Kia Sportage: Driving your vehicle / All wheel drive (AWD)

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2020) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / All wheel drive (AWD)

■ Type A


■ Type B

Engine power can be delivered to all front and rear wheels for maximum traction. AWD is useful when extra traction is required on road, such as, when driving on slippery, muddy such as wet, or snow-covered roads. These vehicles are not designed for challenging off-road use.

Occasional off-road use such as established unpaved roads and trails are OK. It is always important when traveling off-highway that the driver carefully reduces the speed to a level that does not exceed the safe operating speed for those conditions. In general, off-road conditions provide less traction and braking effectiveness than normal road conditions.

AWD : All Wheel Drive

FWD : Front Wheel Drive

The driver must be especially alert to avoid driving on slopes which tilt the vehicle to either side.

These factors must be carefully considered when driving off-road.Keeping the vehicle in contact with the driving surface and under control in these conditions is always the driver's responsibility for the safety of him/herself and his or her passengers.

WARNING - Off road driving

Do not attempt to operate your vehicle under extreme or challenging off road driving conditions. Although this vehicle has off-road capability, it was not designed to be driven off road.


If the AWD system warning light () illuminates, this indicates that there is a malfunction in the AWD system.

If this occurs, we recommend that the system be checked by an authorized Kia dealer.

Moving up a steep grade from a standing start
To move up a steep grade from a standing start, depress the brake pedal, shift the shift lever to D (Drive). Select the appropriate gear depending on load weight and steepness of the grade, and re ...

Tight corner brake effect
✽ NOTICE - AWD When turning sharply on a paved road at low speed while in all wheel drive, steering control will be difficult. Tight corner brake effect is a unique characteristic of all wheel d ...

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