Kia Sportage: Auto defogging system

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Features of your vehicle / Windshield defrosting and defogging / Auto defogging system

Auto defogging helps reduce the possibility of fogging up the inside of the windshield by automatically sensing the moisture on inside the windshield.

Auto defogging system

The auto defogging system operates when the heater or air conditioning is on.

When the Auto Defogging System operates, the indicator will illuminate.

If a high amount of humidity is detected in the vehicle, the Auto Defogging System will be enabled.

The following steps will be performed automatically:

  1. The A/C button will turn ON.
  2. The air intake control will change to Fresh mode under low outside temperature.
  3. The mode will be changed to defrost to direct airflow to the windshield.
  4. The fan speed will be increased.

To cancel or reset the Auto Defogging System Press the front windshield defroster button for 3 seconds when the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button is in the ON position.

When the Auto Defogging System is canceled, defrost button indicator will blink 3 times.

When the Auto Defogging System is reset, defrost button indicator will blink 6 times without a signal.


  • When the air conditioning is turned on by Auto defogging system, if you try to turn off the air conditioning, the indicator will blink 3 times and the air conditioning will not be turned off.
  • To maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of the Auto Defogging System, do not select Recirculation mode while the system is operating.
  • When the Auto Defogging System is operating, the fan speed adjustment knob, the temperature adjustment knob, and the air intake control button are all disabled.


Do not remove the sensor cover located on the upper end of the driver side windshield glass.

Damage to system parts could occur and may not be covered by your vehicle warranty.



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