Comprehensive Overview of the 2017 Kia Sportage: Features and Specs

A Close Look at a Classic Sportage

The Kia Sportage was created to be a family oriented vehicle that is full of features and value. It has been the best-selling SUV for 11 years running, which says something about its popularity, and it continues to get better with every new model. The 2017 model kept the same formula and offered a few updates as well.

Let’s take a look at what makes this car so great. Whether you’re looking for an affordable used car in our inventory, or a vehicle that will last through your years, this article can tell you everything you need to know about the Kia Sportage 2017!

Does the Kia Sportage 2017 Have A Good Engine?

With the same powertrains and standard automatic transmission as its predecessor, the Sportage maintains its predecessor’s good highway manners. Even with its 240 horsepower, the Sportage SUV’s 181 horsepower is surprisingly eager, regardless of where you take it. Due to its naturally aspirated engine, it provides smooth power without turbo lag.

Additionally, it is a good performer with an automatic transmission. You should get this motor if you’re not a speed freak, as it’s more efficient. A new electric power steering system and redesigned suspension make the Sportage more comfortable to drive.

Type:2.4L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)

Displacement (cc):2,359 cc

Bore to Stroke Measure (mm):88 mm by 97 mm

Configuration: Inline 4-cylinder

Compression ratio: 11.3:1

Horsepower: 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 175 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Engine material: Aluminum block and head

Valve System: 16V DOHC CVVT included with Mechanical Lash Adjusters

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection

Fuel Deman: Regular Unleaded

Coolant Capacity (liters): 2.7 liters

Emission Control System: WCC + UCC

Engine Oil Capacity (liters): 4.8 liters

2017 Kia Sportage Interior

It is important that SUVs are practical. The 2017 Sportage’s interior is optimized to be more family-friendly and more spacious than previous models.

With the split-folding rear seats in place, the cargo space increased from 26.1 to 30.7 cubic feet owing to the improved packaging. It also has quite a spacious headroom ideal for tall individuals.

Inside the Sportage, the second row seats five passengers comfortably, and the driver’s seat is well positioned for better visibility. For 2nd-row passengers, there are a 12-volt power outlet and USB outlet, as well as several storage compartments.

An expansive panoramic roof is also available. Third row seats are also very comfortable and flexible for reclining with great row leg room and row shoulder room.

With the rear seat up, the cargo space is only 30.7 cubic feet, while with the seat down, it is 60.1 cubic feet. It is possible to position the back floor lower as well.

Features such as heated seats, carpet floor, and a power door may also be available.

Seating capacity – 5

Row Head room, front/rear measure (in.) without panoramic sunroof: 39.3 in. by 39.1 in.

Leg room, front/rear measure (in.): 41.5 in. by 38.2 in.

Shoulder room, front/rear measure (in.): 57.1 in. by 55.1 in.

Hip room, front/rear measure (in.): 54.3 in. by 51.2 in.

Cargo volume, Behind 2nd row (dual-level cargo floor: low): 30.7 cu. ft.

Cargo volume, Behind 1st row (dual-level cargo floor: low):60.1 cu. ft.

Cargo volume, total interior volume (SAE cu. ft.): 129.3 cu. ft.

2017 Kia Sportage Exterior

While it retains the outgoing model’s athletic-looking stance, the Sportage is different enough from it to be interesting. There is a tiger-nose grille on the front end, which is the first thing you notice. All of the body panels are new, and we especially like the sweeping taillights at the rear.

Having dual-exhaust outlets makes the SX Turbo look sharp. Models with all-wheel drive (AWD) have slightly lower ground clearance than front-wheel drive (FWD) versions, and their front fascias have a steeper angle for approaching a vehicle.

The satin exterior trim of the Sportage is similar to Kia’s other models, but the front end uses a bolder pen than its usual ones.

All of the other features on the 2017 Sportage are beautifully rendered, once again proving that fine design is not exclusive to luxury marques.

Length (in.): 176.4 in.

Width (in.): 73.0 in.

Height measure (in.), without roof rails (FWD / AWD): 64.4 in./ 64.8 in.

Height measure (in.), with roof rails (FWD / AWD): 64.8 in./ 65.2 in.

Wheelbase measure (in.): 105.1 in.rack (in.), (front/rear) 63.5 in. / 64.0 in.

