Used Kia Sportage review: 2016 to 2021 (Mk4) - Practicality and boot space

The Kia Sportage is a really practical and roomy family car, although some alternative models have more boot space

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Practicality and boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Kia Sportage Mk4 was bigger than the previous version, which meant it became more roomy inside. Whichever trim level you go for, you’ll have plenty of space whether you’re sitting in the front or the back. 

There’s plenty of storage space, with two cup-holders in the centre console and a spacious cubby under the armrest. The space available in the door bins isn’t particularly impressive, but the glovebox is a good size. There’s no option for seven seats in the Sportage – you’ll have to upgrade to the Kia Sorento if you have more than five people to carry

How big is the Kia Sportage? 

The exact length, width and height of the Kia Sportage depends on the model and trim level but generally speaking, it’s 4.5m long, 1.85m wide and 1.6m tall. That’s pretty typical of a family SUV such as this; by way of comparison, the Nissan Qashqai of the same era is 4.4m long, 1.8m wide and 1.6m tall, so the difference is a matter of millimetres.

How much space is there for passengers?

There’s lots of room in the Sportage for passengers, adults will be comfortable in the rear seats because there’s plenty of legroom and headroom. The doors open nice and wide, and the standard-fit Isofix child seat points mean that it’s easy to slot in a couple of child seats if you need them.

How big is the boot?

In total, there’s 491 litres of luggage space on offer, or 439 litres in the mild-hybrid model, which is slightly less than the 504 litres of the Nissan Qashqai in its lower trim levels. Fold down all the rear seats and the available storage expands to between 1,428 and 1,480 litres, which is also less than you’ll get in many of its rivals, but should still be plenty for most families.

Although there’s still a bit of a boot lip, it’s a lot less pronounced than it was in the previous model, and much lower than the likes of the Renault Kadjar, so the Sportage’s boot is now more usable than before. You also get tie-down points and you can store the parcel shelf under the boot floor.

The battery pack that supports the diesel's 48v mild-hybrid system takes up a little space and the standard space-saver spare wheel is replaced with a puncture repair kit.

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