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Kia Sportage review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Family buyers looking for a practical, spacious SUV must consider the Kia Sportage

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.6 out of 5

£29,320 to £38,720
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With the Sportage needing to fulfil its daily brief of providing practical, family transport, Kia has included lots of useful touches to help smooth things along. The electric parking brake is located to the right of the steering wheel, which has freed up more storage space, while there are large hooks integrated into the front headrests for hanging items. The extra cubby space under the boot floor is particularly useful for stowing oddments on longer journeys.

There's plenty of places for your odds and ends in the Sportage's cabin. For instance, there's a wide, open shelf ahead of the gearlever that's big enough for even large smartphones. The central cup-holders are wide and deep, and the armrest behind hides another deep bin. The glovebox is a decent size and the door bins are able to hold a one-litre bottle.

USB-C sockets are fitted in the side of the front seats (on all but the entry-level 2 models), so rear seat passengers should be able to easily charge any portable devices. There are cup-holders in the back, too, while standard three-zone climate control means occupants in the back can also specify their own temperature setting.


At 4,515mm long and 1,865mm wide, the fifth-generation Sportage is a fraction bigger allround than the previous model, which makes it larger than the Skoda Karoq, but a touch smaller than the Ford Kuga.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

The Sportage offers plenty of room up front, as you’d expect from a family SUV, and buyers will also appreciate that the rear is spacious enough to accommodate three adult passengers. In our three-way test between the Sportage, Mazda CX-5 and the SEAT Ateca, we found the Kia to have the roomiest cabin.

When we tested the Kia Sportage against the Vauxhall Grandland, we measured the cabins and found they offer very similar amounts of rear seat headroom and knee room, although the Kia stretches ahead by quite a margin in terms of elbow room (door to door).

Rear seat space comparison 


Knee room (min-max)


Elbow room

Kia Sportage




Vauxhall Grandland





Mid-size SUVs can sometimes sacrifice a little luggage space for more passenger room in the cabin, but the Sportage provides a decent 591-litre boot, which can be super-sized up to 1,780 litres if you fold the rear seats. Kia has also included extra tray space underneath the boot floor. 

The full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models have a slightly reduced loadspace of 587 litres and 540 litres, respectively, while in comparison, the Mazda CX-5 provides a 506-litre boot, and the Nissan Qashqai 504 litres.

Our own measurements of the Kia Sportage's boot show it's a similar length and width to the Vauxhall Grandland's, although it’s the Kia that has the edge here due to its larger luggage capacity and a significantly lower lip height.

Boot space comparison                              




Lip height

Kia Sportage




Vauxhall Grandland





All standard and mild-hybrid petrol and diesel models have the same 1,650kg maximum braked trailer rating, as does the Sportage HEV full-hybrid. The plug-in hybrid versions have a slightly reduced towing ability – down to 1,350kg.

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