How to use reverse parking sensors in Kia Sportage

Parking sensors have become an essential feature in modern vehicles, enhancing safety and convenience during parking maneuvers. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the usage of the Reverse Parking Distance Warning system in your Kia Sportage.

This system is designed to help you navigate tight spaces by alerting you to obstacles when reversing. Remember, while this technology is valuable, it’s crucial to exercise caution and rely on your own vigilance when parking or reversing.

Activating and Deactivating the System:

The rear parking sensors in your Kia Sportage are designed to activate automatically when you shift into the reverse position. To turn off the system, locate the Reverse Parking Distance Warning Off button on the center console, situated near the gear shifter.

When the indicator on the button is illuminated, the system is deactivated and won’t provide warnings during reverse maneuvers.

To re-enable the Reverse Parking Distance Warning system, simply press the Off button again. Confirm that the indicator light on the button turns off, indicating that the system is now active.

Functionality and Warning Signals:

Once the system is activated and you’re backing up with the ignition switch ON, the parking sensors will engage. The system will emit a chime if it detects objects within a distance of 120 centimeters or 47 inches behind your Kia Sportage.

It’s important to note the sensing range of the system. The rear bumper center area has a range of approximately 120 centimeters or 47 inches, while the sides have a range of 60 centimeters or 23.5 inches.

Keep in mind that if your vehicle is moving at a speed exceeding 5 kilometers per hour or 3 miles per hour, the system may not function correctly.

The parking sensors provide different warnings based on the distance to the detected object. When an object is 60 to 120 centimeters (24 to 48 inches) away, the buzzer will beep intermittently. At 30 to 60 centimeters (12 to 24 inches), the beeping frequency will increase, and within 30 centimeters (12 inches), a continuous beep will be emitted.

Considerations and Maintenance:

While the Reverse Parking Distance Warning system is a valuable aid, it may not function optimally under certain conditions.

For instance, the sensors may be affected by moisture, foreign matter, or driving on uneven roads. Additionally, the system may not detect objects that are too small or that absorb the sensor’s frequency.

If the sensors are covered with snow, dirt, or water, they may not work correctly until cleaned with a soft cloth. Avoid pushing, scratching, or striking the sensors to prevent damage.


The Reverse Parking Distance Warning system in your Kia Sportage is a helpful tool for safer parking. However, it is not a substitute for your own attentiveness.

Always perform a visual inspection to ensure the area behind your vehicle is clear before engaging in any reversing maneuvers. Use this technology as a supplement to your driving skills, promoting a secure and stress-free parking experience.

Video Demonstration

Watch this video to see how to use the reverse parking sensors in Kia Sportage.
Author: Nabeel K