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MSRP: $21,750 - $29,600
Invoice: $20,881 - $27,598
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Kia Sportage Interior

Test drivers say that despite the 2015 Kia Sportage’s abundance of plastic materials, its cabin is attractive and well-constructed. Reviewers are divided on the Sportage’s front seats, with some saying they’re comfortable and others saying they don’t have enough padding. Test drivers think the Kia Sportage's dashboard controls and optional navigation system are generally easy to use. The Sportage has less cargo space than that of most rivals. 

  • "The interior of the 2015 Kia Sportage is a handsome space with styling that gives it a somewhat bolder look than some of its more traditional competitors. … The one aesthetic downside here -- the extensive use of hard plastic throughout the cabin -- is offset by the fact that it's nicely textured and accented by well-placed padding in places it's needed most, like the armrest atop the center-console storage bin." -- Edmunds
  • "Generally speaking, we like the 2015 Kia Sportage interior. The comfortable front seats and simple controls make it easy to drive around town." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 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)

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Seating

The 2015 Kia Sportage seats five and has standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. While some reviewers say the Kia Sportage’s front seats are comfortable, others complain that they’re stiff and uncomfortable. Some critics say the Sportage’s rear seats have limited legroom, but they appreciate that the seats recline. Test drivers agree that the Sportage’s large roof pillars create poor outward visibility in most directions. A few also report that the cabin can be noisy.

  • "The front seats offer good comfort and support, but the three-place rear bench is a different story. Legroom is in short supply in the second row and, though the reclining seatbacks are a plus, it would be nice to be able to slide the bench seat forward and back like those in competitive models." -- Edmunds
  • "We also found the Sportage's high beltline and narrow windows somewhat limit 360-degree visibility, which is the exact opposite of what most SUV buyers want in this kind of vehicle." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… at times road noise is more intrusive than we'd prefer." -- AutoTrader
  • "The seats were described as everything from ‘as hard as a wooden chair’ to unsupportive to plain hurtful." -- Motor Trend (2012) 

Interior Features

The 2015 Kia Sportage comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, 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 stereo system and rear parking sensors.

According to test drivers, the Kia Sportage has straightforward dashboard controls that are conveniently located. Most automotive writers also agree that the optional navigation system, which absorbs audio and phone controls, is generally easy to use.

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  • “Gauges, knobs, buttons and other controls are thoughtfully laid out and easy to use, especially the navigation system functions accessed via the 7-inch touchscreen." -- Edmunds
  • "The navigation unit is generally easy to program, but some operations, such as turning off voice guidance, are not intuitive." -- Consumer Guide (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 2015 Kia Sportage has 26.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 54.6 cubic feet with them folded. The Sportage doesn’t have as much cargo room as most SUVs in the class. A few reviewers say that although the Sportage has some convenient small-item storage compartments, its lack of overall cargo space is disappointing.

  • "… if you're looking to haul cargo, the modest 54.6-cubic-foot cargo hold you have with those seats folded may not cut it as well as a Honda CR-V, which offers over 70 cubic feet of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “A handy divided organizer beneath the cargo floor is good for keeping the inevitable odds-and-ends like jumper cables handy but out of sight, but it can't make up for the cargo hold's overall space deficit, which can be as much as 15 cubic feet less than what's offered by rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
Review Last Updated: 11/6/14

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