Sports crossovers give drivers access to the safety and cargo capacity of an SUV without sacrificing the excitement and thrill that comes along with a sporty high-performance engine. These small SUVs represent the perfect balance between a decision that appeals to your mind and one that appeals to your heart. Within this class, performance, storage space and luxurious interior features are prized. We’ll want to keep an eye on these features as we compare two of the best.
BMW is a brand that has traditionally been associated with both high-performance driving and luxurious interior finish. For 2018, the BMW X1 small crossover takes this pedigree to the 2018 Kia Sportage, a game-changing vehicle that provides a range of configurations. We’ll be looking at the 2018 Kia Sportage in its SX Turbo trim to properly compare features and specs.
2018 Kia Sportage SX Turbo
2018 BMW X1
|240 horsepower||Horsepower (higher is better)||228 horsepower|
|260 lb-ft. (@ 1,450 rpm)||Torque (higher is better)||258 lb-ft. (@ 1,450 rpm)|
|1,600 lbs. when properly-equipped||Towing capacity (higher is better)||Not recommended for towing|
|41.5 inches||Front-row leg room||40.4 inches|
|30.7 cubic feet/60.1 cubic feet||Cargo space (all up/rear folded)||27.1 cubic feet/58.7 cubic feet|
|Leather||Seating material||Vinyl leatherette|
|19” machined alloy||Wheel size (higher is better)||18” machined alloy|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper warranty||4 years/50,000 miles|
The 2018 Kia Sportage SX enjoys many advantages over the higher-priced 2018 BMW X1. The entire package provides more refinement and better specs in the areas where it matters.
Take performance, the 2018 Kia Sportage SX edges the BMW X1 on horsepower and torque, making it a more powerful vehicle. The advantage of the 2018 Kia Sportage engine means the vehicle is able to tow small trailers, dirt bikes, etc. with up to 1,600 lbs. of towing capacity.
The larger standard wheels give the 2018 Kia Sportage an athletic and capable exterior appearance, while the presence of two information/entertainment screens on the Kia Sportage vs the one on the X1 means you’ll be more connected than ever before.
Inside, the 2018 Kia Sportage offers its 5 passengers a more comfortable ride than the 2018 BMW X1. The extra inch plus in the front seat will be keenly appreciated by both pilot and co-pilot, while the 1.2 inches of additional legroom in the back will make more happy travels.
In addition to the towing of the 2018 Kia Sportage, the interior gives drivers more space for luggage or adventure gear. With the back row of seats up, drivers get an extra 3.6 cubic feet of space in the 2018 Sportage over the X1. With the rear seats down, up to 60.1 cubic feet of space means less has to stay home!
The 2018 Kia Sportage is an athletic and robust crossover. It provides luxury, performance and comfort in a package that is attractively-styled and outfitted. For more information on the 2018 Kia Sportage, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!