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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Kia Sportage safety is very good with plenty of safety kit on offer including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that automatically brakes one or more wheels, reduces engine torque – or does both – to stabilise the car if the car has gone out control. There's also a roll-over sensor that detects when the car might be in danger of rolling over and deploys the side and curtain airbags and seat-belt pre-tensioners so that occupants are fully protected should the worst happen.

There's also whiplash-countering headrests, front, side and curtain airbags and ISOFIX child-seat mounting in the rear seats. Security-wise, it's a similar story: the Sportage offers an immobiliser and alarm, door deadlocks, child safety rear door locks, speed-sensing auto-door locking and impact-sensing auto-door unlocking. The 18-inch alloys also come with locking wheel nuts.

All this safety kit has clearly helped as the Sportage was given the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP tests.

Kia Sportage practicality is impressive. There's loads of head- and legroom and the boot is wonderfully cavernous. You can fold the seats down with a satisfying click of a button and if Kia had managed to get the rears to fold down to create a completely flat load bay, we would say this car is top of the tree for practicality. Total loading area is 1,353 litres, which is smaller than that offered in the Hyundai ix35, but larger than that in the Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Honda CR-V.

There's some nice touches that suggest Kia has been thinking about its target market: special bottle holders in the door panels are big enough to hold a bottle of wine, which is fantastic when you don't want them rolling about after a trip from the supermarket. There's also plenty of cubbies and a decent sized storage unit in the central console.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Sportage (10-16).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
1 optional equipment
None available

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
2 optional equipment
None available

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
3 optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

4 equipment

4 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
4 optional equipment
None available

Alpine Edition equipment

Alpine Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Alpine Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof
  • Partial leather seat trim

Axis Edition equipment

Axis Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Axis Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
First Edition optional equipment
None available

KX-1 equipment

KX-1 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
KX-1 optional equipment
None available

KX-2 equipment

KX-2 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
KX-2 optional equipment
None available

KX-3 equipment

KX-3 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
KX-3 optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

KX-4 equipment

KX-4 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
KX-4 optional equipment
None available

White Edition equipment

White Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
White Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric sunroof