2019 Kia Sportage

Interior


MSRP
$23,750
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2019 Kia Sportage Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

The 2019 Kia Sportage uses high-quality materials throughout the cabin and does a good job insulating occupants from outside noise. Both rows of seats provide ample space and comfort, and there are plenty of available tech features. Cargo space is a bit below average for the 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Aside from spry acceleration, one notable trait about the latest Kia Sportage is its quiet cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The Kia Sportage seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows of seats stand out for their support and comfort. You’ll enjoy excellent visibility from the spacious front seats, while the rear seats have more room than most competitors', allowing even tall people to ride comfortably. Additionally, the rear seats recline, which is a rare feature among compact SUVs.

The Sportage has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The system is easy to use overall, and the tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are set a little too deep in the seats.

  • "We like the comfortable driver's seat, thoughtfully laid-out interior, and good outward visibility. Thoughtful features include cubbies and other storage spaces, and a 12-volt outlet and USB port for rear-seat passengers. The second row also gets heated outboard seats on some models, a nice complement to the good head- and legroom, and the fact that the seatbacks recline. There's an available panoramic sunroof, but it cuts into headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "What has improved, however, is visibility, thanks to thinner A- and C-pillars and more rear glass, which is a welcome change." -- Cars.com (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sportage include a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a 5-inch touch screen. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote keyless entry, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a faster-charging USB port, navigation, HD Radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, and the UVO infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane change assist, and automatic pre-collision braking.

The Sportage offers lots of features – more than you'll find in some rivals. Even better, it's easy to control the various functions, whether you're using the UVO infotainment touch screen or the redundant physical controls. UVO's touch screen is responsive and easy to see from the driver's seat.

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  • "Rejecting the temptation to turn the Sportage into a rolling tablet, Kia has wisely retained a generous portion of old-fashioned knobs and hard buttons for things like climate control and fan speed. The touch-screen infotainment system is the one exception, but even it has proper knobs for volume and tuning." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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. … 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 (2017)

Cargo

The Sportage gives you 30.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 60.1 cubic feet with them folded. Most other compact SUVs provide more cargo room. The good news is that the rear seats fold flat, making it easy to load and organize items, and there's a hidden compartment beneath the cargo floor to keep valuables out of sight. A hands-free liftgate is available. It automatically opens if you stand next to the hatch for a few seconds with the key fob in your hand or pocket.

  • By the numbers, at least, another 2017 Sportage shortcoming is its cargo capacity, which is … 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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
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