Kia launched the 2019 edition of Sportage as a handsome and capable hatchback to address the basic requirements of a small family car in every respect. At the first glance, the visual appeal of the 2019 Kia Sportage might look quite similar to that of its sibling Kia Soul, but a deeper perspective would make our vision clear, how the 2019 model of Kia Sportage is gathering crowds who are looking for crossover-SUV credentials.

The sales team at the Houston Kia dealer explained to us the reasons and in the process we could get a detailed overview of the vehicle that was waiting to get counted among our list of favorites. Thanks to the sales team who informed us about the simple fact that the Sportage carries more weightage than the 2019 Soul as it offers more lucrative options like turbo-4 drivetrain, the power of which can be optimized through its all-wheel drive configuration, which is offered by Kia as an option.

Design and Inside Comfort

The 2019 Kia Sportage will nevertheless stand out in the crowd for its swoopy yet elegantly subdued look. But that won’t curb down its boldness as Kia knows how to achieve it without laying out its exterior and interior with overly detailed components and cluttered with instruments.

At the first glance, the grille will look much pronounced while the kicked-back roof pillars are most likely to arrest your attention in no time. We couldn’t but appreciate its clean body appearance that wears a calm attitude to woo the energetic drivers.

The uncluttered layout of the inside cabin though is dominated by a big and bright touchscreen display unit, while the comforting seats make enough space to comfortably sit four adult passengers. The cabin of the 2019 Kia Sportage is draped with premium quality materials that makes you feel valued.

To load your cargo items, Kia allots you 63 cubic feet of space inside the 2019 Sportage, if you are ready to fold down the rear seats.

2019 Kia Sportage Trims

Kia has finalized the 2019 lineup of Sportage with trims queuing up as LX, EX, and SX Turbo, all of which come standard with front-wheel drive, but you can choose the all-wheel drive as an option.

Handling and Performance

We came to know from the friendly staff of the Houston Kia dealership showroom, that for the 2019 year release, Kia has left the Sportage almost the same as the last year model. So the power combinations continue with a 181-horsepower making inline-4 engine or a 240-hp producing turbo-4 one. Both the engine options are given 6-speed automatic transmissions to couple with. If you drive the Sportage AWD hatchback powered by the turbo-4 engine, your drive will put its best foot forward delivering a quiet and composed ride from its naturally aspirated powertrain. On the other hand, driving the 2019 Kia Sportage SX Turbo trim will bring you a precise handling experience which feels more like driving a crossover SUV, while its friendly and confident cornering moves would make you greedy to drive it home.