Redesigned 2022 Kia Sportage is Dramatic, Dynamic, and High-Tech

2022 Kia Sportage
Kia redesigned its compact SUV for the 2022 model year. Kia Corporation

Kia's most popular SUV has gotten a complete makeover. The redesigned 2022 Kai Sportage debuted today featuring a dramatically new exterior and sleek interior that blends existing design themes from Kia's Telluride and Carnival.

The fifth-generation Sportage continues to be a compact SUV that has the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, and Toyota RAV4 as its biggest competition. Its design is the result of a collaborative effort between Kia's design teams in Korea, Germany, the U.S., and China.

The face of the Sportage is most closely related to the design of the EV6, which debuted earlier this year as the automaker's new all-electric crossover. It has an elongated black graphic grille that is pulled across its face. Boomerang-shaped daytime running lights push into nose as a boundary line separates the hood from the front of the car.

Its body styling is similar to other SUVs in its class, with a hint of dynamism. Kia will offer the model with an on-trend black roof to complement the offered exterior paint colors.

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Board shoulders lead the eye away from the Sportage's front toward the rear spoiler and fastback-like roof slope that flows into the taillamps. Kia's new brand logo sits at the center of the lift gate.

Inside, the Sportage has the company's latest technology and design themes on full display. The driver's information display and instrument cluster is housed under one curved until with the infotainment touch screen on the dashboard. Stylish vents frame the screen housing.

The gloss black plastic-covered center console features a dial shifter and cupholders alongside buttons for heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, hill descent control, auto hold, park assist, automatic start/stop, and a forward facing camera.

Front seat headrests feature a hook that allows handbags and clothing to be put in place for the trip home.

Kia will sell the Sportage in a specialized X-Line trim, like it does in the Sorento, equipping those models with a unique front bumper, side sills, and curved roof rack. Buyers can choose from sage green or black upholstery and a variety of appointments to further the look.

Pricing for the Kia Sportage is expected to remain similar to the current version, which starts at $24,090.

The first deliveries of the 2022 Kia Sportage are expected to commence around the end of the year. Specifics about the U.S. model, including which powertrains customers can expect to be able to choose from, will be revealed at a later date.