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7.0
/ 10
On Quality
BASE
INVOICE
$18,135
BASE
MSRP
$18,500
On Quality
For its size, the 2012 Kia Sportage offers a roomy interior, although a stiff ride and road noise make it far from luxurious.
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The cabin offers a relatively spacious feel (aided, at least in part, by the panoramic roof.)
Popular Mechanics

While there is still plenty of room in the cabin, most dimensions, with the exception of rear-seat legroom, are down slightly.
Motor Trend

…has a nicely resolved driving position with good driver-seat adjustability and a standard telescoping steering wheel (optional on the LX). There's ample room and the seat is well shaped and plenty supportive.
Inside Line

What the interior does gain is more cargo volume behind the rear seats, which went up from 23.6 to 26.1 cubic feet.
Motor Trend

...cabin and trunk space [measure] 26.1 cubic feet, and 54.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down—a 10 percent improvement.
Popular Mechanics

With its wider footprint, the 2012 Sportage delivers more interior space than its ancestors, but it's still on the smaller side of compact crossovers.

The front seats benefit from the relatively high dash, and have good leg and shoulder room. As usual, add a sunroof, subtract headroom. The seats themselves are well-shaped and can be air-cooled on high-line Sportages.

The back seat's like that in the Tucson--bigger adults will slouch a bit to find a good seating position perched on the otherwise nicely angled cushions. Cargo space measures 26.1 cubic feet, more than some luxury utes, and the rear-end styling means more of the cargo space is hidden behind sheetmetal--great for valuables, not so great if you carry pets often.

Ride quality tends to be a little stiff and jarring, compared to other crossovers this size; another downside is road noise, which can reach an ever-present rumble on coarse surfaces.


 

Conclusion

For its size, the 2012 Kia Sportage offers a roomy interior, although a stiff ride and road noise make it far from luxurious.

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