Kia Sportage Review: 2011-2016 Model Year Changes and Differences

Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage has built a legacy on versatility and affordability. Since it first hit the market in 1995, the compact SUV has earned a reputation as a pocket workhorse, appealing to a wide range of buyers with its convenient and practical features. But how has it changed throughout the years? How exactly has KIA improved on its tradition of reliability?

Let’s find out by looking at key years 2011 through 2016.

2011 Kia Sportage

2011 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2011 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s third (SL; 2010–2015) generation and has an average fuel economy of 8.9 to 12.4 km/l.

As standard features, the Sportage comes with air-conditioning, 12-volt power ports, power driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel, satellite radio, and power windows. Additionally, the more premium EX models are equipped with leather accents, telescoping wheel, and dual-zone climate control.

2011 KIA SPORTAGE engine

The lower and longer 2011 Sportage looks meaner than its predecessors with a powerful engine to match — it is powered by either a 176 hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine or a 270 hp turbocharged 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine, mated with a 6 speed MT or AT. With some off-road capabilities, the Sportage can take you just about anywhere at a low cost.

Safety features include dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel ABS, stability control, brake assist, electronic brake distribution, hill start assist, tire-pressure monitoring, and downhill brake control.


 

2012 Kia Sportage

2012 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2012 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s third (SL; 2010–2015) generation and has an average fuel economy of 8.5 to 11.5 km/l.

The release of the 2012 model propelled the Sportage to even greater heights in the compact crossover SUV world with brand new styling, greater fuel efficiency, and greater power. The Sportage is menacing, with its lean and edgy styling aided in no small part by the use of Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ style front fascia. The 17 or 18 inch wheels (depending on the variant) also show that the Sportage means business.

2012 KIA SPORTAGE engine

The lineup of the 2012 Sportage includes the Platinum (AWD), the Si (FWD), and the SLi (AWD). The Platinum and SLi come with either a 181 hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder diesel engine or 173 hp 2.4L inline four-cylinder unleaded gasoline engine with 6 speed automatic transmission, while the Si is powered by a 164 hp 2.0L inline four-cylinder unleaded gasoline engine mated with either 6 speed AT or 5 speed MT.

Safety features are abundant — dual front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), stability control, brake assist (BA) and electronic brake distribution (EBD) all come as standard on the 2012 Sportage.


 

2013 Kia Sportage

2013 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2013 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s third (SL; 2010–2015) generation and has an average fuel economy of 9.6 to 11 km/l.

The 2013 Kia Sportage is a devilishly handsome crossover compact SUV that adds athleticism and sportiness on top of family-friendly capabilities.

The 3rd generation 2013 Sportage remains at the smaller end of its class, but packs a whole punch of edginess and attitude with its taut stylings, and light sculpting.

2013 KIA SPORTAGE engine

Under the hood, the 2013 Sportage receives a 2.4L direct injection inline four-cylinder engine that makes 176 hp as standard, or a 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder unit capable of producing 260 hp in the SX model. The base model comes with a 6MT as standard, while all other models receive a six-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard on the Sportage with AWD available as an option. The 2.4L engine models are able to achieve an estimated fuel efficiency of 11.0 km/l (10.0 with AWD), while the SX model achieves a fuel efficiency of 10.6 km/l(9.6 with AWD).

Standard features in the Sportage include cloth seats, a CD stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, 16-inch wheels, and height-adjustable front seats with good leg and shoulder room.

For safety, the Sportage features dual front, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), stability control, hill-start assist and downhill brake assist.


 

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2014 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s third (SL; 2010–2015) generation and has an average fuel economy of 8.9 to 11.9 km/l.

The 2014 Kia Sportage leaves its competitors in the dust not just because of updates to its already sporty good looks, but with an engine upgrade to deliver even more power to the compact SUV. A new grille, wheel designs changes, as well as new HID headlamps and LED rear tail lamps have given the Sportage a more edgy appearance, all while leaving its signature athletic feel untouched.

2014 KIA SPORTAGE engine

The 2.4L direct-injection inline four-cylinder engines of the base model Sportages have received a boost in power from 176 hp to 182 hp, while the SX version receives a 260 hp 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The Sportage comes in either front or all-wheel drive. The interior of Sportage keeps up with the trend of sportiness through the use of large gauges framed a rectangular dash.

As standard features, the 2014 Sportage comes with air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors and 16-inch wheels, with more premium models featuring 18-inch wheels, telescoping and leather steering wheel, and shifter trim. The Sportage’s list of safety features includes anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability system, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows and an optional rear camera.


 

2015 Kia Sportage

2015 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2015 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s third (SL; 2010–2015) generation and has an average fuel economy of 9.4 to 10.6 km/l.

The Kia Sportage offers fun and utility for those bored of the standard SUV offerings! The 2015 Sportage crossover SUV features unique stylings with lean proportions and a handsome profile. In its attractively detailed and furnished interior, the cockpit has also been injected with a sporty flavor through the use of big, impossible-to-miss gauges.

2015 KIA SPORTAGE engine

The EX and LX trims of the 2015 Sportage come powered by a 2.4L 182hp direct injection inline four-cylinder engine mated with a six speed automatic transmission and FWD as standard, while the upper trim SX uses a 2.0L 260hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder unit. AWD is available as an option across all trims.

Standard features on the 2015 Sportage include air conditioning, power windows, locks, and mirrors, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, keyless entry, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, USB/iPod connectivity, while the SX adds on 18-inch wheels, keyless start, and the UVO eServices package. It comes protected by safety features such as standard airbags, anti lock brakes, stability control hill-start assist and downhill brake assist. Break away from the crowd with the 2015 Kia Sportage.


 

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 KIA SPORTAGE exterior

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The 2016 Kia Sportage is a member of the model’s fourth (QL; 2015–present) generation and has an average fuel economy of 8.0 to 11.0 km/l .

The Kia Sportage compact SUV built on a reputation for safety received a complete makeover with the release of the 2016 edition. The front profile of the 2016 Sportage takes after the KX3 (released in the Chinese market) with its high-positioned grille, headlights, and air intake. Additionally, the Sportage now comes installed with 4 ‘ice cube’ style LED DRLs in the front bumper, sporty LED tail lights, and large 18 inch aluminum wheels.

2016 KIA SPORTAGE engine

For its powertrain, the Sportage uses either a gasoline or diesel inline four-cylinder engine unit. European models feature a 185hp 1.6L GDi Turbo edition, a 131hp 1.7L CRDi diesel model, or a newly developed 132hp 1.2L T-GDi turbo edition, while Korean variants come with a 1.7L CRDi engine, a 2.0L CRDi diesel engine, or a 245 hp 2.0L T-GDi engine. Depending on the model and the market, the engine of the sportage is mated with a 7 speed Dual Clutch or 6 speed automatic transmission. As safety features, the Sportage comes equipped with curtain airbags, stability control, and optional rear parking sensors and back-up camera to aid in parking the sizable SUV.


 

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