4th Generation (2016—2020) Sportage Problems

This generations ranks 16th out of 45 Kia generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (42%), hvac (21%), and the exterior (15%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Smoke Coming From A/C Into Car 1 complaints at an average of 4,181 miles in the 2016 Kia Sportage.
  2. Key Fob Not Working Properly 1 complaints at an average of 480 miles in the 2016 Kia Sportage.
  3. Sudden Lurch Forward 1 complaints at an average of 2,500 miles in the 2016 Kia Sportage.

What Sportage Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Kia model years.

Watch out for the 2017 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2020 0 0 0 0.0
2019 1 0 0 0.47
2018 3 1 28 1.75
2017 10 2 66 5.26
2016 5 1 31 4.03

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