How to fold down rear seats in Kia Sportage

This guide will walk you through the simple and practical process of folding down the rear seats in your Kia Sportage.

Whether you’re embarking on a road trip or need to transport larger items, the flexibility of folding down the rear seats provides you with the extra cargo space you need. Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions to make this process a breeze.

Step 1: Prepare the Front Seats

Begin by setting the front seatbacks to the upright position. If necessary, slide the front seats forward to create ample space for the rear seats to fold down.

Step 2: Lower Rear Head Restraints

Lower the rear head restraints to their lowest position to facilitate the smooth folding of the rear seats.

Step 3: Secure Rear Seat Belts

Insert the rear seat belt buckle into the pocket between the rear seatback and cushion.

Additionally, guide the rear seat belt webbing to prevent any potential damage during the folding process.

Step 4: Unlock Seatbacks

Lift up the front portion of the seatback folding lever.

As you do this, you’ll notice the seatbacks unlocking and folding forward.

Repeat this step for the other side to completely fold down the rear seats.

Step 5: Remove Cargo Cover

If your Kia Sportage is equipped with a cargo cover, also known as the cargo security screen, it may obstruct the cargo area.

Open the rear liftgate, retract the cargo cover, and gently pull its side to release it from its housing.

Step 6: Store Cargo Cover

The cargo cover is designed to be conveniently stored in your Kia Sportage. First pull up the luggage cover using the handle.

Then lift the triangle-shaped covers on either side.

Place the cargo security screen on the lower portion of the cargo area.

Make sure it is secured in place to prevent rattling or movement during driving.

Put the plastic covers back on.

Step 7: Utilize the Larger Cargo Area

With the rear seats folded down, take advantage of the increased cargo space. Load in your luggage, sports equipment, or any other items you need to transport.


Folding down the rear seats in your Kia Sportage is a straightforward process that significantly enhances the vehicle’s versatility. When you’re ready to revert to the standard seating configuration, simply reverse the steps. Lift up the front portion of the folding lever, pull the seatbacks back into the upright position until they click securely into place, and give them a firm push to ensure they’re locked in. Now you’re ready to hit the road with the optimal balance of seating and cargo space!

Video Demonstration

Watch this video on WheelsJoint Youtube channel to see how to properly fold the rear seats in Kia Sportage.
Author: Nabeel K

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