2020 Kia Sportage vs 2020 Hyundai Tucson

Are you in the market for a new crossover that offers the comfort and versatility you need to tackle your daily routine? The Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson are two popular options in the small compact SUV segment. They stand out from the crowd thanks to a comfortable interior and a large list of amenities offered at an affordable price. 

Both vehicles share nearly identical dimensions and styles, and come equipped with similar standard features. They also offer great warranties and close starting prices. But which model is right for your lifestyle? Our experts at Moritz Kia have compared the 2020 Sportage and the 2020 Tucson from top to bottom to help you decide.

Red 2020 Kia Sportage vs blue 2020 Hyundai Tucson

2020 Kia Sportage


2020 Hyundai Tucson

$23,990 Starting MSRP $21,800
2.4L I4 / 2.0L Turbo I4 Available Engines 2.0L I4 / 2.4L I4
181 / 240 hp Horsepower 164 / 181 hp
23 / 30 / 26 Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) 23 / 28 / 25
8-inch touchscreen Infotainment System 7-inch touchscreen

Which Model Offers Better Value?

One of the main differences between these two models is the power each one delivers. In this field, the Kia Sportage clearly stands out with two available engine options. Standard on the base Sportage you will find a 2.4-liter Inline 4-cylinder engine that provides 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, you will get 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The new Hyundai Tucson, on the other hand, offers a less powerful base engine that only delivers 164 horsepower. In fact, its optional engine makes the same power as the one on the base Sportage, making the 2020 Tucson a less exciting vehicle to drive.

Both models achieve a similar EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency, but the 2020 Sportage gets a slightly higher rating with 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg for combined driving.

As for technology features, the 2020 Kia Sportage offers a lot in a small package. The base trim incorporates Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, Bluetooth® technology with voice recognition compatibility, a six-speaker audio system and an 8-inch touchscreen. In upper-trim levels, drivers can find premium features like SiriusXM®, satellite radio, and wireless phone charging. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson also takes connectivity seriously by offering similar standard features, but the Sportage goes a step further with the following infotainment options:

  • Harman Kardon® Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™ and eight speakers
  • HomeLink®
  • Smart Power Liftgate®
  • Smart Welcome
  • UVO Link