Well, while the Sportage may be at the smaller end of the mid-sized SUV spectrum, you would be hard pressed guessing that from the real-world space on offer. There is room aplenty for the driver and front passenger to stretch out, with nicely formed seats adding to that feeling of comfort. There won’t be any complaints from the kids in the back row either, with the raised height allowing them to see out with ease and the sensible belt line making for easy entry and exit.
The seatbelt for the middle passenger is mounted to the roof of the cargo hold and has to be disconnected if you are carrying more than half a boot-full of stuff, which in our household – with an array of school and sports bags and various musical instruments – is practically all the time. There are two ISOFIX anchor points on the outer rear seats should you need them, and while the seat doesn’t slide forward and aft as in some competitor cars, the seat itself is not ramrod straight which makes it more comfortable for the littlies.
At 466 litres (VDA) the boot is rather accommodating, and will happily take the weekly shop and a couple of scooters at the same time. That space grows to 1445 litres (VDA) with the second row folded flat, allowing you to carry home bulkier items or surreptitiously drop off all those unused toys at the charity shop when the little people are otherwise occupied.
Under the floor of the boot you will find a full-sized spare, a nice rarity given the pervasive run-flat-tyre movement.