Consumer Reports Says the 2020 Kia Sportage Has 1 Major Drawback

Consumer Reports reviews dozens of vehicles each year. With years of experience, it’s become a publication that many buyers can go to in order to find out more about the cars, trucks, and SUVs that they are shopping for. For the Kia Sportage in the 2020 model year, the review is mostly positive. However, of all the 2020 Kia Sportage features the CR team went over there is 1 that it feels is a major drawback for the compact SUV.

2020 Kia Sportage on display in a showroom
2020 Kia Sportage on display | Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Is the Kia Sportage a good compact SUV?

Overall, Consumer Reports ratings for the 2020 model year Sportage are high. With an affordable price range of $23,990 – $35,090, this is an obvious choice for many families. The 2020 Kia Sportage features ranked the two-row compact SUV #5 of 21 tested compact SUVs.

2020 Kia Sportage is on display at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The 2020 Kia Sportage SUV | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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In addition, the Sportage earned a 78 out of 100 in its road test. Plus, this two-row compact SUV shows 3 out of 5 for both predicted reliability and predicted customer satisfaction. In general, it makes sense why so many buyers ultimately chose the 2020 Kia Sportage. In fact, as of this writing, over 62,000 Americans have purchased one––according to GoodCarBadCar.

Consumer Reports reliability

In terms of reliability, the 2020 Kia Sportage holds its own. Since 2015, Consumer Reports has rated this two-row compact SUV at least a 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability for every model year except 3. In 2015 and 2018, the Kia Sportage earned a 4 out of 5 Consumer Reports reliability. The 2019 Sportage, however, earned just 2 out of 5.

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For the 2020 model year, the Kia Sportage seems to be ironing things out with an improved 3 out of 5 predicted reliability score. With a decent fuel economy and a fantastic warranty from Kia, the increasing reliability score only makes this two-row compact SUV more appealing. So what’s the drawback?

There is 1 major drawback

The 2020 Kia Sportage features score an overall 75 out of 100 from Consumer Reports. This is a contributing factor to its top 5 ranking––a massive jump from the 2019 model’s #19 spot. It’s what Consumer Reports review calls “a mildly sporty small SUV.”

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The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission lends it enough acceleration for most drivers. If you want more power, however, the SX trim offers a turbocharged four. Consumer Reports says that “the ride is a touch firm” but overall “it’s composed and handling is responsive.” The infotainment system is easy to use and the rear seat is nice and roomy. So what gives?

“visibility to the rear and side is hampered by the thick rear roof pillars”

Consumer Reports

Apparently, this two-row compact SUV has extremely poor visibility. Due to its design, it doesn’t feel very open from the interior. A missing window in the rear corners gives the 2020 Kia Sportage a big blindspot. In addition, the rear windshield isn’t exactly large and the front pillars are wide as well, affecting frontward visibility.

2020 Kia Sportage features

Thankfully, there are 2020 Kia Sportage features that combat these visibility issues. As with all new vehicles, a rear backup camera is standard. A blindspot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are both standard features on every trim excluding only the base level. Even for this trim, these are optional additions. Plus, for the 2020 model year, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assist are standard for every Sportage trim.