Kia Sportage: Towing

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2024) - Owner's Manual / What to do in an emergency / Towing

Towing service

If emergency towing is necessary, have it done by authorized Kia dealer or a commercial tow-truck service.

Proper lifting and towing procedures are necessary to prevent damage to the vehicle. The use of wheel dollies (1) or flatbed is recommended.

Towing service


The AWD vehicle should never be towed with the wheels on the ground. This can cause serious damage to the transmission or the AWD system.


Side and curtain air bag

If your vehicle is equipped with side and curtain air bag, set the ENGINE START/ STOP button to ACC position when the vehicle is being towed.

The side and curtain air bag may deploy when the ENGINE START/STOP button to ON position and the rollover sensor detects the situation as a rollover.


If the EPB does not release normally, take your vehicle to an authorized Kia dealer by loading the vehicle on a flatbed tow truck and have the system checked.

Towing without wheel dollies when using a towing service

When towing your vehicle in an emergency without wheel dollies:

  1. Set the ignition switch or ENGINE START/STOP button to ACC position.
  2.  Place the shift lever in N (Neutral).
  3. Release the parking brake.

2-wheel drive vehicle (front wheel drive)
2-wheel drive vehicle (front wheel drive)


Towing gear position

Failure to shift to N (Neutral) may cause internal damage to the vehicle.


If any of the loaded wheels or suspension components are damaged or the vehicle is being towed with the front wheels on the ground, use a towing dolly under the front wheels.

  • Do not tow the vehicle backwards with the front wheels on the ground, as this may cause damage to the transmission.

2-wheel drive vehicle (front wheeldrive)

  • Attaching straps to the chassis, suspension or other parts of the body can cause damage.
  • Do not tow with sling-type equipment.

    Use wheel lift or flatbed equipment.

  • Do not tow the vehicle with four wheels in contact with the ground if it is the vehicle equipped with Automatic Transmission. Otherwise, the transmission will be seriously damaged.

    Also, make sure not to tow the vehicle connecting it with other vehicles including camper vans.


If you tow the vehicle while the front wheels are touching the ground, the vehicle motor may generate electricity and the motor components may be damaged or a fire may occur.

  • When a vehicle fire occurs due to the battery, there is a risk of a second fire.

    Contact the fire department when towing the vehicle.

Emergency commodity (if equipped)

There are some emergency commodities in the vehicle to help you respond to the emergency situation.

Fire extinguisher

If there is small fire and you know how to use the fire extinguisher, take the following steps carefully.

  1. Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
  2.  Aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire.
  3.  Stand approximately 8ft (2.5m) away from the fire and squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher. If you release the handle, the discharge will stop.
  4. Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire. After the fire appears to be out, watch it carefully since it may re-ignite.

First aid kit

Scissors, bandage and adhesive tape and etc. in the kit is provided.

Triangle reflector

Place the triangle reflector on the road to warn oncoming vehicles.

Tire pressure gauge

To check the tire pressure, take the following steps;

  1. Unscrew the inflation valve cap.
  2. Press and hold the gauge against the tire valve.
  3. A firm non-leaking push will activate the gauge.
  • Read the tire pressure on the gauge to know whether the tire pressure is low or high.
  1.  Adjust the tire pressures to the specified pressure.
  2. Reinstall the inflation valve cap.



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