2014 Kia Sportage Review, Price and Release – Welcome to Neocarsuv.Com, we will provide the latest information about the Kia Sportage Redesign. 2014 Kia Sportage is one brand new car from Kia that will be release in 2014. We will also review about the price, interior, exterior and engine of the 2014 Kia Sportage.
Kia has added a package of styling and equipment upgrades to its sporty crossover, the Sportage, to keep it at the forefront of its booming market sector. The Sportage is Kia’s best-selling model in the UK, claiming around a quarter of the company’s sales. That success is set to continue with the enhancements added for the 2014 model year.
Two new variants become available to further broaden the appeal of the range, which offers two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models to suit every requirement. The 2.0-litre 134bhp turbodiesel engine is now offered with the all-wheel-drive entry-level ‘KX-1′ grade, while the 114bhp 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine is now an option with the range-topping two-wheel-drive ‘4’ grade.
The 2014 range is based on ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘3 Sat Nav’ and ‘4’ trim designations, with all-wheel-drive versions given the KX preface. In addition to the 1.7-litre diesel and the 134bhp 2.0-litre unit, Kia also offers a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine and a high-performance 2.0-litre diesel delivering 181bhp. This is reserved for the flagship KX-4 variant.
The Sportage’s base price has jumped up from last years model in accordance with the extra standard features available for 2014, especially the updated 2.4-liter GDI four cylinder. $19,000 even could buy a base model Sportage with a manual transmission in 2013. That’s a $2,600 jump, but the extra dough seems worth it for the extra features, added power, and increased refinement.
All told, a loaded-out SX Sportage with the 2.0-liter turbo and AWD tops out just over $30,000 – not a bad deal when considering the prices of its competition and their list of available features at that price point.
Under former Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, now Hyundai Group President of Design, Kia has shown a remarkable ability in recent years to be ahead of the game when it comes to spotting changes in buyers’ tastes and needs.
So, when starting work on Sportage, Schreyer and his design teams in Europe, Korea and the United States identified that the old school of compact SUV would play an increasingly small role in the years to come, and that a crossover would best meet the needs of buyers of the future.
The car they created, combining the higher-than-average ground clearance, raised seating position and command view of an SUV with the high shoulder line and fast windscreen angle of a coupé, has been a phenomenon around the world and is Kia’s best-selling model in the UK. Buyers cite the car’s stunning looks as one of the principal reasons for their choice. That design has been honed even closer to perfection for the 2014 model year.
All versions have improved exterior styling and lighting. There are new versions of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille across the range. Sportage ‘1’ and ‘KX-1′ grades now have a chrome grille surround in place of the previous silver-painted edging, while for the rest of the range there is a new black gloss arrow-shaped mesh grille pattern, also with a chrome surround.
The rear combination lights are an evolution of those on the previous model, offering enhanced illumination and, therefore, improved visibility to other road users. The whole unit, including the section mounted on the boot lid, is now lit through the tail-light functionality. Sportage ‘4’ and ‘KX-4′ grades have LED lighting to further enhance their night-time presence and premium appearance. Sportage ‘3’ models upwards now have a shark’s-fin antenna mounted on the rear of the roof, another small but important addition for raising perceived quality.
There are new-style 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels for all trim grades, complete with locking wheel nuts. The Sportage comes as standard with a full-size spare wheel. The choice of paint colours has also been revised, with the addition of new Space Blue (from the Venga) and Fusin White (from the cee’d and pro_cee’d GT models) to the range.
From the outset the Sportage has been winning friends and influencing people with its stunning appearance, which combines much of the stance and attitude of a compact SUV with sleeker profile and greener conscience of a coupe. Those qualities are raised even higher with the subtle changes made to the 2014 model, which also benefits from premium-car touches to its spacious and stylish interior.
All versions have improved exterior styling and lighting. There are new versions of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille across the range. Sportage ‘1’ and ‘KX-1′ grades now have a black gloss grille with chrome grille surround in place of the previous silver-painted edging, while for the rest of the range there is a new arrow-shaped black-gloss mesh grille pattern, also with a chrome surround.
