Kia Sportage Ground Clearance

Ground clearance (also famous as Ride height) determines the length between the lowermost mark of the vehicle’s underbody and the edge of the tires’ touch with the level surface. Though, the manufacturer of the model might exploit slight tricks to the established method to come up with appealing result hinting the legitimate gap from the shock absorbers, the engine oil pan or the muffler to the ground might be reduced than detailed in the printed specs.

It is no wonder because many car buyers hunt for an elevated ground clearance to avoid hassle when parking near the bumps or riding through the rugged area. The factual ride height of the model varies between 167 to 205 mm based on the year of production and equipment. Keep in mind that a well- loaded auto will easily give up about 1 inch of ground clearance.

Luckily, the model ground clearance can be lifted with the help of spacers for shock absorbers to help the auto remain higher off the ground. While enjoying a higher model, you sacrifice a bit of the original balance and maneuverability driving fast. On the other hand model ground clearance can be reduced for refined handling and stability.

There a number of ways to increase ground clearance. When it comes to lifting or lowering your Kia Sportage you can choose between bigger tires, a leveling kit, coil spring assisters, coilovers, airlift suspension, suspension lifts, etc.

04.2014 – 03.2016

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0T AT SX 205
2.0T AT 4WD SX 205
2.4 AT LX 205
2.4 AT EX 205
2.4 AT 4WD LX 205
2.4 AT 4WD EX 205

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sportage. Tip 1 – Get Bigger Tires.

You can raise the ground clearance of your Kia Sportage by upgrading tires to the bigger size. This will earn you extra 0,5-1 inch of clearance.


08.2010 – 03.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0T AT SX 205
2.0T AT 4WD SX 205
2.4 MT Sportage 205
2.4 AT LX 205
2.4 AT EX 205
2.4 AT 4WD LX 205
2.4 AT 4WD EX 205

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sportage. Tip 2 – Install Leveling Kit.

Leveling kits are designed to level out the uneven stance and increase the ground clearance of your Kia Sportage. In most cases, the slight lift will allow for bigger tires. Please refer to Plus Sizing Guides.


04.2008 – 07.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT LX 195
2.0 MT 4WD LX 195
2.0 AT LX 195
2.7 AT LX 195
2.7 AT EX 195
2.7 AT 4WD LX 195
2.7 AT 4WD EX 195

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sportage. Tip 3 – install Suspension Lift Kit.

Kia Sportage Suspension Lift Kits (only available for trucks and SUVs) provide the proper clearance between the tire and chassis when going off-road. Normally, it increases the ground clearance from 2 to 8 inches.


03.2006 – 03.2008

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT LX 195
2.0 MT 4WD LX 195
2.0 AT LX 195
2.7 AT LX 195
2.7 AT EX 195
2.7 AT 4WD LX 195
2.7 AT 4WD EX 195

09.1998 – 02.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT 4WD Base Convertible 200
2.0 MT Base Convertible 200

09.1998 – 02.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT 4WD Base 200
2.0 MT 4WD EX 200
2.0 MT Base 200
2.0 MT EX 200
2.0 AT 4WD Base 200
2.0 AT 4WD EX 200
2.0 AT Base 200
2.0 AT EX 200

05.1993 – 08.1998

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT 4WD Base Convertible 200
2.0 MT Base Convertible 200

05.1993 – 08.1998

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT 4WD Base 200
2.0 MT 4WD EX 200
2.0 MT Base 200
2.0 MT EX 200
2.0 AT 4WD Base 200
2.0 AT 4WD EX 200
2.0 AT Base 200
2.0 AT EX 200

04.2014 – 03.2016

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 CRDI T MT Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T AT Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T AT 4WD Base R 172
2.0 T-GDI AT Base R 172

08.2010 – 03.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 GDI AT Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T MT Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T MT 4WD Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T AT Base R 172
2.0 CRDI T AT 4WD Base R 172
2.0 T-GDI AT Base R 172
2.0 T-GDI AT 4WD Base R 172

10.2007 – 03.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 CRDI MT 2WD 195
2.0 CRDI MT 4WD 195
2.0 CRDI AT 2WD 195
2.0 CRDI AT 4WD 195
2.0 AT 2WD 195

08.2004 – 09.2007

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 CRDI MT 2WD 195
2.0 CRDI MT 4WD 195
2.0 CRDI AT 2WD 195
2.0 CRDI AT 4WD 195
2.0 AT 2WD 195

07.1993 – 09.2002

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 MT 195
2.0 AT 195
2.2 MT 195
2.2 AT 195

How to lower the Ground Clearance on your Kia Sportage.

Option 1 – Install Lowering Springs.

Option 2 – Install Coilovers

Option 3 – Install Air Suspension Kit


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