2018 Kia Niro vs 2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Kia Niro set against 2018 Kia Sportage

Are you looking at purchasing a new Kia crossover? You are making a great choice because Kia has become one of the most popular auto brands on American roads! Kia offers several high-quality crossovers, with one of the newest models being the Niro. To help you learn more about the 2018 Kia Niro, we are placing it in a comparison against the beloved 2018 Kia Sportage. We love both of these models equally, but we want to ensure that you drive away happy in the right vehicle for you. 

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2018 Kia Niro VS 2018 Kia Sportage
Hybrid subcompact crossover  Vehicle Classification Compact crossover
1.6L 4-cylinder with full parallel hybrid system  Engine Options

2.4L DOHC I-4

2.0L DOHC I-4 turbo

51 to 52 mpg-city / 46 to 49 mpg-highway (with 16-inch wheels) 

46 mpg-city / 40 mpg-highway (with 18-inch wheels)

Fuel Economy

21 to 23 mpg-city / 25 to 30 mpg-highway (2.4L engine)

20 to 21 mpg-city / 23 to 26 mpg-highway (2.0L engine)

19.4 to 22.0 / 54.5 cubic feet  Cargo Space 30.7 / 60.1 cubic feet

What are the Differences Between the 2018 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Sportage?

One of the main differences between the 2018 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Sportage is the sizing. As a subcompact crossover, the 2018 Kia Niro offers a 19.4 to 22.0 / 54.5-cubic foot cargo space, which is perfect for everyday living and road trips for singles and couples. The 2018 Kia Sportage is a little more family-friendly thanks to its 30.7 / 60.1-cubic foot cargo space. 

Another major difference between the two vehicles are their engine architecture and performance. The 2018 Kia Niro is a hybrid vehicle that can attain as much as 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. While the 2018 Kia Sportage is a conventional vehicle, it is still very efficient with its maximum 23 mpg-city / 30 mpg-highway fuel economy. 

Like we said, we love the 2018 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Sportage equally. Before deciding which model is right for you, we recommend that you visit us here at Lehighton Kia and test drive both options today. 


2018 Kia Niro cruising down a rural road
Side profile of 2018 Kia Sportage
Front/side profile of 2018 Kia Niro
Cargo area of 2018 Kia Sportage with rear seats folded down