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2017 Kia Sportage Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Sportage was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2017 Kia Sportage's redesigned cabin is impressively upscale, with top-shelf materials befitting a luxury car. The design is more streamlined and sophisticated than it was in the 2016 model, and improved sound insulation has made the Sportage among the quieter vehicles in its class.

  • "The materials wouldn't be out of place in a vehicle wearing Lexus badges; there's nary a hard surface anywhere, and the sporty perforated-leather seats, with heating and cooling, make the going more pleasant." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2017 Sportage's interior is impressively executed. The dashboard has a substantial, upmarket look and includes a broad central control layout that tilts toward the driver, giving the cockpit a sporty character to match the name. Materials quality is class-competitive, and we've noted no squeaks or rattles in our test vehicles to date." -- Edmunds
  • "Aside from spry acceleration, one notable trait about the latest Kia Sportage is its quiet cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2017 Kia Sportage seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include stain-resistant cloth upholstery, leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, a power-adjustable passenger's seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Sportage's front seats offer an excellent driving position and plenty of space, so you and your front-seat passenger will be comfortable. The situation is even more impressive in back, where the Sportage offers midsize SUV space in a compact SUV body. The rear seats also recline. Narrower roof pillars have improved the view of the road compared with the 2016 Sportage. An enormous optional panoramic sunroof brings even more light into the cabin.

  • "Passenger space and comfort are outstanding for this size class. As expected in a crossover, the driver and front passenger have plenty of head- and legroom, and the available power seats include bottom cushions that tilt independently for additional customization. Rear occupants are hardly worse off, however. Even with a 6-footer in the driver seat, another 6-footer can sit immediately astern without issue, and he or she will enjoy ample thigh support. This level of accommodation is normally associated with midsize crossovers, so it's a welcome surprise in the compact Sportage." -- Edmunds
  • "A natural driving position and supportive seats make it easy to get comfortable in seconds, and every control is positioned in a logical and easy-to-reach place." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "What has improved, however, is visibility, thanks to thinner A- and C-pillars and more rear glass, which is a welcome change. ... Extending over the backseat was my favorite of the interior features - a massive panoramic moonroof that is 4.1 inches larger than the one offered for the 2016. When open, it lets in tons of light and air." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Kia Sportage include a rearview camera and a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with six speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Available features include heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch touch screen, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a faster-charging USB port, navigation, HD Radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic pre-collision braking, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The 2017 Kia Sportage has an average number of standard features for the class; its optional features list is comprehensive. It's easy to find the settings you're looking for when you use any of the Sportage's available touch screens. The touch screens also respond quickly when you press them, and they're angled slightly toward the left side of the vehicle, so it's easier for the driver to see them. Most major functions, like volume and temperature control, are controlled by knobs, which are easy to use.

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  • "In other words, the 2017 Sportage has pretty much all the gadgets we look for in modern cars. Best of all, Kia notes that its aggressive pricing strategy means several appealing options - heated seats, leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto - can be had for several thousands of dollars less than on rival crossovers." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Control functions are easy to identify, and for those who find total touchscreen tyranny oppressive, the display is augmented by a bevy of secondary switches, buttons, and knobs. For its part, the 8.0-inch main screen, which is angled slightly toward the driver, is home to a navigation system that's more cooperative than many." -- Car and Driver
  • "Using the system was easy; the controls and menus are intuitive, it's easily reachable from both front seats, and the screen was responsive and predictable. I also remain a fan of Kia's canted center dashboard controls, which in this application point 7.2 degrees toward the driver's side. It makes things easier to see and access from the driver's seat without being so slanted that the passenger can't use it." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2017 Kia Sportage has 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is slightly above average. However, it has 60.1 cubic feet with its rear seats folded down, which is below average. Several major rivals, including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape, offer more overall cargo space.

The cargo floor can lift up to reveal extra space beneath. You can store items out of sight, or remove the cover entirely and use the extra few inches of space to carry taller items in the cargo area.

The Sportage's rear seats fold completely flat, which makes it easier to slide in large, heavy boxes, and they are split 60/40, so you can carry rear-seat passengers and longer cargo at the same time. Unlike some rivals, such as the Honda CR-V, the Sportage doesn't have a handle in the cargo area that releases the rear seats. You'll have to pull a lever on the side of the seats.

The main cargo option is a hands-free power liftgate. It opens when you stand behind the Sportage for a few seconds with the key fob in your pocket.

  • By the numbers, at least, another 2017 Sportage shortcoming is its cargo capacity, which is limited to 60.1 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down, easily outdone by the RAV4's 73.3 cubes and the CR-V's 70.9. Still, you might find it more than adequate for your needs, and the Sportage is notably nose-to-tail shorter than both rivals, making it a bit more maneuverable in close quarters." -- Edmunds
  • The back seats recline at several angles and fold down easily, though there is no handle to fold them from the cargo area. The trunk floor even has two heights so owners can pick between a totally flat surface or gaining a few inches of extra height." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The increased size also expands the cargo hold behind the rear seats by five cubic feet, to 31, although the Sportage still trails key rivals-e.g., the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4-in this metric. However, the volume can be increased slightly with a new provision that allows users to lower the rear load floor by about three inches." -- Car and Driver

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