2014 Kia Sportage | new car review

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 by
2014 Kia Sportage
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  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 72,500 - 104,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 75%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Promoted by as a leisure vehicle, the 2014 Sportage isn’t a whole lot more than a that competes against champions such as the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.

Pros

Price
Exterior styling

Cons

Interior look and feel
Rear legroom

Looks

Automobile manufacturers are a creative bunch. They spend hours on end studying an already segmented market, and create gaps, so that their vehicles stand out. Promoted by Kia as a leisure vehicle, the 2014 Kia Sportage isn’t a whole lot more than a compact SUV that competes against champions such as the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. The Kia Sportage has jumped on the LED bandwagon and following a visit to the salon, now wears an elegant strip of eye liner around its headlights. With a large grille, slotted plastic inserts in the front bumper, and an upturned chin, the Kia Sportage does have quite a menacing look to it! The rear end on the other hand is a lot simpler and has a more comforting look with tail lights that wrap around the sides of the car.

2014 Kia Sportage front + side

Feels

The design of the dashboard doesn’t exactly come off as striking. It looks economical, and feels it too. With numerous curves, bends and crevices, the lack of straight lines prevents it from winning my heart straight away. With features such as a panoramic roof, 6 CD changer and rear view camera creeping in with higher specs, the Sportage, like most other Kia vehicles is packed with an impressive amount of kit.

2014 Kia Sportage interior

Engineering

Though the Kia Sportage isn’t likely to see a lot more than sandy beaches, when the going gets tough, the AWD lock mode locks the centre differential and distributes torque equally between the front and rear wheels to allow for optimum grip. The Sportage is also available with Downhill Brake Control that helps maintain control and a steady speed on steep descents; while Hill-start Assist Control prevents the car from rolling backwards when pulling away from a standstill on an incline.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 Kia Sportage is available with two engine choices that don’t produce figures too different from one another. The smaller 2.0 litre produces 164 horsepower and 197 Nm of torque while being mated to a 5 speed transmission. On the other hand, the slightly larger 2.4 litre engine produces 175 horsepower and 227 Nm of torque and is coupled to a 6 speed transmission.

2014 Kia Sportage rear

Summing it…

The Sportage may not have as much leg room for the rear passengers when compared to the Toyota RAV4. And the interior is definitely not as nice as the Ford Escape’s. But when the Sportage wears a starting price that is AED 7,000 lower than the RAV4 and AED 17,000 lower than the Escape, forgiving its shortcomings is an easy task.

One Response to 2014 Kia Sportage | new car review

  1. Keith M Leonard Reply

    September 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    We have a Sportage EX, 2.4 liter and love it! Enough power to pass a slow moving vehicle, solid feeling to drive, 24-26 mpg, plenty of gadgets, comfy seats with lots of adjustments. All wheel drive is useful in our lake effect snow country, and one touch 4 wheel drive lock-in is nice for the beach on Cape Cod. We’d buy again!

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