2014 Kia Sportage Adds New Features, Updated UVO with eServices Infotainment System
The Kia Sportage has soldiered on in the Korean automaker's lineup since 1995 as everything from a rugged compact SUV to a small, feature-packed crossover. Now, it looks as though Kia's small utility vehicle is going upscale as it adds some new standard equipment and optional extras in the 2014 Sportage. Up first for the 2014 Kia Sportage, the company says that the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine has been made more efficient, although it didn't disclose what that means exactly. The 2013 model is rated at 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission; the all-wheel-drive model comes in at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Other updates include a new grille, telescoping steering wheel standard across all models and rear ventilation for all models. Kia Sportage EX models add heated front seats, an Infinity premium audio system, and heated outside mirrors. But perhaps the piece de resistance of the Kia Sportage is its new UVO with eServices infotainment system, the second-generation system that comes with smartphone integration and service reminders built in, among a long list of other new features. We've seen it in both the 2014 Kia Forte and 2014 Kia Cadenza, and we've come away impressed with the system in both instances. Less impressive, however, is Kia's decision to employ its "performance" suspension dampers across the whole lineup of Kia Sportage models instead of just the EX and top-range SX models. When we drove a Sportage SX earlier this year that had the aforementioned suspension installed, we thought it was jarring and unsophisticated by all accounts. We hope Kia has since refined it for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Kia Sportage goes on sale starting this fall. Source: Kia
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