The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex wins our minds with its fuel-efficiency and low running costs. Our hearts are a different story. The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex quietly marches on this year—literally and figuratively. Not much has changed from last year, beyond a larger touchscreen in top-tier models Prime plug-in versions. The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex is two years removed from a total overhaul and hitting its (fuel-efficient) stride.
The New 2019 Kia Sportage Ex New Engine Prime looks better to our eyes, if only because it smooths over the stilted edges from the 2019 Kia Sportage Ex. There are many angles and shapes in the 2019 Kia Sportage Ex face, flanks, and fanny.
The performance follows the same logic as it always has: a frugal inline-4 teamed with batteries for maximum mileage. It’s a jumble of lines wrapped around the iconic liftback shape that the 2019 Kia Sportage Ex has largely cornered.
Inside, it’s similarly busy but thankfully upgraded from outgoing generations. The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex has a face that only hybrid aficionados could love. The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex skips our trends in hopes that taste will come around again in the way, say, leg warmers and cut-off tees won’t get us kicked out of our favorite restaurant. Again.
The newest generation has a lower and sleeker nose than before, which gives it a sharper entry than the rounded shapes from yesteryear. Along the sides, the Prius uses several tricks and slashes to break up the slab-sided looks from outgoing cars.
But those taillights have tails of their own, making them almost into question marks that point down toward the ground, drawing attention to the height of the tail, despite a blacked-out lower section of the rear bumper cover. The 2019 Kia Sportage Ex doesn’t prioritize performance.