2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson

nose to nose comparison image of the 2018 Kia Sportage and 2018 Hyundai Tucson

A five-passenger compact crossover is a great vehicle for individuals and small families alike. It offers maneuverable city driving dimensions, but also a tall right height to easily see changing traffic conditions or rural obstacles like downed trees or animals on the road. Generally speaking, this segment also offers better fuel economy than a larger crossover option, while still delivering more cargo options than a vehicle like a sedan or coupe. In this 2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson comparison, we are going to look at two attractive compact crossovers to see which one might offer the best driving experience.

In many ways these vehicles offer similar value for drivers and passengers. Both come standard with features like a six-speaker audio system with a five-inch touchscreen, and have slightly more than 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. But when it comes to engine output and safety features, the 2018 Kia Sportage pulls ahead.

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2018 Kia Sportage Middle_Heading 2018 Hyundai Tucson
$23,600 Starting MSRP $22,500
2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo (240 hp) Top Engine 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo (175 hp)
Available (All Trims) Android Auto/Apple CarPlay Available (All But Base Trim)
Standard (EX and SX Turbo) Autonomous Emergency Braking Available (Limited Only)

Engines and Safety on the 2018 Kia Sportage

Whether you look at base or elite engine options, the Kia model offers more power and torque in this 2018 Kia Sportage vs 2018 Hyundai Tucson comparison. The base engine on the Kia crossover is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated for 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, but drivers craving premium power can opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that offers 240 horsepower and 237 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the base 2.0-liter engine on the 2018 Hyundai Tucson offers just 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This increases to 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque on with the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder available on upper trims, but never reaches the same output numbers available on the 2018 Kia Sportage.

Another place where the 2018 Kia Sportage has a significant advantage over the Hyundai crossover is when it comes to available safety features. Advantages like blind-spot monitoring, lane changing assistance, lane departure warnings and autonomous emergency braking are all available on the Kia model from the base LX trim, and are standard on the elite SX Turbo model. In contrast, these safety advantages are not available on the base SE model of the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, and some things like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings are not standard on any model (and are only available on the elite Limited trim).

We like the power and safety technology that the 2018 Kia Sportage brings to the road. To learn more about this model, or to test drive one at Team Gunther Kia in Daphne AL, contact a member of our sales team today.


rear cargo area of the 2018 Kia Sportage
front seats and dashboard of the 2018 Kia Sportage
powered rear liftgate of the 2018 Kia Sportage
side view of a brown 2018 Kia Sportage