Enhanced 2014 Kia Sportage is significantly upgraded

Published | 17/03/2014
• Best-selling Kia model looks sharper, feels softer and drives better 
• Premium sound system tops list of new features for 2014  
• Significantly reduced NVH for greater refinement 

Sicily, 17 March 2014
– Earlier this month Kia Motors revealed enhanced versions of the brand’s best-selling model in Europe, the compact crossover Kia Sportage, at the Geneva Motor Show. For 2014, the Sportage receives small but significant upgrades to its modern exterior, as well as a refreshed interior design and new materials throughout the cabin.

The exterior design features a new front grille, new LED rear lamp clusters, a new range of alloy wheels with a choice of 16-, 17- or 18-inch diameter, and a shark-fin roof antenna. Inside, the enhanced Sportage benefits from greater use of soft-touch materials across the dashboard and the upper door panels, a new Supervision instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch LCD display screen and new combinations of leather and/or cloth seat trims. 

The 2014 Sportage also receives a range of new features, depending on model, to boost its appeal to buyers across Europe. Available features include a new audio system with 4.3-inch colour touchscreen with rear view camera, a new premium Infinity by Harman sound system (linked to the 4.3-inch radio display and the 7.0-inch navigation) with an external amplifier, sub-woofer and seven speakers, Kia’s multi-mode FlexSteer system, heated steering wheel, powered driver’s seat and new USB iPod connectivity. 

Driving the enhanced Sportage will be an even more refined experience than the current model, thanks to a number of changes designed to minimise noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). A new soundproof windscreen, with an interlayer film between the glass laminations, reduces wind noise.

Three engineering improvements minimise vibrations – the front subframe is now bush-mounted (rather than bolted directly to the bodyshell), an intermediate shaft is added to the drivetrain, resulting in symmetrical (equal length) front drive shafts and a new mounting bracket for the transmission has greater rigidity and reduced resonance.

Additional modifications to the chassis and suspension further improve ride, handling and NVH performance. The modified front stabiliser softens the ride of the Sportage and reduces understeer under cornering, while a new damper valve system further improves the balance between a smoother ride and confidence-inspiring handling. Softer suspension top mounts also improve NVH and ride comfort. The rear springs have been stiffened slightly to improve trailer stability and body control while towing.

Accompanying the newly-fitted FlexSteer system, steering response and stability is improved by increasing the wheel offset angle slightly. The steering rack is now 4.5 percent quicker than the earlier version of the Sportage, with 2.7 turns lock-to-lock, for greater response and stability. New tyre specifications for all 17- and 18-inch wheels also ensures better handling in all weather conditions and greater levels of steering feedback.

In Europe, the enhanced 2014 Sportage will continue to offer customers a choice of diesel or gasoline engines, six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and front-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) – depending on model. For greater security when towing, the 2014 model has an improved ESC (electronic stability control), now incorporating a trailer stability control system and roll-over protection. 

Made in Europe, the Sportage is Kia’s best-selling model in Europe, with 89,553 units sold in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 10.5 percent. Manufactured at Kia’s Žilina plant in Slovakia, the enhanced 2014 Kia Sportage is due to go on sale across Europe later this year. 


Editors’ Notes 

Kia Motors Europe 
Kia Motors Europe is the European sales, marketing, and service arm of Kia Motors Corporation. With its headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, it covers 30 markets in Europe. 

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 2.7 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 150 countries. 

Kia today has over 48,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of US$43 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.


 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS / EUROPE

Enhanced 2014 Kia Sportage

Body & Chassis
Five-door, five-seater compact crossover SUV, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell.  Depending on model, choice of transverse diesel and gasoline engines driving the front (2WD) or front and rear wheels (AWD) via a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
         
Engines        
         
DIESEL        
2.0-litre / 184 ps Diesel        
Name / Type ‘R2.0’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1995 cc      
Max power 184 ps (135 kW) @ 4000 rpm      
Max torque 392 Nm (40 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm / automatic
  382 Nm (39 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm / manual
Fuel system CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Turbo system Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)
Emissions class Euro 5      
         
2.0-litre / 136 ps Diesel        
Name / Type ‘R2.0’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1995 cc      
Max power 136 ps (100.0 kW) @ 4000 rpm      
Max torque 373 Nm (38.0 kg.m) @ 2000-2500 rpm / automatic
  320 Nm (32.5 kg.m) @ 1800-2500 rpm / manual
Fuel system CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Turbo system Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)
Emissions class Euro 5      
         
1.7-litre / 115 ps Diesel        
Name / Type ‘U2’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with single VGT
Capacity 1.7-litres, 1685 cc      
Max power 115 ps (84.5 kW) @ 4000 rpm      
Max torque 260 Nm (26.5 kg.m) @ 1250-2750 rpm
Fuel system CRDi, common-rail, high pressure, direct injection
Turbo system Variable geometry turbocharger (VGT)
Emissions class Euro 5      
         
GASOLINE        
2.0-litre / 166 ps GDI        
Name / Type ‘Nu’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 2.0-litres, 1998 cc      
Max power 166 ps (122 kW) @ 6200 rpm
Max torque 205 Nm (20.9 kg.m) @ 4000 rpm
Fuel system Direct injection      
Emissions class Euro 5      
         
1.6-litre / 135 ps GDI        
Name / Type   ‘Gamma’ / DOHC, four-cylinder in line, with dual CVVT
Capacity 1.6-litres, 1591 cc      
Max power 135 ps (99.0 kW) @ 6300 rpm      
Max torque 164.3 Nm (16.8 kg.m) @ 4850 rpm
Fuel system Direct injection      
Emissions class Euro 5      
         
