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2014 Kia Sportage

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2014 Kia Sportage Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Kia's oldest running nameplate, the 2014 Sportage, has evolved from a basic 4x4 SUV into a stylish, powerful, compact crossover SUV. Today's Sportage is a more civilized creature, touting a sophisticated yet firm suspension, an available turbocharged engine, and a long list of features aimed at providing maximum comfort and convenience. Although competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Ford Escape all offer more interior space and better fuel economy, the Sportage counters with a number of advantages ranging from horsepower to price. Toss in the standard 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and the Sportage begins to look like a very good bet.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the tall ride height, all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction and flexible cargo carrying capacity of a compact SUV, but you don't want to sacrifice style, power and creature comforts, the 2014 Kia Sportage deserves a good long look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Sportage isn't as roomy inside as most of its competitors, especially in the rear cargo area, and its ride quality can be downright harsh. The Sportage's fuel-economy figures are also on the lower end of the compact SUV spectrum.

What's New for 2014

All 2014 Kia Sportages gain a new grille design, new suspension dampers, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, rear-seat heating vents and reclining rear outboard seats. The 2.4-liter engine gets gasoline direct injection, while new options include HID headlights and ventilated front seats.

Driving the Sportage

Driving Impressions If you like power, you'll like what's under the hood of the 2014 Kia Sportage. The improved 2.4-liter engine now delivers 182 horsepower, more than enough to move the Sportage...

at a good clip. Along the way, you'll find the Sportage's ride is stiffer than most of its competitors, but without the advantage of offering bettering cornering capabilities and less body roll. Opt for the SX trim and you'll get 260 turbocharged ponies. Both engines use gasoline direct-injection technology that helps maximize power and fuel economy. While we like the Sportage's steering feel and brakes, the harsh ride and tendency for body lean in the curves can become tiring after a bit. We also found the Sportage's high beltline and narrow windows somewhat limit 360-degree visibility, which is the exact opposite of what most SUV buyers want in this kind of vehicle.

PANORAMIC SUNROOF
You can never get enough sun and fresh air in our opinion, and the 2014 Kia Sportage's big panoramic sunroof delivers both in abundance.

2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
Offered exclusively on the SX trim, the Sportage's 2.0-liter GDI turbocharged engine delivers 260 horsepower, the most in its class.

2014 Kia Sportage Details
Interior

Functionally, there is much to like inside the 2014 Kia Sportage SUV, with a roomy rear seat that can be folded flat to make a modestly roomy 54.6-cubic-foot cargo hold. While useful, the Sportage's cargo bay is not quite as large as in the Honda CR-V, which offers over 70 cubic feet of cargo space. EX trims feature special anti-bacterial cloth that helps eliminate odors and stains. We like a number of the Sportage's interior options, but the panoramic sunroof's manual sunshades don't strike us as very useful and should be power-operated.

Exterior

The 2014 Kia Sportage SUV's sleek design includes sharp lines, narrow side glass and Kia's signature "tab" front grille. The clever interplay between the dark lines surrounding the grille, lower air ducts and painted wheel inserts gives the Sportage a keenly sinister appearance. The Sportage's high beltline and big wheel-and-tire combo make it look a bit like a hopped-up VW GTI. Don't be fooled by the Sportage's sporty appearance, however, as its available all-wheel drive (AWD) and nearly seven inches of ground clearance make it a capable compact SUV.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Kia's Sportage SUV for 2014 is offered in three trims: LX, EX and SX. Standard equipment for the LX includes air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering column, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite audio system with USB/iPod input. Some notable standard features that come with the EX and SX trims include Kia's UVO infotainment system, Infinity premium audio system with a subwoofer, back-up warning system, rearview camera, a cooling glove box and automatic climate control. Exclusive to the SX are HID headlights, a turbocharged engine and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

All of the options available for the 2014 Kia Sportage come in packages. Some noteworthy highlights of the Sportage option packages include a navigation system with enhanced UVO eServices, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, leather seat trim and push-button start with Smart Key keyless entry. The LX can be equipped with the rearview camera and warning system, an important safety feature we highly recommend. All-wheel drive is available on all trims.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Kia Sportage SUV's 2.4-liter engine gains gasoline direct-injection technology delivering a small bump up in horsepower and torque. This engine is robust and fuel-efficient and should suffice for most drivers' needs. Costing a bit more is the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which provides V6-like power and 4-cylinder fuel economy. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which delivers impressive fuel-economy numbers and can be shifted manually.

2.4-liter inline-4
182 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/26 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
269 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850-3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (front-wheel drive), 19/24 mpg (AWD)

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2014 Kia Sportage Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 133 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.4/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Great family vehicle That is fun to drive!

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fast and fun to drive for a four door family car."

