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2020 Kia Sportage Interior Review

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Interior: 8.3

The 2020 Kia Sportage has premium cabin materials, and higher trims feel especially luxurious by class standards. The cabin is roomy too, though cargo space is subpar. The car's tech features are all straightforward to use and easy to see.

  • "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

This Kia seats up to five people. Cloth seats are standard, and synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Both rows have generous amounts of space, and taller riders can fit comfortably in the back. Outward visibility is great.

For securing child car seats, this vehicle has two sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats and a third upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

  • "We like the comfortable driver's seat, thoughtfully laid-out interior, and good outward visibility. … The second row … [has] 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

The base Sportage features an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, a driver attention monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams.

Available features include a navigation system, the UVO infotainment interface, wireless phone charging, satellite radio, an eight-speaker premium stereo, an additional USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof. Other safety features offered include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear and front parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

The infotainment system is straightforward. The touch screen is well-placed for visibility and access, and there are plenty of physical controls for primary functions.

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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 (2018)
  • "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

With 30.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 60.1 cubic feet behind the front seats, the Sportage lacks the room of some competitors. However, the space it does have is easy to use, as nothing impedes on the available room. A power liftgate is available.

  • The Sportage’s 30.7 feet of cargo space is pretty good, but far short of what is offered by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • By the numbers, at least, another 2017 Sportage shortcoming is its cargo capacity. … 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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