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Kia Sportage review - Interior, design and technology

The sharp, modern-looking exterior of the Sportage may not appeal to everyone, but the new onboard technology is a standout feature

According to Kia, innovative design and advanced technology were key priorities for the fifth-generation Sportage. Has the Korean automaker succeeded in delivering on its aims? Well, the Sportage’s exterior is certainly striking, with a dramatic, ultra-modern front-end that immediately draws the eye. The stretched grille and arrow-like running lights will probably divide opinion, but the overall look is pretty impressive.

In terms of on-board tech, the Sportage draws inspiration from its all-electric EV6 sibling, with mid- to high-spec versions featuring dual 12.3-inch screens that give a panoramic feel to the overall display. It feels a real step-up over the previous model and quality is first-rate.

Standard kit on the entry-level 2 trim takes a little of the shine away from the cabin; it gets a smaller 8.0-inch touchscreen and a 4.3-inch digital driver’s display, but does include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You have to upgrade to the 3 specification to benefit from kit such as partial leather upholstery, heated front and rear outer seats and a heated steering wheel.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Sportage models in 3 trim or above come with the same pair of curved 12.3-inch screens as seen in the all-electric EV6 – one for the instruments and one for the touchscreen infotainment system. The set-up works very well, with their near-vertical positioning and concave screens all but eliminating reflections.

There’s lots of information on offer via the simple menu system, which is easy to navigate. Loading times are fast, while the sharp graphics with black backgrounds are easy to read. The brightness of the screens can be turned all the way down at night so that they don’t dazzle and cause a distraction, too.

A useful strip of dashboard trim between the touchscreen and lower control panel (which switches between climate or infotainment controls), is convenient for resting your hand on when using the screen. Wireless smartphone charging is only available as standard on 4 and GT-Line S trim levels, but there are USB and USB-C connections on the dash in other variants.

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  • Name
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  • Gearbox type
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