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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Thus Sportage hasn't been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but its sister car - the Hyundai Tucson - was awarded a four star safety rating. That's respectable and on par with cars like the Nissan X-Trail and Honda CR-V. The Sportage gets ABS with electronic brake force distribution and traction control, while XS models also have a standard electronic stability programme (ESP).

Six airbags are standard, with side airbags for front seat passengers and curtain airbags which deploy in a side impact or rollover.

The rear sears in the Sportage use a system called 'Fold-and-Dive' which consists of 60/40 split seats where the cushion sections are supported on hinged legs. When you need to boost boot space, the cushion moves forward and down into the rear footwell at the touch of a button, allowing the backrests to go flat, flush with the boot floor. This creates a load space almost 1.5 metres long and the front passenger seat also folds in half to allow even longer objects to be carried.

The tailgate glass can be opened independently (very useful in multi-storey car parks) and there's a wide range stowage in the cabin, including a large centre console with storage boxes, big door pockets and two cupholders in both the front and rear of the centre console.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Sportage (05-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags

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
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Titan equipment

Titan standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Traction control
Titan optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

XE equipment

XE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
XE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Xi equipment

Xi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Xi optional equipment
None available

XR equipment

XR standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
XR optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Traction control

XS equipment

XS standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
XS optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control