How to open manual liftgate in Kia Sportage

This article will guide you through the process of unlocking and opening the liftgate on your Kia Sportage.

While it may seem straightforward, particularly if you’re new to the vehicle, understanding the nuances can be helpful. Let’s go through the steps to ensure you can effortlessly access your Sportage’s liftgate.

Step 1: Unlocking the Liftgate with the Key Fob

To initiate the process, use your key fob. Locate the liftgate button, marked with an icon resembling a rear hatch.

Press and hold the button for at least one second. This action unlocks the liftgate.

Step 2: Opening the Liftgate

Once unlocked, you can open the liftgate by pressing the button on the exterior liftgate handle.

This button is designed to release the latch, allowing you to lift the hatch with ease.

Step 3: Automatic Locking Feature

It’s important to note that after opening and subsequently closing the liftgate, the system will automatically lock it. This feature adds an extra layer of security, ensuring your vehicle remains protected.

Step 4: Proximity Unlocking

For added convenience, if you are within approximately one meter or three feet of the outside liftgate handle and possess your smart key, you can unlock and open the liftgate by pressing the liftgate handle switch. Keep in mind that the hazard warning lights will blink twice, indicating that the liftgate is unlocked.

Key Points to Remember:

  • The liftgate’s locking or unlocking is synchronized with the smart key and the central door lock switch for all doors.
  • If the liftgate is unlocked, pressing the handle switch and lifting it up will open it.
  • Utilizing the liftgate unlock button on the smart key only unlocks the liftgate.
  • Once the liftgate is opened and subsequently closed, it will automatically lock for security.


Mastering the process of unlocking and opening the liftgate on your Kia Sportage ensures a seamless experience when accessing your cargo space. By following these simple steps, you can efficiently use the key fob, handle switch, and smart key to unlock, open, and secure your Sportage’s liftgate as needed.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video to see how to open the liftgate in Kia Sportage.
Author: Nabeel K

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