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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
The cabin offers a relatively spacious feel (aided, at least in part, by the panoramic roof.)
While there is still plenty of room in the cabin, most dimensions, with the exception of rear-seat legroom, are down slightly.
…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.
What the interior does gain is more cargo volume behind the rear seats, which went up from 23.6 to 26.1 cubic feet.
...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.
Larger than the first-generation crossover, this second-generation Kia Sportage still sits on the smaller end of the sporty crossover spectrum. But it does deliver more interior room than before, and nudges the likes of the Nissan Rogue with its seating space and cargo capacity.
In front, passengers sit on well-shaped cushions upholstered in grippy cloth on most versions. When they're covered in leather, the Sportage's seats can also be ventilated and heated, a nice luxury touch in a vehicle that begins life so inexpensively. However, the passenger seat remains a manually operated piece, no matter how much you spend--even though a power driver seat is available.
These front seats benefit from the Sportage's relatively high dash, and have good leg and shoulder room, with a fairly narrow space for knees, given the ute's overall size. As usual, add a sunroof, subtract headroom. The back seat's like that in the related Hyundai 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, but smaller than in most other compact crossovers. 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.
The cabin's roomy and finished fairly well, but the Sportage could do with less road noise.