2020 Kia Sportage Gets A Light Makeover, New S Trim And Safety Kit

Kia has revealed the facelifted 2020 Sportage, which now features a refreshed look, making its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

The popular compact crossover now sports new front and rear fascias; the revisions include redesigned headlights with LED turn indicators, new projector-beam fog lights, new front and rear bumper design, new wheel designs, a redesigned tail light trim and more. Kia will also offer new LED headlights with LED fog lights as an option.

There’s also a new midrange S Trim with sportier exterior and interior design elements offered alongside the existing LX, EX and SX variants in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The interior of the updated model has been modestly refreshed with a standard 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and optional telematics, a redesigned steering wheel and vent bezels, an optional wireless smartphone charging tray, as well as available ‘Sofino’ leatherette seats.

Kia’s active safety kit has been enhanced with new systems that include Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control with Start&Stop, Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection and High Beam Assist.

The powertrain range remains unchanged, with the two existing engines still available: a 2.4-liter GDI with 181hp and 175lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI with 240hp and 260lb-ft of torque. Both units are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is an optional feature.

The Korean crossover is set to go on sale in the first half of 2019, with pricing details to be announced closer to the model’s sales launch.

Article has been updated with images from Kia’s Chicago Auto Show stand

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  • charlotteharry57

    When this was introduced for ’17, I hurled at the front-end looks. While still no beauty, so many other vehicles have far surpassed it on the ugly meter that I don’t mind it nearly as much anymore. I’d wait for an all-new ’22. Likely better fuel economy and a bit longer in length to better match the competition.

  • Stephen G

    I’ve always admired the looks of the Sportage. The new RAV4 looks pretty good too. The CRV is messy. But the Jeep Compass is the best looking one of the bunch.

    • nellydesign

      The CR-V is “messy” but you think the Rav4 looks good? Ok…

      • Matt

        Yeah that confused me too.

      • Stephen G

        Sorry. other way around. RAV4 a bit messy.

    • bd0007

      The new RAV-4 is middling at best when it comes to sheetmetal.

  • Patrick Bong

    Nice looking car for sure, but owning a KIA is like wearing a sandwich-board that says “Guess what everyone? I have bad credit”

    • diesel_vdub

      Completely untrue and frankly an idiotic statement, assumption, and classification.

      • Matt

        You wouldn’t happen to be a little biased would you?

        I don’t agree with the OP by the way.

      • Patrick Bong

        “Kia Moves Upmarket, But Remains Popular With Subprime Set” – according to article by Wards Auto, with Kia owning three positions of the top ten vehicles purchased by subprime borrowers

        • diesel_vdub

          Quoting an article from 4 years ago isn’t the best way to back up your argument.

          • Patrick Bong

            What’s the average length of car loans these days? Probably more than 4 years. Not that long ago.

    • bd0007

      Not exactly true.

      No (mainstream) auto-maker in the US has a trim equivalent to Kia’s SXL (Ford Europe has the Vignale trim) and the Optima’s ATP has been higher than that for the Camry, Altima, Fusion and Sonata and in certain months has even bested the Accord.

  • Joe E

    Front end still looks goofy, like an inbred Porsche

    • Dariush

      actually IRL is pretty amazing, especially this facelift.

  • EM1

    KIA seriously needs to upgrade their showrooms to a much more upgrade VW feel to it. The one near me in Levittown, NY seems kind of slimy used car lot feel.

  • Nordschleife

    I do think the stinger headlights make this more appealing. I didn’t like it that much when it first came out but the styling has grown on me.

    • Finkployd

      same, although I think it’s the previous foglights that were disturbing

      • Nordschleife

        Oddly enough the fog lights didn’t bother me but I hated the shape of the previous headlights. They made it look to froogy for me. These widened one make it look less so.

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