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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Unfortunately, Euro NCAP never put Sportage to the test, so safety ratings are not available. However, the body seems relatively sturdy and should fair well in moderate collisions. The clever immobiliser cutout after two minutes should act effectively against theft, though an additional alarm may be needed, as there is no remote central locking. This would also keep the insurers happier, too.

Sportage’s luggage capacity is moderate, while the cabin lacks storage opportunities, which may be a problem for buyers with children. The shallow boot prohibits the stowage of little more than a holiday suitcase or a few bags of shopping, and although the rear seats can be folded down for added space, this is of no use if all rear seats are being occupied.

Despite its compact shape, car parking is made difficult by the loose steering, though Sportage could prove useful on rougher terrain.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Sportage (95-03).

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • PAS

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Executive equipment

Executive standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Executive optional equipment
None available

Executive SE equipment

Executive SE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Executive SE optional equipment
None available

GLX equipment

GLX standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
GLX optional equipment
None available

GLX SE equipment

GLX SE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
GLX SE optional equipment
None available

GSX equipment

GSX standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
GSX optional equipment
None available

Karmann Sport equipment

Karmann Sport standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Karmann Sport optional equipment
  • Steel wheels

Karmann Sport SE equipment

Karmann Sport SE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Karmann Sport SE optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
S optional equipment
None available

SX equipment

SX standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Heated mirrors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
SX optional equipment
None available

XSE equipment

XSE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
XSE optional equipment
  • Central locking
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment