This is the 2023 Kia Sportage SX+, the mid-range five-seater SUV for families. The top-spec 2022 model we previously reviewed is very popular with families. Let's jump straight in and see how this 2023 model stacks up as a BabyDrive…
Let's start with the child seats. There are ISOFix in the two outer rear seats. They are not within plastic guides but are nice and easy to attach to.
Top tether anchorages are on the back of all three rear seat backs. They are nice and easy to connect through the boot.
For those families that need to, three Infasecure child seats fit really nicely across the back seats. I installed the Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule rear-facing behind the driver and the Infasecure Momentum More and Attain More forward-facing in the other seats.
Our family of four found the Kia Sportage very comfortable. We had a child seat in each of the outer rear seats leaving the central seat empty if we had a friend coming for a playdate or I sat in the back with the kids too. We found a 180cm driver could fit in front of the rear-facing Infasecure Adapt More Infant Capsule or taller if it was a forward-facing child seat.
Storage is great in the back of the Kia Sportage. There are two cup holders in a fold-down in the central seat back that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup or a kid's drink cup fits too.
Map pockets in the back of both front seats will hold an iPad, and there are hooks too great for holding a school bag. In the back of the central console box is a phone tray, and there are USBC sockets in the side of each of the front seats so rear passengers can charge their devices.
On the back of the front headrests are jacket or iPad holders, which are super handy for families so their kids can watch while driving along!
The rear door bins will fit a water bottle, and there are little handle wells too.
In the front, the storage is good too. There are two cup holders that you press a button so they rotate out in the central console that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup and a phone charging tray in front of the gear lever with USB, USBC and 2V sockets.
The central console box is small, and the glove box will hold a wallet and iPad with the manual.
Door bins in the front will hold a small disposable water bottle, and an iPad fits too.
The rear passengers have aircon vents in the back of the central console box so you can keep them at the right temperature all year round while driving along.
The media system in the 2023 Kia Sportage is lovely modern, and easy to navigate.
It has some great Kia features for families, like Quiet Mode, which brings the sound from the speakers to the front of the car when you press it. This is really helpful when your child falls asleep in the back so you can keep listening to your music without disturbing them.
There is a voice memo for making audio notes, and you can change a lot of things in the settings, including sound, which can be helpful with kids who are sensitive to noise.
You can control the climate through the media screen too.
The Sportage has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily access your phone for music and Apps while driving.
The camera image quality is excellent in the Kia Sportage, and the image is really large on the screen when you are in reverse and you can easily turn the parking sensors off with a button in the central console.
When it comes to storage in the boot of the 2023 Kia Sportage, the boot door opens electronically and with a touch button and closes that way too. There is a retractable roller blind, and the boot floor is nice and flat and carpeted, which is great for carrying dogs or for emergency nappy changes!
When empty, the boot of the 2023 Kia Sportage holds sixteen shopping, which is three more than the previous model Sportage, four more than the VW Tiguan and Honda CR-V and three more than the Mazda CX-5.
For families with two infants, a twin pram fits in the boot of the Kia Sportage with five shopping bags.
The new 6-in-1 Jiffle Wagon fits in the boot of the Kia Sportage in various configurations. The Jiffle Wagon cart fits with eight shopping bags and you can load up to 60 kilos of groceries or baby stuff inside the Jiffle Wagon.
The Jiffle Wagon with the bassinet attachment fits with four shopping bags.
The Jiffle Wagon, with its seat, fits with four shopping bags.
…fits with eight shopping bags.
If your family has a fur baby, you'll need to know a medium-sized dog will fit in the boot of the Kia Sportage.
The drive is great in the 2023 Kia Sportage. There is a bit of a lag in acceleration up steep hills, which could be improved and I found there was a bit of wind and road noise on motorways. The visibility is good out of the back windscreen with three Infasecure child seats installed.
If you want even better visibility, there is a rearview camera view you can turn on in the media screen, which gives you perfect vision at the back.
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The steering is light and the turning circle is good, so it's a great car for around town and is easy to park and maneuver in tight places like school and supermarket car parks.
The Kia Sportage makes a great family car able to hold up to three Infasecure child seats comfortably in the back and two passengers in the front with a good amount of legroom. The drive is good and the media system is modern, easy to use and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Boot space is ample for a family with infants and the Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram fits easily in the boot.
The Kia Sportage SUV has a five-star ANCAP crash test rating. It has seven airbags as standard, including dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes.