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Kia Sportage Overview (2024) | Autocar


Kia recognised an rising urge for food for barely extra rakish ‘SUV coupés’ with the third-generation Kia Sportage again in 2010. Whereas this automotive was by no means formally outlined in these phrases, the most recent model is extra of the identical: a design-led product that doesn’t provide fairly as a lot inside passenger house as boxier mid-sized rivals corresponding to the Toyota RAV4.

Take a tape measure to the brand new automotive’s inside and you’ll rapidly discover proof of that. Certainly one of our street check topics, the range-topping GT-Line S, fitted with Kia’s panoramic glass sunroof, provided simply 920mm from rear seat cushion to roofline, which is absolutely solely as a lot head room as a mid-sized hatchback usually affords (a RAV4 affords totally 80mm extra). Leg room is extra beneficiant, after all, besides, that is most likely not a household automotive you’d search out with grown-up youngsters to move.

Restricted adult-appropriate second-row practicality apart, nevertheless, that is actually an inside with some visible curiosity and ambition about it. Hanging design options, just like the tomahawk-shaped air vents and the widescreen instrumentation-cum-infotainment ‘flight panel’, catch your eye, and though some cheaper, harder-feeling mouldings are simple to search out, the remainder of the cabin does simply sufficient to ship a great all-round impression.

The motive force’s seat is comfy, with a cushion angled nicely to help your thighs and first rate lateral bolstering. The management format is certainly one of sound ergonomics, and grants a transparent view of the digital instrument display behind the wheel, which renders graphics very crisply and clearly.

The infotainment system to the left of that’s pretty simple to navigate: it’s touchscreen-operated largely, however a line of shortcut keys (whose operate will be switched to change into heating and air flow controls) does play an element in making it simple to get on with.

Within the second row, Kia affords helpful and accessible bag storage hooks and USB-C charging ports on the entrance seatbacks, which is a neat contact. Additional aft, boot house is mostly good, though its 850mm loading size to the second-row seatbacks is 110mm down on that of a RAV4.

Some helpful carrying house is on the market beneath the boot flooring, and there’s a stowage house for the curler load bay cowl when eliminated, in addition to extra bag hooks and a 12V energy provide.

For outright carrying house, it’s a bit disappointing that the rear seats don’t fold fully flat, offering additional proof that this isn’t essentially the most sensible automotive in its class.

Multimedia system

Solely the entry-level 2-grade Sportage does with out Kia’s 12.3in infotainment system, which brings linked navigation (seven years’ knowledge entry comes with the automotive). It’s essential to purchase both a 4 or a GT-Line S Sportage to get wi-fi smartphone charging, however wi-fi mirroring for each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available in lower-grade fashions as nicely.

The system is clearly laid out and fairly simple to navigate for an all-touchscreen interface. It’s at all times simple to get again to the house display, and from there to search out the menu you want with out an excessive amount of distracting scrolling or swiping.

Kia’s manufacturing facility navigation system is straightforward to program, user-friendly in its format and controls, and simple to observe.

It does lack a handy ledge on which to anchor an outstretched arm and, as at all times, we would favor a joystick or cursor controller on the steering wheel to make discovering a operate simpler with out spending too lengthy with eyes off the street.

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