The 2014 Kia Sportage is simply at the small end of its class, and there's no magic that makes the interior feel any roomier.
What the Sportage does have is good leg and shoulder room in front (subtract some headroom for the sunroof); and the seats themselves are well-shaped and can be air-cooled on high-line Sportages (now the passenger seat, too).
In back, it's a different story, and it emphasizes the Sportage's somewhat smaller exterior and more rakish roofline. Those in back may be a little tight on headroom and find themselves slumped forward, but Kia adds comfort for kids back there this year with new rear vents.
Cargo space measures 26.1 cubic feet, more than some luxury utes, but that's a tall space without a particularly large cargo floor, so choose your cargo wisely.
One other advantage the Sportage has is a better-feeling interior, with more soft-touch materials, attractive surfaces, and great detailing. Compared to some of the drab interiors offered by some vehicles in this class, it elevates this model above its basic mission.