Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Kia Sportage feels quite airy for front occupants, with a wide interior providing plenty of elbow room. Leg and head room is impressive too, and while the panoramic sunroof that comes as standard on 4 and GT-Line S trims lowers the ceiling height a little, there's still enough clearance for anyone over 6ft tall.
Storage is generous, with door pockets that are large enough to take a bottle of water, a decent lidded centre cubby box, plus trays for a phone and keys, and two cupholders behind the gearlever. There's a good-sized glovebox too.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seats in the Sportage split in a 40/20/40 arrangement (rather than the usual 60/40 arrangement) for added flexibility. All models have handy levers in the wall of the boot that you pull to make the seat backs drop down.
The rear seats can recline to allow passengers to lean back, but you can't slide them back and forth, as you can in the Audi Q3 and Ford Kuga, or remove them, like in the Skoda Karoq with the VarioFlex option.