Kia Motors released the details of the 2014 version of its Sportage crossover model. They call it a facelift, but even if you study the details of it very hard, you won’t notice where that facelift has been applied.
The looks are somewhat updated with some nip and tuck here and there, with things like revised air intakes at the front, a new front grille, or new wheel design. But they don’t have that big an effect on the way the car looks. More substantial changes have been made to the cars underpinnings.
2014 Kia Sportage should be a better car to drive on the road, as all model now comes as standard with high performance dampers. And as for the off-road capabilities, well, that depends on whether you get four-wheel-drive or not. But at any rate, the Sportage is not a mud plugger.
Speaking of standard features, the 2014 Sportage also gets a new tilt and telescopic steering column, rear ventilation and reclining outboard seats, on all trim levels. The mid-rage EX models also come with heated front seats, Infinity Premium Audio, auto-dimming mirror with Homelink and heated outside mirrors. Meanwhile, an available Premium package adds ventilated front seats, navigation with SiriusXM TrafficTM, leather-trimmed seats, panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, and power-folding outside mirrors.
The EX and SX models also get the UVO eServices. The system represents an evolutionary leap from the original UVO system’s capabilities, adding a new telematics suite enabled by a smartphone app. You can also specify rear view camera, auto headlights, and backup warning.