The rear combination lights are an evolution of those on the previous model, offering enhanced illumination and, therefore, better visibility to other road users. The whole unit, including the section mounted on the boot lid, is now lit through the tail-light functionality. Sportage 4 and KX-4 grades have LED lighting to further enhance their night-time presence and premium appearance. Sportage 3 models upwards have a shark-fin antenna mounted on the rear of the roof, another small but important addition for raising premium styling.
There are new-style 16-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels for all trim grades, complete with locking wheel nuts. The Sportage comes as standard with a full-size spare wheel. The choice of metallic paint colours has also been revised, with the addition of new Space Blue (from the Venga) and Fusion White (from the cee’d and pro_cee’d GT models) to the range.
Inside, soft ‘nano’ paint has been added to the dashboard and centre console of all trim grades, and there is now centre console illumination and soft-touch upper door trims. All are further indications of the importance Kia places on actual quality. The door-mounted audio tweeters have been repositioned to enhance sound quality.
The Sportage has always been exceptionally practical as well as stylish, with a host of storage areas dotted around the cabin – a front armrest with storage box, a combined rear armrest and cupholders, front and rear door pockets, seat-back pockets, 12-volt power outlets in the centre console and luggage compartment and luggage net hooks (with a net on grades ‘2’ upwards). The 2014 model now has a removable tray within the centre console box, along with illuminated cup holders. New folding keys and, on models with an engine start/stop button, a smart key are further quality improvements to the range.
Not much is changing design-wise with the interior for 2014, but Kia is now offering a host of new technology upgrades that make the Sportage even more livable and competitive in its segment. New is Microsoft’s updated UVO eServices system that far exceeds the previous version’s capabilities. A new telematics suite, free smartphone integration with vehicle diagnostics capabilities, and more advanced voice recognition software are part of the new packaging. The updated voice integration (hints the system’s name that’s short for Your Voice) let you control music, cell phones, and navigation all hands free and on the move.
SiriusXM radio is available, and when selected, comes with SiriusXM Traffic to help avoid congested streets and music is pumped through an optional Infinity audio system. Keeping the driver and front passenger comfortable are heated and vented seats. Rear outboard passengers are also treated to vented seats, especially handing on those hot summer days. Even the front glove box gets its own integrated air vent. A large panoramic sunroof is also available on EX, LX, and SX trims, along with push-button starting from a smart key system.
Fit and finish inside the Sportage is on par with what we’ve come to expect from Kia and its corporate sister Hyundai. Materials are mostly soft touch an panels fit nicely together. The cabin is also quieter than last year’s model.
The 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol unit and 1.7-litre turbodiesel made their debuts in the Sportage and are the mainstays of the range in the UK. They come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, while with the 2.0-litre engines buyers are offered the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The Dymax intelligent all-wheel-drive system is standard on every 2.0-litre model.
With the new 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine and the fuel-saving assistance of ISG, average fuel economy is 54.3mpg, while CO2 emissions are only 135g/km on 16- or 17-inch alloys. Yet it is still a sprightly performer thanks to its 114bhp and 260Nm (192lb/ft) of torque. The 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine, which develops 133bhp and 165Nm (122lb/ft) of torque, gives the Sportage even livelier performance, yet not at the expense of fuel economy or emissions. With the help of ISG, average fuel consumption is 44.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are 149 g/km.
The lesser-powered 2.0-litre turbodiesel develops 134bhp and 320Nm (236lb/ft) of torque. With the six-speed manual gearbox it delivers sparkling performance with parsimonious fuel consumption and low emissions – 49.6mpg on 16- or 17-inch wheels and CO2 emissions of 149g/km. Even with the six-speed automatic it averages 40.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 179g/km.
And the high-power 2.0 diedel version for the ‘KX-4′, which develops 181bhp and 383Nm (282lb/ft) in manual guise and 392Nm (289lb/ft) in the automatic version, brings even more exciting performance to the Sportage range without adding significantly to fuel consumption or emissions. In manual form the ‘KX-4′ is capable of 46.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 158g/km, while the figures for the automatic are 39.2mpg and 189g/km.