Kia Sportage PHEV 2023 User Guide
As a combination of cutting-edge technology, eco-friendliness, and modern style, the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV has become a major player in the automotive world. As the auto industry moves toward electric vehicles, the Sportage PHEV takes the lead. It shows Kia’s dedication to environmentally friendly transportation without sacrificing style or performance. This amazing plug-in hybrid SUV not only has a cutting-edge engine that combines electric and gasoline propulsion without any problems, but it also looks amazing with its sleek, aerodynamic design and many smart features. In a time when caring for the environment and having fun while driving go hand in hand, the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV is ready to push the limits of what’s possible by giving drivers an exciting and environmentally friendly driving experience that fits the needs of today.
Your new vehicle is designed to use only unleaded fuel having a pump octane number ((R+M)/2) of 87 (Research Octane Number 91) or higher. (Do not use methanol blended fuels.)
Your new vehicle is designed to obtain maximum performance with UNLEADED FUEL, as well as minimize exhaust emissions and spark plug fouling.
Never add any fuel system cleaning agents to the fuel tank other than what has been specified. (Consult an authorized Kia dealer for details.)
- Tighten the cap until it clicks one time, otherwise, the Check Engine light will appear.
- Do not “top off” after the nozzle automatically shuts off. Attempts to force more fuel into the tank can cause fuel overflow onto you and the ground, causing a risk of fire.
- Always check that the fuel cap is installed securely to prevent fuel spillage, especially in the event of an accident.
Gasoline containing alcohol and methanol
Gasohol, a mixture of gasoline and ethanol (also known as grain alcohol), and gasoline or gasohol containing methanol (also known as wood alcohol) are being marketed along with or instead of leaded or unleaded gasoline.
Pursuant to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, ethanol may be used in your vehicle.
Do not use gasohol containing more than 15% ethanol, and do not use gasoline or gasohol containing any methanol. Ethanol provides less energy than gasoline and attracts water. Thus, it is likely to reduce your fuel efficiency and could lower your MPG results.
Methanol may cause drivability problems and damage to the fuel system, engine control system and emission control system.
Discontinue using gasohol of any kind if drivability problems occur.
Vehicle damage or drivability problems may not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty if they result from the use of:
- Gasoline or gasohol containing methanol.
- Leaded fuel or leaded gasohol.
- Gasohol containing more than 15%ethanol.
“E85” fuel is an alternative fuel comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline and is manufactured exclusively for use in Flexible Fuel Vehicles. “E85” is not compatible with your vehicle. Use of
“E85” may result in poor engine performance and damage to your vehicle’s engine and fuel system. Kia recommends that customers do not use fuel with an ethanol content exceeding 15%.
Your New Vehicle Limited Warranty does not cover damage to the fuel system or any performance problems caused by the use of “E85” fuel.
Never use any fuel containing methanol. Discontinue use of any methanol-containing products which may inhibit proper drivability.
Using fuels that contain Silicone (Si), MMT (Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl), Manganese (Mn) contained fuel, and other metallic additives, may cause vehicle and engine damage or cause misfiring, poor acceleration, engine stalling, catalyst melting, clogging, abnormal corrosion, life cycle reduction, etc.
Also, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) may appear.
Damage to the fuel system or performance problems caused by the use of these other fuels may not be covered by your New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Gasoline containing MMT
Some gasoline contains harmful manganese-based fuel additives Such as MMT (Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tri-carbonyl). Kia does not recommend the use of gasoline containing MMT. This type of fuel can reduce vehicle performance and affect your emission control system. The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) on the cluster may come on.
Do not use methanol
Fuels containing methanol (wood alcohol) should not be used in your vehicle. This type of fuel can reduce vehicle performance and damage components of the fuel system, engine control system and emission control system.
Kia recommends that you use good quality gasoline treated with detergent additives such as TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, which help prevent deposit formation in the engine. These gas lines will help the engine run cleaner and enhance the performance of the emission control system.
For more information on TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline, please go to the website (www.toptiergas.com) For customers who do not use TOP TIER Deter-gent Gasoline regularly, and have problems starting or the engine does not run smoothly, additives that you can buy separately may be added to the gasoline.
If TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is not available, one bottle of additive should be added to the fuel tank at every 8,000 miles (13,000 km) or every engine oil change is recommended. Additives are available from your authorized Kia dealer along with information on how to use them. Do not mix other additives.
Important safety precautions
You will find many safety precautions and recommendations throughout this section, and throughout this manual. The safety precautions in this section are among the most important.
Always wear your seat belt
A seat belt is your best protection in all types of accidents. Airbags are
designed to supplement seat belts, not replace them. So even though your vehicle is equipped with airbags, ALWAYS fasten your seat belt and make sure all
of your passengers have properly fastened their seat belts or restraints before placing the vehicle in motion.
Restrain all children
All children under age 13 should ride in your vehicle properly restrained in the rear seat, not the front seat. Infants and small children should be restrained in an appropriate child restraint. Larger children should use a booster seat with the lap/shoulder belt until they can use the seat belt properly without a booster seat.
Air bag hazards
While air bags can save lives, they can also cause serious or fatal injuries to occupants who sit too close to them, or who are not properly restrained. Infants, young children, and shorter adults are at the greatest risk of being injured by an inflating air bag. Follow all instructions and warnings in this manual.
Driver distraction presents a serious and potentially deadly danger, especially for inexperienced drivers. Safety should be the first concern when behind the wheel and drivers need to be aware of the wide array of potential distractions, such as drowsiness, reaching for objects, eating, personal grooming, other passengers, and using cellular phones.
Drivers can become distracted when they take their eyes and attention off the road or their hands off the wheel to focus on activities other than driving. To reduce your risk of distraction or getting into an accident:
- ALWAYS set up your mobile devices(i.e., MP3 players, phones, navigation units, etc.) when your vehicle is parked or safely stopped.
- ONLY use your mobile device when allowed by laws and when conditions permit safe use. NEVER text or email while driving. Most states have laws prohibiting drivers from texting. Some states and cities also prohibit drivers from using handheld phones.
- NEVER let the use of a mobile device distract you from driving. You have a responsibility to your passengers and others on the road to always drive safely, with your hands on the wheel as well as your eyes and attention on the road.
Control your speed
Excessive speed is a major factor in crash injuries and deaths. Generally, the higher the speed, the greater the risk, but serious injuries can also occur at lower speeds. Never drive faster than is safe for current driving conditions, regardless of the maximum speed posted.
Keep your vehicle in safe condition
Having a tire blowout or a mechanical failure can be extremely hazardous. To reduce the possibility of such problems, check your tire pressures and conditions frequently, and perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.
Seat belts are designed to bear upon the bony structure of the body, and should be worn low across the front of the pelvis, chest and shoulders.
Seat belt restraint system
For maximum restraint system protection, the seat belts must always be used whenever the vehicle is moving.
- A properly positioned shoulder belt should be positioned midway over your shoulder, across your collarbone.
- Never allow children to ride in the front passenger seat.
Twisted seat belt
Make sure your seat belt is not twisted when worn. A twisted seat belt may not properly protect you in an accident and could even cut into your body.
- Never wear the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back. An improperly positioned shoulder belt cannot protect the occupant in the event of a crash.
- Always wear both the shoulder portion and lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt.
Damaged seat belt
Any damage in webbing or hardware may lead to serious injury or death in a crash. For your safety, replace the entire seat belt assembly when any part of the webbing or hardware is damaged.
Seat belts are designed to bear upon the bony structure of the body, and should be worn low across the front of the pelvis, chest and shoulders, as applicable; wearing the lap section of the belt across the abdominal area must be avoided.
Seat belts should be adjusted as firmly as possible, consistent with comfort, to provide the protection for which they have been designed.
A slack belt will greatly reduce the protection afforded to the wearer.
Care should be taken to avoid contamination of the webbing with polishes, oils and chemicals, and particularly battery acid. Cleaning may safely be carried out using mild soap and water. The belt should be replaced if webbing becomes frayed, contaminated or damaged.
- No modifications or additions should be made by the user which would either prevent the seat belt from adjusting
- When you fasten the seat belt, be careful not to latch the seat belt in the buckles of other seats. It is very dangerous and you may not be protected by the seat belt properly.
