The Sportage offers an interior that's just roomy enough for five adults, with reasonable seating comfort for all—provided those in back aren't wide-shouldered.
Though the Sportage is one of the smaller SUVs in its class, ConsumerGuide notes that "legroom is adequate, and headroom is generous...both the leather and the cloth seats are comfortable, with good side-bolster support.” Cars.com also points out that "the Kia Sportage seats up to five." Kelley Blue Book reports 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."
It’s not all praise for the 2010 Kia Sportage, however. ConsumerGuide finds that "groceries fit fine behind the rear seats, but there's little room for large objects." Thankfully, the rear seats in the Sportage fold easily in one motion to form a flat load floor. Cars.com explains 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."
Interior appointments are unremarkable; they're not as delightful for the price as the new Forte and Soul small cars, but they don't downright disappoint either. Kelley Blue Book likes the "quality plastics, with an almost quantum improvement in both appearance and texture." ConsumerGuide finds "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.
The Sportage rides more like a car than a genuine SUV, but at the same time its off-road prowess is lacking. According to ConsumerGuide, it ranks "among the better-riding compact SUVs."
ConsumerGuide also says the "4-cylinder engine is coarse and buzzy...the V-6 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."