.

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5 Comes with security technologies

Sportage 2022

The 2022 Kia Sportage comes with all safety and driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and many others in series. The Blind Spot Monitoring System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert System can be had if you opt for the necessary packs.

Sportage 2022

Build quality also proved to be excellent, with the entire body being constructed from high-strength steel and aluminum. All of these things helped the car earn an overall 5-star safety rating in the NHTSA crash test and were deemed the 2022 Top Safety Pick in the compact SUV segment by the IIHS.

4 Infotainment is polished

Interior view of the 2023 Kia Sportage
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The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system also brings no changes to this 2022 iteration, and it has no major complaints in terms of user interface and display quality. However, some of the rivals offer a larger infotainment system, which makes the cabin look more futuristic.

Sportage 2022

In terms of features offered, all the necessary connectivity and entertainment features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, audio streaming and many more are standard on all trims. Wireless charging and built-in navigation are also available as options.

3 The exterior design is youthful

2021 Kia Sportage
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The 2022 Kia Sportage doesn’t feature any major design changes from older model years, which makes the car look quite dated. The all-new generation of the Kia Sportage is going to be launched in the coming months, with a more delightful exterior and interior, which makes this 2022 iteration quite spartan to look at.

2021 Kia Sportage on the road
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The front receives the quintessential Kia grille with chrome surrounds, a honeycomb grille, stylish headlights and LED DRLs. The side profile looks bland with subtle character lines and chrome accents. However, the design of the 19-inch alloy wheels stands out. The rear is the best of the lot, with a striking LED taillight, silver skid plate and dual exhaust system.

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2 The interior looks ordinary

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Even though the cabin turned out to be one of the best in terms of quality, fit and finish, the same cannot be said for the design language. Compared to the more striking design language of the upcoming 2023 model, this 2022 iteration doesn’t present itself as a striking proposition. The boxy dash and a bland-looking instrument cluster look very dated.

Sportage 2022

The small touchscreen infotainment system and old-school center console also look a bit old-fashioned, especially compared to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Tucson. However, the aluminum pedals, leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and chrome and silver accents help hide the blandness a bit.

1 The brakes are okay

2023 Kia Sportage Red
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With the same 4-wheel disc brake setup with 12″ front rotors and 11.9″ rear rotors, the 2022 Kia Sportage has proven to be quite good in terms of braking performance. All other braking functions, such as vented front rotors, brake assist, hill descent control, hill hold control, etc. are standard on all four trim configurations.

Kia Sportage

The brakes have strong initial bite, and progression is top-notch as well. Front-end dive is minimal, and the car doesn’t get very jittery under hard braking. The 6-speed automatic transmission performs aggressive downshifts to reduce speed. With a 70-0 mph braking distance of 170 feet, the car is similar to its rivals in terms of high-speed braking performance.

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