The Kia Sportage has a good driving position that offers enough adjustability to cater for most shapes and sizes. All trims apart from entry-level 1 get electrically adjustable lumbar support and manual seat height adjustment, while range-topping 4 models get fully electric seats.
Some drivers might wish the seat dropped a little lower, and the head restraints can feel like they’re forcing your head a touch more forward than you’d like, but generally the high-set position and fairly supportive seat is comfortable, even on long journeys.
A central front armrest is standard across the range, too, and the dashboard switches and stalks are mostly where you’d want them and are clearly labelled.
Kia Sportage visibility
The Sportage has decent forward visibility past the chunky pillars and side mirrors, but the slightly narrow, high-set rear window and thick rear pillars can make it hard to judge the car's extremities in tight spots.
Having said that, go for 2 trim or above and you get rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard. It’s a shame that blind-spot monitoring isn’t included unless you go for pricey 4 trim or above.
Kia Sportage infotainment
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.
Kia Sportage build quality
The Kia Sportage's interior looks smart, with a combination of matt plastics and some metallic finish, while 3 models and above add some gloss black trim on the dashboard and part leather upholstery, too. All models also get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearlever, and going for 2 trim or higher gets you leather on the armrests and satin chrome highlights.
The interior all feels quite solidly put together, and the switches and vent movements are well-damped, but some of the materials – notably the matt plastics in the lower-end trims – aren't anything to write home about. Overall, the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai are slightly classier inside, but only just.