2012 Kia Sportage Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

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.

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

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.

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