- Do not unfasten the seat belt and do not fasten and unfasten the seat belt repeatedly while driving. This could result in loss of control, and an accident causing death, serious injury, or property damage.
- When fastening the seat belt, make sure that the seat belt does not pass over objects that are hard or can break easily.
Seat belt buckle
Do not allow foreign material (gum, crumbs, coins, liquids, etc.) to obstruct the seat belt buckle. This may prevent the seat belt from fastening securely.
Seat belt warning
The seat belt warning light and warning chime operate under the following conditions.
Driver’s seat belt warning
As a reminder to the driver, the seat belt warning light will appear for approximately 6 seconds each time you turn the ENGINE START/STOP button ON regardless of belt fastening. If the seat-belt is not fastened, the warning chime will sound for about 6 seconds.
If you start to drive without the seat belt fastened over approximately 5 mph (9 km/h) and less than approximately 12 mph (20 km/h), the corresponding warning light will appear. The warning light will turn off when the vehicle speed drops below approximately 5 mph (9 km/h).
If you start to drive without the seat belt fastened or you unfasten the seat belt when you drive approximately 12 mph (20 km/h) and faster, the warning light will blink and warning chime will sound for approximately 100 seconds. When the seat belt is unfastened during driving, the warning light will appear when the speed is under approximately 12 mph (20 km/h). When the speed is approximately 12 mph (20 km/h) and faster, the warning light will blink and warning chime will sound for approximately 100 seconds.
Front passenger’s seat belt warning
As a reminder to the front passenger, the seat belt warning light will appear for approximately 6 seconds each time you turn the ENGINE START/STOP button ON regardless of belt fastening. If you start to drive without the passenger seat belt fastened when you drive over approximately 5 mph (9 km/h) and less than approximately 12 mph (20 km/h), the corresponding warning light will appear. The warning light will turn off when the vehicle speed drops approximately below 5 mph (9 km/h).
If you start to drive without the passenger seat belt fastened or you unfasten the seat belt when you drive approximately 12 mph (20 km/h) and faster, the warning light will blink and warning chime will sound for approximately 100 seconds. When the passenger seat belt is unfastened during driving, the warn-ing light will appear when the speed is approximately under 12 mph (20 km/h). When the speed is approximately 12 mph (20 km/h) and faster, the warning light will blink and warning chime will sound for approximately 100 seconds.
Kia Sportage PHEV 2023 Child Restraint System (CRS) and Air Bag – Advanced Supplemental Restraint System User Guide
Child Restraint System (CRS)
Infants and younger children must be restrained in an appropriate rear-facing or forward-facing Child Restraint System (CRS) that has first been properly secured to the rear seat of the vehicle.
Infants and younger children must be restrained in an appropriate rear-facing or forward-facing Child Restraint System (CRS) that has first been properly secured to the rear seat of the vehicle Please refer to your state or federal laws for child seating requirements in the operation of a motor vehicle.
Children always in the rear
Children under age 13 must always ride in the rear seats and must always be properly restrained to minimize the risk of injury in an accident, sudden stop or sudden maneuver.
Never install a child or infant seat on the front passenger’s seat. A child riding in the front passenger seat can be force-fully struck by an inflating airbag and get seriously injured.
Hot Child Restraint
A Child Restraint System can become very hot if it is left in a closed vehicle on a sunny day. Be sure to check the seat cover, buckles and latches before placing a child in the restraint system.
According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats than in the front seat. Even with air bags, children can be seriously injured or killed. Children too large for a child restraint must use the seat belts provided. All 50 states have child restraint laws which require children to travel in approved child restraint devices. The laws governing the age or height/weight restrictions at which seat belts can be used instead of child restraints differs among states, so you should be aware of the specific requirements in your state, and where you are traveling.
The CRS must be properly placed and installed in the rear seat. You must use a commercially available CRS that meets the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). A CRS is generally designed to be secured in a vehicle seat by lap belt portion of a lap/shoulder belt, or by a LATCH system in the rear seats of the vehicle.
Child Restraint System (CRS)
Infants and younger children must be restrained in an appropriate rear-facing or forward-facing CRS that has first been properly secured to the rear seat of the vehicle. Read and comply with the instructions for installation and use pro-vided by the manufacturer of the CRS.
Child Restraint Installation
An improperly secured child restraint can increase the risk of serious injury or death in an accident. Always take the following precautions when using a Child Restraint System:
- Always follow the Child Restraint System manufacturer’s instructions for installation and use.
- Always properly restrain your child in the child restraint.
- If the vehicle head restraint prevents proper installation of a child seat (as described in the Child Restraint System manual), the head restraint of the respective seating position shall be readjusted or entirely removed.
- Do not use an infant carrier or a child safety seat that “hooks” over a seat-back as it may not provide adequate protection in an accident.
- A child restraint in the center seating position may also contact or push up against the safety belt buckles, which can damage the buckles and make them unusable or unsafe. Always check that the child restraint does not contact any of the safety belt buckles. Check the placement of the child restraint regularly to make sure that it has not shifted and come into contact with any of the safety belt buckles.
After an accident, have a Kia dealer check the Child Restraint System, seat belts, tether anchors and lower anchors.
Kia 2023 Top Accessories
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Record your key number
The key code number is stamped on the key code tag attached to the key set. Should you lose your keys, this number will enable an authorized Kia dealer to duplicate the keys easily. Remove the key code tag and store it in a safe place. Also, record the key code number and keep it in a safe and handy place, but not in the vehicle.
Use only Kia original parts for the ignition key in your vehicle. If an aftermarket key is used, the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button may not return to ON after START. If this hap-pens, the starter will continue to operate causing possible fire due to excessive current in the wiring
Never leave the keys in your vehicle
Leaving children unattended in a vehicle with the keys is dangerous even if the vehicle is ACC or ON position. Unat-tended children could press the ENGINE START/STOP button and may operate power windows or other controls, or even make the vehicle move, which could result in serious bodily injury or even death. Never leave the keys in your vehicle with unsupervised children, when the engine is running.
Using the remote key (if equipped)
Smart key (if equipped)
With a smart key, you can lock or unlock a door and even start the engine without inserting the key.
This system is designed to provide protection from unauthorized entry into the vehicle.
This system is operated in three stages:
- Armed stage
- Theft-alarm stage
- Disarmed stage
If triggered, the system provides an audible alarm with the blinking of the hazard warning lights.
Do not attempt to alter this system or add other devices to it.
Using the smart key
Park the vehicle and stop the engine. Arm the system as described below.
- Turn off the engine.
- Make sure that all doors, the hood and liftgate are closed and latched.
- Lock the doors by pressing the button of the front outside door handle with the smart key in your possession. After completion of the steps above, the hazard warning lights will operate once to indicate that the system is armed. If any door (or liftgate) or hood remains open, the hazard warning lights and the chime will not operate and the theft alarm will not arm. If all doors and liftgate and hood are closed after the lock button is pressed, the hazard warning lights blink once. The system can also be armed by locking the doors with the key from the front doors; however, the hazard warning lights will not blink using this method.
- Lock the doors by pressing the lock button on the smart key. After completion of the steps above, the hazard warning lights will operate once to indicate that the system is armed.
The theft-alarm system can be deactivated by an authorized Kia dealer.
If you want this feature, consult an authorized Kia dealer.
Driver Position Memory System
The Driver Position Memory System is provided to store and recall the following memory settings with a simple button operation.
- Driver’s seat position
- Instrument panel illumination intensity
Never attempt to operate the driver position memory system while the vehicle is moving. This could result in loss of control, and an accident causing death, serious injury, or property damage.
- If the battery is disconnected, the memory settings will be erased.
- If the Driver Position Memory System does not operate normally, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.
Storing memory positions
- The ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button is in the ON position.
- Adjust the driver’s seat position and instrument panel illumination intensity to the desired position.
- Press one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) for more than 1 second. The system will beep twice.
- “Settings 1 (or 2) saved” will appear on the LCD display.
Recalling memory positions
- 1. The ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button is in the ON position.
