The 2022 Kia Sportage is one of the nicer offerings in the compact crossover class, possessing an upscale appearance, luxurious cabin, and charming driving dynamics. With so many satisfying traits, it easily beats out competitors such as the Mazda CX-5 and its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson.
Not much has changed for the Sportage in 2022, as Kia is planning a new generation and major redesign for 2023. However, different trim levels did receive updates, such as every Sportage EX model coming standard with a panoramic sunroof.
The 2022 Kia Sportage is offered for sale in Canada in six different model configurations: LX FWD, LX, LX Nightsky, EX S, EX Premium S, and SX. Starting at $25,995, the LX FWD model is a value among compact crossovers with its 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, dual-level cargo floor, and privacy tint glass. It is the only model offered with front-wheel drive.
The best combination of features at a reasonable price comes on the EX S model, which starts at $32,795. It features all-wheel drive, a plethora of driver-assist features, smart key with push button start, 10-way power adjustable driver seat, panoramic sunroof, and heated front seats and steering wheel.
The 2022 Kia Sportage's exterior design remains handsome and classic even at the end of its generational life. It features rounded curves that add to its aerodynamic appearance and the privacy tint glass gives it an air of mystery and intrigue missing from regular compact crossovers.
When an interior of a vehicle is compared to an Audi product, then you know something is being done correctly. The interior of the Sportage is well executed and filled with a pleasing mix of high-quality materials. The Sportage puts the 'fun' in 'functional' with nifty cargo compartments and fun additions for drivers and passengers alike.
The traditional engine offering for the 2022 Kia Sportage is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder that delivers 181 horsepower to meet any driver's needs with its smooth and comfortable driving dynamics. However, drivers that want more pep in their step should opt for the SX trim level, which puts a 237-hp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder under the hood of the Sportage.
With above-average handling characteristics and enjoyable driving responses, either engine option makes a great choice for Sportage drivers.
Every model of the 2022 Kia Sportage features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. This easy-to-use system gets the job done, and the Sportage adds additional desirable options, such as wireless device charging and built-in navigation, on higher level models.
While safety features such as airbags, ABS braking, hill-assist control, and more are standard on every model, Kia offers a varying number of driver-assist features across its Sportage lineup. When properly equipped, the Sportage can offer a blind-spot detection system, lane keep assist system, forward collision-avoidance assist, front and rear parking sensors, and more.
Drivers who want to learn more about one of Kia's most overlooked but most useful crossovers should head to Bessada Kia and inquire about the 2022 Sportage.