The 2014 edition of Kia Sportage gets a mild restyle that includes a new front grille and new
wheel designs. It also comes with an improved base 2.4L engine with direct-injection (max
output increases to 182 horsepower). New suspension dampers improve both handling and ride
quality. New options include an Infinity audio system, HID headlights, LED taillights and a new
navigation system. There’s also a new top-line SX Luxury trim.
Here’s a extract from an Autos.ca review. written by Paul Williams, of a 2013 Kia Sportage SX:
“The Kia Sportage is the compact SUV of the group, and along with the Optima sedan, it’s
arguably the most dramatically styled vehicle in the Kia lineup. Aerodynamic and a bit
aggressive in appearance, the Sportage looks fast and competent; its high waist, purposeful
grille, and slim, dark-tinted windows adding notes of menace to the mix.”
The Sportage uses a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine in LX, EX and EX Luxury
trim, and a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the SX. The LX uses a six-speed manual
transmission or optional six-speed automatic. All other models use the automatic.
The LX with manual transmission is front-wheel drive only. The LX with automatic transmission
and the EX are front-wheel drive but can be optioned to all-wheel drive. The EX Luxury and SX
are all-wheel drive only.
Features on the LX include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, fog lights, heated mirrors
with integrated turn signals, privacy glass, automatic headlamps, variable intermittent wipers,
windshield de-icer, rear wiper, hill start assist, black grille with silver-coated garnish, front
and rear mud guards, heated cloth seats, active front head restraints, 60/40 split-folding rear
seatbacks, metal grain interior accents, keyless entry, cruise control, driver’s auto-down window,
CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary and USB ports, Sirius satellite radio, steering wheel-mounted
audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and tilt steering wheel. The automatic-equipped model
also includes roof rails, illuminated vanity mirrors and an Eco-Minder indicator.
The EX adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running
lights, solar control windshield, black grille with chrome garnish, premium anti-stain cloth
seats, power driver’s seat, driver’s auto up/down window, iPod cable, leather-wrapped tilt and
telescopic steering wheel, rear parking sonar, trip computer, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear
spoiler, cargo cover, and cargo net.
The EX Luxury adds power tilt and sliding panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated
driver’s seat, rearview camera, deluxe door scuff, premium stereo, and smart key with
The SX builds on the EX and adds 18-inch sport alloy wheels, power tilt and sliding panoramic
sunroof, black honeycomb grille with chrome garnish, dual exhaust, heated cloth seats with
leather trim, UVO infotainment, rearview camera, orange interior accents, cooled glovebox,
smart key with pushbutton start, and premium stereo.
The SX with Navigation adds heated leather seats, ventilated driver’s seat, heated steering wheel,
and navigation system