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in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,844 - $19,626
Original MSRP: $18,295 - $27,295
MPG: 21 City / 29 Hwy
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2011 Kia Sportage Interior

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Reviewers have mixed opinions on the Kia Sportage’s interior. While most like that the Sportage has plenty of room and is stuffed with standard features, others complain about cheap materials and stiff, uncomfortable seats.  

  • “The hard plastics are distracting since they create such a staunch contrast from the nicely crafted leather seats. We don't expect Bentley-like materials at this price range, but overall the Sportage's interior was a mixed bag." -- Left Lane News
  • "Interior is swathed in monochromatic hard plastic, and though it doesn't look cheap, it's far from visually inspiring." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior is about on par with the rest of the segment. Plasticy but fine, though people who really care about a finely finished interior will have to save their nickels for an Acura RDX. " -- Autoblog

Seating

The Sportage loses some points with reviewers over its seating. While reviewers like how roomy the cabin is, they say that the seats are uncomfortably firm.

For a closer look at the Sportage's seats, check out our Sportage video.

  • "The seats themselves also were hard, beyond simply firm." -- USA TODAY
  • "The firm leather seats were a little too solid for our posteriors after a several hour drive through Northern California, although we thought their look and feel could have befitted a luxury label." -- Left Lane News
  • "There's sufficient legroom for 6-footers [in the backseat] but they might lack headroom with the optional panoramic sunroof. Foot space is tight if the front seat is lowered. An intruding wheelwell arch slightly hinders egress." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Sportage has an impressive list of interior features.  Even base models come with a standard USB port and Bluetooth. Once you start adding options, the Sportage can go very high-tech; just keep in mind that a fully-optioned Sportage can push $30,000.   

One standout feature is Kia’s UVO infotainment system.  Like Ford’s well-regarded SYNC system (SYNC and UVO share an operating system), UVO lets you use voice commands to control phone and stereo functions in the Sportage. The downside of UVO is that it won’t be available until January 2011. And, even when UVO becomes available, you’ll have to choose between UVO and a navigation system. Kia says Sportage models with both won’t be available until 2012 models. Still, reviewers are excited about the UVO system and say that it’s even easier to use than SYNC.

For a closer look at the Sportage's interior features, take a look at our Sportage video.

  • "Equipment such as push-button start, navigation, heated and cooled seats, a six-way power driver's seat and an ionizing air-filtration system seem a far cry from the humble, original Sportage." -- AutoWeek
  • "The deeply tunneled gauges are easy to read. As you'd expect, feature content ranges from relatively low frills in base form ($18,990) to more comfortable in the mid-grade LX ($20,990). " -- Car and Driver
  • "The responsive flash-based navigation system included colorful maps, although only in 2D, with traffic information displayed over the roads. The LCD in the dashboard came with the navigation option, and served as a display for our music library, once we had connected an iPhone to the car. Navigation, phone, and audio menus on this screen all combine good usability and a nice aesthetic sense." -- CNET
  • "That said, the Kia's plastics are at least the non-greasy kind and our test vehicle had the bright orange accents and door panels that greatly helped break up an otherwise totally black cockpit. And the cross-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel is quite excellent, CUV or otherwise." -- Autoblog 

Cargo

When it comes to cargo, the Kia Sportage has space that’s in line with what others in the class offer.  With all seats in use, the Sportage has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space – enough for a weekend’s worth of luggage or a trip to Costco. With the backseats folded, there’s 54.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is decent but not eye-popping. Still, it should be enough space for most families’ needs.

To see how the Sportage handles cargo, be sure to view our Sportage video.

  • "The cargo area has a handy under-floor bin and several convenient tie-down hooks. The floor is level with the hatch opening, making it easy to slide items in and out, but we bemoan the loss of a separate-opening hatch window." -- Consumer Guide

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