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2021 Kia Sportage SUV Seating, Comfort, Infotainment, Cargo Capacity, And Features

Updated on: May 7, 2021

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Refreshed for the 2020 model year, the Kia Sportage is a mid-size SUV that is based on its corporate cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. Positioned below the 2021 Kia Sorento and above the 2021 Kia Seltos, the 2021 Kia Sportage is a near-perfect compact SUV for many family buyers. Launched in 1993 and now in its fourth generation, the 2021 Kia Sportage offers impressive interior space, a long list of standard features, and an excellent infotainment and audio system. Many features like heated and powered seats, panoramic sunroof, 8" touchscreen infotainment system, and many more are offered as standard with the top-of-the-line trims of the 2021 Kia Sportage.

Available for sale at a base MSRP of $24,090 and coming in with 4 trim configurations, similar to the outgoing 2020 model, this new iteration of the Sportage also gets the feature-rich UVO infotainment system that offers all the bells and whistles like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, and many more too. An 8-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system is on board as well. Competing with the likes of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, 2021 Ford Escape, and 2021 Mazda CX-5, we will find out how well the 2021 Kia Sportage stacks up against the rivals in the interior front.

The Sportage's interior is filled with upscale materials - Car.usnews

2021 Kia Sportage Interior: Dimensions, Seating Comfort, and Features

The Kia Sportage fares well when it comes to the overall build quality and design of the cabin. Coming in for a base selling price of $24,090 with 4 trim configurations, you get a very intelligently designed and premium-feeling interior in the 2021 Sportage. Inside you will find plenty of soft-touch materials too, all of which uplift the cabin in comparison to the competitors. Sitting in the driver seat one will find that all the major controls are easily accessible, also the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road ahead. The 2021 Kia Sportage is a five-seater SUV, which manages to give out excellent headroom, legroom, and shoulder room for the front seat passengers. The front seats are also quite comfortable and feel perfect for relaxed cruising, due to the excellent under-thigh support and side bolstering.

The 2021 Kia Sportage's rear seat is also quite comfortable and can accommodate three passengers without feeling claustrophobic, similar to the outgoing 2020 Sportage. With a headroom of 39.1" and a shoulder room of 55.1", the 2021 Kia Sportage is quite similar to most of the rivals out there. However, the legroom was not the best of the segment, which is lead by the 2021 Ford Escape. Apart from that, the 7 interior colors on offer coupled with cloth, SynTex, and leather upholstery, depending on the trims, make the 2021 Kia Sportage a good-looking and opulent car of the segment, in terms of interior. Features like heated and powered seats, climate control air conditioning, rear HVAC vents, etc are on board too.

Model

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Mazda CX-5

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) room (inches)

39.3/57.1/41.5

39.6/57.1/41.5

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.7/57.1/41.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) room (inches)

39.1/55.1/38.2

39.2/55.5/38.2

39.3/56.0/40.7

39.0/54.8/39.6

The 2021 Ford Escape managed to come out as the most spacious offering of the segment, due to the best in class shoulder room and legroom for both the front and rear-seat passengers. The 2021 Hyundai Tucson, 2021 Kia Sportage, and the 2021 Mazda CX-5 offered a similar interior space, all of which were slightly lower than the 2021 Escape. Some of the interior features on offer are:

  • Auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink
  • LED interior lighting
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated seats
  • Automatic climate control air conditioning
  • 9-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Panoramic sunroof

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2021 Kia Sportage Infotainment and its Features

The infotainment system that comes with the 2021 Kia Sportage, which tops off at an MSRP of $35,250, is one of the most appreciated systems in its class. The 8” UVO touchscreen infotainment system is mounted high and is easy to operate and understand, even for the person who is technologically deprived. The standard connectivity features on offer with the system are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth streaming, Wi-Fi- hotspot, AUX, and USB connectivity.

Moving upward, the S trim comes with an additional package that adds SiriusXM satellite radio and UVO telematics. The EX trim is offered with navigation as an option, however, it comes as standard on the SX Turbo trim. A wireless charging pad, and an 8-speaker Harman Kardon 320-watt sound system with an integrated subwoofer also comes as standard on the SX Turbo models. This audio system is quite impressive with punchy bass and excellent mid and high-frequency audio output. The standard 6-speaker audio system on offer with the lower trims is also quite good for the price. Some of the infotainment and audio system features on offer are:

  • AM/FM Radio 
  • Voice Recognition 
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • 8-speaker Harmon Kardon Audio System
  • 8" UVO Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio Control

The seating position of the Sportage offers a good range of motion - Edmunds

2021 Kia Sportage Cargo Capacity and Interior Storage Spaces

Focusing more on passenger comfort means more space inside the cabin for the passengers to be seated well, but this also means that the cargo area is cramped. The 2021 Kia Sportage loses out cargo space, while the rivals fare better in this regard. Despite the higher ride height, the 30.7 cubic feet of cargo space is easily accessible from the rear liftgate.

The trunk space is small but is still adequate for a decent run to the grocery store, or a weekend getaway for a small family. If you want to carry more stuff, and fewer people the 60/40 split rear seats of the 2021 Kia Sportage increase the cargo area to an immense 60.1 cubic feet and the good news is that the seats create a flat surface when folded, which helps in storing and placing objects in the rear easy. The multiple tow hooks and a 12V charging outlet at the trunk also add to the convenience.

Model

2021 Kia Sportage

2021 Hyundai Tucson

2021 Ford Escape

2021 Mazda CX-5

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

30.7

32.0

33.5

30.9

The 2021 Ford Escape offered the best in class cargo capacity of 33.5 cu ft, which is followed by the 2021 Hyundai Tucson with 32 cu ft of cargo capacity. Both the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Kia Sportage turned out to be the worst of the lot, with a cargo capacity of 30.9 cu ft and 30.7 cu ft, respectively.

Is the 2021 Kia Sportage worth it?

Based on its corporate cousin, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, the 2021 Kia Sportage offers an impressive interior space and top-notch cabin build quality. The comfort for the passengers sitting inside is something that has been given special attention and it turns out to be the best even while the car seems small in size. The cabin feels elegant, practical, and spacious without a doubt. The features and infotainment on offer with the 2021 Sportage are also quite impressive for the segment and price. Hence, if you are ready to sacrifice a bit of cargo capacity, the 2021 Kia Sportage, which is available for a base selling price of $24,090, should be a brilliant proposition for the segment.  However, we would highly recommend you to check out the pre-owned Sportage in our used car inventory here, since the 2021 iteration gets no major changes, in comparison to the outgoing 2020 model. You can also have at least 30% off from that base price tag when going for a used Kia Sportage.

The 2021 Kia Sportage

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2021 Kia Sportage Interior FAQs

Does the 2021 Kia Sportage have leather upholstery?

Leather seats are offered as an option for the EX trim and come as standard in the SX Turbo trim. All the others don't get leather upholstery.

Does the 2021 Kia Sportage come with a sunroof?

A panoramic sunroof is standard only in the top-of-the-line SX Turbo trim and comes as an option for the S and EX trims. LX trim is devoid of one.

Does the 2021 Kia Sportage have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Yes, all the trims of the 2021 Kia Sportage are equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

What is the cargo capacity of the 2021 Kia Sportage?

The 2021 Kia Sportage has a cargo capacity of 30.7 cu. ft.

Does the 2021 Kia Sportage come with wireless smartphone charging tech?

The 2021 Kia Sportage comes equipped with a wireless smartphone charging pad in SX Turbo as standard. It can also be added as an optional extra in the S and EX trims.

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Felicia

2021 Kia Sportage

SX Turbo 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 7, 2021

what i like and dislike?

Pros - Smooth ride, comfortable seats and well designed cabin

Cons - Lacks good cargo space and mpg figures are poor

Tradeoff b/w likes and dislikes "LIKES: I get the smooth ride. The comfortable cabin and it's seating. The interiors looks great with appealing dashboard and centre console layout .The features are good. DISLIKES: The cargo room is not sufficient to place a large suitcase in to it. The fuel economy figures of 18 - 20 - 23 are not appreciable and left with a disappointment."

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Marquita G. Daniels

2021 Kia Sportage

LX 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

User Review Kia Sportage

Pros - Good space, decent interiors, good design

Cons - Materials in interior could have been lot better

good infotainment screen, lower body all around cladding, android auto comfortabel drive with easy to maneuver steering 8inch display with easy to access features, android and apple auto, good space in 2nd row seats, decent cargo space, soft materials on interiors seats and sides, dashboard is smooth, materials feels comfortable, steering is adjustable for driver's comfort, airbags, electronic warning system, good as fuel economy is decent making it pretty much budget car, price is less which makes it easy buy.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Eva A. Ramirez

2021 Kia Sportage

LX 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

KiA Sportage review

Pros - Design, small size, safety check

Cons - Slow acc, low fuel capacity

comes in multiple variants, good wheels, 8inch display cupholders in front row, sunroof,paddle shifters on steering, design is good, but grille design isn't very likable, cabin feels spacious airbags, parking assist, rear view camera.

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
10/10
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