Transmissions        
  2.0D 1.7D 2.0G 1.6G
Manual 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp 6-sp
Automatic 6-sp ----- 6-sp -----
         
Drivetrains        
Diesel 2.0D 184 MT/AT 2.0D 136 MT/AT 1.7D MT  
2WD S / ----- S / S  
AWD S / S S / S -----  
         
Gasoline 2.0G MT/AT 1.6G MT    
2WD S / ----- S    
AWD S / S -----    
S = available as standard        
         
2WD        
Delivers 100% of torque/power to the front wheels.  Safety aided by electronic Traction Control, ABS anti-lock braking and (optional for some countries) ESC with Downhill Brake Control and Hill-start Assist Control.
AWD        
Permanent electronically controlled AWD system with single ratio (High).  Delivers 100% of torque to front wheels during normal road driving and up to 60/40 (front/rear) split depending on conditions.  Manually selected ‘Lock Mode’ splits torque 50/50 between front/rear axles for enhanced stability during slippery conditions (up to 40 km/h).
         
Suspension & Damping        
Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson Struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.
         
Steering        
Type MDPS, electric motor driven power-assisted rack and pinion
Gearing 2.83 turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 10.6 metres
         
Brakes        
Power Single 11-inch booster (LHD)      
Front 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs      
Rear 262 x 10 mm solid discs (2WD)      
  284 x 10 mm solid discs (AWD)      
Parking brake Hand-operated lever      
ABS 4-channel anti-lock system with EBD
BAS Boosts braking power during emergency stops
DBC Downhill brake control maintains 8 kph speed during descents
         
Wheels & Tyres        
Standard Alloy 16 in x 6.5J 215/70 R16 tyres    
Options Alloy 17 in x 6.5J 225/60 R17 tyres    
  Alloy 18 in x 6.5J 235/55 R18 tyres    
Spare (Standard) Tyre mobility kit      
         
Dimensions (mm)        
Exterior        
Overall length 4440      
Overall width* 1855      
Overall height 1630**      
Wheelbase 2640      
Front track 1615 to 1597 (depending on wheel size)
Rear track 1616 to 1598 (depending on wheel size)
Front overhang 890      
Rear overhang 910      
Ground clearance 172      
*excluding door mirrors / **excluding roof rack
         
Interior Front Rear    
Headroom 992 977    
Legroom 1051 963    
Shoulder room 1440 1400    
Hip room 1364 1246    
         
Capacities (all models)        
Fuel tank (litres) 58.0      
Luggage (VDA) 564 litres (behind rear seats)      
  1353 litres (behind front seats, rear seats folded)
         
Off-road Capabilities        
Approach angle 22.4 degrees Departure angle 27.8 degrees  
Ramp over angle 17.7 degrees Roll over angle 45.0 degrees  
Max climb angle 44.2 degrees      
         
Weights (kg)        
Diesel 2.0D 184 MT/AT 2.0D 136 MT/AT 1.7D MT  
All-wheel drive        
Minimum 1525 / 1601 1525 / 1601 -----  
Maximum 2140 / 2140 2140 / 2140 -----  
2-wheel drive        
Minimum 1475 / ----- 1458 / ----- 1415  
Maximum 2090 / ----- 2090 / ----- 1940  
         
Gasoline 2.0G MT/AT 1.6G MT    
All-wheel drive        
Minimum 1450 / 1469 -----    
Maximum 2030 / 2030 -----    
2-wheel drive        
Minimum 1380 / 1397 1305    
Maximum 1980 / 1980 1830    
         
Performance        
Diesel 2.0D 184 MT/AT 2.0D 136 MT/AT 1.7D MT  
All-wheel drive        
Top speed / kph 194 / 195 181 / 182 -----  
0-to-100 kph / sec 9.8 / 9.8 11.3 / 12.1 -----  
Towing (max) kg* 2000 / 1600 2000 / 1600 -----  
2-wheel drive        
Top speed / kph 195 / ----- 182 / ----- 173  
0-to-100 kph / sec 9.4 / ----- 10.8 / ----- 12.3  
Towing (max) kg* 2000 / ----- 2000 / ----- 1200  
*trailer with brakes        
         
Performance        
Gasoline 2.0G MT/AT 1.6G MT    
All-wheel drive        
Top speed / kph 195 / 181 -----    
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.9 / 11.0 -----    
Towing (max) kg* 1900 / 1600 -----    
2-wheel drive        
Top speed / kph 196 / 183 178    
0-to-100 kph / sec 10.4 / 10.4 11.1    
Towing (max) kg* 1900 / 1600 1200    
*trailer with brakes        
         
Economy & Emissions (models with 16- and 17-inch wheels)
Diesel 2.0D 184 MT/AT 2.0D 136 MT/AT 1.7D MT  
All-wheel drive        
Combined (l/100 km) 6.0 / 7.1 5.7 / 6.9 -----  
CO2 (g/km) 156 / 187 149 / 179 -----  
2-wheel drive        
Combined (l/100 km) 5.9 / ----- 5.5 / ----- 5.3  
CO2 (g/km) 154 / ----- 147 / ----- 139  
         
Gasoline 2.0G MT/AT 1.6G MT    
All-wheel drive        
Combined (l/100 km) 8.0 / 8.3 -----    
CO2 (g/km) 186 / 193 -----    
2-wheel drive        
Combined (l/100 km) 7.8 / 7.9 6.8    
CO2 (g/km) 182 / 184 158    
         
Economy & Emissions (models with ISG, 16- and 17-inch wheels)
  1.7D MT 1.6G MT    
2-wheel drive        
Combined (l/100 km) 5.2 6.4    
CO2 (g/km) 135 149    
         
*fuel consumption and CO2 data are manufacture’s figures
         
MARCH 2014        
         
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