2. Press the desired memory button (1 or 2). The system will beep once, and then the driver’s seat position and instrument panel illumination intensity will automatically adjust to the stored positions.
3. “Settings 1 (or 2) applied” will appear on the LCD display.
- While recalling the “1” memory position, pressing 1 button temporarily stops the adjustment of the recalled memory position. Pressing the 2 but-ton recalls the “2” memory position.
- While recalling the “2” memory position, pressing “2” button temporarily stops the adjustment of the recalled memory position. Pressing the “1” but-ton recalls the “1” memory position.
- While recalling the stored positions, pressing one of the control buttons for the driver’s seat and instrument panel illumination will cause the movement of that component to stop and move in the direction that the control button is pressed.
Driver position memory system reset
If the Driver position memory system does not work properly, initialize the sys-tem as follows.
How to initialize:
- Stop the vehicle and open the driver’s door with the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button in the ON position and the vehicle shifted to P (Park).
- Pull the driver’s seat forward as far as possible and have the seatback upright as much as possible using the driver’s seat forward/backward adjustment and seatback angle (recline) switches.
- Press one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) and seat forward movement switch for 2 seconds simultaneously. Initialization in the process:
- Initialization begins as the alarm sounds.
- The seat and seatback will automatically move backwards. The alarm sound will continue while the system is in operation.
- Initialization will be complete after the seat and seatback move to the center with an alarm sound.
If, however, cases as follows occur, the initialization process will come to a stop and the alarm sound will stop as well.
- When pushing driving position memory system button
- When pushing driver’s seat height adjustment switch
- When shifting from P (Park) to other positions
- When driving speed exceeds 2 mph (3 km/h)
- When the driver’s door is closed
Operating the power liftgate
- Press the power liftgate open/close button inside the vehicle or with the smart key for 1 second. The power liftgate opens with a warning sound.
Press and hold the power liftgate open/close button inside the vehicle or with the smart key to close the liftgate.
- While the liftgate is opening, press the power liftgate open/close button again to stop the liftgate operation.
- If you release the power liftgate open/close button while the liftgate is closing, or the smart key is not within operation range (approximately 10 m (33 ft.)) from the vehicle, power liftgate operation will stop with a warning sound for 5 seconds.
- The liftgate will open or close with a warning sound when the power liftgate open/close the button outside the vehicle.
If the vehicle is locked, press the power liftgate open/close button outside the vehicle with the smart key in your possession.
- Press the power liftgate open/close button inside the liftgate. The liftgate opens or closes with a warning sound.
- When the gear is in P (Park) with the vehicle in ON position
- When the vehicle is in OFF position Non-operating condition(s)
- The vehicle speed is above 3 km/h (1.8 mph)
If the power liftgate senses any obstacle, the liftgate will stop or will fully open.
- If the power liftgate senses any obstacles
- If the detected resistance is below a certain level
- If the liftgate is almost fully closed near the latched position
- If a strong impact is applied with no obstructions placed
The doors of this vehicle are equipped with power windows that can be operated by a switch.
- Driver’s door power window switch
- Front passenger’s door power window switch 3 Rear door (left) power window switch
- Rear door (right) power window switch
- Power window lock switch
In cold and wet climates, power windows may not work properly due to freezing conditions.
The ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button must be in the ON position for power windows to operate.
Each door has a power window switch that controls the door’s window. The driver has a power window lock button which can block the operation of rear passenger windows. The power windows can be operated for approximately 3 minutes after the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button turned to the ACC or LOCK position. However, if the front doors are opened, the power windows cannot be operated even within the 3-minute period.
The driver’s door has a master power window switch that controls all the windows in the vehicle.
If the window cannot be closed because it is blocked by objects, remove the objects and close the window.
While driving with the rear windows down or with the sunroof (if equipped) in an open (or partially open position), your vehicle may demonstrate a wind buffet-ing or pulsation noise. This noise is a normal occurrence and can be reduced or eliminated by taking the following actions. If the noise occurs with one or both of the rear windows down, partially lower both front windows approximately 1 inches (2.5 cm) If you experience the noise with the sunroof open, slightly reduce the size of the sunroof opening.
