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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Well laid-out dashboard works well
  • Quality is good on the whole
  • Simple controls and good driving position

The Sportage follows many of Kia’s other models with a greater focus on ‘perceived quality’ of the interiors of its cars. The main dashboard is covered with soft-touch plastic that feels of good quality, although it does look a touch shiny compared with an equivalent Volkswagen Tiguan or Mazda CX-5. Search lower down the panels and the plastics get harder and scratchier, but they still feel hard-wearing. Kia has become well-known for its build quality and reliability, and we don’t think you’ll feel short-changed with this interior.

Go for a Sportage 2 to get yourself at least a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. There’s nothing wrong with the equipment list on the 1 (quite the opposite), but having the screen to control the functions just makes life a lot easier. It looks a little outdated now in terms of graphics, but we’re pleased to report a speedy processor and responsive screen with clear and intuitive menus to navigate through. Plenty of firms get this so very wrong – including some direct rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 – so it’s refreshing to find one that’s so simple to operate.

The driving position itself feels very good, with a slightly elevated situation and good forward visibility. The rearwards view is hampered a little by a small rear windscreen aperture, but this isn’t a serious problem – especially when models higher up the range get a reversing camera and parking sensors as standard.

Kia Sportage 2019 dasboard and front seats

Is it comfortable?

There are few complaints when it comes to comfort in the Sportage – even entry-level models come with pleasingly soft and squishy fabric seats that offer plenty of support as well as comfort. There’s a good amount of adjustment in both front seats – as well as the steering wheel – so those in the front should find it easy to get a good setup.

Those in the back fare well, too, with a rear bench that features a reclining backrest and enough room to stretch out.

This flexibility, combined with a well-controlled ride that isolates the worst bumps in the road from the occupants, makes for a relaxed car to cover long distances in. There’s also very little noise intrusion to speak of, with road noise only louder from the 19-inch alloy wheels fitted to higher-spec models.

Wind and engine noise aren’t a problem for the most part, though working the engines hard can make for a grumbly experience in the diesels, and a slight moaning sound in the petrols. However, it’s never unbearable, and this would also be the case in the majority of the Sportage’s rivals.

Kia Sportage 2019 rear seats