Video: Can The New Kia Sportage X-Pro Escape Andre’s Pit? I Take It Where Most Owners Won’t!

How well does Kia's most off-road worthy Sportage actually hack it when the pavement ends?

Kia Sportage X-Pro

Is the 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro a more off-road worthy crossover? We put it to the test at Tumbleweed Ranch!

With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the new Kia Sportage X-Pro isn’t exactly a Jeep challenger, but its setup is more capable than a typical grocery getter. Recently redesigned, the 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro is the more off-road(ish) version of the lineup. Other Sportages are more road-friendly, and there are a few powertrains available. In this case, the Kia uses Hyundai/Kia’s ubiquitous GDI 2.5-liter I-4. In this setup, it makes 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. That’s on the low side for the class, but it does get 25 mpg combined, which is pretty good.

It’s hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it has an all-wheel drive system that can lock the center differential.

Andre’s off-road driving experience in the 2023 Kia Sportage X-Pro

During his foray into the obstacles set up at Tumbleweed Rach, Andre quickly learned the limitations of the X-Pro. This was especially true on our boulder course where he ran out of ground clearance…rapidly. Fortunately, his timid off-road style benefitted the Kia by minimizing damage, and he made the most out of the little crossover.

Later on, he fights to keep the low chin off the ground as well. The good news is, the Kia Sportage X-Pro is equipped with grippy BFGoodrich Trail Terrain T/A tires. While he carefully drives, and repetitiously explains his caution, Andre also discusses one of the X-Pro’s competitors. Recently, Roman and a friend came to Tumbleweed Ranch with a Ford Bronco Sport, which was far more capable off-road.

This crossover came loaded. With an MSRP of about $38,000, you get a nicely equipped vehicle, complete with heated and ventilated seats. Outstanding levels of comfort, a top-notch camera system along with a competitive infotainment system. As such, we feel the price is justified. Still, off-road seekers may be happier in a Jeep or Ford product for the money.

Check out Andre’s review below:

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.