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You can find 161 different trims/engines for the Kia Sportage and their corresponding recommended towing capacity.

The years available stretch from 2001 through to 2022 and to view the towing capacity you just click to expand.

The Kia Sportage is the name given to a variety of sport utility vehicles manufactured by the South Korean company since 1993. In 2004 it was rebranded as a compact crossover and fits between the company's Seltos and Niro models.

The first generation was built upon a Mazda Bongo platform and shared many attributes with Mazda’s vehicles such as engine and transmission configurations. This was the direct result of the marriage between Kia, Ford and Mazda. Of this generation, two main body types were produced, a five-door SUV and a three-door convertible. Sales began slow and gradually grew worse, even surprisingly in South Korea. With poor sales, an ANCAP safety rating of 1 star out of five, and then a recall due to safety issues in 1998, Kia withdrew the Sportage from market in 2002.

The second generation was revived in 2005 and shared a Hyundai Elantra-based platform with the first generation Tucson. Predominantly built with a 2.0-litre diesel engine for the UK, the newer models were much larger and had an improved finish. In 2009, the Sportage was awarded the ‘Most reliable Car’ by the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey. Several facelifts were brought out up until the 3rd generation in April 2010, when it was initially released in Asian and European markets, and then later in Australia and Northern America. 2 engines were available, 2-litre 184 hp and 2-liter gas engine. In 2011 the Sportage won car of the year.

The fourth-generation had a vastly improved aesthetic, Kia explained that the sharp angles and rounded body had been inspired by fighter jets. There were three trim levels, LX, EX and SX all with forward and all-wheel drive.

The fifth generation came out in September 2021 and featured a plug-in hybrid, hybrid and mild-hybrid, most models had 1.6-liter engines with either a 7-speed dual-clutch or 6-speed manual transmission.