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Kia Sportage: Automatic transmission operation

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Automatic transmission (Shift Lever) / Automatic transmission operation

Automatic transmission operation

Depress the brake pedal and the unlock button when shifting.

Press the unlock button when shifting.

The shift lever can be shifted freely

Automatic transmission operation

The automatic transmission has 8 forward speeds and one reverse speed.

The individual speeds are selected automatically, depending on the balance between the fuel economy and the power.

NOTICE

The first few shifts on a new vehicle, if the battery has been disconnected, may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal condition, and the shifting sequence will adjust after shifts are cycled a few times by the TCM (Transmission Control Module) or PCM (Powertrain Control Module).

For smooth operation, depress the brake pedal when shifting f r om N (Neutral) to a forward or reverse gear.

WARNING

Automatic transmission

  • Always check the surrounding areas near your vehicle for people, especially children, before shifting a vehicle into D (Drive) or R (Reverse).
  • Before leaving the driver's seat, always make sure the shift lever is in the P (Park) position; then set the parking brake fully and shut the engine off. Unexpected and sudden vehicle movement can occur if these precautions are not followed in the order identified.
  • Do not use the engine brake (shifting from a high gear to lower gear) rapidly on slippery roads.

    The vehicle may slip causing an accident.

CAUTION

  • To avoid damage to your transmission, do not accelerate the engine in R (Reverse) or any forward gear position with the brakes on.
  • When stopped on an incline, do not hold the vehicle stationary with engine power. Use the service brake or the parking brake.
  • Do not shift f r om N (Neutral) or P (Park) into D (Drive), or R (Reverse) when the engine is above idle speed.

Transmission ranges

The indicator in the instrument cluster displays the shift lever position when the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button is in the ON position.

P (Park)

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into P (Park). This position locks the transmission and prevents the front wheels from rotating.

WARNING

  • Shifting into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion will cause the drive wheels to lock which will cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Do not use the P (Park) position in place of the parking brake. Always make sure the shift lever is latched in the P (Park) position and set the parking brake fully.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

CAUTION

The transmission may be damaged if you shift into P (Park) while the vehicle is in motion.

R (Reverse)

Use this position to drive the vehicle backward.

CAUTION

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into or out of R (Reverse); you may damage the transmission if you shift into R while the vehicle is in motion, except as explained in "Rocking the vehicle"

N (Neutral)

The wheels and transmission are not engaged. The vehicle will roll freely even on the slightest incline unless the parking brake or service brakes are applied.

WARNING

Do not drive with the shift lever in N (Neutral).

The engine brake will not work and lead to an accident.

CAUTION

Always park the vehicle in "P" (Park) for safety and engage the parking brake. If left in "N" (Neutral), the vehicle may move and cause serious damage and injury.

After the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button has been turned off, the electronic parking brake cannot be disengaged.

For EPB (Electronic Parking Brake) equipped vehicles with AUTO HOLD function used while driving, if the ignition button has been turned "OFF", the electronic parking brake will be engaged automatically. Therefore, AUTO HOLD function should be turned off before the ignition button is turned off.

D (Drive)

This is the normal forward driving position.

The transmission will automatically shift through 8 gear sequence, providing the best fuel economy and power.

For extra power when passing another vehicle or climbing grades, depress the accelerator fully, at which time the transmission will automatically downshift to the next lower gear.

NOTICE

Always come to a complete stop before shifting into D (Drive).

Manual mode

Manual mode

Whether the vehicle is stationary or in motion, manual mode is selected by pushing the shift lever f r om the D (Drive) position into the manual gate. To return to D (Drive) range operation, push the shift lever back into the main gate.

In manual mode, moving the shift lever backwards and forwards will allow you to make gearshifts rapidly. In contrast to a manual transmission, manual mode allows gearshifts with the accelerator pedal depressed.

  • Up (+): Push the lever forward once to shift up one gear.
  • Down (-): Pull the lever backwards once to shift down one gear.

NOTICE

  • The driver must execute upshifts in accordance with road conditions, taking care to keep the engine speed below the red zone.
  • Only the 8 forward gears can be selected. To reverse or park the vehicle, move the shift lever to the R (Reverse) or P (Park) position as required.
  • Downshifts are made automatically when the vehicle slows down. When the vehicle stops, 1st gear is automatically selected.
  • When the engine rpm approaches the red zone shift points are varied to upshift automatically.
  • To maintain the required levels of vehicle performance and safety, the system may not execute certain gearshifts when the shift lever is operated.
  • When driving on a slippery road, push the shift lever forward into the +(up) position. This causes the transmission to shift into the 2nd gear which is better for smooth driving on a slippery road. Push the shift lever to the - (down) side to shift back to the 1st gear.

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