What are the Differences Between the 2020 Kia Niro and Sportage?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Niro, Kia Sportage, Model Comparison on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 3:14 pm
2020 Kia Niro vs 2020 Kia Sportage

2020 Kia Niro vs 2020 Kia Sportage

The Kia Niro and the Kia Sportage SUVs are priced with only a $500 difference between their base models. So, for those in the market for an affordable compact SUV model, which is the better pick from the Kia catalog for their driving lifestyle? It’s the 2020 Kia Niro vs the 2020 Kia Sportage!


2020 Kia Niro – Specs, Features, and Release Date


Kia Niro vs Kia Sportage

2020 Kia Niro Touring exterior shot with red paint color driving by a glass building near yellow grass
2020 Kia Sportage SUV redesign exterior rear shot showing back bumper and taillight design while parked under a cloudy blue sky

2020 Kia Niro

2020 Kia Sportage

Model 2020 Kia Niro 2020 Kia Sportage
Baseline Engine 1.6L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4
Horsepower 139 181
Torque (lb-ft) 195 175
Upgraded Engine N/A 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A 237
Torque (lb-ft) N/A 260
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automated Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive N/A Available
City Fuel Economy (mpg) 52 23
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 49 30
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 50 26
Front / Rear Legroom (in.) 41.7 / 37.4 41.5 / 38.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 11.9 16.4
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 54.5 60.1
Total Seating 5 5
Classification Hybrid Compact SUV Compact SUV
Starting MSRP 2019 MY: $23,490 2020 MY: TBD $23,990

As a hybrid model, the 2020 Kia Niro clearly has an advantage in terms of fuel economy. However, other drivers might prefer the Sportage for its extra power, space, and other capabilities, including an available upgraded engine option and all-wheel drive. 


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Test Drive the Kia Niro or Kia Sportage in Kenosha, WI 

To learn more about either of these Kia models, or any others, please browse through our online inventory here at Palmen Kia and schedule a test drive with your preferred Kia pick. Additionally, please continue to read our blog and contact us for additional automotive assistance. 

The Palmen Kia team can be reached online, by phone, or with a visit to our store. The Palmen Kia dealership is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin and serves the Southeast Wisconsin areas of Racine, Milwaukee, and more, with Kia sales and automotive service. 

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