Do not install any accessories in the vehicle that extend into the open window area. Such objects will impact the proper function of the Automatic rever-sal “jam protection” feature.
If you press the one-touch window button for micro-adjustment, the glass will go down to a specific location to improve your convenience.
Window opening and closing
You can open and close windows using the power window switch.
To open or close a window, press down or pull up the front portion of the corresponding switch to the first detent position (1).
Type B – Auto up/down window (if equipped)
Pressing or pulling up the power window switch momentarily to the second detent position (2) completely lowers or raises the window even when the switch is released. To stop the window at the desired position while the window is in operation, pull up or press down and release the switch.
To reset the power windows
If the power window does not operate normally, the automatic power window system must be reset as follows:
- Turn the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button to the ON position.
- Close the window and continue pulling up the power window switch for at least 1 second after the window is completely closed.
Automatic reversal (if equipped)
Fuel filler door
The vehicle’s fuel filler door must be opened and closed by hand from outside the vehicle.
Opening the fuel filler door (hybrid vehicle)
- Turn the engine off.
- Ensure Driver’s door is unlocked.
- Press the rear center edge of the fuel filler door.
- Pull the fuel filler door (1) out to fully open.
- To remove the fuel tank cap (2), turn it counterclockwise. You may hear a hissing noise as the pressure inside the tank equalizes.
- Place the cap on the fuel filler door.
The fuel filler door will unlock when all doors are unlocked
To unlock fuel filler door:
- Press the unlock button on your smart key
- Press the Central Door unlock button on the armrest trim of the driver’s door
- Pull the driver’s inside door handle The fuel filler door will lock when all doors are locked.
To lock fuel filler door:
- Press the lock button on your smart key
- Press the Central Door lock button on the armrest trim of the driver’s door
- * All doors will automatically lock after the vehicle speed exceeds 15 km/h (9.3 mph).
Fuel door is also locked when vehicle speed exceeds 15 km/h (9.3 mph).
Before refueling, be sure to check what type of fuel is used for your vehicle.
If you put diesel fuel into a gasoline-powered vehicle, it may affect the fuel system and cause serious damage to the vehicle.
If the fuel filler door does not open because ice has formed around it, tap lightly or push on the door to break the ice and release the door. Do not pry on the door. If necessary, spray around the door with an approved deicer fluid (do not use radiator anti-freeze) or move the vehicle to a warm place and allow the ice to melt.
The steering wheel of this vehicle is equipped with the Electric Power Steer-ing (EPS) system.
Electric power steering (EPS)
Power steering uses the motor to assist you in steering the vehicle.
If the engine is off or if the power steering system becomes inoperative, the vehicle may still be steered, but it will require increased steering effort.
The EPS is controlled by the power steering control unit which senses the steering wheel torque and vehicle speed to command the motor.
The steering effort becomes heavier as the vehicle’s speed increases and becomes lighter as the vehicle’s speed decreases for better control of the steering wheel.
Should you notice any change in the effort required to steer during normal vehicle operation, have the system checked by an authorized Kia dealer.
The following symptoms may occur during normal vehicle operation:
- When the ENGINE START/STOP button is the ON position, the steering wheel enters normal operation mode after diagnosing the Electric Power Steering system (for about 3 seconds).
- A click noise may be heard from the EPS relay after the ENGINE START/STOP button is turned to the ON or OFF position.
- If the steering wheel is operated when the vehicle is not in motion or driven at a low speed, you may hear some noise.
- If the Electric Power Steering system does not operate normally, the warning light will appear or blink on the instrument cluster. If the power assistance of steering fails, you will need to use more force to steer.
- Operating the steering wheel at lower temperatures may require more force and accompany noise. However, when the temperature increases, it returns to normal.
- Take your vehicle to an authorized Kia
dealer and have the vehicle checked as soon as possible.
- When the charging system warning light comes on due to the low voltage (when the alternator or battery does not operate normally or malfunctions), the steering wheel may require increased steering effort.
- When jump starting the vehicle after battery discharge, the steering wheel may not function properly. It is a temporary situation due to low battery voltage, and upon stable battery charging, the steering wheel will function normally again. Please move the steering wheel around to make sure the steering wheel is functioning properly before driving the vehicle.
