Kia Sportage: Daytime Running Light (DRL)

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Features of your vehicle / Lighting / Daytime Running Light (DRL)

The Daytime Running Light (DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day.

The DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions, and it is especially helpful after dawn and before sunset.

The DRL will turn the dedicated lamp OFF when:

  • The headlamps are ON.
  • The vehicle is off.
  • The front fog light is on. (if equipped)
  • Engaging the parking brake.

Lighting control

The light switch has a headlamp and a position lamp position.

Lighting control

To operate the lights, turn the knob at the end of the control lever to one of the following positions:

  1. OFF position
  2. Auto light position
  3. Position & Taillamp
  4. Headlamp position

Position & Taillamp

Position & Taillamp

When the light switch is in the position lamp position, the front position lamp, taillamp, and the license plate lamp will turn ON.

Headlamp (Low Beam)

Headlamp (Low Beam)

When the light switch is in the headlamp position, headlamp (low beam), tail, license light will turn ON.


The ignition switch or ENGINE START/ STOP button must be in the ON position to turn on the headlamps.

Auto light

Auto light

When the light switch is in the AUTO light position, the taillamps and headlamps will turn ON or OFF automatically depending on the amount of light outside the vehicle.


  • Never place anything over the sensor (1) located on the instrument panel as this will ensure better auto-light system control.
  • Don't clean the sensor using a window cleaner, the cleaner may leave a light film which could interfere with sensor operation.
  • If your vehicle has window tint or other types of metallic coating on the front windshield, the Auto light system may not work properly.


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