Opening and closing the power liftgate
Power liftgate open/close button - smart key (1)/inside the vehicle (2)
When the liftgate is closed, press and hold the power liftgate open/close button. The liftgate will open automatically and the warning chime will sound. Press the liftgate open/close button again to stop the operation.
When the liftgate is opened, press and hold the power liftgate open/close button. The liftgate will close automatically and the warning chime will sound. Press the power liftgate open/close button until the liftgate is closed completely. If the liftgate open/close button is not pressed while closing, power liftgate will stop operate and warning chime will sound for approximately 5 seconds.
Power liftgate open button - outside the vehicle (3)
When the smart key is detected, press the power liftgate open button. The liftgate will open and the warning chime will sound. If the doors are unlocked, the liftgate can be opened or closed without the smart key.
Power liftgate close button - inside the vehicle (4)
Press the power liftgate close button. The liftgate will close and the warning chime will sound.
Only the power liftgate opening will not operate if the vehicle speed is above 2 mph (3 km/h).
The power liftgate can be operated when the vehicle is not running. However, power liftgate operation consumes a large amount of eclectic power. To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not operate it excessively (for example, more than 5 times repeatedly).
To prevent the battery from being discharged, do not leave the power liftgate in the open position for a long time.
Do not modify or repair any part of the power liftgate by yourself. Have the power liftgate modified or repaired by an authorized Kia dealer.
When jacking up the vehicle to change a tire or repair the vehicle, do not operate the power liftgate. This could cause the power liftgate to operate improperly.
In cold and wet climates, the power liftgate may not work properly due to freezing conditions.
During power opening or closing if the power liftgate senses any obstacle, the power liftgate will stop and move in the opposite direction.
The auto reverse function may not work if objects are too soft or thin, or if the liftgate is almost fully closed near the latched position.
Caution should be taken to prevent any objects from obstructing the liftgate opening.
If the automatic reverse feature operates more than two times while attempting to open or close the liftgate, the power liftgate may stop at that position. If this occurs, carefully close the liftgate manually, and then try to operate the power liftgate automatically again.
Non-operating conditions of the power liftgate
The power liftgate does not open when the vehicle is in motion. The chime will sound if you drive with the liftgate opened. Stop your vehicle immediately at a safe place and check if your liftgate is opened.
Operating the power liftgate more than 5 times continuously could cause damage to the operating motor. If this occurs, the power liftgate system enters into thermal protection mode to prevent the motor from overheating. In thermal protection mode, the power liftgate will not operate. If any of the power liftgate buttons are pressed to try to open the liftgate, the chime will sound 3 times but the liftgate will remain closed. Allow the power liftgate system to cool for about 1 minute before operating the system again.
Never intentionally place any object or part of your body in the path of the power liftgate to make sure the automatic reverse function operates.
Do not put heavy objects on the power liftgate before you operate the power liftgate. Additional weight may damage the operation of the system.