Really tall drivers should avoid the electrically adjustable seats and panoramic glass roof of higher-end trims, as both things reduce head room. Otherwise, though, the Sportage has just as much room up front as most of its rivals.
Access is good; the doors open fairly wide, if just short of 90degrees, and there’s plenty of space to make it easy to slide onto the seats, which are at roughly hip-height to an average-sized adult. The door pockets are big enough to take a small bottle of water easily, and there are two fixed cupholders behind the gearstick that’ll take most large takeaway or travel mugs.
Kia Sportage rear space
Again, the Kia Sportage is on a par with most rivals in this area, with enough leg, head and elbow room to keep two tall adults comfortable. A low centre tunnel in the floor leaves more foot space for the middle passenger than some rivals offer, but the flat, firm seat cushion means that they won’t enjoy longer journeys.
All models get pockets on the backs of the front seats, two coat hooks and a fold-down centre rear armrest that houses two cupholders. The rear door pockets are big enough to hold 0.5-litre bottles easily.
Kia Sportage seating flexibility
This is one area where the Sportage fairs better than many rivals, including the Seat Ateca. The rear seats are split 60/40 and recline to an indulgently laid-back angle, whereas most rivals have fixed-position rear seats. It’s also easy to drop the spring-loaded rear seatbacks by pulling the lever at the side of the seats (the same lever that also allows you to recline the seat back), although it’s a shame there aren’t also levers in the boot to drop the seats.
The front passenger seat is height-adjustable in all versions, but 4 trim and above gets you eight-way electric adjustment. There’s still no adjustable lumbar support for the front passenger, though.
Kia Sportage boot space
The Sportage has a big boot, with a floor that’s flush with the boot opening and the rear seats (when they’re folded down). Even with the rear seats in place, the Kia’s boot is actually longer than a Seat Ateca's, although not as tall, and the boot opening is conveniently large and square-shaped. However, the wheel arches do cut into the space a bit.
Still, the Sportage has one of the better boots in this class, and is more than big enough for a buggy or a couple of sets of golf clubs.