Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Generous passenger accommodation
  • Plus plenty of interior storage
  • Boot space trails some of its rivals

Legroom won’t be an issue in the back either, thanks to a low transmission tunnel for a middle-seat passenger as well as plenty of width in the cabin for people to get comfortable.

The Sportage is chunkier than rivals like the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai, but doesn’t really feel it when manoeuvring into parking spaces. A reversing camera is standard which really boosts visibility, while higher up the range, all-round parking sensors and cameras become available. The camera isn’t the highest quality, however. If you’re not interested in making use of these systems, the chunky pillars and small rear window make visibility out of the rear of the car a little limited.

The boot measures a useful 491 litres with the rear seats up which expands to 1,480 litres if you fold them down. This is only for the petrol versions, however. If you go for the 1.6 CRDi, boot space is 467 litres due to the AdBlue tank needing space, while the 2.0 CRDi is the smallest at 439 litres.

The rear seats don’t fold entirely flat, however, and while the boot floor itself is flat from the loading lip to the backs of the rear seats, the lip itself is relatively high, which might make loading heavier items problematic. The good news is there’s space beneath the boot floor to store the load cover.

We’d like to have seen levers in the boot area to fold down the rear seats (instead of having to open the rear doors as on the Sportage), and if the driver is particularly tall or sits a long way from the steering wheel you’ll have to remove the rear headrests too before folding.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Driver assistance tech available higher up the range
  • Should prove to be a safe family car

The level of safety kit on-board depends largely upon trim level, but it’s fair to say the Kia Sportage is a strong offering in this respect. It scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash testing.

Even base-spec cars come with cornering headlights, heated door mirrors, Trailer Stability Assist (which uses the stability control system to keep trailers pointing the right way), hill-start assist (which holds the parking brake on momentarily to prevent rolling backwards when setting off on a hill), downhill brake control (to keep the car stable when descending steep hills) and cruise control with a speed limiter. All Sportages come with at least six airbags and two Isofix child seat anchors.

Moving further up the range nets you extra driver assistance tech including traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, blindspot warning, lane-keep assist and adaptive front lighting systems.

Unlike most blindspot warning systems, the one on the Sportage goes one step further and emits an audible sound when it detects a vehicle in place. It is quite sensitive however, and its eagerness to warn the driver every time they indicate for a lane change on the motorway can make for a less relaxing journey.

The standard-fit LED headlights generate a good spread of light immediately ahead of you and yet they’re not as strong as some would hope - the distance range is quite disappointing. It’s also a shame that those driving in the opposite direction at night can sometimes think you’re on the high beam setting as well, something we suspect relates to the positioning of the lights on the bodywork being to blame.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Kia Sportage.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

GT-Line equipment

GT-Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
GT-Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

1 equipment

1 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
1 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

2 equipment

2 standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
2 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated seats
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

3 equipment

3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
3 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

4 equipment

4 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
4 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

Edition 25 equipment

Edition 25 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Edition 25 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

First Edition equipment

First Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
First Edition optional equipment
None available

GT-Line equipment

GT-Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
GT-Line optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows

GT-Line Edition equipment

GT-Line Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
GT-Line Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

GT-Line S equipment

GT-Line S standard equipment
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
GT-Line S optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel

KX-1 equipment

KX-1 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-1 optional equipment
None available

KX-2 equipment

KX-2 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-2 optional equipment
None available

KX-3 equipment

KX-3 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-3 optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof

KX-4 equipment

KX-4 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-4 optional equipment
None available

KX-5 equipment

KX-5 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-5 optional equipment
None available

Platinum Edition equipment

Platinum Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Platinum Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Kia Sportage was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 66%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.