The Kia Sportage is a fun car to drive. Its responsiveness and handling are two of its strongest points. With the 2014 Kia Sportage, Kia Motors spent a lot of time ironing out weak points identified in its predecessor and at the same time enhancing the vehicle’s strength. The Sportage has always been a beauty, whether on the city streets or on the country dirt roads. Kia maintains the vehicle’s characteristic beauty while improving other aspects such as comfort and performance.
The 2014 Kia Sportage has the best aesthetic cabin in the crossover SUV segment. The neat arrangement and classy placement of the controls, gauges, and the infotainment screen cannot be matched by any of its rivals. The vehicle’s rectangular dash domineers with a conservative yet sporty look. The cabin is not just aesthetically pleasing but also functional, with ample headroom and legroom in the front and back seat.
The Sportage has a silent ride thanks to noise insulation in the interior. In some trims, the cabin comes with full leather upholstery, making it one of the coziest in this segment. However, the Sportage’s 26.1 cubic feet storage area falls short of expectation in its class but will be enough for select luggage.
The Sportage’s athletic look is heavily influenced by European styling. Minimal changes have been made on the 2014 Sportage from its predecessor. The 2014 Sportage picks on the beauty of its predecessor and adds a few touches here and there to enhance the athletic look.
The Sportage received an uplift in front in form of crisp design that blends the grille, the headlight and the bumper into an elegant finish. The inclusion of HID headlamps that gently tuck into the sides further gives the vehicle a sporty look. The rear is mostly the same with the exception of additional rear LED taillamps.
Trims and Options
The 2014 Sportage comes in three trims: EX, LX and the SX. All the trims have two variants; the 2WD and the AWD. The base trim comes with 16-inch wheels, power windows, air conditioning, sunroof, and locks and mirrors as part of the standard package.
Optional packages and features included in upper trims include keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels, leather steering wheels, cooled glove box, seat heaters, leather upholstery, satellite radio, power driver seat, rear spoil and roof rails.
The 2014 Sportage is powered either a 2.4-liter engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Both engines are four cylinder mated with either six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The 2.4-liter engine outputs 182 hp while the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine churns 260 hp. The vehicle’s fuel consumption is not the best in the segment but falls in the expected range for crossover SUVs.
The 2014 Kia Sportage attained an overall safety rating of four-star in government testing. The vehicle comes with standard safety features including antilock brakes, front airbags, side and curtain airbags, downhill brake assist, hill-start assist, traction control, rearview camera, rear parking sensors and stability control. However, the Sportage has a blind-spot problem and it will be interesting to see if Kia will introduce a system to curb this shortfall.
The 2014 Kia Sportage is a crossover SUV that demonstrates beauty can go hand in hand with performance. If you are looking for an SUV for family cross country trips, the 2014 Sportage will be an excellent choice. The crossover SUV is also good for light off-roading. Available at an affordable price and low maintenance fee, the Sportage is a good car that will serve you for a long time.
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