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MSRP: $21,600 - $28,400
Invoice: $20,727 - $26,504
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Kia Sportage Interior

Critics mention that the 2014 Kia Sportage’s cabin can be noisy, with a tight back seat and limited visibility from the driver’s seat. However, the Sportage's interior earns praise from some reviewers who say that despite its hard plastics, build quality is good and materials are attractive. Test drivers think the Kia Sportage's optional navigation system is generally easy to use. Cargo space is particularly small for the class, but one reviewer notes that there are plenty of small storage compartments.

  • "Most of Sportage's interior trim is made of hard plastic, but we can't say that it doesn't look nice. Overall Sportage's interior components are high quality, sturdy, and nicely assembled." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The interior's relative lack of cargo and passenger room compared to competitors like the Chevy Equinox, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 may also be an issue for many buyers." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The dash is a beautiful piece of style executed in hollow-feeling molded plastic. Most of the vehicles in this comparison use a variety of soft-touch and hard plastics, but Kia appeared to cut more corners." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "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 (2011)

Seating

The Kia Sportage seats five and has standard cloth seats. Leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats and a six-way power-adjustable driver seat are optional. Some reviewers say the Sportage’s seats are unsupportive and hard, while others mention that the rear seat has barely enough room for a pair of adults. Poor outward visibility and road noise are also problems, according to some critics.

  • "Similarly, road noise is more intrusive than we'd prefer at times." -- AutoTrader
  • "Outward visibility is challenged. The front and side roof pillars are thick and difficult to see around. Worse, the rear pillars are huge, blocking everything to the back corners. The small rear window further hinders the view out the back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 60/40-split rear seat is set up for three passengers, but it's tight enough that it's just passable for a couple of adults. The fact that this seat lacks the ability to recline and slide fore and aft as they do in many competitors is a weak point." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The seats were described as everything from ‘as hard as a wooden chair’ to unsupportive to plain hurtful." -- Motor Trend (2012) 

Interior Features

The 2014 Kia Sportage comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, an auxiliary input and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Optional features include a UVO eServices infotainment system, a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, an Infinity audio system, HD Radio and rear parking sensors.

Test drivers generally think the Sportage's optional navigation system is easy to use. However, one reviewer says accessing some settings, such as turning off voice guidance, has a learning curve. One critic also wishes the Sportage's optional panoramic roof came with a power-operated shade.

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  • "The navigation unit is generally easy to program, but some operations, such as turning off voice guidance, are not intuitive." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "We like a number of the Sportage's interior options, but the panoramic sunroof's manual sunshades don't strike us as very useful and should be power operated." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "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 (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Kia Sportage has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 54.6 cubic feet with them folded. Reviewers note that the Kia Sportage has significantly less cargo room than many rivals. However, one reviewer likes the Sportage’s storage bin located under the cargo floor, as well as the hooks that help secure cargo items.

  • "There is good cargo room behind the rear seat. The floor is level with the hatch opening, making it easy to slide items in and out. There is also a handy under-floor storage bin and several convenient tie-down hooks." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "While useful, the Sportage's cargo bay is not quite as large as those in the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4, both of which offer more than 70 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The interior's other major shortcoming is its relative lack of cargo space compared to some other small crossover SUVs." -- Edmunds (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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