An upgraded interior helps the smallish 2009 Kia Sportage compete with a higher class of vehicles.
According to ConsumerGuide, "legroom is adequate, and headroom is generous...both the leather and the cloth seats are comfortable, with good side-bolster support.” Cars.com reports that "the Kia Sportage seats up to five." Kelley Blue Book notes that "Kia Sportage seating position is appropriately upright and, while the standard sunroof encroaches slightly on rear-seat headroom, most adults will find either front or rear seating to be generous," adding that "the fifth passenger's area, in the center of the rear seat, is somewhat marginal."
ConsumerGuide notes that "groceries fit fine behind the rear seats, but there's little room for large objects," and "the Kia Sportage rear seats fold easily in one motion to form a flat load floor." Cars.com reports that "with the 'Drop and Fold' rear seating system, the seat cushion lowers and the backrest folds flat, yielding 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space."
Kelley Blue Book praises the "quality plastics, with an almost quantum improvement in both appearance and texture." ConsumerGuide reports "dashboard control dials have rubber grips, literally a nice touch," going on to note "for interior materials, [Kia] Sportage is a cut above Honda CR-V and is slightly upscale of Tucson." Materials are above average for the price and class.
ConsumerGuide says the "4-cylinder engine is coarse and buzzy...the V6 is quiet at cruise, but it strains loudly at higher rpm." Cars.com reports "other than a little tire noise on some surfaces, the Sportage is quiet, though the engine gets snarly at high rpm."