Refining its previous version to give it a completely refreshed look, the 2019 Subaru Forester is truly one of those compact SUVs that you will love to own. This comes with great safety score too, with the inclusion of the EyeSigh safety suite.

The 2020 Kia Sportage, on the other hand, offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch touch screen as a standard. It also includes forward-collision warning, pedestrian detection, and driver condition monitor.

Design & Style

The 2019 Subaru Forester knows how to combine components in order to make it look better. It has an all-wheel-drive that can seat up to five adults comfortably inside. You will also find plenty of soft-touch elements that highlight the quality materials in its cabin.

The Sportage SUV seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. The cabin also looks luxurious with chrome and leather accents available for upgrade. This comes with a price though. You can praise it for its comfortable and generous space inside.

Technology & Safety

When it comes to technologies, you will find the 2019 Subaru Forester a whole lot of entertaining. It has an intuitive infotainment system layout, combining the StarLink interface with its standard 6.5-inch touchscreen. It offers smartphone integration capabilities and has a Bluetooth interface, four-speaker audio, satellite radio, and HD radio. The EyeSight safety suite gives it good ratings, with the inclusion of features like pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane change assist.

Standard features found in the Sportage include an 8-inch touch screen for its infotainment system. This supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has been gifted with a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The base trim level for the Sportage has a driver attention monitor, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keeps assist, automatic high beams, and a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection.


The 2019 Subaru Forester defeats the 2020 Kia Sportage in this aspect. One of the reasons is the fact that the four-cylinder engine in the Kia only gets up to 181 horsepower, while the Forester gets 182hp. For fuel efficiency, the Forester scores 26mpg for city driving and 33mpg for highway driving. The Sportage only reaches up to 23mpg for city driving and 30mpg for highway driving.

The Bottom Line

The fuel-efficient engine in the 2019 Subaru Forester gives it a lot of amazing results. It has been fitted only with the best technologies which are ready to fulfill the needs of modern-day car drivers. This car has been assembled with the best components too. Even the newer 2020 Kia Sportage will shy away from this car.

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