Kia Sportage: Auto stop

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2023) - Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system / Auto stop

Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system

The Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system reduces fuel consumption by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. (For example: red light and traffic jam) The engine starts automatically as soon as the starting conditions are met.

The ISG is ON whenever the engine is running.


When the engine automatically starts by the ISG system, some warning lights (ABS, ESC, ESC OFF, EPS or Parking brake warning light) may turn on for a few seconds.

This happens because of low battery voltage. It does not mean the system has malfunctioned.

Auto stop

If you depress the brake pedal and the vehicle comes to a stop with the ISG ON, the engine will stop automatically.

Stop the vehicle completely by pressing the brake pedal when the gear is in the D (Drive) or N (Neutral) position.

The engine will stop and the green AUTO STOP ( ) indicator on the instrument cluster will appear.


If you open the engine hood in auto stop mode, the following will happen:

  1. Auto Stop is Off. Shift to P or N and start engine manually
  • The ISG system will deactivate.
  • A message will appear on the LCD display.
  1. Press brake pedal for Auto Start

If you shift the gear from N to D (Manual mode) or R without depressing the brake pedal after stopping engine automatically, the engine does not restart automatically and a warning chime alarms. When this happens, press the brake pedal for auto start.

Auto start

When the engine stops automatically by ISG, the engine will restart if the driver takes one of the following actions:

  • Releases the brake pedal.
  • Moves the shift gear to the R (Reverse) position or the Manual mode while depressing the brake pedal.

The engine will start and the green AUTO STOP indicator ( ) on the instrument cluster will go out.

The engine will also restart automatically without any driver actions if the following occurs:

  • The brake vacuum pressure is low.
  • The engine has stopped for about 5 minutes.
  • The air conditioning is ON with the fan speed set to the highest position.
  • The front defroster is ON.
  • The battery is weak.
  • The cooling and heating performance of the climate control system is unsatisfactory.
  • The vehicle is shifted to P (Park) when Auto Hold is activated.
  • The door is opened or the seatbelt is unfastened when Auto Hold is activated.
  • The EPB switch is pressed when Auto Hold is activated.


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