Entry-level 1 trim is pretty basic, and it’s the only Kia Sportage that doesn’t get a colour screen. We’d advise you go for 2 trim, which brings a 7.0in colour touchscreen, with sat-nav and European mapping, a USB socket, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. The screen is fairly quick to respond to a prod, and there are physical shortcut buttons that make it easy to hop quickly between the various key functions.
Stepping up to 3 trim or above brings a larger 8.0in touchscreen and a USB input for those in the back to charge their phones, etc. What the Kia doesn’t offer is Apple CarPlay, or the Android alternative, which allows full use of your phone – handsfree calling, music integration, google maps, messaging etc – simply by plugging it into the USB socket.
The standard six-speaker sound system that comes on 1 and 2 trims delivers so-so sound quality, but 3 models and above come with eight speakers and a subwoofer, which gives it a punchier tone and less distortion at higher volumes.