The New Kia Sportage 2014 Facelift
July 10, 2014
The new Kia Sportage is not only fresh, bold and distinctive, but it could never be mistaken for anything other than brilliance. The Sportage embodies Kia’s new-found visual dynamism by simply taking the features of an off-road car and enveloping them in a sleek and urban-friendly design with a global appeal.
It is not a huge change, but things have definitely been sharpened up a bit. Kia has focussed on improving driving refinement and comfort with the new model. Changes to the new model include a larger front grille designed with a 3D pattern, LED rear lights and a new range of alloy wheels offered in a choice of 16, 17 or 18-inches. The Sportage has a new soundproof windscreen which cuts cabin noise, while changes to the front suspension and transmission mountings have also been made to reduce noise and vibrations.
A thicker windscreen has been fitted as well, and under the skin there’s a new variable-assistance steering rack, new front subframe bushes, softer anti-roll bars, a new symmetrical driveshaft and a new transmission mounting
Once you are behind the wheel, you will benefit from a new instrument cluster that has been installed, with an LCD screen between the dials displaying information such as trip data and satellite navigation directions (when the navigation system is fitted).Inside, the dashboard is infused with higher quality, soft-touch materials, as well as the upper door panels and there is new upholstery for the seats – and as before, it is still cloth for lower trim grades and leather for more expensive grades.
- USB and iPod connection – something of an essential these days is now fitted too.
- The 2.0-litre CRDi we sampled was so much better mannered.
Additional new accessories for the 2014 Kia Sportage are now available on a higher trim variant or as options at extra cost of course. The following features are standard:
- Tail View Camera
- Heated Steering Wheel
- High-end Stereo Upgrade
- Electrically Adjustable Driver’s Seat
Although the car still needs some extras, the Sportage is fresh and handsome, with stylish lines that has become a real part of the current generation. With its athletic and muscular design, one can say the Kia Sportage fits its name to a tee. Book a test drive to experience the 2014 Kia Sportage for yourself.