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2016 Kia Sportage Walk Around


More than most compact crossovers, the Kia Sportage has a look all its own, exuding what might be termed elegant simplicity. The front end is especially clean in style, while the roofline flaunts a tilted-back posture, similar to the profile of the smaller Kia Soul.

Although the tall stance and slightly stubby nose make it clear that Sportage is essentially a utility vehicle, its basic proportions almost manage to suggest something quite different indeed: one of the European-style hot hatches.

Interior

Functionally angular in form, the Sportage cockpit exudes a sporty attitude, led by large instruments mounted on a rectangular dashboard. Materials convey a feeling of substance, standing well above what’s found in several crossover competitors. Specifically, the interior has more soft-touch materials and surfaces than are customary in the compact crossover category, matched by thoughtful attention to detail.

Front-seat occupants get ample space for legs and shoulders. Headroom is good, too, though a sunroof (if installed) steals a segment of that space. Nicely shaped seats deliver sufficient support and offer adequate possibilities for adjustment to suit each rider. The Sportage SX features ventilated (air-cooled) front seats.

Back seats are tighter in both legroom and head space. In fact, rear occupants might find themselves slumped forward a bit.

Cargo space is useful enough, but could be bigger. With back seats upright, volume totals 26.1 cubic feet. That’s more than some, but the space is rather tall and the cargo floor isn’t all that big. With those rear seats folded down, cargo volume expands to 54.6 cubic feet.

Because blind spots are sizable, the available rearview camera and rear parking sensors would be a prudent extra-cost choice.

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