It’s about time Kia gives the third generation Sportage an update. The 2014 model year, despite receiving subtle updates in terms of aesthetics, comes with new 2.4L variants as well as 2.0L Turbo GDI.
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2014 Sportage sits on a quite formidable stance, thanks to a high beltline, sweeping angles and flared wheel arches. Apart from HID headlamps and LED tail lights, the Sportage now sports a newly-designed grille and fog lamps for the EX trim.
The interior is pretty much the same as the outgoing model but optional Premium package adds a host of features such as ventilated front seats, navigation system, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors. Meanwhile, a tilt and telescopic steering column is now standard across all trims.
The 2.4-litre mill is fitted with direct injection, not only to improve efficiency but also increase the power output, of which stands at 182 hp and 241 Nm of torque. LX models come with stiffer suspension setup, previously available only on the EX and SX trims.
Stylish CUV Adds Premium Amenities and Convenience Features
-Kia’s longest running nameplate offers an enhanced 2.4L powertrain for greater efficiency
-Award-winning CUV equips drivers with UVO eServices for advanced voice-activated telematics control
IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013 –The 2014 Sportage advances Kia’s brand to the next level with an array of design enhancements as well as a host of comfort and convenience features. Building upon the already award-winning platform, Sportage now offers – 2.4L GDI I4 (LX and EX) and 2.0L Turbo GDI (SX) powertrains – for enhanced efficiency.
Refined and Sophisticated Exterior
Available in three trims – LX, EX and SX – the 2014 Kia Sportage features a high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares, conveying an indomitable road presence with an aggressive, hunkered-down stance. The full-sectioned body, defined by a spearing shoulder line throughout the length of the car, helps to visually connect the available HID headlamps and LED tail lights. The crispness of this line, together with its lowered body, creates a distinct sense of precision while the pronounced C-pillar conveys an air of solidity and balance when viewed from the side. Sportage continues the evolution of Kia’s design language with a new grille design and as well as new fog lamps on the EX trim.
Added Comfort and Convenience
The 2014 Sportage enhances ride quality and dynamic handling through standard high performance dampers across all trim levels (previously only on EX and SX). For added driver comfort, a tilt and telescopic steering column is now standard across all trims.
For enhanced passenger comfort, all trims feature standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats. Moving to the EX trim adds standard heated front seats, Infinity® Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink® and heated outside mirrors. Meanwhile, an available Premium package adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM TrafficTM, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
Standard on the EX and SX models and available as a package on LX, the Sportage takes in-car connectivity to the next level with UVO eServices. The system represents an evolutionary leap from the original UVO system’s capabilities, adding a new telematics suite (“eServices”) enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone app that provides drivers with an innovative in-vehicle connectivity experience including diagnostics capabilities and added convenience features. UVO is short for “Your Voice” and through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, allows consumers to control music and mobile phone operations while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road. When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2014 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System and auto headlamp system.