How big is the Kia Sportage & how it compares to the Soul and Sorento.
While some automakers play it safe in the compact crossover segment, Kia have gone all out to impress with the fully redesigned Sportage SUV.
They do this by delivering European styling, premium materials, and a laundry list of amazing features.
The 2023 Kia Sportage exterior dimensions also tell us that this is a vehicle with plenty of space for passengers and cargo.
It is perhaps no surprise then that the Sportage CUV is such a sales success. If you are on the lookout for a vehicle that fits the compact crossover category but has more interior size than you might expect, then the Sportage may be the perfect choice.
Sales of compact CUVs are on a sharply upward trajectory, and the all-new Sportage hits the sweet spot with expressive, distinctive styling, compact size and enough versatility to handle even the most multifaceted active lifestyle.
2023 Kia Sportage exterior dimensions
How were Kia able to create so much space inside the Sportage CUV? For that answer, we need to step outside and look at the exterior dimensions.
We have broken down the length, width, height (with and without roof rails), as well as the wheelbase and ground clearance so that you can get a clearer picture of the 2023 Kia Sportage dimensions.
roof rails (in.)
|Height, with |
roof rails (in.)
Is 2023 Kia Sportage bigger than Kia Sorento?
The answer to that question is easy: no it isn’t! The Sportage (compact SUV) is smaller than the Kia Sorento (midsize SUV).
The 2023 Kia Sportage comes with 2 rows of seats and the ability to comfortably seat 5 adults. The Sorento, on the other hand, is a midsize SUV with 3 rows of seats that can hold up to 7 people (comfortably).
The length, width, and height of the Sportage are smaller on all counts when compared to the Sorento 7-seater SUV.
The same rules apply when talking about the wheelbase and the ground clearance (Sportage sits lower to the ground).
|Dimensions||Kia Sportage||Kia Sorento|
|Length||183.5 in.||189.0 in.|
|Width||73.4 in.||74.8 in.|
|66.1 in.||66.7 in.|
|66.3 in.||67.0 in.|
|Wheelbase||108.5 in.||110.8 in.|
|Ground clearance||7.1 – 8.3 in.||6.9 – 8.2 in.|
Which is bigger, Kia Soul or Kia Sportage?
In a side by side comparison of dimensions between the funky Kia Soul and the Sportage, it’s the latter that comes out on top. The Soul falls into the subcompact category, while the Sportage is rated as the compact sized crossover.
While both vehicles are able to hold 5 adult passengers, the extra wheelbase length on the Kia Sportage makes things more comfortable especially for those in the rear seat.
Again, the best way to see the differences in size is in a side by side comparison, which we have created in the table below.
|Size comparison||Kia Sportage||Kia Soul|
|Length||183.5 in.||165.2 in.|
|Width||73.4 in.||70.9 in.|
|66.3 in.||63.0 in.|
|Wheelbase||108.5 in.||102.4 in.|
|Ground clearance||7.1 – 8.3 in.||6.7 in.|