The Kia Sportage is Kia’s most popular choice for a family car (according to our salesman) and we can see why. It’s a fabulous looking car, fun and stylish with some great family features. There are 4 different power options – petrol, hybrid, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Therefore, depending on your day-to-day needs, there are options to suit any family.
There are 5 trim levels: 2, 3, 4, G-T Line and G-T Line S. We drove the hybrid G-T Line S in automatic. If you want all the family essentials, this is the trim to choose. Sadly, there are no options to buy a lesser trim and add on items, such as a 360° camera. The automatic control is a dial and very easy to manipulate. There is keyless entry and start, so no need to worry about fiddling around with keys and as you initially set off, we noticed how lovely and quiet the car was due to its hybrid engine. The Kia Sportage is a nice, easy drive and as it’s a SUV, the driver sits high up on the road, meaning visibility is great.
Cruise control comes as standard, making those longer journeys much more pleasant and there is an SOS button in case of emergencies. Kia want to make the driver experience as comfortable as possible and so offer “Kia Live” which keeps you up to date with the latest traffic information and the “Kia Connect app” which allows you to check your car’s status and send a destination to the navigation amongst other things.
The interior of the Kia Sportage has a light and airy feel due to its retractable panoramic sunroof and we loved the fabulously long touchscreen on the dashboard, which can be tailored to suit individual needs. The infotainment system is incredibly easy to navigate via touch or by using the buttons underneath the dashboard. Smartphone integration comes as standard, allowing you to access your phone’s apps via the screen – the map app looks crystal clear and is a great size on there.
Kia have considered the needs of sleeping babies and children in the back and have provided the option of a “quiet zone” whereby the music will only be played in the front and volume kept to a maximum. They really don’t want anything disturbing those little ones! The fancy digital cockpit (which makes driving the car seem that little bit more luxurious) will also show if there is anything in your blind spot via cameras. It takes some getting used to, when your speedometer suddenly switches to a camera view – but it’s a great safety feature.
Parking the Sportage is a piece of cake due to the 360° camera which is crystal clear on the touchscreen. We love these cameras; they provide a birds-eye view of the car and take the stress out of parking in smaller spaces.
The dual climate control is operated on screen or below using dials allowing you to manually alter the temperature. Included is also a Tri – zone climate, meaning there are also air vents in the back, so the children can control their own temperature. Let them cool themselves down whilst you stay toasty warm in the front!
Seats & Passenger Space
The seats in the Kia Sportage are a combination of leather and wipeable suede. The front two are heated to warm you up in the winter but also ventilated for those summer months to cool you down. Kia have also included a heated steering wheel – which is a game changer when its cold. There is plenty of height and leg room in the front for both the driver and passenger.
In the back, 3 adults may find it a little cosy on longer journeys but there is a good amount of height and leg space once again. There are 2 ISOFIX points on the rear bench, and we were able to place 2 large high back boosters and 1 smaller booster seat on there. We were delighted to discover when placing a rear facing baby seat in the back, that we were able to squeeze our smallest booster seat in the middle between the baby seat and a large high back booster.
One thing worth noting is the middle seat belt – high up in the ceiling. Little ones in the centre will need a helping hand when strapping themselves in.
Cups & Cubby
The all-important cupholders for that morning coffee, are positioned perfectly below the dashboard. You merely have to reach forward, as opposed to manoeuvring your arm to the side. The glove box is a good size and the front door bins can easily accommodate a water bottle as well as a few other bits and bobs. There is a storage tray behind the cupholders with USB ports and a wireless charger. Extra storage can be found in the armrest too.
In the back, if the middle seat is unoccupied, the central armrest reveals 2 cupholders. Sadly, we couldn’t fit our water bottle in there, but a smaller bottle may go in. The same could be said when placing our bottle (which is an average sized drinking bottle) in the door bins. There are 2 USB ports on the side of the driver and passenger seats to charge those iPads. Here you’ll also find storage pockets, a hook and an iPad holder. Kia have really considered family needs in the back, its just a shame the little ones may struggle to find somewhere to put their drink!
The boot is a fabulous size for a mid-range SUV at 591 litres. That’s bigger than cars like the Mazda CX5, Audi Q5 and Nissan Qashqai! We had no difficulties positioning our stroller in there, leaving plenty of room for a weekly shop, school bags, the dog etc. There was also ample space remaining when we placed our larger pram in the boot too. The boot floor is flush, so you won’t need to lift things up and over the boot entrance.
Kia have included a retractable parcel shelf, which seems to be getting more and more popular. These are brilliant when you want to remove the shelf for larger items but have nowhere to put it. A powered tailgate is only available on G-T Line S, which is a shame, as these are so handy when you’re laden down and haven’t got an extra 3 arm handy!
The Kia Sportage is a great family SUV that ticks so many boxes and it is clear to see why there are so many of them on the road. If space is a priority, you’ll love the large boot. However, if you want all the family essentials and that 360°camera, you’ll have to opt for the G-T Line S trim.
Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Maxi Cosi Pebble (width 43cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)