2014 Kia Sportage

MSRP $21,600 - $28,400

Ranked #3 in Suv

8.3

Overall Rating

2014 Kia Sportage Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Sportage is a stylish crossover SUV that marks a decade in the market since it was first introduced in 2004. The American buyers have shown their appreciation for this SUV as it sells in high numbers every year mainly due to its stylish exterior design, powerful performance, a long list of features and the extensive warranty program, all of which together add a lot of value to this compact crossover SUV.

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Pros

Stylish and appealing exterior design

Good fit and finish throughout the cabin

A truly value-for-money offering

Sporty driving dynamics

Cons

Average cargo space

Mediocre fuel economy

Firm and jittery ride

Tight rear-seat space

What's New?

More powerful and efficient 2.4-liter engine

Refreshed exterior styling

High-performance tuned suspension are now standard

High-performance tuned suspension are now standard

Various features have been updated


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21600

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

114 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

182 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

177 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

174.8 in.

width

73 in.

height

64.4 in.

curb weight

3280 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

428.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$21,600 onwards

EX$25,000 onwards

SX$26,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Kia Sportage in Clear White color
Clear White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


In 2014, the Kia Sportage is better than ever and enters the market with a base price of $21,600. It sees various changes for the 2014 model year which include a more powerful engine, and the high-performance tuning which was previously available only on the SX trim has now been made standard. With the updated exterior styling and various features, it is well equipped to take on other popular rivals which include Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan. 


8.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2014 Kia Sportage Features

8.5/10

The 2014 Kia Sportage is available in three major trims and in FWD and AWD configurations. The LX trim comes with only the essentials in order to keep the prices low. Some optional features on the LX are: Popular Equipment package which will add roof rails, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights, a rear camera, trip computer, rear parking sensors, Kia’s Uvo voice controls, and telematics system, etc.

The next in line is the EX which is offered along with all the features standard on the LX trim plus the Popular Equipment package and adds a few more features to it that offers great value for money. The EX Premium package is an exclusive optional package for this trim which gives you power-folding side-view mirrors, leather upholstery, a navigation system, ventilated front seats, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display, keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof.

The SX is the top-tier trim which is very similar to the EX but it gets a more powerful turbocharged engine, xenon headlights, LED tail lights, etc. The SX Premium Package is the same as the EX Premium Package. The only difference between these two packages is the former doesn’t include a panoramic sunroof. It remains a stand-alone add-on feature for the SX.

Trim

Base: LX

Preferred: EX

Premium: SX

MSRP (FWD)

$21,600

$25,000

$26,900

MSRP (AWD)

$23,100

$26,500

$28,400

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

In addition to the features standard on the LX plus the Popular Equipment package

In addition to the features standard on the EX trim:

 

Manual air conditioning

18-inch alloy wheels

A more powerful turbocharged engine

 

6-speaker audio system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Xenon headlights

 

Cloth upholstery

Upgraded cloth upholstery

LED tail lights

 

tilt and telescoping steering wheel

6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

SX Premium Package

 

Cruise control

Heated front seats

 

We Recommend

For the price, we think that the EX trim with the AWD drivetrain gives you the best value. It is equipped with ample features and comfort equipment to satisfy your needs. It also unlocks a few features plus an optional package that is not available on the base trim LX which can be opted for to better spec the Sportage SUV and add more value to it.

2014 Kia Sportage Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2014 Kia Sportage is offered with two engine options, the base engine is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine which produces 182 hp and 177 lb-ft of max torque. These numbers may seem similar to those of its rivals but because of the dimensions and curb weight of the Sportage, this engine feels punchy and is fun to drive around cities. However, if you’re not satisfied with these numbers, the top-tier trim SX offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine capable of producing 260 hp and 269 lb-ft.

Both these engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Unlike its rivals which also offer a manual transmission, this automatic gearbox remains the sole option. Power can be delivered either to the front wheels or all four wheels. We feel that the latter brings the best out of the SUV and provides a thrilling and engaging driving experience, but it takes a slight toll on fuel economy. Performance front the base engine is pretty solid achieving 60 mph on the odometer in under 8 seconds while the turbo-4 engine does the 0-60 mph sprint in just 6.5 seconds. 

Models

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

MSRP

$21,600

$23,120

$21,395

$23,305

Engine

2.4L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.4L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

182 hp @ 6,000 RPM

185 hp @ 7,000 RPM

155 hp @ 6,000 RPM

200 hp @ 5,100 RPM

Torque

177 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

163 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

150 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

207 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.9

8.7

9.2

8.5

Quarter-Mile (sec)

16.1

16.4

17.2

16.4

Top Speed (mph)

118

112

122

125

The 2014 Kia Sportage doesn’t produce the best power figures in the segment, however, it is the fastest to reach the 60 MPH mark and to complete a quarter-mile. The Honda CR-V which has similar engine output takes almost a second more while the Volkswagen Tiguan with its turbocharged engine and superior power output takes half a second more. The Mazda CX-5 is the slowest of the lot, thanks to its underpowered engine under its hood.

2014 Kia Sportage Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Multiple configurations result in different fuel economy for the 2014 Kia Sportage. The base engine returns around 24 mpg of combined city and highway driving with the FWD layout, while the turbocharged engine is rated for 20/26/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined tests by the EPA. Opting for the AWD drivetrain reduces the fuel efficiency by around 2 mpg in each aspect. The 15.3 gallon fuel tank struggles to offer a decent driving range over 350 miles and hence requires frequent visits to the gas station.

