Kia Sportage: Power brakes

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Brake system / Power brakes

Your vehicle has power-assisted brakes, parking brake, and various braking systems for safe driving.

Power brakes

Your vehicle has power-assisted brakes that adjust automatically through normal usage.

In the event that the power-assisted brakes lose power because of a stalled engine or some other reason, you can still stop your vehicle by applying greater force to the brake pedal than you normally would. The stopping distance, however, will be longer.

When the engine is not running, the reserve brake power is partially depleted each time the brake pedal is applied. Do not pump the brake pedal when the power assist has been interrupted.

Pump the brake pedal only when necessary to maintain steering control on slippery surfaces.


  • When stepping on the brake pedal under a certain driving or weather condition. you may witness your car make a sound of squealing or some other noises. This is not a brake malfunction but a normal phenomenon.
  • When driving on the road to which deicing chemicals are applied, the vehicle may witness noises f r om the brake or abnormal abrasion of tires because of such deicing chemicals.

    You should operate brake additionally so that you would be able to remove the deicing chemicals on the brake disk and pad under a safe traffic condition.


Brake pedal

Do not drive with your foot resting on the brake pedal. This will create abnormally high brake temperatures which can cause excessive brake lining and pad wear.


Steep hill braking

Avoid continuous application of the brakes when descending a long or steep hill by shifting to a lower gear. Continuous brake application will cause the brakes to overheat and could result in a temporary loss of braking performance.

Wet brakes may impair the vehicle's ability to safely slow down; the vehicle may also pull to one side when the brakes are applied. Applying the brakes lightly will indicate whether they have been affected in this way. Always test your brakes in this fashion after driving through deep water. To dry the brakes, apply t h em lightly while maintaining a safe forward speed until brake performance returns to normal.

In the event of brake failure

If service brakes fail to operate while the vehicle is in motion, you can make an emergency stop with the parking brake.

The stopping distance, however, will be much greater than normal.

Parking brake

Avoid applying the parking brake to stop the vehicle while it is moving except in an emergency situation. Applying the parking brake while the vehicle is moving at normal speeds can cause a sudden loss of control of the vehicle. If you must use the parking brake to stop the vehicle, use great caution in applying the brake.

Brake Over Accelerator

In the event the accelerator pedal becomes stuck or entrapped, apply steady and firm pressure to the brake pedal to slow the vehicle and reduce engine power.

If you experience this condition, take the following steps:

  1. Apply the brakes and bring your vehicle to a safe stop.
  2. Move the transmission to P (Park), switch the engine off and apply the parking brake.
  3. Inspect the accelerator pedal for any interference

If none are found and the condition persists, have your vehicle towed to an authorized Kia dealer.

Disc brakes wear indicator

When your brake pads are worn and new pads are required, you will hear a high-pitched warning sound f r om your front brakes or rear brakes. You may hear this sound come and go or it may occur whenever you press the brake pedal.

Always replace the front or rear brake pads as pairs.


Replace brake pads

Do not continue to drive with worn brake pads. Continuing to drive with worn brake pads can damage the braking system and result in costly brake repairs.


Brake wear

Do not ignore high pitched wear sounds f r om your brakes. If you ignore this audible warning, you will eventually lose braking performance, which could lead to a serious accident.


Brake dust may accumulate on the wheels, even under normal driving conditions.

Some dust is inevitable as the brakes wear and contribute to brake noise.


     Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)

    After parking the vehicle, apply the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) to prevent the vehicle f r om being moved by the external force. Applying the parking brake Applying the parking brake with EPB

     EPB warning

    The EPB will display a warning message with sound under certain conditions. If you try to drive off while engaging the accelerator pedal with the EPB applied, but the EPB doesn't release


    The Auto Hold is designed to maintain the vehicle in a standstill even though the brake pedal is not pressed after the driver brings the vehicle to a complete stop by pressing the brake pedal. Ap


     Paddle shifter

    Paddle shifter (if equipped) The paddle shift function is available when the shift lever is in the D (Drive) position or the manual mode. With the shift lever in the D position Pull the [+] or [-] paddle shifter once to shift up or down one gear and the system changes f r om automatic mod


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