2014 Kia Mohave | new car review

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2014 Kia Mohave
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 55%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

Tired and dated, that's the 2014 described in two words.


Seating capacity


Dated exterior design
Stone-age interior finish


Launched in 2008, the Kia Mohave looks like it has been frozen in time. So much so, that if the 2008 model and 2014 model were parked beside each other, it’s unlikely that even people at Kia would be able to tell them apart. The 2014 model sports the same tired chrome grille, squarish headlamps and boxy appearance.

2014 Kia Mohave Front


Dated. That’s possibly the best way to describe the interior. It may have been stylish back in 2008, but in today’s day and age when dashboards are adorned with capacitive touch switches, piano black trim and large multimedia screens, the Mohave feels like it belongs to the stone ages. The silver lining to this otherwise grey cloud is the fact that seating 7 passengers is an easy feat for the Korean SUV.

2014 Kia Mohave interior


The AWD lock mode locks the centre differential and distributes torque equally between the front and rear wheels to allow for optimum grip. The Mohave 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 Mohave is powered by a 274 horsepower and 361 Nm of torque 3.8 litre V6 engine that is mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission. For those who feel that wouldn’t be enough, there is also an optional 4.6 litre V8 engine that churns out 340 horsepower and 435 ground shaking Nm of torque, while being coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission.

2014 Kia Mohave Rear

Summing it…

The Kia Mohave was discontinued in North America after poor sales and was later pulled out of Canada as well. With the Sorento being the replacement model in those markets, I think it’s time Kia pulled the Mohave out of the Middle East as well. Simply because, the Sorento is head and shoulders better!

8 Responses to 2014 Kia Mohave | new car review

  1. dele o Reply

    September 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    About making up my mind to buy Mohave 3.8v6. Please advise.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      September 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

      Hi Delo,

      The Kia Mohave is a dated offering from the brand that is in major need of a makeover. Everything else you need to know about the Mohave is mentioned in the review.



  2. dele o Reply

    September 9, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I am about taking decision to buy Mohave 2015. Please advise.

  3. Jack Roberts Reply

    March 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Unfortunately I can’t buy a new one of these. This is a very good vehicle with only a couple of niggly small issues but no more that our Volvo, VW, or Porsche.
    This is not only a people mover but with the ladder frame and low range gear box it is a true work horse too. None of the cute ute’s or new electronically controlled non low rage transmissions would pull a 4000lb (1800kg) boat in and out of a blast rock steep boat ramp twice a day, 5 days a week, 8 months of the year and not break down.
    I also hate all the touch screen stuff in the new cars as you have to take your eyes off the road too much, so sometimes “dated” (in some peoples’ eyes) is better.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      March 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Hey Jack,

      Like they say, every cloud has a silver lining. Glad you’re enjoying your Mohave.



  4. marcos testa Reply

    January 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    this car is classic looking. it will be not outdated in years, like some box-like toyotas. mohave has impressive structural engineering an honest engine.. and a nice interior. It may sound acward but is comfortable for a tall adult to use the most rear two seats. That means it is possible to travel long rides wt seven passengers

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      In our opinion, this one is badly in need of a major change. It’s done its life.

  5. Arash Reply

    August 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This car is awesome. The exterior design has been so good that I never felt it needs any change anytime soon although the interior design could have been improved.

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