Models

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

MPG (City)

21

23

26

18

MPG (Highway)

28

31

35

26

MPG (Combined)

24

26

29

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

15.3

14.8

16.8

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

321 / 428 / 367

352 / 474 / 398

385 / 518 / 429

302 / 437 / 353

The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is the most frugal of the lot and is leaps and bounds better than the Sportage in this regard. Even the Honda CR-V is less efficient than the CX-5. The Volkswagen Tiguan on the other hand has the highest fuel consumption but also employs a larger gas tank which brings its driving range almost on par with the Kia. Both the Japanese SUVs on the other hand offer much longer ranges as compared to the Sportage. 

2014 Kia Sportage Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the 2014 Sportage has a nice look to it with a good fit and finish. Due to its fairly affordable price tag, you’ll find a lot of cheap hard plastic all around the interior. Starting with the dashboard and center console, its design is simple and sophisticated. The front seats are where all the comfort lies. The seats are comfortable and offer a good seating position with an adequate outward view. 

The rear seats have less headroom and legroom than we would have liked but it does fair very well against its peers. And although it doesn’t have fore/aft adjustability, the reclining backrest offers an additional level of comfort for the rear seat passengers. The luggage capacity with all the seats in use is also just decent at around 26 cu-ft and even folding down the rear seats opens a maximum cargo capacity of only about 54 cu-ft, which is below average for an SUV of this class.

Models

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.1 / 56.7 / 41.4

39.9 / 58.6 / 41.3

40.1 / 57.5 / 41.0

39.1 / 56.2 / 40.1

Second Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.5 / 55.1 / 37.9

38.6 / 56.4 / 38.3

39.0 / 55.5 / 39.3

39.0 / 55.0 / 35.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

26.1

37.2

34.1

23.8

Maximum Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

54.6

70.9

65.4

56.1

The Mazda CX-5 is the leader in this aspect as well as it not only has plenty of space up front but also offers class-leading legroom at the rear. The Honda CR-V too offers marginally more space at the rear but has the best luggage capacity on offer as well. The Volkswagen Tiguan on the other hand is the most compact SUV here with a very tight back seat and the smallest trunk on offer in this comparison. 

Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • Leather upholstery
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats 
  • Ventilated seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2014 Kia Sportage’s infotainment unit?

The Premium package on the EX and SX enables you to have a 7.0-inch Uvo eServices touchscreen display as our infotainment system. The screen is placed high on the dashboard making it easy for the driver to manipulate it. The layout of the buttons and knobs is convenient for both the driver and the passenger. The system itself is handy and has decent clarity. 

It doesn’t lag like other systems found in this class. It has a user-friendly interface and includes a lot of basic features. The base model’s infotainment is quite basic and is paired to a 6-speaker audio system. The EX and SX models get an upgraded 6-speaker Infinity audio system with the option of going for a 7-speaker audio system.

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Satellite radio
  • HD radio (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3 12V DC power outlets
  • iPod/USB interface
  • Uvo voice command system

2014 Kia Sportage Exterior

9.0/10

The 2014 Kia Sportage has been in the market for a decade now, but its exterior styling doesn’t look dated at all. It is handsome looking and has a modern flair to it. The front fascia comprises automatic projector-beam daytime running headlights which have an aggressive shape and look to it. The front bumper has a fluidic design to it and also contains fog lights. The grille has received an update this year and is definitely more attractive than its predecessor. 

The side profile is characterized by its black fenders, body-colored heated power-folding side-view mirrors, etc. Depending on the trim you’ll either find 17-inch alloy wheels or 18-inch alloy wheels. Some features like roof rails and a panoramic sunroof are optional on the 2014 Kia Sportage. It features rear privacy glass, perfectly sized LED tail lights, a rear tailgate mounted spoiler, a black rear bumper, and a single exhaust outlet.

Models

2014 Kia Sportage

2014 Honda CR-V

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,280

3,305

3,194

3,397

Length (in)

174.8

178.3

178.7

174.5

Width (in)

73.0

71.6

72.4

71.2

Height (in)

64.4

64.7

65.7

67.1

Ground Clearance (in)

6.8

6.3

8.5

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

103.1

106.3

102.5

As far as the dimensions are concerned all the SUVs mentioned above are pretty similar to one another. Mazda CX-5 has a class-leading 8.5-inch ground clearance while all others offer a ride height under 7-inch. It also exceeds its rivals in terms of wheelbase, height, and width by small margins. The 2014 Volkswagen is the heaviest compact SUV, while the Mazda is again the lightest one of the lot which also aids it in offering that exceptional fuel efficiency. 

Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Automatic projector-beam daytime running headlamps
  • Panoramic sunroof (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • LED tail lights
  • Fog lights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2014 Kia Sportage Safety

8.0/10

The 2014 Kia Sportage features a generous list of safety and driver-assist features to keep its passengers safe. Its crash test safety scores, however, are mixed. The NHTSA has given the 2014 Kia Sportage with the RWD drivetrain an overall 4-star rating, while the AWD earns a full 5-star overall rating. The IIHS has awarded it the prestigious “Top Safety Pick” award. It also earned the best possible rating of “Good” in most of its tests, however, it couldn’t do well in small overlap frontal tests earning a score of “Poor”.

Some of the standard and optional safety features are as follows:

  • Electronic stability control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Back-up camera
  • Rear parking sensors (optional)
  • Brake assist

2014 Kia Sportage Final Verdict

The 2014 Kia Sportage is not an outstanding compact SUV but it is one of the most popular and appreciated SUVs on the market. It is quite a looker thanks to its appealing exterior styling. It ticks the boxes in many categories. It provides adequate performance from its base engine and it also offers a more powerful engine if you opt for the SX. It has average interior space, cargo space, and fuel economy but that doesn’t degrade its charm and it attracts buyers as always. The 2014 Sportage proves to be a value-for-money SUV offering practicality and good all-round performance.

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