Overhang measure (in.): 35.8 in. / 35.4 in.

Min. Ground Clearance measure (in.) (FWD / AWD): 6.4 in. / 6.8 in.

Approach angle measure (degrees) (FWD / AWD): 16.7 / 28.0

Departure angle measure (degrees) (FWD / AWD): 23.9 / 24.6

Breakover angle measure (degrees) (FWD / AWD): 18.6 / 19.5

2017 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

A front-wheel drive model powered by a 2.4-liter base engine gets 10 L/100 km in the city and 8 L/100 km on the highway. According to the EPA, the SX Turbo and its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine can achieve 12 L/100 km in the city and 8.5 L/100 km on the highway. Models with all-wheel-drive see their estimates drop slightly.

City (mpg) -23

Highway (mpg) – 30

Combined (mpg) – 26

City (mpg) – 21

Highway (mpg) – 25

Combined (mpg) – 22

Fuel tank capacity (gallons) – 16.4 gallons

2017 Kia Sportage Ride and Handling

By modifying the steering rack and the car suspension geometry, Kia hopes to make the Sportage more sporty while also improving the ride. Steering inputs and reactions are said to be smoothed out with a remounted steering rack with lower friction. A more rigid front suspension and bushings have also been added, while the rear suspension now has dual lower arms.

In addition to stiffer rear dampers, the SX Turbo model gets a softer set of springs and larger tires and wheels on its larger 19-inch wheels. Our only experience so far has been with this model, which strikes a great balance between excellent body control, sharp handling, and a compliant ride.

There’s a noticeable weight difference between front wheel drive and all-wheel drive models of the Sportage. However, AWD models have no problem navigating curves and choppy roads.

You’ll enjoy the comfortable ride, the poised handling, and the responsive steering in the Sportage.

Towing Capacity measure, w/ trailer brakes (FWD / AWD): 2,000 lbs. / 2,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity measure, w/o trailer brakes (FWD / AWD): 1,650 lbs. / 1,650 lbs.

Six Speed Automatic transmission, Min. (FWD / AWD): ,305 lbs. / 3,448 lbs.

Six Speed Automatic transmission, Max. (FWD / AWD): 3,596 lbs. / 3,739 lbs.

Steering type: Motor power assisted & Rack and pinion type (MDPS)

Overall steering gear ratio: 14.4:1

Turns – Lock to Lock: 2.71

Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.) – 34.8 ft.

Kia Sportage 2017 Specs and Features

Kia offers three different trim levels in its 2017 Sportage lineup: Kia Sportage LX, EX, and SX turbo. The SX Turbo model is the only one that offers a turbocharged engine as well as additional performance features and optional upgrades. The other two offer front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD)

Kia has always positioned all its models as offering the best value for the money due to the high features included in them. In comparison to most of its rivals, the Sportage packs a few more features and is less expensive.

On the base LX, standard features include:

  • Power windows
  • Power side mirrors
  • Rear wiper and defroster
  • Air conditioning with rear vents
  • Remote keyless entry,
  • A tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Touchscreen audio with six speakers
  • Satellite radio
  • A rearview camera
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and streaming audio
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats with adjustable recline

Keyless ignition, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that provides Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and UVO eServices services are included in the mid-level EX model. A heated flat bottom steering wheel is also an option, as is a power passenger seat. In addition, the top-of-the-line SX model comes standard with an upscale Harman Kardon sound system rated at 320 watts. You may also opt for a heated steering wheel, auto dimming rear-view mirror, led fog lights.

2017 Kia Sportage Safety Features

It was awarded a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2021 Sportage. Tests of the side-impact and rollover collisions awarded the Sportage five stars.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the new Sportage has received “Good” scores on every test, including the small-overlap front crash.

The Sportage earned “Good” scores on all safety tests, such as for its front-crash avoidance system and a “Superior” rating on its side airbags.

In two of its tests, the Sportage received four stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety Features: Standard Equipment for Advanced Features:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Forward Collision Avoidance System
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • High-beam Assist

Safety Features: Available Advanced Equipment:

  • Vehicle Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Parking Assist
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors


The 2017 Kia Sportage is a great choice for anyone looking for a spacey SUV with comfortable seating for everyday family transport in Edmonton.

Wanting to test drive a used 2017 Sportage? Visit us at North Edmonton Kia!