"Having owned two previous competitor model years 2007 & 2009, the 2014 Kia Sportage XL was a disappointment. Cargo space of the Kia is a third of the size of the competition model. The air vents for the H&AC are vertical as opposed to the standard horizontal position in most vehicles which made a huge difference in how the air blows into the cabin. The seatbacks of both driver and passenger seats are uncomfortable in that they jut your back forward so that you cannot rest comfortably back in your seat. This posture agitated my neck and shoulders. My theory is this posture keeps your head from resting against the headrest possibility as a safety feature to avoid head trauma in case of an accident. My spouse complained of the lack of leg room (knee space) and his knee constantly rubbed or hit the lower dashboard while driving. He’s 5’9” so this may only affect individuals with a shorter stature. I’m 5’3”. It did not affect me, however, I didn’t have much wiggle room. When headlights are on and you exit the vehicle, there is no indicator (sound or blinking light) alerting you to turn off headlights. This was a problem when leaving your destination at dusk requiring use of your headlights, and then arriving at your destination in daylight making it difficult to see the headlights are on. This vehicle did not have an auto-off headlight feature. The driver side seatbelt tended to twist on itself when pulling in on to fasten. This would make the belt go slack rather than provide a tight secure restraint. I owned the vehicle for nine months. I was the second owner of this vehicle, and this was my first purchase of a Kia. It had 64,000 miles when I purchased it; 69,420 when I sold it. I used the vehicle for day to day in-town driving and drove it to a neighboring city 120 miles away on one occasion during the time I owned it. I found the ride to be noisy and uncomfortable for freeway driving. Because of these issues, I decided to sell it. "