- The steering effort can suddenly increase, if the operation of the EPS system is stopped to prevent serious accidents when EPS control unit detects malfunction of the EPS system by self-diagnosis.
When you continuously operate the steering wheel, the overcurrent protection device is activated and it requires more force to operate the steering wheel. However, this doesn’t indicate a malfunction, and it works for your safety and will return to normal after some time.
If the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system does not work or an error occurs, the warning light on the instrument panel may be turned on or blink and it may require more force to operate the steering wheel. In this case, please hold the steering wheel more tightly than usual and operate with greater force. And then immediately pull your vehicle over to a safe place and have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Kia dealer.
Tilt & telescopic steering wheel
A tilt and telescopic steering wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive. You can also raise it to give your legs more room when you exit and enter the vehicle.
The steering wheel should be positioned so that it is comfortable for you to drive, while permitting you to see the instrument panel warning lights and gauges.
Steering wheel adjustment
Never adjust the angle and height of the steering wheel while driving. You may lose steering control.
* The actual cluster in the vehicle may differ from the illustration.
- Tachometer/Power gauge
- Hybrid battery SOC gauge
- Fuel gauge
- Distance to empty
- Transmission shift indicator
- Outside temperature gauge
- Warning and indicator lights
- Plug-in hybrid mode indicator (Plug-in hybrid vehicle)
Full LCD cluster (if equipped)
The full LCD type cluster provides two themes.
Type A is the basic theme of the full LCD type cluster and provides different graphic styles depending on drive mode.
Type B (Dynamic)
Type B is set by the user and provides digital display. The background screen changes according to the weather and time.
- Weather: sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, foggy, lightning and clearing up (6 types)
- Time: night, day, sunrise and sunset (4 types)
You can change the theme by selecting ‘Vehicle → Cluster → Select Theme’ on the menu.
The information is displayed after getting information from a weather information provider via GPS. Depending on the conditions of GPS reception, the information may be different from the current weather in your area.
If no information is received via GPS (e.g., not subscribed to Kia Connect service), the weather and time will be displayed as ‘sunny’ and ‘night’ on the cluster.
LCD displays show the following information to drivers.
- Trip information
- LCD modes
- Warning messages
Trip information (trip computer)
The trip computer is a microcomputer-controlled driver information system that displays information related to driving.
Some driving information stored in the trip computer resets if the battery is disconnected.
- A: Drive Info
- B: Since Refueling
- C: Accumulated Info
- D: Digital Speedometer
- E: TPMS
- F: Engine Temperature
- G: Driving Force Distribution (AWD)
- H: Digital speedometer
- Average Fuel Economy
- Instant Fuel Economy
- Fuel Economy
To change the trip mode, toggle the switch ( / ) on the steering wheel.
: if equipped
1: For Plug-In Hybrid vehicle
This information is always displayed at the bottom center of the Full LCD clus-ter.
Average Fuel Economy (1)
- Average fuel economy
- Instant fuel economy
- The average fuel economy is calculated by the total driving distance and fuel consumption since the last aver-age fuel economy resets.
- Fuel economy range: 0 ~ 99.9 mpg or km/L, L/100 km
The average fuel economy is not dis-played for more accurate calculation if the vehicle does not drive more than 10 seconds or 0.03 mi (50 m) since the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button is turned to ON.
This vehicle is equipped with a variety of lights to appear the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not leave the headlamp and interior light on for a prolonged time while the engine is not running.
Battery saver function
The purpose of this feature is to prevent the battery from being discharged if the lights are left in the ON position. The system automatically shuts off the parking lights after the engine is off and the driver’s door is opened.
However, the position lamps stay ON even when the driver-side door is opened if the light switch is operated after the engine is turned off.
If necessary, to keep the lamps on turn the position lamps OFF and ON again using the headlamp switch on the steering column after the engine is turned off.
Headlamp delay function
If you place the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button in the ACC or OFF position with the headlamps ON, the headlamps (and/or parking lights) remain on for about 5 minutes. However, with the engine off if the driver’s door is opened and closed, the head-lamps (and/or parking lights) are turned off after 15 seconds.
