After the recent introduction of the fifth generation, Kia’s compact crossover profiled itself as one of the best models in the class, a vehicle that has so many great things to offer. Other than the polarizing styling, there aren’t many things to be criticized. The Korean manufacturer did a fantastic job, which clearly indicates that the next year’s model, the 2024 Kia Sportage, is about to carry on in the same way. Of course, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor upgrades, such as new color options.
All in all, the next year’s model will continue with familiar design characteristics. This SUV offers a stylish interior, with nice materials and lots of tech features. It also gets praise for one of the largest cargo areas in the class. Finally, there is a broad range of powertrain options, which includes both gasoline and hybrid versions, with the latter offering exceptional fuel economy.
With no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2024 Kia Sportage release date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2024 Kia Sportage Design
The 2024 Kia Sportage will represent the second production year of the new generation. Therefore, it’s easy to predict that there will be no bigger changes. We are about to see the same design, which brings a completely new chassis, with significant improvements in terms of ride quality. The new generation feels way more composed and offers a more engaging ride than the previous generation. At the same time, the ride feels smoother.
The styling may feel a little bit polarizing and that’s a radical change compared to the previous generation, which featured rather a classic design. Still, the sales numbers tell that many like the new aesthetics, so the 2024 Kia Sportage might bring a few updates, particularly in terms of new color options.
The same story is with the interior design, which will also continue without bigger changes. Simply, the Korean carmaker did a great job with the recent redesign and brought a pretty luxurious cabin design. The dashboard looks very elegant and it is complemented by a good portion of advanced tech features. Moreover, higher trim levels look so good that you can easily mistake it for some premium-badged crossover.
Besides quality, the new generation also offers plenty of cabin space. The front seats are not just spacious, but also well-shaped and with great ergonomics. The second row also accommodates adults with ease, with plenty of leg and headroom.
The cargo area is another impressive aspect of this compact SUV. You may count on nearly 40 cubic feet behind the second row and 74 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class.
As we already mentioned, the new generation comes with generous offers of tech and convenience features, so we presume that the 2024 Kia Sportage will continue in the same way. Base models should come with goodies like an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a USB-C port, a six-speaker stereo and Bluetooth. The list of standard equipment will also include an impressive 12.2-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as remote keyless entry.
Among options, expect to find goodies like 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 and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, LED interior lighting, a panoramic sunroof, a power sunshade and a universal garage door opener.
2024 Kia Sportage Engines
This is one of the aspects that could bring novelties. The current model is available with gasoline and hybrid variants, but the 2024 Sportage will also offer a plug-in hybrid, the same one found in the Hyundai Tucson, with a combined output of 261 horsepower and 33 miles of the all-electric range. The standard, self-charging hybrid will carry on in the same way, with 226 horsepower and impressive fuel economy that goes easily over 40 miles per gallon in a combined cycle.
On the other hand, base models will keep things simple and carry on with a good-old 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four. That engine puts out around 187 horsepower and comes coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance is decent, as well as the fuel economy. You may count on up to 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class.
2024 Kia Sportage Release Date and Price
With no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2024 Kia Sportage will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars.