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2018 Kia Sportage Interior, Seating, Dimensions, Infotainment, and Interior Features

Updated on: May 24, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Kia Sportage interior features several more technology features than the 2017 Kia Sportage. The redesigned 2017 Sportage also has some incredible interior technology, but the latest model offers a better overall value. The 2018 Sportage's cabin features a clean dashboard covered in matte black soft-touch plastic with faux chrome accents. The current generation Kia Sportage's dimensions are longer than the previous model, benefitting the interior with more passenger and cargo room. This Kia's five-seater compact crossover has an abundance of headroom and legroom on both the front and the rear seats, although its maximum cargo space of 60.1 cubic feet is average in the class. The seats are comfortable and supportive and available with heating, as well as ventilation. 

The seats on the LX and EX are six-way adjustable with those on the SX Turbo being eight-way power-adjustable. With grey, beige, and black interior color available in either cloth or leather depending on the trim, the Sportage can be customized to the buyer's individual needs. It carries a simpler design language and incorporates a big cabin and a lot of luggage area.

2018 Kia Sportage Dashboard

The Sportage's interior has impressive infotainment features as well, despite the base model LX featuring a five-inch touchscreen with six speakers. The higher EX comes with a seven-inch touchscreen including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Kia's UVO system. The SX Turbo gets an eight-inch touchscreen, onboard navigation, as well as a Harmon Kardon premium audio system with eight speakers. The 2018 Kia Sportage's sleek exterior styling and dimensions are complemented by a comfortable and spacious interior.

The Kia Sportage is a good crossover but faces tight competition from similarly priced alternatives like the Hyundai Tucson, the Mazda CX-5, and the Subaru Forester. Starting at $23,600, the Kia Sportage's interior feels much more premium than most rivals in the class. Like all Kia models, Sportage also comes with an industry-leading, 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program.

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How comfortable is the 2018 Kia Sportage?

The 2018 Kia Sportage sports a classy interior with plush materials right from the base trim itself. The crossover gets soft-touch material on the door panel with leather upholstery for the higher trims. The cabin is quiet and looks upscale, and the dashboard replicates a similar material composition as the door panel but also includes chrome trim pieces around the AC vents. The trims and material quality also take a good leap forward as the price climbs. There are two rows of spacious, comfortable seats and plenty of available tech features. 

2018 Kia Sportage Front Seats

Inside the Sportage, the seats are covered in cloth material in the lower trims while the higher EX and SX trim upgrade to a leatherette/leather upholstery and are available with heating, as well as ventilation. The seats on the EX and LX are six-way adjustable with those on the SX Turbo being eight-way power-adjustable. The Kia Sportage's interior comes with an option of three interior colors: beige, black, and grey.

All the Sportage trim levels share the same interior dimensions with a front headroom of 39.3 inches and front legroom of 41.5 inches. In the rear, there are 39.1 inches of headroom and 38.2 inches of legroom. In comparison, the Honda CR-V has a front headroom of 38 inches and front legroom of 41.3 inches with the rear passengers getting 39.1 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom.

2018 Kia Sportage Rear Seats

The seats are comfortable and supportive and come with the option of being heated or ventilated. With grey, beige and black available in either cloth or leather depending on the trim, the Sportage can be customized to the buyer's individual taste. The Sportage has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.


2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Hyundai Tucson

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Subaru Forester

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Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





The cabin space inside these crossovers remains very identical with similar dimensions. One crossover gets an edge over the other in different cases. On these lines, the Forester gets the most room in both rows. The real-world difference in the crossovers isn’t much and can be attributed to the potential of the rival offerings. 

How good is the 2018 Kia Sportage’s infotainment system?

The 2018 Kia Sportage comes with a 5-inch touchscreen display that comes loaded with Bluetooth, satellite radio, one USB port, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system. The unit is a rather basic one and has a no-frills home screen setup. Stepping up to the EX replaces the basic 5-inch touchscreen with a 7-inch unit that runs Kia’s UVO interface. The Kia Uvo brings in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to the unit along with Kia’s eServices facility. The interface is very clean and everything is spaced-out perfectly to make operation easy. 

2018 Kia Sportage Infotainment System

If you opt for the Sportage EX you will get a 7-inch unit while the top-range SX Turbo gets the bigger 8-inch display with in-built navigation services along with an 8-speaker Harman Kordon audio system. Some of the most highlighting features of the infotainment arrangements on the Sportage include: 

  • The standard 5-inch touchscreen system
  • Upgraded 7-/8-inch touchscreen system with Kia Uvo
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker system
  • Upgradable 8-speaker Harman audio system

What are the creature comforts inside the 2018 Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage is a superb offering in a price-competitive segment. Needless to say, the Korean manufacturer has made the crossover’s roster full of features from the base trim onwards. The LX comes with a long list of features including automatic headlights, a 60/40-split folding and reclining back seat, rear privacy glass, and a 6-speaker setup.

The Kia Sportage comes with an option of three interior colors: beige, black, and grey. The LX is available in either black or grey cloth, while the EX is available in black or grey leather. The top of the range SX is available in black, grey, or beige leather. The dashboard comes with as usual matte black soft-touch material with chrome accents.

Adding in more dough will add:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • UV-reducing glass for the front windows and windshield
  • Heated mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated rear seats
  • Xenon headlights

What is the cargo capacity on offer inside the 2018 Kia Sportage?

The Kia Sportage has a massive boot that can easily swallow 30.7 cubic feet of cargo volume for your trips. The best thing is that most of the room is usable and can store cargo effectively. The 60/40 split rear seats fold down easily, expanding the trunk capacity to 60.1 cubic feet. The rear seat folds completely flat, making it easy to load large or heavy items.

2018 Kia Sportage Cargo Space

In the boot, you’ll find a retractable parcel shelf, a lamp, and a couple of hooks for your groceries. Under the cargo floor, there is more storage to store small kits and bags, like the tire inflator kit by Kia. A hands-free liftgate is available which adds more convenience. It automatically opens if you stand next to the hatch with the key fob in your pocket.


2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Hyundai Tucson

2018 Mazda CX-5

2018 Subaru Forester

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The Kia Sportage has a good trunk capacity but the rivals shame the crossover in terms if the available space. The Mazda CX-5 and the Hyundai Tucson share very similar cargo capacities to the Sportage but the Subaru Forester outshines all with 15.3% more capacity. That said, the crossovers can easily fit in a weekend trip’s worth of cargo easily. 

What are the other storage spaces inside the 2018 Kia Sportage?

The Sportage has a lot of cubby spaces to suffice during a long drive or a trip. The front door pockets can easily gulp a big water bottle and 4 Twinkies. In the center console is a cubby to hold a smartphone while driving. This cubby also engulfs the different media outlets to connect your smartphone. There is a small pocket near the gear shifter, and a couple of cup holders as well. The armrest is deep enough to hold three bags of Cheetos. The rear-seat occupants get a net to hold stuff behind the front seats. Apart from this, the door panel cubby can hold a medium-sized water bottle. 

Is the interior of the 2018 Kia Sportage worth the price?

The 2018 Kia Sportage gets a very comfortable cabin with ample space inside to fit adults comfortably. The Korean manufacturer has put a very competitive price for the crossover but has not skimped on the interior materials on offer. The Sportage also enjoys a tech-laden infotainment system with all the latest amenities to boast of. Apart from this, the boot is big and practical enough to hold a good amount of cargo. There is no shortage of cubby spaces inside and can easily store a lot of candies for a long trip, making the 2018 Sportage a pretty good deal for its price. 

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