2023 Kia Sportage PHEV: Buyers Guide

May 26th, 2022 by

Everything to Know About the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

The Sportage line-up is now complete with the arrival of a plug-in hybrid model. The redesigned 2023 Kia Sportage Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) already has people in the automotive industry shocked — as it’s larger, safer, and more technologically advanced than ever before.

Continue reading to learn all there is to know about the new 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV so you can decide if it’s the right car for you.

What is a PHEV?

Plug-in electric vehicles are the bridge that connects traditional hybrids to full electric vehicles. PHEVs allow drivers to utilize batteries to power their car’s electric motor, and use other fuel, such as gasoline, to power the internal combustion engine (ICE).

PHEVs house a larger battery than regular hybrids have, so they can be driven farther using their electric charge — eliminating tailpipe emissions. However, if your battery’s charge is low, the ICE can be turned on and the car can run smoothly on gasoline until you’re able to recharge.

What’s New in the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV?

While the standard 2023 Kia Sportage is powered by 187 horsepower (HP), and the Sportage Hybrid with an impressive 226 HP, the Sportage PHEV holds a bigger battery that allows for about 261 HP. Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive — this SUV is the perfect combination of sleek and sporty.

The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV looks similar to the other Sportage models, but is available to purchase in two trim levels: ​​X-Line PHEV All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and X-Line Prestige PHEV AWD.

X-Line PHEV AWD Key Features

  • Kia’s Drive Mode Select that allows adjustable throttle and transmission settings with Eco, Smart, Sport, and Snow modes.
  • Expressive exterior with LED headlights and daytime running lights.
  • 12.2-inch LCD digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch TFT infotainment touch screen.
  • Ten-way power driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support, rear-seat vents, and recline rear seats.
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto

X-Line Prestige PHEV AWD Key Features

  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster with the infotainment screen to form an expansive 25-inch panoramic curved screen.
  • Kia Highway Driving Assistant adjusts the car’s speed to the correct limit.
  • Blind-spot monitor, 360-degree surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, and front/rear parking sensors.
  • Six-speaker radio equipped with HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming, and Apple CarPlay/Android

All About the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV

Now that you know what a PHEV is, and how the 2023 Sportage PHEV differs from its predecessors, let’s take a closer look into what the Sportage PHEV has to offer.


This SUV has an estimated 261 horsepower, with around 32 miles of range when driven in electric vehicle (EV) mode. The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that has selectable driving modes, and downhill brake control.

Interior Comfort

Because it houses a bigger battery, the Kia Sportage PHEV loses a little bit of space in the back, however, it doesn’t take away from the incredibly comfortable, and surprisingly roomy interior. The Sportage PHEV has 39.5 inches of rear leg room and 34.5 cubic feet of luggage storage — which is comparable to other Kia models, like the K5. The front seats provide typical room for a standard SUV, and both the front and rear seats are extremely comfortable to provide a relaxing ride for both the driver and passenger(s).

Exterior Style

The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEVs most noticeable new feature is the front end — its new grille and expressive design is most similar to the Kia K5. This car is also larger than other SUVs in its class, measuring 185.5 inches in length, 73.4 inches in width, and 66.9 inches in height. This SUV is also available in a range of colors to fit anyone’s taste.

Interior Style

The Kia Sportage PHEV features an upgraded interior design with an impressive dual touch infotainment screen with a panoramic curved display. There are several entertainment upgrades as well, such as; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two phone bluetooth connectivity, wireless phone charger, USB ports, and a Harman Kardon stereo. Other interior comfort features include; a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and premium quilted SynTex seating materials.


The Sportage PHEV offers many safety features to ensure a smooth ride for you and your family. These features include; anti-lock brakes, downhill brake control, electronic stability control, forward collision avoidance, speed limit assist, highway driving assistance, and parking collision avoidance.

Standard Features

The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, smartphone integration, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, safety exit warning, lane keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.

Reserve Your 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV at Battleground Kia

Now that you know all about the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV, you can decide if it’s the right car to fit all of your needs (and wants). Use the button below to contact our dealership to learn more about reserving your Sportage PHEV today — you won’t want to miss out on this dream car!

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