Kia Sportage SUV - Interior & comfort (2016-2021)
The Kia Sportage interior may not excite design-wise, but its quality impresses
Much of Kia’s efforts with the new Sportage have been directed at making it a more desirable, higher-quality place to spend time. For the most part, they’ve been successful. The car has extremely comfortable seats, is well equipped and everything is logically laid-out.
Kia Sportage dashboard
There’s no doubting that Kia has really gone to town when it comes to the quality of materials used inside the Sportage. Everything feels solidly put together and all the switches on the centre console are easy to find and use. The standard touchscreen is easy to use too and it’s responsive. It may not be stunning to look at but to use, it’s hard to fault. A mid-2020 update saw the entry-level ‘1’ and flagship ‘4’ trim levels discontinued from the Sportage line-up.
Every Sportage is well equipped, with even entry-level ‘2’ coming with plenty of kit. You get air conditioning, a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, a reversing camera, privacy glass and 17-inch alloys.
The entry-level trim also gets Kia Connected Services, sat nav, heated front and rear seats, high beam assist, lane-keep assist and trailer stability assist. There are also automatic lights and wipers, and dual-zone climate control.
The ‘3’ model gets 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and rear lights, a panoramic sunroof and black leather upholstery. Upgraded interior tech includes a 4.2-inch digital display for the instruments and electrically adjustable front seats. It also comes with more safety technology, including blind-spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert.
Like the latest Kia Ceed, the Sportage is also available in sporty GT Line specification. This model comes with ‘ice cube’ front foglights as well as dual exhausts and 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the GT Line features a flat-bottomed steering wheel, heated rear seats, piano-black interior trim and aluminium pedals.
Building on this, the GT-Line S model is available with the most powerful petrol and diesel engines and adds ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging and a powered tailgate. Adaptive LED headlights are also standard, along with a 360-degree view camera, wireless smartphone charging and a premium eight-speaker JBL stereo system.