Cons: "Electric assist steering is a little touchy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2012 Sportage

"We needed a family vehicle with a little more room. with that being said We have always owned sporty two door cars and truck, so the thought of buys a four door grocery getter was not something I looked forward to. We had looked at comparable vehicles like the Ford Escape, but ultimately chose the Kia Sportage for the better standard 10 year 100,000 mile warranty that was upgraded for free to the 20 year 200,000 mile warranty during a promotion event and it had all virtually all of the same features for less money. My wife loves this car and she use to have a Mercedes C230! We opted for the T-GDI and I am glad we did. This little 4 banger really dishes out the power and is great on fuel mileage. We have almost 50,000 miles on it so far and it has been a good investment so far. My only complaint is the electric assist steering is a little touchy and takes some getting use to, but after driving it for a while its not that bad. If you want a reliable fast crossover style car that has cargo space for the family road trips or just trips to the grocery that won't break the bank, this is the car for you."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2012 Sportage

Love my Sportage

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,770

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Gorgeous looks, fun to drive, precise, reliable"

Cons: "Engine noise, poor front seats, thick A pillars"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Got a used 2014 Sportage with 32000 miles on it. However, it looks and feels almost brand new. Real smooth to drive. Love almost everything about it and it looks absolutely unlike anything on the roads. I feel safe and comfortable in it. The dashboard and centre console is neat and meaningful which is a really big thing for me. I absolutely despise the busy fussy curvy dashboards. Minimal, clearly marked and neatly laid out buttons you push and rotate are what is needed when you are driving. Also love the sound system - its unlike any other car of a similar price range that I have seen. The car feels precise, and a bit sporty. You get an awesome steering feedback, but have to live with a stiff suspension. Seating height is very good and to my liking, though the front seats lack lumbar support. Rear seating space is really good - lots of leg room and head room and a flat floor. Lots of clean cargo space too and the cargo floor is at a perfect height from the ground. Greenhouse is pretty good with great front visibility, but the A-pillars could have been thinner. You have to crane your neck to lookout for an incoming car when taking a left curve on winding roads. I didn't have any issues with rear visibility though - instead I think that curved rear is one of the best looking parts of this car. I'm getting around 20mpg in city. No issues with the car yet. Braking and handling is all to my liking. My only complaint is that it somehow lacks the punch when pressed up from an idling state of 60-75mph. Seems like it went to sleep and I have to press real hard to wake it up out of slumber when it downshifts and accelerates. It may be a driving behaviour thing or a thing with the automatic transmission, but it sometimes makes me less confident while changing to higher speed lanes. That being said, it quickly gathers speed in the 40-60 range, and also feels pretty capable beyond 75. Additionally, the idle engine noise is pretty high for my liking and it only gets higher when accelerating from zero. Feels like i've turned on a truck. The noise can even be heard inside the cabin and does feel uncomfortable having experienced other cars with pretty silent cabins. Inspite of a few negative things that I pointed out, it is a car that gives you greater value for money than any other car out there without cutting down on quality, functionality and reliability. Love it. Its a neat little fun, reliable and meaningful car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good value

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good price, Stylish, Lots of features."

Cons: "Small trunk space, poor visiblity rear window"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Kia put together a nice package at a good price which is why I bought the EX model with the premium package. It had everything I wanted without adding things I did not care about. I'm getting about 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg highway with overall mpg at 22.43. I have not had any problems with the Sportage."

23 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Very pleased

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Sporty and satisfying to drive. Deceptively quick."

Cons: "Front seats not perfect. Slippery steering wheel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We looked at all the offerings in this category and none had the value/dollar that the Sportage offered. The Sportage is fun to drive and has excellent power. I was concerned that it would get terrible mileage because of feedback I had read on the internet, however once we hit the 10,000 mile mark we are consistently seeing 23-24 mpg around town and up to 32 mpg highway. Considering the performance I have no complaints with the mileage. My only complaints are in the area of comfort. It's very good, but could be better. The seats need some work, they tend cut off the circulation on my legs and the steering wheel doesn't have enough down adjustment for my liking, plus the steering wheel is made of a material that is slippery, which makes it fatiguing to grip on long trips. I have to wear driving gloves to add some grip."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great for the snow!

By on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, gas mileage, dependability"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love the Kia brand and this vehicle is no exception. I am not a "big" vehicle person but needed something especially for the winters in Erie, Pa. Extremely happy!"

14 people out of 25 found this review helpful

150000 flawless miles

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great service life LX models reasonably priced."

Cons: "Loading up equipment makes them pricey."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been looking forward to this day.I wouldn't have believed it but out of the 60 cars in my family of all domestic Nissan Toy Dats. Audi BMW Merc. Fiat and Alfa manufactures over 40 years we have never seen one go without any issues before the 100000 mile mark I am extremely pleased with these cars and am fast becoming a KIA believer. I also have an Optima with about 50000 trouble free miles on it. The cars are still tight as new. The Sportage other then road rash you'd never know it has 100000 miles on it. Unless you can afford it for a great value stick with base models."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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