Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines: Luxury in a Spunky mid-range SUV

Jul 22, 2020

Kia Sportage 2018 is Kia's quite successful SUV with outstanding improvements and upgrades, which is able to compete directly with strong rivals such as Honda CRV or Mazda CX5.

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1. Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines: Introduction

Kia Sportage is Kia's 5-seater model which is highly appreciated by users in the world for its exterior and interior design. In the 2018 version, this model is brought by some manufacturers to gradually regain its position in the 5-seater crossover / SUV segment and become a serious competitor to models from those famous models such as Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5.

Kia Sportage 2018

2018 Kia Sportage Philippines

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2. Why should people buy the Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines?

Kia Sportage 2018 is a good value option if you are looking for a compact SUV with distinctive styling, great ride and handling and optional turbo power. More than that, it also has a quality feel inside and stellar infotainment that is worth considering.

Kia Sportage 2018

Kia Sportage 2018

3. Kia Sportage 2018 Price & Variants available in the Philippines

Here is the price list of the Sportage 2018 in the Philippines. The new 2018 Kia Sportage starts at ₱1,275,000 for SL FWD (gasoline) A/T variant. A used 2018 Sportage may come with features such as heated rear seats and cost you less than a new 2019 model without them.

Kia Sportage 2018 Price in the Philippines
Model Price 
2018 Kia Sportage GT Line FWD A/T ₱1,745,000
2018 Kia Sportage SL FWD A/T ₱1,475,000
2018 Kia Sportage SL FWD (gasoline) A/T ₱1,275,000

4. What’s missing from the features?

Because of the compact size, the cargo space of the car is also quite tight, only suitable to carry small luggage. Besides, fuel economy isn't as good as some top rivals. The test results show the CR-V 2018 should be able to cross about 450 miles of highway driving with its 14.0-gallon tank full.


Kia Sportage 2018 Cargo Space

Kia Sportage 2018 Cargo Space is quite tight

5. Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines: Review proper


Kia Sportage 2018 has dimensions length x width x height of 4,470 x 1,854 x 1,645 mm, wheelbase of 2,669 mm. Overall, Sportage 2018 still features a grille design that is familiar with the Kia logo on top.

Kia Sportage 2018 Exterior

Kia Sportage 2018​ Philippines: Dimensions
Wheelbase 2670 mm
Length 4480 mm
Width 1855 mm
Height 1655 mm
Ground clearance 172 mm
Curb Weight 1564 kg



Two engines are available in the 2018 Sportage, a base 2.0-liter gasoline mill which makes 153hp and 192Nm of torque, and a more powerful 2.0-liter diesel mill which pumps out 182hp and an impressive 402Nm of torque. Both powerplants are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The standard drivetrain on the 2018 Sportage is front-wheel drive, the range-topping diesel variant comes with standard all-wheel drive.

Kia Sportage 2018 Engine

Both powerplants are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission

Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
Engine type Regular Unleaded I-4
Horsepower 181 @ 6000
Torque 402 Nm
Drive train FWD/AWD
Transmission Automatic
Fuel system Gasoline Direct Injection
Fuel tank capacity 62 L

Judging by Kia Sportage in terms of performance, this small SUV offers outstanding performance on a variety of terrain conditions and speeds. The steering of the car handles well and accurately when driving at low speeds. At the same time, the driving and climbing ability of the Kia Sportage 2018 is also highly appreciated thanks to the properly adjusted torque.

Besides, the Korean model also has high fuel efficiency. According to the Kia Sportage specifications announced by the manufacturer, this model has a fuel consumption of about 6.5 liters / 100km on 1,000km of combined roads.

Safety features

Standard safety features of the 2018 Sportages include six airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are standard on advanced variants.

In addition, the car is also equipped with a start / stop-start button, a steering wheel with integrated gearshift pad, cruise control and a drive mode selection system (Eco, Normal, Sport). On the most advanced version is the Kia Sportage GT Line, the car is equipped with a blind-spot monitoring camera, collision warning sensor, rear parking sensor and automatic parking brake.

2018 Kia Sportage Interior

 2018 Kia Sportage Interior

Kia Sportage 2018: Safety Features
  • Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger/Driver
  • Brakes-ABS
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control
  • Fog Lamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Stability Control

Comfort Features

The Interior space of Kia Sportage 2018 is larger than the old one, so the interior also becomes more spacious and comfortable. Rear seats are suitable for 3 people.

2018 Kia Sportage Interior

Luxury and elegant Kia Sportage 2018 Interior

However, the Kia Sportage 2018 has the minus point that the luggage space is quite narrow compared to competitors in the same segment.
On the leather steering wheel is integrated function keys such as volume up and down, handsfree phone and radio channel. 6-inch entertainment center system with Bluetooth, 6 audio speakers, 1 USB port and UVO entertainment system connecting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Kia Sportage 2018: Comfort Features
  • Air Conditioning
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Remote Engine Start (Optional)
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Steering


In terms of exterior design, the car is not much different from the previous version. Kia Sportage 2018 still owns a sporty appearance and attractive style in exterior details, especially the front of the car. If you're looking for a particular color, there are a few, including Clear White as standard, Fiery Red, Steel Grey, Sparkling Silver and Mercury Blue, while Cherry Black and Snow White Pearl are exclusive to GT-Line.

The rear uses a pair of LED technology taillights with 3D design and is divided into 2 independent areas. In particular, one is mounted on the door of the luggage compartment, partly located close to the rear bumper of the car. Overall, this design helps Kia Sportage become completely different from rivals.

Kia Sportage 2018: Exterior
Headlights LEDs
Daytime running lights  LEDs
Front fog lights Yes
Intermittent Wipers  Variable

2018 Kia Sportage GT Line

2018 Kia Sportage GT Line FWD A/T

6. Kia Sportage 2018 Philippines: Final recommendation

Overall, 2018 Sportage deserves to be among those SUVs you consider first rather than the one you settle on after looking at the price tag because of its smooth ride quality, spacious seating and attractive dashboard layout with many appealing features.




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