How to use Adaptive Cruise Control on Kia Sportage

The adaptive cruise control or Smart Cruise Control (SCC) on Kia Sportage increases driving comfort and helps the driver to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front on the highway.

Kia Sportage, fourth generation QL – (photo by Kia)

Adaptive cruise control enables more comfortable driving, thanks to the predictive radar or front camera system, which detects cars in front and can automatically adjust the vehicle’s speed on highways and maintain a safe distance from a slower vehicle.


Activating adaptive cruise control with stop and go function can be done in a few simple steps.

Smart Cruise Control buttons on Kia Sportage, fourth generation. (A) SCC On/Off. (B) Resume SCC, set or adjust speed. (F) Cancel or pause SCC. (D) Gap adjustment button – (illustration by Kia)
  1. Start by pressing the CRUISE button on the steering wheel. A light with cruise icon will illuminate on the instrument cluster.
  2. Accelerate or decelerate the vehicle to the desired speed.
  3. Press the SET button on the steering wheel to activate Smart Cruise Control. The SET indicator light and the front vehicle gap light will illuminate on the instrument cluster.
  4. Press + or button on the steering wheel to adjust cruise speed.

Adjust vehicle-to-vehicle distance

You can adjust vehicle-to-vehicle distance by pressing the gap button on the steering wheel.

The distance indicator symbol will change when you press the gap button. Higher number of bars indicate higher following distance from the vehicle in front. You can choose between four pre-define gaps: 172 feet, 130 feet, 106 feet or 82 feet.

Pause Smart Cruise Control

To pause SCC, press the CANCEL button on the steering wheel or depress the brake pedal. An indicator light with “Smart Cruise Control Cancelled” will illuminate on the instrument cluster.

To resume the SCC to the previously set speed, press the RES+ button on the steering wheel.

Turn off SCC

To turn off the Smart Cruise Control system completely, press the CRUISE button again, the cruise indicator light on the instrument cluster will turn off.


Which Kia Sportage trims are equipped with Smart Cruise Control?

Smart Cruise Control is an optional feature on fourth generation of Kia Sportage S and EX variants. It is standard only on SX Turbo variant. The base model (LX) cannot be equipped with SCC.

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