How to unlock Kia Sportage with mechanical key

This article will guide you through the process of unlocking your Kia Sportage using the mechanical key, a crucial skill to have in case your key fob remote malfunctions or runs out of battery.

While it’s a simple procedure, knowing how to use the mechanical key can be invaluable in emergency situations.

Accessing the Mechanical Key:

Before we delve into the unlocking process, it’s essential to know how to access the mechanical key. On the back side of your key fob, you’ll find a release button.

Hold down this button and pull out the mechanical key from the remote.

Locating the Keyhole:

Once you have the mechanical key in hand, locate the driver side door handle. Adjacent to the handle, you’ll find a small plastic cover. This cover conceals a crucial element in the unlocking process.

Using the Mechanical Key:

Insert the Mechanical Key

Locate the small hole under the plastic cover and insert your mechanical key into this slot.

Removing the Cover

To expose the keyhole fully, you may need to pull the door handle slightly while simultaneously removing the plastic cover.

Unlocking the Door:

With the keyhole revealed, it’s time to unlock your Kia Sportage.

Insert the Mechanical Key

Insert the mechanical key into the keyhole located behind the cover.

Turn Counter Clockwise

Turn the key counter-clockwise to unlock the door. The locking mechanism should disengage, allowing you to open the door.

Entering Your Sportage:

Once the door is unlocked, you can enter your Kia Sportage. Be aware that unlocking the door using the mechanical key may trigger the vehicle’s security alarm.

Disabling the Security Alarm:

To disable the security alarm, follow these steps:

Touch the Engine Start Stop Button

Use your key fob to touch the engine start stop button.

Press the START/STOP Button

Press the engine start stop button. This action should deactivate the security alarm.


Knowing how to unlock your Kia Sportage using the mechanical key is a valuable skill that can prove essential in emergencies. By following these simple steps, you can regain access to your vehicle even when the key fob is unresponsive. Familiarizing yourself with this process ensures that you’re prepared for unforeseen situations, providing peace of mind on the road.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video to see how to use your mechanical key to unlock your Kia Sportage.
Author: Nabeel K

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