The headlamps (and/or parking lights) can be turned off by pressing the lock button on the key twice or turning the light switch to the OFF or AUTO position. However, if you turn the light switch to the AUTO position when it is dark outside, the headlamps will not be turned off.
You can activate or deactivate the Head-lamp Delay function from the User Set-tings Mode in the LCD display. If your vehicle is equipped with additional navigation, please refer to the infotainment system manual separately supplied.
If the driver exits the vehicle through another door besides the driver door, the battery saver function does not operate and the headlamp delay function does not turn OFF automatically.
This may cause the battery to discharge. To avoid battery discharge, turn OFF the headlamps manually from the headlamp switch before exiting the vehicle.
Daytime Running Light (DRL)
The Daytime Running Light (DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.
The DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions, and it is especially helpful after dawn and before sunset. The DRL will turn the dedicated lamp OFF when:
- The headlamps are ON.
- The vehicle is off.
- The front fog light is on. (if equipped)
- Engaging the parking brake.
The light switch has a headlamp and a position lamp position.
To operate the lights, turn the knob at the end of the control lever to one of the following positions:
- OFF position
- Auto light position 3 Position & Taillamp 4 Headlamp position
The welcome system is a function that illuminates the surroundings or the interior when the driver approaches or exits the vehicle.
Door handle lamp (if equipped)
When all the doors (and liftgate) are closed and locked, the door handle lamp will come on for about 15 seconds if any of the below is performed.
- When the door unlock button is pressed on the smart key.
- When the button of the outside door handle is pressed.
- When the vehicle is approached with the smart key in possession.
Headlamp (headlamp) escort function
The headlamps (and/or taillamps) remain on for approximately 5 minutes after the ignition key is removed or turned to the ACC or LOCK position. However, if the driver’s door is opened and closed, the headlamps are turned off after 15 seconds. The headlamps can be turned off by pressing the lock button on the transmitter or smart key twice or turning off the light switch from the headlamp or Auto light position.
When the interior light switch is in the DOOR position and all doors (and lift gate) are locked and closed, the room lamp will come on for 30 seconds if any of the following occurs:
- With the smart key system
- When the door unlocks button is pressed on the smart key.
- When the button of the outside door handle is pressed.
At this time, if you press the door lock button, the lamps will turn off immediately.
This vehicle is equipped with lights throughout the vehicle to illuminate the interior.
Do not use the interior lights for extended periods when the engine is not running. It may cause battery discharge.
A: PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. It differs from a regular hybrid in that it can be charged via a plug, allowing for longer electric-only driving ranges before the gasoline engine kicks in.
A: The exact electric-only range can vary, but it’s typically around 30 miles on a full charge, depending on driving conditions.
A: You can charge it using a standard household outlet or a Level 2 charging station. It comes with a charging cable for convenience.
A: The total range, combining electric and gasoline power, can be over 300 miles, making it suitable for longer trips.
A: Charging times vary depending on the power source. Using a Level 2 charger, it may take around 2-4 hours, while a standard household outlet could take longer.
A: It typically combines a gasoline engine with an electric motor, providing both electric and hybrid modes for efficient performance.
A: Yes, you can drive in all-electric mode until the battery is depleted, after which the gasoline engine will provide power.
A: The available trim levels may vary by region, but common ones include LX, EX, and SX.
A: Yes, it often includes Kia’s advanced driver-assistance systems like lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and more.
A: Cargo space can vary, but it’s generally competitive with other compact SUVs, offering ample storage capacity.
A: Depending on your location, there may be federal or state tax incentives or rebates for purchasing a PHEV.
A: In some regions, PHEVs like the Sportage may qualify for High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access, even with a single occupant.
A: Yes, many PHEVs, including the Sportage, offer pre-conditioning features that let you heat or cool the cabin while it’s still plugged in, conserving battery power.
A: Yes, it typically includes regenerative braking, which helps recharge the battery while slowing down and enhances overall efficiency.
A: Warranty coverage can vary by region, but Kia generally offers a comprehensive warranty that includes coverage for the hybrid powertrain and battery.