What do we think of the exterior looks of the 2023 Kia Sportage?
One of the great things about the Kia Sportage line-up when you start to look at the lower trim levels, is that they pretty much look identical to the top-spec variants. The GT-Line gets some sporty aero design and different wheels but that’s about it.
The headlight design with its long daytime running lights looks very cool, and you’ll be glad to know that LED headlights are standard across the range, though the lower S trim does get incandescent bulbs for turn signals.
The grill is pretty large as well and integrates nicely with the daytime running lights, and you can see the radar below which is used by the onboard safety systems, as well as the camera seen in the front windscreen.
The Sportage is available in 6 colours on lower trims (8 on the GT-Line), and our test car was optioned with the “Steel Grey” exterior paint which costs an extra $520. This is the same across all colours except the base “Clear White” which comes as standard.
The S trim comes with the smallest of the wheel options - 17-inch alloys, while the SX comes with 18-inch alloys, and the SX+ and GT-Line come with 19-inch alloys as standard. This being said, as far as design goes I reckon the smallest alloys look the best, and subjectivity aside having smaller wheels generally means better ride comfort due to thicker rubber. The wheels aren’t the thickest at 235 wide but given that we had the AWD powertrain and so we didn’t face any traction issues.
Amazingly, you get automatic folding mirrors as standard across the range, with no keyless entry or go on the S trim, however. The windows slope upwards towards the back which integrates well with the LED taillight design, which looks fantastic.
Frankly, the rear of the vehicle is stunning, with curves everywhere and a design that looks like it was straight out of some concept art. We also get our 4X badge which denotes the AWD powertrain, and apart from that you get a plastic defuser-looking bumper down the bottom.