Kia Sportage Headlight Bulb Size

2020 Kia Sportage ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
Fog Light Bulb Front
9006 LED
Brake Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
License Plate Light Bulb
Parking Light Bulb
Daytime Running Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
Side Marker Light Bulb Rear
Tail Light Bulb Inner
Tail Light Bulb Outer
Back Up Light Bulb
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
Dome Light Bulb

The Kia Sportage is a compact SUV that has been in production since 1993. It’s currently in its fourth generation and boasts of a ton of features useful to buyers across the world. The current model boasts of full-LED headlights that come with High Beam Assist. This feature adjusts the headlights automatically once the car detects the backlights or headlights of vehicles ahead.

Bulb type used

For the 1998 to 2010 model years, the Kia Sportage used the 9003 bulb for its high beam and low beam headlights. Previous models built between 1995 and 1997 adopted the 9004 bulb. Models from 2011 to 2016 used the H7 bulb for the high beam headlight and the H11B bulb for the low beam headlight. HID headlamps came with the D3S bulb for both the high and low beam headlights.

Things changed for the 2017 – 2018 model years when Kia adopted the 9005 bulb for both the high beam and low beam. The front fog lights used the 881 bulb for the 2009-2016 model years and the H8/H11/H16 bulbs for the 2005-2008 model years. For the 2017 – 2018, Kia adopted the 9006 bulb for its fog lights.

Upgrading from factory bulbs to aftermarket LED/HID

It’s important to ensure that your LED/HID replacement bulbs meet the basic specifications indicated on your halogen units. This ensures that there is a smooth interaction between the new bulb and the existing fitment. You may need to consult an expert if you’re working with reflector headlights.

Advantages of upgrading headlights from halogen to LED/HID technology

  1. Provides better vision at night.
  2. Improves safety on the road.
  3. Prevents dazzling of oncoming traffic.
  4. Easier to install.

How to choose the correct bulb size of the LED/HID lamp

The easiest way is to use our Kia Sportage light bulb replacement chart by specifying the year of manufacture and trim. Other more time-consuming tricks are the following:

  • Consult the Kia Sportage manual

Your vehicle’s manual provides important details that help when replacing car parts. For headlight bulbs, it indicates the correct bulb sizes and measurements needed. Check your manual to determine the right bulb size for your LED/HID lamps.

  • Reach out to your car manufacturer

You can call your car manufacturer or dealer to help you find out the right bulb size for your car. Most manufacturers and dealers normally have this information already. All you need to do is provide them with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

  • Check your original bulbs

Your factory bulbs have their bulb part/size number indicated on them. If you want to replace them, it’s important to look for this size number as it shows the size of the bulb you need to buy.

Installing new bulbs

  1. Open the hood of your car and locate the bulb from the back of the headlight assembly.
  2. Unplug the power connectors and remove the old bulb.
  3. Install the new bulb and reconnect the power connectors.
  4. Test your headlights.

Additional equipment

  1. New light bulbs
  2. Alcohol tissues and wipes to clean the new bulb.
  3. A screwdriver

Q&A Section

Does WD 40 clean headlights?

Yes, but WD 40 can melt the lens leaving the surface feeling sticky. This then attracts dust that can interfere with your vision.


  • First generation (NB-7; 1993–2004)
  • Second generation (JE/KM; 2004–2010)
  • Third generation (SL; 2010–2015)
  • Fourth generation (QL; 2016–present)

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4 thoughts on “Kia Sportage Headlight Bulb Size”

    • Typically, new Kia Sportage models (2017-2019) are equipped with LED Daytime Running lights so you may need to replace the whole set.

      Some Kia Sportage trims though use P21/5W bulb for Halogen DRL (that’s what the manual says)


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