South Korean carmaker Kia refreshes on its 2014 Sportage, giving it several design enhancements as well as the installation of a number of convenience features. The 2014 Sportage could be availed in three trims – LX, EX and SX. Starting with its exterior, the 2014 Kia Sportage now dons a new grille design as well as new fog lamps on the EX trim. It now dons high beltline, sweeping angles and pronounced wheel flares for a more aggressive stance.
The compact crossover sports a spearing shoulder line throughout its length – linking the available HID headlamps and LED tail lights. For enhanced ride quality and more dynamic handling, the 2014 Sportage now features standard high performance dampers across all trim levels. Driver comfort is enhanced thanks to a tilt and telescopic steering column that comes as standard across all trims. Passenger comfort is likewise enhanced thanks to standard rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats.
The EX trim of the 2014 Sportage boasts of additional features like standard heated front seats, Infinity Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink and heated outside mirrors.
A customer could avail of a Premium package that includes ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and leather-trimmed seats as well as panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
Available as a package for the LX and coming as standard for the EX and SX models is the UVO eServices system which now boasts of a new telematics suite enabled by an exclusive, free smartphone app providing in-vehicle connectivity experience.
UVO -- short for "Your Voice" -- through Advanced Voice Recognition technology, allows drivers to control music and mobile phone operations using just their voices. When equipped with UVO eServices, the 2014 Sportage also features a Rear Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System and auto headlamp system. Sportage now offers three powertrains: the 2.4L GDI I4 for the LX and EX, and the 2.0L Turbo GDI for the SX.
Grades 3 and above are provided with a newly designed instrumentation that includes a 4.2-inch LCD supervision cluster mounted between the recessed dials of the dual-bezel instrument display. This supervision cluster displays the outdoor temperature, information about the trip as well as information about the chosen Flex Steer mode. It also incorporates a gear shift indicator (manual versions only) and the Parallel Park Assist functionality (grade 4 and KX-4).
Meanwhile, the Sportage 3 and KX-3 feature a new 4.3-inch TFT LCD color touch-screen audio system -- with an integrated rear-view camera display – that aids drivers during reversing or parallel parking maneuvers. In lieu of this 4.3-inch screen, KX-3 Sat-Nav and grade 4 models come with a 7-inch color touch-screen with mapping for 44 European countries as well as full United Kingdom postcode recognition and multi-route planning. This 7-inch screen also features traffic messaging with a detour function and lane guidance as well as speed limit warnings and motorway junction views.
On the other hand, Grades 3 and above feature a premium Infinity audio system tuned to deliver superior sound quality in any condition. This Infinity audio system comes with seven speakers, including a sub-woofer located on the interior’s right-hand rear.
Likewise, Sportage 3 and above models now boasts of Kia's Flex Steer system that allows drivers to pick from three different levels of power assistance – Normal, Comfort and Sport – depending on the terrain and on their driving preferences. Comfort mode allows for more assistance when parking or maneuvering in tight areas. Sport meanwhile, decreases the level of assistance for better feel and stability at higher speeds.