How to use auto dimming mirror in Kia Sportage

Owning a Kia Sportage comes with a multitude of features designed to enhance your driving experience, and one such feature is the auto-dimming mirror.

This innovative mirror automatically adjusts to reduce glare from headlights behind you during nighttime or low-light conditions. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to use the auto-dimming mirror in your Kia Sportage, ensuring a comfortable and safe driving experience.

Understanding the Auto-Dimming Mirror:

The auto-dimming mirror in your Kia Sportage is equipped with a built-in sensor that detects ambient light levels.

This sensor, usually mounted within the mirror assembly, automatically controls the mirror’s dimming function in response to low-light conditions, such as nighttime driving.

The primary purpose of this feature is to minimize the glare from the headlights of vehicles behind you, contributing to safer and more comfortable driving.

Activating the Auto-Dimming Feature:

Using the auto-dimming feature is incredibly straightforward. Follow these simple steps to ensure the mirror automatically adjusts to low-light conditions:

Vehicle On

Ensure that your Kia Sportage is running, or at least the ignition is in the ‘on’ position.

The auto dimming mirror is functioning if the green indicator light is illuminating.

Automatic Activation

The beauty of the auto-dimming mirror is that it requires no manual intervention. As soon as the sensor detects low-light conditions, such as during nighttime driving, the mirror will automatically dim to reduce glare. No buttons need to be pressed – it’s all taken care of for you.

Temporary Deactivation:

If, for any reason, you wish to temporarily disable the auto-dimming feature, you can do so easily:

Locate the Power Button

At the bottom of the mirror, you’ll find a power button.

Press the Power Button

By pressing this button, you can switch the mirror back to its regular non-dimming mode.

The mirror indicator light will turn off, indicating that the auto-dimming feature is temporarily disabled.

Reactivation for Night Driving

Remember to re-enable the auto-dimming feature when nighttime or low-light driving conditions return. This ensures optimal visibility and safety.

Automatic Brightening in Reverse Gear:

An additional convenience feature in some Sportage models is the mirror’s automatic adjustment when shifting into reverse gear.

When this occurs, the mirror will automatically go to the brightest setting, improving the driver’s rear visibility during maneuvers.

Manual Dimming Mirror:

Not all Sportage models support auto dimming mirror, certain lower trim Sportage models come equipped with a manual dimming option:

Locate the Day-Night Lever

This lever is typically positioned on the bottom of the mirror.

Pull the Lever Toward You

To manually reduce glare from headlights behind you during night driving, pull the day-night lever toward you.


The auto-dimming mirror in your Kia Sportage is a valuable feature that enhances safety and driving comfort, especially during nighttime or low-light conditions.

Understanding how to activate, deactivate temporarily, and utilize the manual dimming option gives you full control over this innovative feature, ensuring a personalized driving experience tailored to your preferences.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video to see how to use auto-dimming mirror in Kia Sportage.
Author: Nabeel K

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