Consumer Reviews Summary
28 of 35 (80%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Kia Sportage Overview
The five-seat 2012 Kia Sportage compact crossover, which was redesigned last year, offers crisp styling, a pair of powerful engines, and plenty of cargo room.
This latest iteration of the Sportage debuted in 2011 with a completely different look than its predecessor. Now in year two, it still has some of the most attractive exterior angles to be found in this very competitive segment, especially up front. A panoramic moonroof is available for those who want to let the sun shine in the cabin.
Under the hood of the Sportage, there are two engine options. The base engine is a 176-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes on base, LX, and EX trims. For the more powerful engine found in the line-topping SX trim, the Sportage opts for a forced-induction four-cylinder instead of the V-6 you’d find in most of the competition. This turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder outputs 260-horsepower and 269 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or automatic, and all Sportages feature hill start assist, which holds the Sportage in place when starting off uphill, as well as hill descent control which limits the Sportage’s speed during descents.
Inside, the 2012 Sportage comes with a lot of standard equipment, something that Kia has done well over the past several years. Air conditioning, USB/auxiliary audio ports, Bluetooth® connectivity, height adjustable front seats, and steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth controls all come standard. Available options include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a cooled glove box, and heated/ventilated front seats. Kia’s new Uvo entertainment system is also available, connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Uvo allows you to access your contacts and make calls, reads text messages aloud, and lets you control the audio/Bluetooth system via voice commands.
The Sportage is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and has standard safety features like antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, active front head restraints, and a full suite of airbags.