Interior design and technology – Kia Sportage


What is the difference between the European Sportage and the version sold in other markets around the world? Kia says that when deciding on the Sportage’s design scope, Europe, and even the UK, deserved an SUV to suit buyers’ specific tastes. A spokesperson added: “This allowed the designers and engineers to create two versions of the car. The European model gets an optimal wheelbase, with dimensions and proportions ideal for European roads, while the International model grows in size and offers different powertrains, technologies and other features. The result is a pair of cars that better meet the needs of different regions, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, we have two distinct versions of the Sportage that seriously deliver each of their briefs on opposite continents.

Inside story

The range begins with the ‘2’ models, progressing to the ‘GT-Line’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ grades, and the top drawer ‘GT-Line S’. Inside the ‘2’ there’s an electric parking brake, auto-dimming rear view mirror, steering wheel controls for the audio system and remote central locking. All “2” models feature black cloth seats, manual driver’s seat height adjustment, leather steering wheel and metallic finish on the center fascia and door trim. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth with music streaming are standard on all versions of the Sportage, along with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display, six speakers and DAB radio for 2″ models. “. In addition, a 4.2-inch color supervision screen is provided on the instrument cockpit. Front and rear parking sensors are enhanced by a rear view camera system displayed on the integrated touchscreen.

Step into a ‘GT-Line’ and you’ll find a wide, curved 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation system and 4.2-inch dash, plush suede and leather upholstery, driver lumbar support, a D-shaped sport leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and “GT-Line” logo, black headliner, sport pedals, aluminum pattern finisher on the center fascia and door trim, and a power button engine start/stop with smart entry system.

The “3” takes all of the above as a starting point and adds black cloth and leatherette upholstery, driver lumbar support, power front seats including height adjustment, front outboard seats and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an engine start/stop button with Smart Entry System and an aluminum pattern finish for the center fascia and door trim.

The ‘4’ adds a premium Harman Kardon sound system, along with a 15W wireless smartphone charger and 360-degree surround view monitor.

The “GT-Line S” variant offers front occupants ventilated 10-way driver and 8-way passenger seats and a smart power tailgate.

The center console offers more flexible storage. For example, with the push of a button, the cupholders in the center console swing out and can be pushed back when not needed. This area also includes a Shift-by-wire transmission dial on automatic models while a wireless smartphone charger on ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models offers 15W wireless charging. Dual or tri-zone climate control (depending on specification) allows front and rear passengers to adjust the interior temperature to their liking. Other convenience features throughout the cabin include USB-A and USB-C fast chargers and hangers on the front seatbacks.

Finely detailed metallic-looking air vents and a signature stripe run across the dash and over the door panels to give it a luxurious look. High-end “GT-Line S” models have premium dark suede and leather-trimmed seats, black headliner, and suede trim inserts throughout.

Size Matters

In terms of size, this five-seat family crossover is 30mm longer, 10mm wider, with a 10mm longer wheelbase and 10mm taller than its predecessor, hence more space for head, legs and trunk. The 40/20/40 split rear seats (rather than the usual 60/40 layout) fold down with the pull of a lever on either side of the trunk. Up to 591 liters of luggage space with the seats up and a maximum boot capacity of 1,780 liters with the rear seats folded down. The door bins and glove box are also a good size. The rear seatbacks can recline, but cannot slide back and forth.

While forward visibility around the relatively thin A-pillars is good, over-the-shoulder view in the rear is limited due to the sloping roofline, shallow rear window and rear pillars. bulky. Large mirrors help with rear vision combined with rear parking sensors and a touchscreen-linked camera with dynamic guidelines.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Kia Connect smartphone app allows users to remotely connect to their vehicle. Drivers can sync calendars, plan trips with online navigation and access key in-vehicle features including live traffic alerts, local gas station information and real-time weather forecasts. The Remote Monitoring section of the Kia Connect app will even remind the driver if their doors are locked, the windows are up and where they left their vehicle. A premium Harman Kardon audio system is offered as standard equipment on the ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ editions.

Advanced driver assistance systems

The ‘3’ variant we released this week with advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies,

As part of Kia’s DriveWise ADAS package, all versions of the new Sportage come with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Intersection Turning, helping to avoid collisions with cars, pedestrians and oncoming bicycles when turning left or right through intersections.

Highway Driving Assist (HDA) maintains a set distance and speed to the vehicle ahead when driving on a highway and helps center the new Sportage in its lane. HDA can also adjust vehicle speed based on the speed limit and is fitted to all automatic versions of the Sportage. The lane keeping assistant is present on all versions and helps to center the vehicle in the lane. While driving, the LFA can be activated and deactivated at the press of a button.

When using the turn signal, if there is a risk of collision with a vehicle behind, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist provides a warning to the driver on all ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line’ models S”.

Inherited from the Sorento and EV6, the Sportage also comes with Kia’s Blind Spot Monitoring System on the ‘4’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models.

To navigate in and out of tight parking spaces, drivers can call upon the Sportage’s Intelligent Remote Park Assist system to completely take the hassle out of parking.

Overall, the fifth-generation Sportage offers a roomy cabin with plenty of tech throughout. He feels relatively calm and civilized due to some NVH management measures. The overall interior design is pleasing to the eye. Everything seems reassuringly solid. Rival models include the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Ford Kuga, among others.


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