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Kia Sportage SUV - Interior & comfort

Kia has brought the Sportage’s interior right up to date with tech from the EV6

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The previous Kia Sportage started to look a little dated inside before it was replaced, something that was highlighted by its rather clunky infotainment set-up. On the latest car, the screen sits above the centre console, and on higher trims it’s joined by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The two screens are joined in one curved bank and are borrowed from the electric Kia EV6

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The EV6 is one of Kia’s flagship cars and its tech is impressive. That means the Sportage benefits from an infotainment system that’s quick to load, responsive and straightforward, with pin-sharp graphics too. There’s also a two-function touch panel to control climate and audio controls which we think works well, but could be bigger, although we’d still rather have some physical switchgear for this.

Kia Sportage dashboard

If you pick the ‘3’ trim level or above, you get impressive dual 12.3-inch screens. They make the Sportage feel far more upmarket than its predecessor and it’s closely aligned with the bigger Kia Sorento. Lower-spec cars get traditional dials with a small display between them, while the cheapest ‘2’ gets a small 4.2-inch cluster display and eight-inch touchscreen, albeit still with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Equipment

While the ‘2’ may have small screens, it’s hardly sparse. LED headlights, DAB radio, a reversing camera, alloy wheels and parking sensors are all fitted as standard. GT-Line is next up the ladder and brings keyless entry and seats upholstered in leather and suede, along with the sportier exterior styling.

The mid-range ‘3’ trim costs around £2,500 more than the base model, but adds heated front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control and privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate.

GT-Line S combines sporty looks with heaps of equipment, with ventilated, massaging, electrically adjustable front seats, an upgraded Harman Kardon stereo, wireless phone charging, adaptive headlights and a hands-free tailgate giving away its range-topping position.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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