2019 Kia Niro vs 2019 Kia Sportage

A white 2019 Kia Niro sits in profile with a futuristic city in the background.

Those looking for a quality new compact crossover SUV would do well to take a hard look at the 2019 Kia Niro and the 2019 Kia Sportage. Both vehicles start right around the same price and offer a cutting-edge crossover experience. The key difference, of course, is that the 2019 Kia Nero boasts a hybrid engine, while the 2019 Kia Sportage sticks to gasoline and diesel options.

So which vehicle is right for your needs? We compared some of the main attributes of both (beyond their mere engine-labels) in order to help you make the right decision.

2019 Kia Niro


2019 Kia Sportage

From $23,490 Starting MSRP From $23,750
Up to 52/49 Fuel Economy City/Highway (mpg) Up to 23/30
139 Horsepower 181 to 240
19.4, 54.5 with seat area Cargo Volume (cu.ft.) 30.7, 60.1 with seat area
Front Wheel Drive Driveline All Wheel Drive Available

Power vs Economy

The 2019 Kia Niro has been called the most enjoyable hybrid vehicle to drive right now in its price range. With sharp, sporty handling, and a stylish, traditional interior, it doesn’t feel like you’re driving a hybrid. The experience is instead more akin to a well-performing gas-powered compact SUV.

Of course, the stand-out feature is its remarkable fuel economy. With 52 mpg in the city and 49 on the highway, this is a huge cost-saving, environmentally-friendly benefit. Having just entered the U.S. market in 2018, the Kia Niro is an amazing accomplishment as a high-quality hybrid crossover SUV with a price well under 30k.

The 2019 Kia Sportage, now in its fourth generation (with a sleek look that Kia has described as being inspired by modern fighter jets), boasts a higher horsepower along with All Wheel Drive available on all trim levels. This might be the vehicle for you if you’re going to be doing off-roading or towing. Overall, the Kia Sportage has been described as a great-looking, well-performing compact crossover, and is an excellent choice if you need your crossover SUV to do more than just offer additional cargo room, space, and size.